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Title: Volatile organic compounds generated in asphalt pavement construction and their health effects on workers
Authors: Chong, D
Wang, Y 
Guo, H 
Lu, Y
Keywords: Asphalt pavement construction
Construction materials and methods
Construction occupational environment
Health hazards
Volatile organic compounds
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: American Society of Civil Engineers
Source: Journal of construction engineering and management, 2014, v. 140, no. 2, 4013051 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of construction engineering and management 
Abstract: Hot mix asphalt (HMA) is a major construction material used for building roads, airport runways, and parking lots. During HMA construction, a massive amount of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) is emitted from the hot asphalt mixtures, creating a potential health risk to on-site workers. Few studies have quantitatively investigated the constituents and potential health effects of the VOCs generated in HMA pavement construction. This paper presents the results of a study in which air samples were collected at multiple locations and time points of several projects during HMA pavement construction and were subsequently characterized for their chemical compositions and concentrations by using gas chromatography/mass selective detector (GC/MSD). The analysis results are compared with occupational exposure limits mandated or recommended by various agencies. Although the individual concentrations of the identified chemicals were found to be below various exposure limits, their collective effect on human health remains unknown and may not be ignored. This paper contributes to the knowledge of the types and concentrations of VOCs generated in asphalt pavement construction, their potential health risks to workers, and possible mitigation measures.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/18735
ISSN: 0733-9364
EISSN: 1943-7862
DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0000801
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