Clinical Studies of Styrene Workers: Initial Findings

William V. Lorimer, Ruth Lilis, William J. Nicholson, Henry Anderson, Alf Fischbein, Susan Daum, William Rom, Carol Rice, Irving J. Selikoff
1976 Environmental Health Perspectives  
Styrene monomer is a high volume chemical used chiefly in production of polystyrene. A clinical survey of 493 production workers was undertaken at the oldest and largest monomer production, polymerization, and extrusion facility in the U.S. Relative exposure durations and levels were obtained from occupational histories. Significant differences between the high and low exposure groups were found with regard to history of acute p)renarcotic symptoms, acute lower respiratory symptoms, prevalence
more » ... mptoms, prevalence of FEV ,/FV < 75%, and elevated GCTP. Other liver function tests, chest x-ray, FVC < 80%, and hematological parameters showed no distinct pattern. A concomitant mortality study has been mounted and is in progress.
doi:10.2307/3428622 fatcat:xfvbxqdtrzfrxao5ctbe5aufcu