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  1. Assessment of exposure to solvents among hairdressers : reliability of a classification scheme and questionnaire.

    Article - En anglais

    Objectives-To assess the reliability of a classification scheme and interview questions to be used for retrospective expose assessment in a study on reproductive disorders among hairdressers.

    Based on the presence of an air cleaning device (yes or no) and setting waves (yes or no), this scheme divides hairdressers into groups with potentially high and low exposure to solvents.

    The reliability of this and other schemes was assessed.

    Also, the reliability of self reports on other job characteristics was evaluated.

    Methods-The monitored hairdressers were interviewed one or two years after measurements were performed.

    Based on the interview information, hairdressers were classified into exposure groups according to the original and other classification schemes.

    Measured ethanol concentrations were compared between the classified exposure groups.

    Furthermore, the interview answers were compared with the registered information one to two years ago.


    Using self reports, the original scheme resulted in mean ethanol concentrations (used as indicator variable) of 11.8 and 7.4 mg/m3 for the high and low exposure groups, respectively.

    The resolution was slightly less than for the original classification based on observations (15.0 and 7.1 mg/m3).

    Surprisingly, the self reported presence of any ventilation device resulted in more contrast in mean exposure concentration between the groups (17.4 and 7.5 mg/m3, respectively). (...)

    Mots-clés Pascal : Solvant organique, Toxicité, Homme, Exposition professionnelle, Médecine travail, Coiffeur, Epidémiologie, Questionnaire, Autoévaluation, Validation test, Méthode étude, Fiabilité

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Organic solvent, Toxicity, Human, Occupational exposure, Occupational medicine, Hairdresser, Epidemiology, Questionnaire, Self evaluation, Test validation, Investigation method, Reliability

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 98-0102176

    Code Inist : 002B03L04. Création : 22/06/1998.