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Environmental toxicity of isocyanates.

Authors
Brown-WE
Source
NIOSH 1990 Dec; :1-9
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
20023850
Abstract
Isocyanates are a group of highly reactive chemicals whose role in industrial synthesis continues to increase. Isocyanates are used for production of polyurethanes, rigid and flexible foams, and pesticides. Exposure to isocyanate vapors is a particular hazard for workers in occupations such as paint and coatings application, which require the use of the reactive form of the compound. Typical responses to isocyanates range from sensory irritation to chronic pulmonary disease. The identification of the specific in vivo targets of inhaled isocyanates will enable development of appropriate radioimmunoassays for use in the analysis of blood or urine samples from workers to determine the extent of their exposure to isocyanates. The application of the exposure protocol used in these studies may provide new information to define different threshold events in the exposure to isocyanates. These include a true definition of the threshold for tissue damages, for sensitization, and for appearance of circulating modified macromolecules. Results of these studies will identify in vivo reactions of airborne isocyanates and provide methods for quantitative evaluation of isocyanate exposures. Conclusions drawn from these studies may be used to evaluate mechanisms involving exposure to reactive gases.
Keywords
Isocyanates; Chemical-reactions; Occupational-exposure; Occupational-hazards; Workers; Painting; Paints; Pulmonary-system-disorders; In-vivo-studies; Blood-samples; Urinalysis
Contact
Carnegie-Mellon University, 440 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Publication Date
19901201
Document Type
Final Grant Report
Funding Amount
100008
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
1991
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R01-OH-002214
NIOSH Division
OEP
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
PA; GA
Performing Organization
Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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