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Document ID (ISN)112551
CIS number 12-0257
ISSN - Serial title 0007-9952 - Cahiers de notes documentaires - Hygiène et sécurité du travail
Year 2011
Convention or series no. ND 2349-225-11
Author(s) Bertrand N., Clerc F.
Title Overview of occupational exposures to volatile organic compounds between 2003 and 2010
Original title Panorama des expositions professionnelles à des composés organiques volatils entre 2003 et 2010 [in French]
Bibliographic information Dec. 2011, No.225, p.31-44. Illus. 16 ref.
Internet access Panorama_des_expositions_professionnelles_[INTERNET_FREE_ACCESS] [in French]
Abstract This article presents exposure data to volatile organic compounds (VOCs) subject to French Occupational Exposure Limit (OELs). Data was collected from the COLCHIC database for VOCs most frequently measured between 2003 and 2010. Firstly, the nine most commonly-measured carcinogenic-mutagenic-reprotoxic (CMR) agents were identified, namely toluene, styrene, formaldehyde, ethyl benzene, dichloromethane, n-hexane, tetrachloroethylene, trichloroethylene and benzene. Ten other VOCs, subject to an OEL but not classified as CMRs, were next identified by breaking down the data into exposure scenarios. This enabled the study to highlight the specific characteristics of various French occupational contexts (activity sector, job or task). In both cases, the exposure indicators provided are common statistical descriptors complemented by the exposure index and the trend over the 8-year study period (2003-2010).
Descriptors (primary) France; organic compounds; harmful substances; volatile substances; exposure evaluation; job-exposure relation
Descriptors (secondary) IARC; mutagens; carcinogens; determination in air; threshold limit values; antifertility effects; computerized data bases
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Exposure evaluation
Cancer and carcinogens