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Selecting isocyanate sampling and analytical methods.
Streicher RP; Reh CM; Key-Schwartz R; Schlecht C; Cassinelli ME; O'Connor PF
Appl Occup Environ Hyg 2002 Mar; 17(3):157-162
Isocyanate-containing compounds are used in the production of a wide variety of surface coatings, polyurethane foams, adhesives, resins, elastomers, binders, and sealants. Examples of potential worker exposures to isocyanates in automobile painting and mining applications are shown in Figure 1. Selecting the most appropriate sampling and analytical methods for isocyanates in a specific workplace environment is difficult for the following reasons: Isocyanates may be in the form of vapors or aerosols of various particle sizes: the species of interest are reactive and, therefore, unstable: pure analytical standars exist only for monomeric isocyanates and low limits of detection are needed.
Isocyanates; Sampling; Analytical-methods; Workers; Exposure-levels; Work-environment; Aerosols
US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH 45226-1998, USA
Issue of Publication
Research Tools and Approaches: Exposure Assessment Methods
Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
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