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Air exposure assessment of TDI and biological monitoring of TDA in urine in workers in polyurethane foam industry.
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PMID:  21725071     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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Objectives Toluene diisocyanate (TDI) is used in the manufacturing process of polyurethane (PU) foams and is a potent inducer of occupational asthma. The objective of this study was to evaluate the correlation between the exposure to total TDI (2,4- and 2,6-TDI) in air and the corresponding biomarker concentration of total TDA (2,4- and 2,6-TDA) in hydrolysed urine. The aim was also to propose an appropriate biological exposure limit for total TDA in urine. Methods 9 workers from two production lines in a PU foam producing plant were studied. Personal exposure to TDI during four representative production shifts was monitored by an active air sampling method (filter impregnated with 1-(2-methoxyphenyl)piperazine) and quantified by high-performance liquid chromatography and diode array detection (NIOSH n° 2535, 5521). In parallel, pre-shift and post-shift urinary samples were collected from the exposed workers, and TDA concentrations were determined by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry after alkaline hydrolysis. All samples were collected on four measuring days: two Fridays (end of workweek) and two Mondays (start of workweek) separated by a weekend without exposure. Results Strong correlations between the personal air concentrations of total TDI and the corresponding biomarker levels of total TDA in urine (r=0.816) were observed. An increase of 18.12 μg TDA/l (post-shift minus pre-shift concentration) corresponds to an exposure of 5 ppb (37 μg/m(3), the current American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists threshold limit value) during the shift. Conclusions The increase in TDA during the shift is a suitable biomarker for exposure to TDI during the same shift. Further research is needed to evaluate the use of start of week or end of week post-shift TDA in urine as biomarker since TDA was found to accumulate during the working week and thus the moment of sampling will clearly influence the result.
Authors:
Tom Geens; Sandra Dugardin; Ann Schockaert; Geert De Cooman; Marc van Sprundel
Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-7-1
Journal Detail:
Title:  Occupational and environmental medicine     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1470-7926     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-7-4     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9422759     Medline TA:  Occup Environ Med     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
Provikmo Occupational Health Services, Bruges, Belgium.
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