Chemical and Biological Characterization of Emissions from a Fireperson Training Facility

Elliot L. Atlas, C. S. Giam, Kirby C. Donnelly, A. R. McFarland

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Firefighters are routinely exposed to a wide variety of combustion products. To examine health-related aspects of their exposure to combustion products from specific sources, samples from oil fire plumes at a fireperson training facility were collected for chemical characterization of organic compounds and for Ames microbial mutagenesis biological testing. Chemical characterization of particulate and vapor-phase samples demonstrated the existence of a complex mixture of organics containing a series of alkanes, polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons and other compounds. The Ames bioassay showed an average mutagenic response of 0.4 rev/jug with most of the activity observed in strain TA98 with metabolic activation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)532-540
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Industrial Hygiene Association Journal
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 1985
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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