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Year : 2002  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 14  |  Page : 1--7

Monitoring exposure to solvent vapour in the workplace using a video-visualization technique

Health and Safety Laboratory, Sheffield, United Kingdom

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P T Walsh
Health and Safety Laboratory, Broad Lane, Sheffield S3 7HQ
United Kingdom
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PMID: 12678922

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A video-visualization technique, using a combination of a fast-response, direct-reading, personal gas monitor (photo-ionization detector) and synchronized video monitoring (with a standard camcorder), has been applied to assess exposure to solvents in various industries. The objective is to understand how short-term peaks occur and how they can be controlled to minimise both short-term exposure and their contribution to long-term exposure. The technique was employed to identify peaks associated with work activities and their contribution to total exposure arising from use of tetrachloroethene in a dry cleaning establishment. The exposure and video data are simultaneously displayed on computer and the information is disseminated on CD (and video), forming the basis of a detailed occupational hygiene assessment or training material.


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