Occupational asthma associated with exposure to X-ray developing and fixing fluid

J. Schneider

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Chemical spill involving X-ray developer and fixer resulted in the examination of a number of staff. Symptoms of exposure included light-headedness, irritation of the eyes, nose and throat, and, in one case, wheezing. Hazardous ingredients identified from the material safety data sheets included hydroquinone, sodium metaborate, diethylene glycol, acetic acid, glutaraldehyde, sulphuric acid and aluminium sulphate. The results of serial peak flow monitoring of one employee supported a diagnosis of occupational asthma. The fact that environmental testing of the workplace meets the recommended standards does not guarantee freedom from problems, particularly in sensitised workers. For a sensitised individual, the acceptable exposure level is zero.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)461-465
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Occupational Health and Safety - Australia and New Zealand
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1994


  • Asthma
  • Dermatitis
  • Glutaraldehyde
  • Photographic chemicals

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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