Volatile metabolites in occupational exposure to organic sulfur compounds
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Dimethyl sulfide in breath was determined by the gas chromatographic method in 14 persons exposed to organic reduced sulfur compounds in sulfate pulp mills. Dimethyl sulfide concentrations in breath (range 0.04–0.69 cm3/m3 were compared to the combined work-place concentrations of methyl mercaptan, dimethyl sulfide and dimethyl disulfide. This method of analysis proved to be a practical noninvasive way to assess recent exposure, and therefore it should be applicable to workplaces contaminated with organic sulfur compounds in the pulp industry.
Key wordsOrganic sulfur compounds Dimethyl sulfide Breath analysis Workplace exposure
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