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Measurement of worker's exposure to styrene.

Authors
Cohen-BS; Malek-R
Source
Institute of Environmental Medicine, New York University Medical Center, New York, New York 1988 Aug; :1-21
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00182755
Abstract
Studies were conducted to determine the effectiveness of personal samplers in the work place by documenting the magnitude of the variability in breathing zone concentrations of styrene (100425) within the reinforced plastics industry, determining factors which contribute to breathing zone concentrations and investigating the stability of styrene samples taken with charcoal tubes. Measurements were taken at a facility for manufacturing boats where the production process included spraying a catalyzed resin solution along with chopped fiberglass onto a mold. The average background air concentration was 18mg/m3. The personal exposure concentrations were: nose, 327mg/m3; left lapel, 365mg/m3; right lapel, 388mg/m3; and chest, 430mg/m3. Factors affecting the concentration in the breathing zone included air flow patterns, the hood face velocity, and the position of the worker relative to the hood and relative to the spray gun. Styrene, being a volatile and reactive compound, may undergo physical and chemical changes such as vaporization, oxidation and polymerization, any of which would cause underestimation if they occurred following the sample collection. Samples collected on charcoal were stable up to 4 weeks in storage.
Keywords
NIOSH-Grant; Grants-other; Analytical-chemistry; Chemical-analysis; Air-quality-monitoring; Air-sampling; Sampling-methods
Contact
Environmental Medicine New York University Medical Ct 550 First Avenue New York, N Y 10016
CAS No.
100-42-5
Publication Date
19880803
Document Type
Final Grant Report
Funding Amount
22164
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
1988
NTIS Accession No.
PB89-129589
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R03-OH-02180
NIOSH Division
OEP
Priority Area
Other Occupational Concerns; Grants-other
Source Name
Institute of Environmental Medicine, New York University Medical Center, New York, New York
State
NY
Performing Organization
New York University, New York, New York
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