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Measurement of worker's exposure to styrene.
Cohen BS; Malek R
Institute of Environmental Medicine, New York University Medical Center, New York, New York 1988 Aug; :1-21
Studies were conducted to determine the effectiveness of personal samplers in the work place by documenting the magnitude of the variability in breathing zone concentrations of styrene (100425) within the reinforced plastics industry, determining factors which contribute to breathing zone concentrations and investigating the stability of styrene samples taken with charcoal tubes. Measurements were taken at a facility for manufacturing boats where the production process included spraying a catalyzed resin solution along with chopped fiberglass onto a mold. The average background air concentration was 18mg/m3. The personal exposure concentrations were: nose, 327mg/m3; left lapel, 365mg/m3; right lapel, 388mg/m3; and chest, 430mg/m3. Factors affecting the concentration in the breathing zone included air flow patterns, the hood face velocity, and the position of the worker relative to the hood and relative to the spray gun. Styrene, being a volatile and reactive compound, may undergo physical and chemical changes such as vaporization, oxidation and polymerization, any of which would cause underestimation if they occurred following the sample collection. Samples collected on charcoal were stable up to 4 weeks in storage.
NIOSH-Grant; Grants-other; Analytical-chemistry; Chemical-analysis; Air-quality-monitoring; Air-sampling; Sampling-methods
Environmental Medicine New York University Medical Ct 550 First Avenue New York, N Y 10016
Final Grant Report
NTIS Accession No.
Other Occupational Concerns; Grants-other
Institute of Environmental Medicine, New York University Medical Center, New York, New York
New York University, New York, New York
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