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An Evaluation of the Effects of Chronic Mercury Exposures on EMG and Psychomotor Functions.


PB232805

Publication Date 1973
Personal Author Chaffin, D. B.; Dinman, B. D.; Miller, J. M.; Smith, R. G.; Zontine, D. H.
Page Count 216
Abstract The report is a cross-sectional study involving both neurological and psychomotor skill assessments of 142 industrial workers from four different plants. None of the workers reported being clinically ill from mercury at the time of the study. Seventy seven of the workers were routinely exposed to inorganic mercury vapor in the course of their jobs. The primary health status indicators employed in the study were: forearm tremor, surface electromyography and discrete positioning eye-hand coordination. Psychomotor tests and clinical neurological examinations were included in the study. The statistical findings of the study are used as the basis for a recommendation that specific quantitative neurological and psychomotor tests, such as those described in the study, be used in industrial medical departments to routinely evaluate the health of workers exposed to inorganic mercury.
Keywords
  • Hazardous materials
  • Industrial medicine
  • Mercury inorganic compounds
  • Toxicity
  • Criteria
  • Inspection
  • Standards
  • Recommendations
  • Industrial hygiene
  • Electromyography
  • Psychomotor tests
  • Exposure
  • Evaluation
  • Neurology
  • Industrial atmospheres
  • Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970
  • Toxic hazards
Source Agency
  • Invalid Source Agency Code
NTIS Subject Category
  • 57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
  • 94D - Job Environment
  • 68G - Environmental Health & Safety
  • 57Y - Toxicology
Corporate Authors Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor.
Document Type Technical Report
Title Note Final rept. May 71-Jan 73.
NTIS Issue Number 197417
Contract Number
  • HSM-099-71-62
An Evaluation of the Effects of Chronic Mercury Exposures on EMG and Psychomotor Functions.
An Evaluation of the Effects of Chronic Mercury Exposures on EMG and Psychomotor Functions.
PB232805

  • Hazardous materials
  • Industrial medicine
  • Mercury inorganic compounds
  • Toxicity
  • Criteria
  • Inspection
  • Standards
  • Recommendations
  • Industrial hygiene
  • Electromyography
  • Psychomotor tests
  • Exposure
  • Evaluation
  • Neurology
  • Industrial atmospheres
  • Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970
  • Toxic hazards
  • Invalid Source Agency Code
  • 57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
  • 94D - Job Environment
  • 68G - Environmental Health & Safety
  • 57Y - Toxicology
  • HSM-099-71-62
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