Health disorders of the employees exposed to organic solvents at work

Arturs Veide, Maija Eglite, Marite Baķe, Elvira Čurbakova

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Abstract

The aim of the study was to investigate the impact of exposure of organic solvents at work on related health disorders in Latvia. Two surveys were carried out with a total number of 2520 respondents. Retrospective analysis of incidence of occupational diseases caused by organic solvents was performed. 21.4% of employees indicated absorption of chemical substances through skin. The incidence of occupational diseases caused by organic solvents has a stable trend to decrease from year 2003. 58.8% of employees believe that their long-term health disorders are related to their work environment or work conditions. While organic solvents remain an essential working risk problem in Latvia, the data on exposed persons and their health disorders caused by organic solvents are not sufficient enough. Biological monitoring could facilitate early diagnostics of non-specific health disorders caused by organic solvents.

Translated title of the contributionHealth disorders of the employees exposed to organic solvents at work
Original languageLatvian
Pages (from-to)79-84
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of the Latvian Academy of Sciences, Section B: Natural, Exact, and Applied Sciences
Volume64
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010

Keywords*

  • exposure to organic solvents
  • health disorders
  • occupational diseases

Field of Science*

  • 3.2 Clinical medicine
  • 3.3 Health sciences

Publication Type*

  • 1.1. Scientific article indexed in Web of Science and/or Scopus database

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