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Measurement of Worker's Exposure to Styrene.


PB89129589

Publication Date 1988
Personal Author Cohen, B. S.; Malek, R.
Page Count 26
Abstract Studies were conducted to determine the effectiveness of personal samplers in the work place by documenting the magnitude of the variability in breathing zone concentrations of styrene (100425) within the reinforced plastics industry, determining factors which contribute to breathing zone concentrations and investigating the stability of styrene samples taken with charcoal tubes. Measurements were taken at a facility for manufacturing boats where the production process included spraying a catalyzed resin solution along with chopped fiberglass onto a mold. The average background air concentration was 18mg/m3. The personal exposure concentrations were: nose, 327mg/m3; left lapel, 365mg/m3; right lapel, 388mg/m3; and chest, 430mg/m3. Factors affecting the concentration in the breathing zone included air flow patterns, the hood face velocity, and the position of the worker relative to the hood and relative to the spray gun. Styrene, being a volatile and reactive compound, may undergo physical and chemical changes such as vaporization, oxidation and polymerization, any of which would cause underestimation if they occurred following the sample collection. Samples collected on charcoal were stable up to 4 weeks in storage.
Keywords
  • Environmental surveys
  • Control equipment
  • Styrene resins
  • Exposure
  • Inspection
  • Airborne wastes
  • Protectors
  • Tables(Data)
  • Plastics industry
  • Air samplers
  • Toxic substances
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Air pollution monitors
  • CAS 100-42-5
Source Agency
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
NTIS Subject Category
  • 57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
  • 94D - Job Environment
  • 41I - Job Environment
  • 68A - Air Pollution & Control
  • 68G - Environmental Health & Safety
Corporate Authors New York Univ. Medical Center, NY. Inst. of Environmental Medicine.; National Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH.
Supplemental Notes Sponsored by National Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH.
Document Type Technical Report
Title Note Final rept.,
NTIS Issue Number 198906
Measurement of Worker's Exposure to Styrene.
Measurement of Worker's Exposure to Styrene.
PB89129589

  • Environmental surveys
  • Control equipment
  • Styrene resins
  • Exposure
  • Inspection
  • Airborne wastes
  • Protectors
  • Tables(Data)
  • Plastics industry
  • Air samplers
  • Toxic substances
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Air pollution monitors
  • CAS 100-42-5
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • 57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
  • 94D - Job Environment
  • 41I - Job Environment
  • 68A - Air Pollution & Control
  • 68G - Environmental Health & Safety
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