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Document ID (ISN)107166
CIS number 07-1127
ISSN - Serial title 1076-2752 - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2006
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Iavicoli I., Carelli G., Bergamaschi A.
Title Exposure evaluation to airborne polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in an Italian airport
Bibliographic information Aug. 2006, Vol.48, No.8, p.815-822. 32 ref.
Abstract The aim of this study was to evaluate occupational exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and biphenyl in an Italian airport. In winter 2005, 12 air samples were taken at 120L/min during 24h in three different areas of the airport. PAH levels were found to be generally low. In all investigated areas, the highest concentrations were found for naphthalene (130-13,050ng/m3), followed by 2-methylnaphthalene (64-28,500ng/m3), 1-methylnaphthalene (24-35,300ng/m3), and biphenyl (24-1610ng/m3). However, in some instances, the levels found for benzo[i+j+k]fluoranthenes and benzo[α]pyrene, two high-boiling PAHs, (54.2ng/m3 and 8.6ng/m3, respectively) are a cause of concern.
Descriptors (primary) Italy; aromatic hydrocarbons; air transport; polycyclic hydrocarbons; exposure evaluation; airports
Descriptors (secondary) carcinogens; biphenyl; 1-methylnaphthalene; 2-methylnaphthalene; fluoranthenes; sampling and analysis; determination in air; naphthalene; benzo(a)pyrene
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceItaly
Subject(s) Transport and communications
Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Exposure evaluation
Polycyclic hydrocarbons
Aromatic hydrocarbons
Air transportation