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Document ID (ISN)100409
CIS number 02-1369
ISSN - Serial title 0002-8894 - American Industrial Hygiene Association Journal
Year 2002
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Pantusa V.P., Stock T.H., Morandi M.T., Harrist R.B., Afshar M.
Title Inhalation exposures to acrylamide in biomedical laboratories
Bibliographic information July-Aug. 2002, Vol.63, No.4, p.468-473. 22 ref.
Abstract This study evaluated airborne acrylamide exposures experienced by laboratory personnel using either crystalline acrylamide or commercially-available solutions to make polyacrylamide gels. Exposures were monitored for a short-term (15-min) period and for a long-term period, during which a sample was collected for as long as the subject was potentially exposed to acrylamide. Mean air concentrations for the 15-min exposures were 7.205.64g/m3 and 5.814.53g/m3 for the users of crystalline and solution acrylamide, respectively. Mean concentrations for the long-term exposures were 12.7724.20g/m3 for workers employing crystalline acrylamide and 4.227.05g/m3 for personnel using acrylamide solutions. Although the results indicate that several subjects were exposed to elevated levels, the calculated 8-hour time-weighted average exposures were below current occupational exposure limits. However, because the neurotoxic effects of acrylamide are cumulative and it is a suspected carcinogen, all exposures should be kept as low as reasonably achievable.
Descriptors (primary) laboratory work; acrylamide; determination in air; inhalation
Descriptors (secondary) neurotoxic effects; exposure evaluation; carcinogens; threshold limit values
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Amides