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RECORD NUMBER: 16 OF 50
|OLS Field Name||OLS Field Data|
|Main Title||Effects of Exposure to Glycol Ethers on Shipyard Painters: Hematologic Effects and Male Production and Evaluation of Exposure to Ethylene Glycol Ether in Shipyard Painting with Attachments.|
|CORP Author||Union Carbide Corp., Danbury, CT.;Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC. Office of Toxic Substances.|
|Publisher||20 Sep 1988|
|Additional Subjects||Ethylene glycol ethers ; Occupational exposure ; Toxicity ; Industrial hygiene ; Reproductive system ; Males ; Sperm count ; Painters ; Abnormalities ; Shipyard painters|
This cross-sectional survey of shipyard painters (73) and unexposed clerks and draftsmen (40) included analyses of semen samples for pH, volume, turbidity, liquidity, viability, sperm density, count per ejaculate, motility, morphology and morphometry. An industrial hygiene survey was conducted as part of the investigation. The authors conclude that 'exposure to ethylene glycol ethers 2-ethoxythanol and 2-methoxyethanol lowered sperm count in this group of painters'. This conclusion is not warranted due to the following study deficiencies: (1) unjustified attribution of findings to ethylene glycol ethers; (2) evidence of statistical weaknesses; (3) very low participation rats and a non-comparable control group and inconsistency of findings.