Gas chromatographic determination of the pesticide dodemorph for assessment of occupational exposure.

Abstract

As part of a health hazard survey of occupational exposure to pesticides in greenhouse growing of ornamentals, analytical methods are developed and validated for measurement of exposure of workers to the fungicide dodemorph. A gas chromatographic method is developed using on-column injection and nitrogen-phosphorus detection for quantification. Methods for the determination of (potential) dermal exposure by the analysis of foliar dislodgeable residues and cotton gloves are validated with respect to background, analytical recovery, stability, limit of detection, and between-day coefficients of variation. Analytical recovery from 'foliar dislodgeable residue solutions' and cotton gloves is more than 95%. Dodemorph in 'foliar dislodgeable residue solutions' and on cotton gloves is stable for at least five and six months, respectively, when stored in the refrigerator. Between-day coefficients of variation are 6% for both matrices. The limit of detection is 3 micrograms per leaf sample and 150 micrograms per pair of gloves. Institute of Occupational Medicine (IOM) samplers, designed for the collection of a defined inspirable fraction of aerosols, are tested for sampling air-borne dodemorph. IOM samplers equipped with glass-fiber or cellulose filters appear unsuitable for reliable sampling of the fungicide because of breakthrough or breakdown during sampling.

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@article{Leenheers1992GasCD, title={Gas chromatographic determination of the pesticide dodemorph for assessment of occupational exposure.}, author={L H Leenheers and J C Ravensberg and Harold M. J. Kerstens and Maud M. Jongen}, journal={Journal of chromatographic science}, year={1992}, volume={30 6}, pages={228-32} }