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Document ID (ISN)104868
CIS number 06-373
ISSN - Serial title 1351-0711 - Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2005
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Petrucci F., Violante N., Senofonte O., Cristaudo A., Di Gregorio M., Forte G., Alimonti A.
Title Biomonitoring of a worker population exposed to platinum dust in a catalyst production plant
Bibliographic information Jan. 2005, Vol.62, No.1, p.27-33. Illus. 17 ref.
Abstract The objective of this study was to evaluate occupational exposure to platinum in an industrial plant engaged in the production, recovery, and recycling of catalytic converters. Platinum was determined in airborne particulate matter, and in the blood, urine and hair of 106 exposed workers, 21 controls from the plant's administrative offices and 25 unexposed subjects. The highest level of platinum in air was found in one of the production areas. The biological data confirmed this trend, with mean concentrations in this site being higher than in other working areas. The workers employed in the administrative sector had levels of contaminant lower than those of other workers, albeit 2-20 times higher than those of external controls. The background level of platinum in all areas of the factory implies widespread exposure for the workers. The most reliable biomarker was the level of platinum in urine.
Descriptors (primary) catalysts; airborne dust; exposure tests; determination in air; platinum
Descriptors (secondary) personal sampling; exposure evaluation; determination in hair; determination in blood; determination in urine; case-control study
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceItaly
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Biological monitoring
Inorganic substances