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Document ID (ISN)61662
CIS number 94-256
ISSN - Serial title 0003-4878 - Annals of Occupational Hygiene
Year 1993
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Purdham J.T., Bozek P.R., Sass-Kortsak A.S.
Title The evaluation of exposure of printing trade employees to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons
Bibliographic information Feb. 1993, Vol.37, No.1, p.35-44. 25 ref.
Abstract This study was undertaken to determine the exposures of printing press operators to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) and total particulate (TP), and to evaluate the factors contributing to exposure in the printing industry. Personal time-weighted average exposures of press room workers were determined on two consecutive days at nine sites, including two newspaper operations. The average PAH exposure was 16.5µg/m3 (including naphthalene), the average TP exposure was 0.63mg/m3. Newspaper plants had significantly lower exposures than commercial printing operations. Factors identified as contributing to exposure to TP were: the effectiveness of the ventilation systems, the method of feeding the press, the type of paper and the print impression area.
Descriptors (primary) conditions of exposure; printing industry; polycyclic hydrocarbons; cylinder printing machines; aromatic hydrocarbons
Descriptors (secondary) personal sampling; ventilation design; statistical evaluation; exposure evaluation; air sampling; ventilation systems
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceCanada
Subject(s) Paper-making and printing
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Printing, photography and photocopying industry
Polycyclic hydrocarbons
Aromatic hydrocarbons