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Human exposure to acrolein: Time-dependence and individual variation in eye irritation
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5026-4934
Department of Economics, Swedish University of Agricultural Science, Uppsala, Sweden.
2016 (English)In: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology, ISSN 1382-6689, E-ISSN 1872-7077, ISSN 13826689, Vol. 45, 20-27 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of the study was to examine the time dependence on sensory irritation detection following exposure to threshold levels of acrolein, in humans. The exposures occurred in an exposure chamber and the subjects were breathing fresh air through a mask that covered the nose and mouth. All participants participated in four exposure conditions, of which three consisted of a mixture of acrolein and heptane and one of only heptane. Exposure to acrolein at a concentration half of the TLV-C lead to sensory irritation. The perceived sensory irritation resulted in both increased detectability and sensory irritation after about6.8 min of exposure in 58% of the participants. The study confirm the previously suggested LOAEL of about 0.34 mg/m3for eye irritation due to acrolein exposure. The sensory irritation was still significant 10 min after exposure. These results have implications for risk assessment and limit setting in occupational hygiene.

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Elsevier, 2016. Vol. 45, 20-27 p.
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Human exposure, Eye irritation, Sensory irritation detection threshold, Time dependence, Acrolein, TRPA1a
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Environmental Health and Occupational Health
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-122786DOI: 10.1016/j.etap.2016.05.011OAI: diva2:941306
Swedish Research Council Formas, 2010-1401
Available from: 2016-06-22 Created: 2016-06-22 Last updated: 2016-08-30Bibliographically approved

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