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Industrial Hygiene Study: Extent of Exposure to Organotins, Report No. IWS-136-6.
NIOSH 1985 Aug:57 pages
This study was conducted as part of an assessment of the feasibility of conducting a study of reproductive effects noticed among workers exposed to organotins in the course of their jobs. Specifically, attempts were made to define the types of individuals exposed to organotins, the significance of this exposure, and the reliability of the sampling and analytical methods used to measure the exposure. Various sampling methods and tools, the facilities included in the survey, and observations relevant to the entire study were discussed. Air sampling data collected at various facilities indicated that there was a wide range of exposure levels to airborne total organotin concentrations ranging from below the limits of detection to 3.4mg/m3, as tin (7440315). Personal sampling data from industrial hygiene surveys indicated concentrations ranging from 0.02 to 0.05mg/m3 in normal operating conditions at organotin production facilities. Workers involved in spray application of organotins containing marine antifoulant paint were exposed to concentrations ranging from less than 0.02mg/m3 to 0.2mg/m3. Workers involved in formulation and packaging operations at an agricultural chemicals formulation facility were exposed to concentrations ranging from less than 0.006mg/m3 to 3.4mg/m3. In most cases where concentrations exceeded the 0.1mg/m3 established exposure limit, personal protective equipment was used.
NIOSH-Contract; Contract-200-82-2521; IWS-136-6; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; Reproductive-system-disorders; Organo-tin-compounds; Organo-metallic-compounds; Tin-compounds; Painters; Agricultural-workers; Chemical-industry-workers;
NTIS Accession No.
Fertility and Pregnancy Abnormalities; Disease and Injury; Reproductive-system-disorders;
Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations and Field Studies, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. IWS-136-6
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