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
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
CountryPortugal
CityGuimarães
Period13/02/1414/02/14

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    Castillo, C., Braganca, S., Fernandes, A., Loureiro, I., & Costa, N. (2014). Qualitative evaluation of occupational exposure to chemical agents in a workplace of a research laboratory. In P. Arezes, J. S. Baptista, M. P. Barroso, P. Carneiro, P. Cordeiro, N. Costa, R. B. Melo, S. A. Miguel, & G. Perestrelo (Eds.), Occupational Safety and Hygiene II (1st ed., pp. 411–415). C R C Press. https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9781315773520/chapters/10.1201%2Fb16490-74