Determination of volatile organic compound profiles in health care settings.
LeBouf-RF; Stefaniak-AB; Virji-MA
Proceedings of Indoor Air '11, The 12th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate, June 5-10, 2011, Austin, Texas. Santa Cruz, CA: International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate (ISIAQ), 2011 Jun; 1:2164-2165
The purposes of this project were to develop and validate a sampling and analysis methodology for determination of volatile organic compound (VOC) concentrations in health care settings and to model results for incorporation into a job-exposure matrix. This project was part of a larger epidemiologic study to assess exposures to asthmagenic cleaning and disinfecting products among healthcare workers. The healthcare workforce in the United States has a disproportionate number of asthma and work related asthma (WRA) cases. From the NIOSH-sponsored Sentinel Event Notification Systems for Occupational Risks (SENSOR), health care workers were disproportionately represented among WRA cases, with 16% of the cases but only 8% of the workforces in the four states where surveillance was conducted (Pechter et al. 2005). Health care settings present a challenging environment for assessing low-level concentrations of VOCs due to high alcohol background from the use of alcohol-based hand and surface cleaners. High alcohol concentrations saturate the detector and overwhelm the low-level chemical signature.
Sampling; Analytical-processes; Volatiles; Organic-compounds; Health-care-facilities; Health-care; Medical-facilities; Epidemiology; Exposure-levels; Risk-factors; Health-care-personnel; Workers; Respiration; Respiratory-irritants; Respiratory-system-disorders; Pulmonary-function; Pulmonary-system; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Disinfectants; Statistical-analysis; Environmental-exposure;
Author Keywords: VOC; sampling and analysis; gas chromatography; mass spectrometry; accuracy
Proceedings of Indoor Air '11, The 12th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate, June 5-10, 2011, Austin, Texas