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Acute pulmonary toxicity following occupational exposure to a floor stain protector in the building industry in Switzerland.
International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
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.
Acrylic Resins, Adult, Dyspnea, Floors and Floorcoverings, Humans, Lung, Male, Middle Aged, Occupational Exposure, Particle Size, Switzerland
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