In this article, investigators report on the presence and nature of chemical sensitivities and other indices of illness in a cohort of workers excavating a new subway tunnel located under a former gasoline station.
The workers were exposed to gasoline fumes for up to approximately 2 mo when they inadvertently dug into soil contaminated by gasoline.
The cohort was unique in several ways :
(a) contact with gasoline was made by the workers at a time when no one had complained of multiple chemical sensitivities syndrome ;
(b) all were males of low socioeconomic status ;
(c) the exposure was well documented ;
(d) the cohort could be considered « naive » because, at the time of the study, the men were not members of support groups and were not being seen by clinical ecologists, and they were not labeled, either by self or others, as having multiple chemical sensitivities syndrome or any related diagnosis ;
and (e) at the time of interview, all workers we contacted appeared to be either gainfully employed or laid off temporarily and seeking gainful employment.
We explored the health status of the workers at two different times : (1) soon after the tunnel was closed as a result of high, measured benzene-exposure levels and (2) 10-13 mo after the tunnel was closed.
The workers were chronically overexposed to gasoline fumes, after which approximately one-fourth (26. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Exposition professionnelle, Industrie construction, Tunnel ferroviaire, Essence, Contamination, Sol, Vapeur, Médecine travail, Homme, Statut socioéconomique, Sous sol, Sensibilite chimique multiple
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Occupational exposure, Construction industry, Railway tunnel, Gasoline, Contamination, Soils, Vapor, Occupational medicine, Human, Socioeconomic status, Subsoil, Multiple chemical sensitivity
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0343250
Code Inist : 002B03L06. Création : 27/11/1998.