New research published by a multinational team reveals that there is elevated risk of symptoms of neurotoxicity in motor vehicle collision repair workers despite measured airborne solvent levels being consistently below international exposure standards. The study calls into question current exposure standards, because neurological effects are still occurring in spite of improved worker protection.
Researchers utilized Selected Ion Flow Tube Mass Spectrometry (SIFT-MS) to determine the solvent levels in the air of the collision repair facilities. Compared to more traditional analytical techniques, SIFT-MS offers more comprehensive analysis, higher sample throughput, and greatly reduced cost per sample. These benefits are critical to cost-effective studies that provide sufficient statistical significance. Recent developments in the automation of SIFT-MS analysis provide even greater scope for economic large-scale studies that support enhanced employee and public health.
The full paper Solvent neurotoxicity in vehicle collision repair workers in New Zealand by Samuel Keer, Bill Glass, Bradley Prezant, David McLean, Neil Pearce, Elizabeth Harding, Diana Echeverria, James McGlothlin, Duncan R. Babbage, and Jeroen Douwes can be accessed through the publisher’s website.