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Real-time personal monitor for the drycleaning industry.

Authors
Thomas-RC
Source
NIOSH 2002 Nov; :1-17
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
20023751
Abstract
This Small Business Innovation Research project addresses the development of a low-cost personal exposure monitor with real-time sampling and data logging capabilities for the drycleaning industry. Phase I research efforts, which are discussed in this report, were focused on the development of novel chemical micro sensors for detecting perchloroethylene vapors. Additional research studies (i.e., Phase II) will enable their integration with a badge-size instrument. Once commercialized, these innovative monitors will be used to accurately manage risks associated with daily job functions (i.e., garment spotting, washer loading and unloading, machine maintenance, clothes pressing, etc.) by workers in this high-risk small business industry. At the present time, high costs associated with continuous exposure methods prevent employers from providing adequate monitoring of worker exposure to perchloroethylene. hmovative sensors that were developed during Phase I will enable the reduction of injuries and illnesses associated with chemical exposures to perchoroethylene as employees are made aware of risks and as employers strive to provide safer workplaces. These sensors will also enable precise exposure assessments to support epidemiologic studies, practical technology that can be applied at reasonable cost in the workplace, and validated sensors for measuring relevant exposure and total dose data.
Keywords
Exposure-assessment; Exposure-methods; Exposure-levels; Vapors; Air-quality; Chemical-agent-detectors; Monitoring-systems; Solvents; Dry-cleaning-solvents; Dry-cleaning-industry
Contact
Eltron Research, Inc, 4600 Nautilus Court South, Boulder, CO 80301
CAS No.
127-18-4
Publication Date
20021130
Document Type
Final Grant Report
Funding Amount
99,999
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2003
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R43-OH-007465
NIOSH Division
OEP
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
CO
Performing Organization
Eltron Research Inc., Boulder, Colorado 80301-3241
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