BEHAVIORAL TECHNOLOGY FOR REDUCING OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURES TO STYRENE

B. L. Hopkins, R. J. Conard, Richard F. Dangel, H. Gordon Fitch, Michael J. Smith, W. Kent Anger

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Abstract

We conducted a test of the usefulness of behavioral methods to control occupational health problems by reducing workers' exposures to toxic chemicals. Four plastics workers were trained in nine behaviors selected for potential to reduce their exposures to styrene, a common chemical with multiple toxic effects. Behavioral measures indicated that the workers quickly came to emit most of the behaviors. Measures of air samples indicated that large decreases in exposures to styrene accompanied the changes in behaviors for the three workers who had been selected because they most needed relief from their exposures and because they had opportunities to control their exposures by the ways they behaved. 1986 Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-11
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of applied behavior analysis
Volume19
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1986

Keywords

  • exposures to toxic chemicals
  • industrial workers
  • occupational health
  • styrene exposures
  • worker training and maintenance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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