Qualitative evaluation of occupational exposure to chemical agents in a workplace of a research laboratory

Cristian Castillo, Sara Braganca, António Fernandes, Isabel Loureiro, Nelson Costa

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    Abstract

    In order to identify the presence of chemical agents in the work environment, a workplace of a research laboratory was analyzed. For this purpose, colorimetric tubes were used in three of the nine macro activities of the most exposed worker. The impossibility of changing the technical specifications of the linear length of the product X (in process of patenting); and the replacement of the chemical agents,
    resins and solvents by other more innocuous, was assumed. After being detected the presence of toluene, methanol, n-hexane and benzene, the following sequence of improvements were proposed: (1) move the machine X to the entries C1-086 and C1-087 identified on the layout, (2) remove the division between those areas; install exhaust ventilation to do the correct atmospheric suction of the air/exposed gases and, (3) use of individual protection equipment.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationOccupational Safety and Hygiene II
    EditorsPedro Arezes, João S. Baptista, Monica P. Barroso, Paula Carneiro, Patrício Cordeiro, Nelson Costa, Rui B. Melo, Sergio A. Miguel, Gonçalo Perestrelo
    Place of PublicationLondon
    PublisherC R C Press
    Pages411–415
    Number of pages5
    Edition1st
    ISBN (Electronic)9781315773520
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 27 Jan 2014
    Event10th International Symposium on Occupational Safety and Hygiene - Guimarães, Portugal
    Duration: 13 Feb 201414 Feb 2014

    Conference

    Conference10th International Symposium on Occupational Safety and Hygiene
    Abbreviated titleSHO 2014
    Country/TerritoryPortugal
    CityGuimarães
    Period13/02/1414/02/14

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