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Document ID (ISN)111949
CIS number 11-0680
ISSN - Serial title 1351-0711 - Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2010
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Fustinoni S., Campo L., Cirla P.E., Martinotti I., Buratti M., Longhi O., FoÓ V., Bertazzi P.
Title Dermal exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in asphalt workers
Bibliographic information July 2010, Vol.67, No.7, p.456-463. Illus. 40 ref.
Abstract The objective of this study was to assess dermal exposure to 16 polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in asphalt workers in the region of Milan, Italy, to identify the most frequent compounds and exposure sites and to integrate dermal exposure results with environmental and biological data. Twenty-four asphalt workers were recruited. Dermal exposure was assessed during a single work shift. Sixteen PAHs were quantified via gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. Dermal exposure was assessed by applying polypropylene pads to six body sites (neck, shoulder, upper arm, wrist, groin and ankle). Airborne exposure, and urinary PAHs and monohydroxy metabolites were also investigated. Findings are discussed. Overall, dermal exposures to PAHs were in the low ng/cm2 range. Phenanthrene, pyrene and benzo[a]pyrene were the most representative compounds and the wrist was the best location to perform dermal exposure assessments. Both dermal and airborne exposure contributed to the total body burden of PAHs, with the relative contribution varying according to the specific PAH.
Descriptors (primary) aromatic hydrocarbons; polycyclic hydrocarbons; bitumen; road work; skin absorption; exposure tests
Descriptors (secondary) Italy; phenanthrene; benzo(a)pyrene; pyrene; personal sampling; determination in air; determination in urine; mass spectrometry
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Construction industry
Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Construction industry and civil engineering
Polycyclic hydrocarbons
Aromatic hydrocarbons
Exposure evaluation