To study human exposure to chemicals, researchers at Rutgers and ExxonMobil Biomedical Sciences had a robot paint drywall while measuring compounds released as paint dries, often observed as the “fresh-paint smell.”
The findings showed that the levels of volatile organic chemicals while the robot painted were consistent with more advanced model estimates for painting with water-based paint.
Going forward, robots would allow industrial hygienists, exposure scientists and other health science professionals to collect exposure data on compounds released from consumer products during painting, welding, cleaning and other human tasks.
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