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Evaluation Of Exposure To Airborne Particles In The Work Environment.

World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland, WHO Offset Publication No. 80, 1984:76 pages
An evaluation of exposure to airborne particles in the work environment is reviewed. The physical airborne particles, the size, density, and shape of the particles are discussed; the solubility and composition of particles are outlined. In addition to irritant substances in the environment, workers may be exposed to airborne radioactive substances in work places, including mining of radioactive ores, in the atomic energy industry, and in laboratories handling radioactive materials. Problems specific to radioactive substances are discussed and special techniques were devised to obtain representative samples for analysis and to design preventive measures. The access of airborne particles to the human body and their biological implications are examined; the rationale for sampling and analysis of particles is summarized. The principles of particle collection and the instruments used in the collection process are described; the sampling and analytical procedures used for many airborne pollutants are outlined. The information provides guidance to staffs involved in planning and implementing occupational hygiene programs.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Contract; Safety-research; Exposure-levels; Industrial-dusts; Dust-analysis; Physical-properties; Quantitative-analysis; Occupational-exposure; Radionuclides; Health-hazards; Biological-effects; Analytical-methods;
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World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland, WHO Offset Publication No. 80, 76 pages, 41 references