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Development of a glove end of service life indicator (ESLI) for weak organic and inorganic acids.
Vo E; Klingner T; Zhuang Z
Proc Int Conf Occup Environ Exp Skin Chem: Sci Pol 2002 Sep; :17
A commercially available colorimetric indicator used to detect permeation of acid/base compounds through chemical protective gloves was previously evaluated (Vo, The Analyst, 127:178-182, 2002) and was found to be insufficiently reactive toward weak organic acids. Exposure to propionic acid, acrylic acid and other weak acids was of sufficient concern to merit the development of an alternative indicator system that allows the detection of these chemicals. A new indicator pad based on the use of 2-[4-(dimethylamino) phenylazo] benzoic acid, sodium salt was developed. This indicator produces a visible color change in a pH range of 5-6 allowing detection of these weak acids. In addition, a method to quantitatively determine the exposure dose of permeating chemicals to the indicator pad was developed using solvent desorption and gas chromatography. The pad was used to detect both organic and inorganic acid permeation through six representative polymeric glove materials. A comparison of the indicator response to breakthrough times was determined by using a modified ASTM F-739 procedure with an infrared analyzer. The indicator proved highly sensitive and reliable in detecting and collecting acid permeation occurring through gloves and as use as a field validation method for glove performance.
Organic-acids; Organic-compounds; Acids; Gloves; Personal-protection; Personal-protective-equipment; Exposure-levels; Gas-chromatography; Solvents; Protective-clothing; Protective-materials
Research Tools and Approaches; Control Technology & Personal Protective Equipment; Disease and Injury: Allergic and Irritant Dermatitis
Proceedings of the International Conference on Occupational and Environmental Exposures of Skin to Chemicals: Science and Policy, Crystal City, VA, September 8-11, 2002
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