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Document ID (ISN)76605
CIS number 01-838
ISSN - Serial title 0003-4878 - Annals of Occupational Hygiene
Year 2000
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Svendsen K., Rognes K.S.
Title Exposure to organic solvents in the offset printing industry in Norway
Bibliographic information Mar. 2000, Vol.44, No.2, p.119-124. 8 ref.
Abstract The purpose of this study was to document current conditions regarding solvent exposure in offset printing shops in Norway at present and to study the variation of exposure between print shop technologies. The measurements consisted of 5 to 10 whole-day personal exposure measurements over a period of 2 months. Variables that may influence the level of exposure were registered by the occupational hygienist using a check list. The main contributor to the "additive factor" was isopropanol. Its concentration sometimes exceeded the Norwegian TLV. The exposure increased when the machine had automatic cleaning; it decreased when an exhaust ventilation was used. The "automatic cleaning" and "separate exhaust ventilation" variables explained 59% of the variation in the "additive factor". The results indicate that the most important source of solvent exposure in printing shops at present is the moisturizer used in the printing machines.
Descriptors (primary) isopropyl alcohol; determination in air; organic solvents; offset printing
Descriptors (secondary) threshold limit values; personal sampling; exposure evaluation; limitation of exposure; Norway
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceNorway
Subject(s) Paper-making and printing
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Alcohols
Printing, photography and photocopying industry