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Int Arch Occup Environ Health. 2004 May;77(4):244-8. Epub 2004 Mar 6.

Acute pulmonary toxicity following occupational exposure to a floor stain protector in the building industry in Switzerland.

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Institute of Occupational Health Sciences (IST), Bugnon 19, 1005, Lausanne, Switzerland. Catherine.Blanchet@hospvd.ch

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Waterproofing agents are widely applied to leather and textile garments; they are also used as floor stain protectors by professionals. Acute respiratory injury is described in three cases of young healthy adults following occupational inhalation of a new waterproofing formulation containing an acrylate fluoropolymer. Within 1 or 2 h after exposure they developed a rapidly progressive dyspnoea; two of them had hypoxaemia and flu-like reactions. All patients improved with supportive treatment in a few days. The mechanism of toxicity is still under investigation, but experimental data suggest the role of this new acrylate fluoropolymer.

CONCLUSION:

Tilers should be warned against spraying floor stain repellents; there is also a need to make consumers aware that the spraying of waterproofing agents in a closed environment and concomitant smoking should be avoided.

PMID:
15007653
DOI:
10.1007/s00420-004-0505-6
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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