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J Chromatogr. 1986 Oct 3;367(2):385-92.

Determination of occupational exposure to toluene diisocyanate by biological monitoring.


Exposure of workers to toluene diisocyanate monomer in a factory producing flexible polyurethane was measured using impinger and reagent-impregnated filter sampling. These techniques yielded highly concordant results so that the facile filter techniques can be recommended. The personal exposures were compared with the individual excretion of amine metabolites from the parent toluene diisocyanates. The excretion was linearly related to the product of sampling time and concentration. The biological half-lives of the amines proved to be short so that urine should be sampled 2 h after the exposure. The percutaneous absorption of the monomers could also be controlled.

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