International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health

, Volume 69, Issue 1, pp 1–4

Multiple exposure to solvents in the workplace


  • L. Alessio
    • Institute of Occupational HealthUniversity of Brescia

DOI: 10.1007/BF02630731

Cite this article as:
Alessio, L. Int. Arch Occup Environ Heath (1996) 69: 1. doi:10.1007/BF02630731


In conclusion, it must be stressed that scientific studies need to be undertaken in the near future to solve the various problems mentioned above. These studies should also take account of all the non-occupational factors that, may alter the toxicokinetics and the toxicodynamics of solvents. At present, however, existing data obtained both from experimental research in animals and in volunteers and from studies carried out in workers liable to occupational exposure can be used in preparing lists similar to those we have proposed in Table 1, in which metabolic interferences are reported for the various substances. Although incomplete and only indicative, these lists may be a useful guide to the correct preventive measures to be implemented in various workplace situations. They should, at the very least, stimulate readers to extend their knowledge of the toxicology of combined exposure to solvents.

Key words

Multiple exposureSolventsExposure limitsBiological monitoring

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