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Title: Testing of hair dryers for asbestos emissions

Abstract

Tests were conducted on 30 hair dryers for the release of asbestos fibers into the effluent air to evaluate potential consumer exposure, for the Consumer Product Safety Commission. A hair-dryer test system was developed, consisting of a clean air source, a sampling duct assembly, several types of monitoring equipment and filter samplers. Generated samples were assessed by transmission electron microscopy capable of performing energy dispersive analysis of x rays and selected-area electron diffraction. Of the 30 dryers evaluated, 23 were home-use hand-held appliances, three were table-top hooded models, one was a hobby heat gun, and one was a heavy-duty commercial salon style dryer. The airborne asbestos concentrations generated by these dryers ranged from 0 to 0.11 structures/cm/sup 3/ and the mass concentrations ranged from 0 to 7652 nanograms/cm/sup 3/. No significant differences were noted whether the dryers were operated at high heat or at cycled heat.

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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
National Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH (USA). Div. of Physical Sciences and Engineering
OSTI Identifier:
6080108
Report Number(s):
PB-89-165237/XAB
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: Portions of this document are not fully legible
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; 99 GENERAL AND MISCELLANEOUS//MATHEMATICS, COMPUTING, AND INFORMATION SCIENCE; ASBESTOS; PUBLIC HEALTH; DRYERS; CONSUMER PROTECTION; ELECTRIC APPLIANCES; AIR POLLUTION; CHEMICAL ANALYSIS; SAMPLING; TRANSMISSION ELECTRON MICROSCOPY; APPLIANCES; ELECTRON MICROSCOPY; MICROSCOPY; POLLUTION; 500200* - Environment, Atmospheric- Chemicals Monitoring & Transport- (-1989); 552000 - Public Health

Citation Formats

Geraci, C L, Baron, P A, Carter, J W, and Smith, D L. Testing of hair dryers for asbestos emissions. United States: N. p., 1979. Web.
Geraci, C L, Baron, P A, Carter, J W, & Smith, D L. Testing of hair dryers for asbestos emissions. United States.
Geraci, C L, Baron, P A, Carter, J W, and Smith, D L. Sat . "Testing of hair dryers for asbestos emissions". United States.
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title = {Testing of hair dryers for asbestos emissions},
author = {Geraci, C L and Baron, P A and Carter, J W and Smith, D L},
abstractNote = {Tests were conducted on 30 hair dryers for the release of asbestos fibers into the effluent air to evaluate potential consumer exposure, for the Consumer Product Safety Commission. A hair-dryer test system was developed, consisting of a clean air source, a sampling duct assembly, several types of monitoring equipment and filter samplers. Generated samples were assessed by transmission electron microscopy capable of performing energy dispersive analysis of x rays and selected-area electron diffraction. Of the 30 dryers evaluated, 23 were home-use hand-held appliances, three were table-top hooded models, one was a hobby heat gun, and one was a heavy-duty commercial salon style dryer. The airborne asbestos concentrations generated by these dryers ranged from 0 to 0.11 structures/cm/sup 3/ and the mass concentrations ranged from 0 to 7652 nanograms/cm/sup 3/. No significant differences were noted whether the dryers were operated at high heat or at cycled heat.},
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place = {United States},
year = {1979},
month = {9}
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