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Theory and Evaluation of a Workplace OP-FTIR Monitor.

Levine SP; Spear R; Yost M
Department of Environmental and Industrial Health, School of Public Health, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan 1996 Dec:6 pages
Results of a project to develop the theoretical basis for, and to evaluate the performance of, an optical path/Fourier transform infrared (OP/FTIR) monitor for monitoring exposure to contaminants in workplace air was presented. A list was prepared of all of the publications that resulted from the project, the significant findings of the project, the usefulness of the findings, and the relationship of the publications to the specific goals of the project. Nineteen publications, including 15 published in peer reviewed journals and four manuscripts submitted for publication, and six doctoral theses were published as a result of the project. The most significant findings were that the OP/FTIR monitor was suitable for use in the workplace during pilot scale evaluations, the monitor yielded useful quantitative and qualitative data during air monitoring tests at a pharmaceutical company, and time series analysis was a useful technique for determining when a significant departure from normal airborne contaminant concentrations occurred during field testing at a chemical company. Software based strategies have been developed for analyzing data obtained with the monitor when there was no clean air available for a background spectrum. The project also defined problems associated with tomographic reconstruction modeling of air contaminant concentration fields using data obtained with the OP/FTIR monitor.
NIOSH-Grant; Grants-other; Air-monitoring; Occupational-exposure; Analytical-instruments; Infrared-spectroscopy; Organic-vapors; Industrial-hygiene; Spectrographic-analysis;
Environmental & Indust Health University of Michigan 1420 Washington Heights Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2029
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Other Occupational Concerns; Grants-other;
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Department of Environmental and Industrial Health, School of Public Health, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
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University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor, Michigan
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