Worker exposure monitoring of suspended particles in a thermal spray industry

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dc.contributor.author Petsas, N en
dc.contributor.author Kouzilos, G en
dc.contributor.author Papapanos, G en
dc.contributor.author Vardavoulias, M en
dc.contributor.author Moutsatsou, A en
dc.date.accessioned 2014-03-01T11:44:46Z
dc.date.available 2014-03-01T11:44:46Z
dc.date.issued 2007 en
dc.identifier.issn 1059-9630 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/37157
dc.subject Heavy metals en
dc.subject Monitoring en
dc.subject Qualityof air en
dc.subject Suspended particles en
dc.subject Thermal spray en
dc.subject Workers exposure en
dc.subject.classification Materials Science, Coatings & Films en
dc.subject.other Exposure monitoring en
dc.subject.other Thermal spray industry en
dc.subject.other Air quality en
dc.subject.other Heavy metals en
dc.subject.other Occupational risks en
dc.subject.other Particles (particulate matter) en
dc.subject.other Statistical methods en
dc.subject.other Thermal spraying en
dc.title Worker exposure monitoring of suspended particles in a thermal spray industry en
heal.type other en
heal.identifier.primary 10.1007/s11666-007-9027-6 en
heal.identifier.secondary http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11666-007-9027-6 en
heal.language English en
heal.publicationDate 2007 en
heal.abstract The purpose of the present work was the investigation and characterization of the quality of air in a thermal spray industry, in Greece. The activities that take place in the specific facility, as well as in most other similar industries, include thermal spraying and several mechanical and metallurgical tasks that generate airborne particles, such as grit-blasting, cutting and grinding of metallic components. Since the main focus of this work was the workers exposure to airborne particles and heavy metals, portable air samplers with quartz fiber filters, were used daily for 8 h. Three samplers, carried from different employees, were used for a period of 1 month. Results showed that both particles and heavy metals concentrations were low, even in the production site, which was the most susceptible area. The only exceptions were observed in the case of cleaning and maintenance activities in the thermal spray booth and in the case of spraying outside the booth. The main reason for the low concentrations is the fact that most of the activities that could produce high-particle concentrations are conducted in closed, wellventilated systems. Statistical elaboration of results showed that particles are correlated with Ni, Cu, Co. The same conclusion is extracted for Fe, Mn. These correlations indicate possible common sources. © ASM International 2007. en
heal.publisher ASM INTERNATIONAL en
heal.journalName Journal of Thermal Spray Technology en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1007/s11666-007-9027-6 en
dc.identifier.isi ISI:000247578000007 en
dc.identifier.volume 16 en
dc.identifier.issue 2 en
dc.identifier.spage 214 en
dc.identifier.epage 219 en

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