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Carbon tetrachloride replacement compounds for organic vapor air-purifying respirator cartridge and activated carbon testing - a review.
Moyer ES; Smith SJ; Wood GO
Am Ind Hyg Assoc J 2001 Jul/Aug; 62(4):494-507
This article reviews efforts by researchers and organizations around the world to identify chemicals as substitutes for carbon tetrachloride in measuring activated carbon activity (adsorption capacity) or organic vapor air-purifying respirator cartridge (or other packed carbon bed) breakthrough times. Such measurements usually are done to determine if a minimum performance standard is met. Different criteria have been established, supporting data developed and used, and conclusions reached. This article presents relevant published, unpublished, obscure, and recalculated data which the reader can use to make a choice of replacement chemical and testing conditions. No recommendations for a specific replacement chemical are endorsed or promoted in this review.
Respirators; Organic-vapors; Performance-capability; Standards; Regulations; Air-purifying-respirators; Air-purifiers; Air-purification; Author Keywords: activated carbon; carbon tetrachloride; cartridges; respirators; substitution
Gerry O. Wood, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Industrial Hygiene and Safety Group, ESH-5 Mail Stop K486, Los Alamos, NM 87545
Issue of Publication
American Industrial Hygiene Association Journal
Page last reviewed: July 23, 2021
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division