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July 3, 1937

Occupational Hazards and the Painter, with Special Reference to New York

JAMA. 1937;109(1):74. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780270076032

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It is encouraging that labor unions themselves are displaying interest in organized efforts for the prevention of accidents and occupational diseases. This brochure, apparently prepared by a layman, presents the hazards in the work of the house painter and the painter's attitude toward them. There are five chapters, dealing with the evolution of the painting trade, the causes of accidents, occupational diseases, the cost of industrial hazards, and administrative problems. Many challenging facts are presented, but exaggeration appears too often. Resort is had to overemphasis when the bald statement of established truths would have carried greater conviction. In chapter 1, for example, mention is made of an alarming increase in cases of chronic benzene poisoning, but in another chapter it is stated that the use of benzene has decreased. As a matter of statistical record, much less benzene is now used as a constituent of paints than in previous years,

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