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Document ID (ISN)111318
CIS number 10-0845
Year 2010
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Fioretti M., Catrambone T., Gordiani A., Cabella R.
Title Occupational exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in airborne particulate matter: Validation and application of a gas chromatography-mass spectrometry analytical method
Bibliographic information Dec. 2010, Vol.7, p.672-682. Illus. 47 ref.
Abstract This study concerns the validation of an analytical method for the measurement of occupational exposure to trace levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in airborne particulate matter (APM). Personal exposures to selected PAHs of five workers occupationally exposed to urban pollution in Rome, Italy, were evaluated. The samples were collected over 10 days evenly-distributed during the winter and summer of 2008. It was found that phenanthrene was the predominant polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon; the highest benzo[a]pyrene concentrations were approximately 2-fold higher than European annual target values: seasonal variations of personal exposure to selected PAHs suggested higher emissions and reduced atmospheric reactivity of PAH compounds in winter. The analytical method used was found to be reliable and a useful tool to evaluate occupational exposure to low PAH levels.
Descriptors (primary) breathing atmosphere; aromatic hydrocarbons; polycyclic hydrocarbons; airborne dust; determination in air; exposure evaluation
Descriptors (secondary) phenanthrene; benzo(a)pyrene; personal sampling; mass spectrometry; gas chromatography; reliability; threshold limit values; description of technique
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Aromatic hydrocarbons
Exposure evaluation