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Toxics 2017, 5(4), 34; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics5040034

Using a Particle Counter to Inform the Creation of Similar Exposure Groups and Sampling Protocols in a Structural Steel Fabrication Facility

Division of Preventive Medicine, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB T6G 2S2, Canada
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Received: 20 October 2017 / Revised: 14 November 2017 / Accepted: 17 November 2017 / Published: 23 November 2017
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The objective of this project was to create similar exposure groups (SEGs) for occupational monitoring in a structural steel fabrication facility. Qualitative SEG formation involved worksite observation, interviews, and audits of materials and procedures. These were supplemented with preliminary task-based shop survey data collected using a condensation particle counter. A total of six SEGs were formed, with recommendations for occupational exposure sampling for five groups, as well as ambient sampling recommendations to address areas on the operational floor found to have higher particle concentrations. The combination of direct reading device data and qualitative SEG formation techniques is a valuable approach, as it contains both the monetary and temporal costs of worksite exposure monitoring. This approach also provides an empowering in-house analysis of potentially problematic areas, and results in the streamlining of occupational exposure assessment. View Full-Text
Keywords: similar exposure groups; welding fumes; occupational exposure; workplace surveys; condensation particle counter; direct reading instrument similar exposure groups; welding fumes; occupational exposure; workplace surveys; condensation particle counter; direct reading instrument
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Mino, J.; Quémerais, B. Using a Particle Counter to Inform the Creation of Similar Exposure Groups and Sampling Protocols in a Structural Steel Fabrication Facility. Toxics 2017, 5, 34.

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