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Determination of volatile organic compound profiles in health care settings.

Authors
LeBouf-RF; Stefaniak-AB; Virji-MA
Source
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
NIOSHTIC No.
20043038
Abstract
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.
Keywords
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
Publication Date
20110601
Document Type
Conference/Symposia Proceedings
Email Address
rlebouf@cdc.gov
Fiscal Year
2011
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
ISBN No.
9781627482721
NIOSH Division
HELD
Source Name
Proceedings of Indoor Air '11, The 12th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate, June 5-10, 2011, Austin, Texas
State
WV; TX; CA
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