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Testing of hair dryers for asbestos emissions.
Geraci-CL Jr.; Baron-PA; Carter-JW; Smith-DL
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, IA 79-29, 1979 Sep; :1-59
Tests were conducted on 30 hair dryers for the release of asbestos (1332214) fibers into the effluent air to evaluate potential consumer exposure, for the Consumer Product Safety Commission. A hair dryer test system was developed, consisting of a clean air source, a sampling duct assembly, several types of monitoring equipment and filter samplers. Generated samples were assessed by transmission electron microscopy capable of performing energy dispersive analysis of x-rays and selected area electron diffraction. Of the 30 dryers evaluated, 23 were home use hand held appliances, three were table top hooded models, one was a hobby heat gun, and one was a heavy duty commercial salon style dryer. The airborne asbestos concentrations generated by these dryers ranged from 0 to 0.11 structures/cubic centimeter and the mass concentrations ranged from 0 to 7652 nanograms/cubic meter. No significant differences were noted whether the dryers were operated at high heat or at cycled heat.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Contract; Contract-IA-79-29; Asbestos-dust; Airborne-fibers; Fibrous-dusts; Asbestos-products; Sampling-methods; Hairdressers
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