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August 24, 1940

Occupational Hazards and the Painter with Special Reference to New York

JAMA. 1940;115(8):640. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810340068043

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Painters have frequently expressed concern over the unhealthful aspects of the trade. Not only are they subjected to high accident frequency and severity rates, associated mainly with scaffold and ladder work, but they are regularly exposed to such toxic agents as lead, benzene and its derivatives and homologues, turpentine, alcohol, arsenic and many other pigments, thinners, dryers and similar agents by which the chemist has altered the painting trade. Added to this is the acceleration which modern building methods impose on the painter and decorator as well as other trades with associated fatigue and joint and muscle changes which are attributed to monotonous and repetitious motion. The development of spray painting as a means of maintaining the pace has only intensified exposures to volatile and metallic poisons. This report is intended primarily for consumption by painters themselves, and certain relationships between occupation and morbidity may appear rather fanciful to medical

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