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Abstract

There is an increasing requirement to monitor worker exposure and the working environment for airborne contaminants within an overall strategy to protect workers' health. Personal monitoring, involving time weighted average measurements, has become the generally accepted technique in assessing compliance with regulatory limits. In many industries workers are required to wear monitoring equipment during their working period. This increased monitoring requirement has led to the development of new, more effective and less costly sampling systems based on the principle of diffusion. A diffusive sampler is a device which is capable of taking samples of gas or vapour pollutants from the atmosphere at a rate controlled by a physical process such as diffusion through a static air layer or permeation through a membrane, but which does not involve the active movement of the air through the sampler. The objectives of this Symposium are: - to review the state of the art of diffusive sampler techniques - to stimulate the exchange of technical information - to assess the suitability and range of applications for work-place monitoring. This symposium is aimed at industrial medical officers and hygienists, analysts, employers, trade-union representatives, regulatory authorities, workmen's compensation boards, research institutes, manufacturers of equipment and all potential users of diffusive samplers. The Commission of the European Communities in the framework of the Action Programme on Safety and Health at Work is to establish appropriate methods for measuring and evaluating workplace air concentrations of toxic agents. In establishing such methods their effectiveness and cost must be taken into account. The Commission believes that diffusive techniques deserve special consideration.

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Authors: BERLIN A CEC-LUXEMBOURG BROWN R H OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE AND HYGIENE LABORATORIES, HEALTH AND SAFETY EXECUTIVE, LONDON (UK) SAUNDERS K J BP RESEARCH CENTRE, SUNBURY-ON-THAMES, MIDDLESEX (UK) , CEC-LUXEMBOURG;OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE AND HYGIENE LABORATORIES, HEALTH AND SAFETY EXECUTIVE, LONDON (UK);BP RESEARCH CENTRE, SUNBURY-ON-THAMES, MIDDLESEX (UK)
Bibliographic Reference: DIFFUSIVE SAMPLING: AN ALTERNATIVE APPROACH TO WORKPLACE AIR MONITORING. PROCEEDINGS OF AN INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM JOINTLY ORGANIZED BY CEC AND UK HEALTH AND SAFETY EXECUTIVE, AND UK ROYAL SOCIETY OF CHEMISTRY, AND THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION, LUXEMBOUR
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Record Number: 1989126054400 / Last updated on: 1989-03-01
Category: PUBLICATION
Available languages: en