Date of Award


Document Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science


Public Health

Advisor/Committee Chair

David Carpenter


This paper will examine the negative health effects of exposure to hazardous and toxic substances used in the workplace of auto body and auto repair workers. These include volatile organic compounds found in paints and solvents (such as toluene, xylene, and isocyanates), as well as airborne particles released from sanding and grinding that may contain silica and heavy metals including lead, cadmium, and chromium. Workers need to be aware of how these substances can adversely affect their health, and what they can do to protect themselves since several of these chemicals have no established exposure limit. Employers must safeguard their employees’ health by mandating that they wear the proper protective equipment, and oversight agencies must also ensure that employers are in compliance with regulations.

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