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Document ID (ISN)65373
CIS number 95-1719
ISSN - Serial title 0002-8894 - American Industrial Hygiene Association Journal
Year 1995
Convention or series no.
Author(s) de Peyster A., Silvers J.A.
Title Arsenic levels in hair of workers in a semiconductor fabrication facility
Bibliographic information Apr. 1995, Vol.56, No.4, p.377-383. 22 ref.
Abstract This study examines the relationship between total arsenic (As) levels in the hair of employees in a semiconductor fabrication facility and job responsibility, a surrogate variable for As exposure potential. Maintenance personnel who regularly worked in equipment cleaning areas were assumed to have a higher potential for occupational exposure to As than other employees. Hair samples were collected from workers with high, medium and low potential for exposure and from controls (administrative employees). Total As in hair was measured by atomic absorption spectroscopy. Exposure levels were established by taking air and wipe samples, and by evaluating returned questionnaires designed to detect nonoccupational As sources. Mean hair As, though somewhat higher than in controls, was not significantly higher in any of the exposed groups. In general, nonoccupational sources of As seemed to contribute more to hair As levels than any occupational exposure. Monitoring for low-level As exposure in this industry should only be considered if nonoccupational exposures can also be examined.
Descriptors (primary) arsenic; semiconductor devices; determination in hair; exposure evaluation; microelectronics; toxic substances
Descriptors (secondary) comparative study; non-occupational factors
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Electricity
Broad subject area(s) New technologies
Browse category(ies) Exposure evaluation
Inorganic substances
Electronics industry
Manufacturing of electrical appliances and equipment
Arsenic and compounds