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Document ID (ISN)110801
CIS number 10-0381
ISSN - Serial title 0019-8366 - Industrial Health
Year 2010
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Pacenti M., Dugheri S., Boccalon P., Arcangeli G., Dolara P., Cupelli V.
Title Air monitoring and assessment of occupational exposure to peracetic acid in a hospital environment
Bibliographic information Mar. 2010, Vol.48, No.2, p.217-221. Illus. 14 ref.
Internet access Air_monitoring_and_assessment.pdf [in English]
Abstract A new automated method based upon solid phase micro-extraction (SPME)/fast gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) was used in the regional hospital of Florence for the quantitative determination of airborne peracetic acid (PAA). The method is suitable for the quick assessment of brief acute exposure as well as for long-term environmental monitoring of PAA and can assist in improving safety and environmental quality in workplaces where disinfectants are used. During a monitoring campaign in Italy, the 8h average air concentration of PAA was 1/10 of the threshold limit value of time weighted average in 87% of the clinical units tested. However, the application of the new SPME method showed that short-term exposure to PAA could be relatively elevated in some hospital units with poor ventilation, allowing prompt intervention in order to reduce worker exposure to this potentially toxic compound.
Descriptors (primary) peroxyacetic acid; hospitals
Descriptors (secondary) Italy; disinfectants; mass spectrometry; gas chromatography; exposure evaluation; threshold limit values; short-term exposure
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Exposure evaluation
Organic acids
Health care services