A Study on Neurobehavioral Performance of Workers Occupationally Exposed to Solvent in Synthetic Resin Manufacturing


  • Department of Epidemiology, Regional Occupational Health Centre (Eastern), Salt Lake, Kolkata, West Bengal
  • Department of Psychology, National Institute of Occupational Health, Ahmedabad, Gujarat


Neurobehavioral performance, occupational solvent exposure, synthetic resin


Background: One major effect of occupational solvent exposure is central nervous system (CNS) impairment, ranging from depression to encephalopathy with cognitive, behavioral changes. Exposures in industries being varied, classification of health outcomes for different exposures is important. Objectives: This study assessed neurobehavioral performance of synthetic resin manufacturing workers exposed to organic solvent, mainly formalin. Materials and Methods: This cross"‘sectional study selected subjects by random selection from all such workers of an Indian city. Questionnaire survey and assessment by a neurobehavioral test battery (NBT) was undertaken. Results: Comparison between actual and allied workers observed significant difference in tweezer dexterity, card sorting and backward memory scores. Significant effect of exposure was observed on tweezer dexterity, card sorting, and hand dynamometer scores. Conclusion: Changes of neurobehavioral performance might occur following solvent exposure and these changes might have a relationship with the quantum of exposure. Periodic examination of workers with NBT is needed for detection of early neurotoxic effects.


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Saha, A., & Tripathi, S. R. (2018). A Study on Neurobehavioral Performance of Workers Occupationally Exposed to Solvent in Synthetic Resin Manufacturing. Toxicology International, 21(3), 264–268. Retrieved from https://www.informaticsjournals.com/index.php/toxi/article/view/21399



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