Internationales Archiv für Arbeitsmedizin

, Volume 34, Issue 1, pp 25–37 | Cite as

Sampling and analysis of some aromatic, aliphatic and chlorinated hydrocarbon vapours in air, a gas-liquid chromatographic and colorimetric method

  • Masana Ogata
  • Hiroko Asahara
  • Takao Saeki


This paper describes the sampling of air and its analysis for mixtures of organic solvent vapours by personal and room air samplers. The application of a potassium carbonate to remove water vapour, and silica gel adsorption tube cooled by dry ice for collection of organic solvents were investigated. The development of a method for the extraction of organic solvents from silica gel by cumene, ethyl ether, pyridine and dimethyl sulfoxide and subsequent estimation of their amounts by gas chromatography or colorimetry is reported. This method was useful for the personal air sampler in the workshop using thinner. Ethyl cellosolve acetate, and N,N-dimethyl formamide being cooled by dry ice and mixture of dimethyl sulfoxide and N,N-dimethyl formamide being cooled by ice were useful as absorbing agents of organic solvents particularly in the room air sampler.

Key words

Aromatic Hydrocarbons Aliphatic Hydrocarbons Chlorinated Hydrocarbons Silica Gel Personal Air Sampler 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Masana Ogata
    • 1
  • Hiroko Asahara
    • 1
  • Takao Saeki
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Public HealthOkayama University Medical SchoolOkayama
  2. 2.Department of DispensaryOkayama University Medical SchoolOkayama

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