|Document ID (ISN)||104868|
|ISSN - Serial title
||1351-0711 - Occupational and Environmental Medicine
|Convention or series no.
||Petrucci F., Violante N., Senofonte O., Cristaudo A., Di Gregorio M., Forte G., Alimonti A.
||Biomonitoring of a worker population exposed to platinum dust in a catalyst production plant
||Jan. 2005, Vol.62, No.1, p.27-33. Illus. 17 ref.
||06-0373.pdf [in English]
||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.
||catalysts; airborne dust; exposure tests; determination in air; platinum
||personal sampling; exposure evaluation; determination in hair; determination in blood; determination in urine; case-control study
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||Italy|
||Toxic and dangerous substances
|Broad subject area(s)