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  1. Gamma Radiolytic Degradation of 4-Chlorophenol Determination of Degraded Products with HPLC and GC-MS

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    S. Bilal Butt

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available Contamination by chlorophenols of surface water and groundwater is an emerging issue in environmental science and engineering. After their usage as pesticide, herbicide and disinfectant, these organic compounds subsequently enter the aquatic environment through a number of routes. Some of the chlorophenols are slightly biodegradable, while others are more persistent and mobile in the aquatic environment especially chlorophenols. Gamma radiolytic degradation is one of advance oxidation process that has been thought to be one of the promising treatments to deal with this problem. This radiolytic study was carried out in methanolic 4-CP (4-chlorophenol samples. Among several factors effecting radiolytic degradation of 4-CP, dose and concentration are important that were evaluated under atmospheric conditions. A degradation yield (G –value for 4-CP of 0.38 and 1.35 was achieved in 20 and 100mg/dm3 solution. It was observed that degradation yield decreases with increasing 4-CP concentration. Gamma radiolysis produce free radicals in solvent which further react with 4-CP molecules to generate different products. The identification of degradation products was proposed using HPLC and GC-MS.

  2. Gamma radiolytic degradation of 4-chlorophenol determination of degraded products with HPLC and GC-MS

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    Contamination by chlorophenols of surface water and groundwater is an emerging issue in environmental science and engineering. After their usage as pesticide, herbicide and disinfectant, these organic compounds subsequently enter the aquatic environment through a number of routes. Some of the chlorophenols are slightly biodegradable, while others are more persistent and mobile in the aquatic environment especially chlorophenols. Gamma radiolytic degradation is one of advance oxidation process that has been thought to be one of the promising treatments to deal with this problem. This radiolytic study was carried out in methanolic 4-CP (4-chlorophenol) samples. Among several factors effecting radiolytic degradation of 4-CP, dose and concentration are important that were evaluated under atmospheric conditions. A degradation yield (G -value) for 4- CP of 0.38 and 1.35 was achieved in 20 and 100 mg/dm/sup 3/ solution. It was observed that degradation yield decreases with increasing 4-CP concentration. Gamma radiolysis produce free radicals in solvent which further react with 4-CP molecules to generate different products. The identification of degradation products was proposed using HPLC and GC-MS. (author)

  3. Gamma Radiolytic Degradation of 4-Chlorophenol Determination of Degraded Products with HPLC and GC-MS

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    S. Bilal Butt; M. Nasir Masood; Nasir Hayat Hengra; M. Mansha Ch

    2007-01-01

    Contamination by chlorophenols of surface water and groundwater is an emerging issue in environmental science and engineering. After their usage as pesticide, herbicide and disinfectant, these organic compounds subsequently enter the aquatic environment through a number of routes. Some of the chlorophenols are slightly biodegradable, while others are more persistent and mobile in the aquatic environment especially chlorophenols. Gamma radiolytic degradation is one of advance oxidation process...

  4. Product Quality and Worker Quality

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    John M. Abowd; Kramarz, Francis

    1995-01-01

    We study the relation between product quality and worker quality using an economic model that, under certain conditions, provides a direct link between product price, product quality and work-force quality. Our measures of product quality are the evolution in the detailed product price relative to its product group, and the level of the product price relative to this group. Our worker quality measures are the firm's average person effect and personal characteristics effect from individual wag...

  5. Product Quality and Worker Quality

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    Abowd, John M.; Françis KRAMARZ; Moreau, Antoine

    1996-01-01

    We study the relation between product quality and worker quality using an economic model that, under certain conditions, provides a direct link between product price, product quality and work force quality. Our measures of product quality are the evolution in the detailed product price relative to its product group and the level of the product price relative to this group. Our worker quality measures are the firm's average person effect and personal characteristics effect from individual wage...

  6. Waste incineration: estimation of the workers' internal exposure to PCB, PAH chlorophenols and other relevant agents

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    Angerer, Juergen; Heinzow, B.; Reimann, D. O.; Knorz, W.; Lehnert, G.

    1993-03-01

    Fifty-four persons occupied in a municipal waste incinerator were examined with respect to their internal exposure to organic substances which are possibly produced during pyrolysis of organic matter. For this purpose the levels of benzene of blood, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) and hexachlorobenzene (HCB) in plasma as well as mono- (MCP), di- (DCP), tri- (TCP), tetra- (TECP) and pentachlorophenols (PCP) and hydroxypyrene in urine have been determined. Four hundred thirty-one men and women were examined for control purposes. Statistical significantly higher values for the workers were found for the excretion of hydroxypyrene 2,5/2,4-DCP, 2,4,5 TCP, and for the HCB level in plasma. For the concentrations of 4-MCP and 2,3,4,6-2,3,5,6-TECP the controls had significantly higher concentrations in urine than the workers in the incineration plant. No significant differences between workers and controls were detected with respect to benzene in blood, 2,4,6-TCP and PCP in urine, and to the levels of PCP congeners in plasma. The elevated levels of hydroxypyrene, 2,4-/2,5 DCP, 2,4,5-TCP, and HCB in biological material may be related to the incineration of the waste. These elevations, however, are very small and attract attention more from the environmental than from the occupational point of view.

  7. At-line testing of chlorophenol and chloroanisole contaminants in commercial wine production.

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    Nicholls, C. R.

    2004-01-01

    The research described in this thesis concerns the development of at-line test procedures for the detection of trace levels of chlorophenols and chloroanisoles in wine and related materials. Competitive ELISA assays were developed and optimised for pentachlorophenol and pentachloroanisole to enable the detection of chlorophenols and chloroanisoles in the range 0.1 to 100ng/ml in purified sample extracts, using antibodies supplied by the French consortium partner, Diaclone, together with s...

  8. Dioxins and other products from the gas-phase oxidation of 2-chlorophenol over the range 450-900 C

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    Sawerysyn, J.P.; Briois, C.; Visez, N.; Baillet, C. [Lille-1 Univ. (France). Physicochimie des Processus de Combustion et de l' Atmosphere - UMR-CNRS

    2004-09-15

    Introduction Numerous laboratory studies have been devoted to thermal degradation processes of chlorinated aromatics because they represent the major part of toxic compounds in hazardous wastes. Most previous studies have concentrated on the formation of seventeen toxicologically significant 2,3,7,8-substituted congeners of polychlorodibenzodioxins and polychlorodibenzofurans (PCDD/Fs, also commonly called dioxins) which have been found in both the gaseous and particle phase of effluents emitted from both industrial and distributed combustion processes. To our best knowledge, only very few authors have paid some attention on the specific analysis of low chlorinated PCDD/Fs and potential precursors of PCDD/Fs such as chlorobenzenes and chlorophenols which may also be further sources of highly chlorinated PCDD/Fs. As key intermediates in the formation pathways of PCDD/Fs, polychlorophenols (PCP) were largely investigated but relatively few studies were devoted to the pyrolysis or oxidation of monochlorophenols (MCP) in the gas phase at high temperatures. In this paper, we report analytical results on the major stable products of the high-temperature, homogeneous gas-phase oxidation of 2-chlorophenol (2-CP). The concentration profiles of 2-CP, major organic non-PCDD/F products, major PCDD/Fs and carbon oxides are determined as a function of temperature and residence time over ranges relevant to waste incinerators. Our objective is to contribute to a better understanding of the homogeneous gas-phase processes responsible for the formation / destruction of dioxins from organic precursors using a detailed chemical mechanism experimentally validated.

  9. Transformation, products, and pathways of chlorophenols via electro-enzymatic catalysis: How to control toxic intermediate products.

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    Du, Penghui; Zhao, He; Li, Haitao; Zhang, Di; Huang, Ching-Hua; Deng, Manfeng; Liu, Chenming; Cao, Hongbin

    2016-02-01

    Chlorophenols can be easily oxidized into chlorobenzoquinones (CBQs), which are highly toxic and have been linked to bladder cancer risk. Herein, we report the transformation, products, and pathways of 2,4-dichlorophenol (DCP) by horseradish peroxidase (HRP) and electro-generated hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and suggest methods to control the formation of toxic intermediate products. After a 10-min electroenzymatic process, 99.7% DCP removal may be achieved under optimal conditions. A total of 16 reaction products, most of which are subsequently verified as DCP polymers and related quinone derivatives, are identified by using ultra-performance liquid chromatography-time-of-flight mass spectrometry (UPLC-TOF-MS). A five-step reaction pathway for DCP transformation, including HRP-driven substrate oxidation, substitution and radical coupling, quick redox equilibrium, nucleophilic reaction and precipitation from aqueous solution, is proposed. Current variations and the presence of CO2 could significantly affect these reaction pathways. In particular, higher currents enhance the hydroxylation process by promoting alkaline conditions and abundant H2O2 formation. As both OH(-) and H2O2 are strong nucleophiles, they easily react with CBQ products to form hydroxylated products, which can significantly reduce solution toxicity. An adequate supply of CO2 can provide favorable pH conditions and facilitate enzymatic steps, such as substrate oxidation and radical coupling, to generate precipitable polymerized products. All of the results suggest that toxic intermediate products can be effectively reduced and controlled during the electro-enzymatic process to remove DCP and other phenolic pollutants from wastewaters. PMID:26519798

  10. Demotivating factors influencing rubber production workers

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    Mohammad Reza Iravani

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Motivation is one of the most important factors influencing workers' productivity. An increase in workers' motivation could add more value to organizations' structure and influence the profitability, significantly. In this paper, we study different factors on demotivating workers using questionnaire consist of various questions. The questionnaire is distributed among some employees who work for rubber production units located in Esfahan, Iran. The results of this survey indicate that discrimination on annual job compensation, entrusting responsibilities and unpleasant relationship with family partner are some of the most important factors influencing employees' motivation. While financial factors play important role on increasing employees' motivation, non-financial factors are considered more important.

  11. Personal Financial Wellness and Worker Job Productivity

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    Joo, So-hyun

    1998-01-01

    Personal Financial Wellness and Worker Job Productivity So-hyun Joo (ABSTRACT) The problem that was examined in this research was to develop and test a conceptual model that describes the relationship between personal financial wellness and worker job productivity. The research questions were (1) what is the personal financial wellness profile?; (2) how does the personal financial wellness profile differ by the demographic characteristics?; (3) what is the relationship between fina...

  12. Respiratory risks in broiler production workers

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    M do CB de Alencar

    2004-03-01

    Full Text Available There are many situations that involve health risks to the Brazilian rural worker, and animal production is just one of them. Inhalation of organic dust, which has many microorganisms, leads in general to respiratory allergic reactions in some individuals, "asthma-like syndrome", and mucous membrane inflammation syndrome, that is a complex of nasal, eye, and throat complaints. Furthermore, workers might have farmer's hypersensitivity pneumonia, that is a respiratory health risk along the years. The objective of this study was to evaluate the potential pulmonary health risks in poultry production workers in the region of Curitiba, PR, Brazil. Interviews using a pre-elaborated questionnaire with 40 questions were made with 37 broiler production workers, which were submitted to a pulmonary function test. Results of restrictive function with lower FEV1 (the maximum respiratory potential, the forced expiratory volume in the first second of exhalation and FVC (forced vital capacity represented 24.32% of the total of workers, and severe obstruction represented 2.70%. Other symptoms were found in 67.57% of the workers as well. The results showed that those who work more than 4 years and within more than one poultry house, exceeding 5 hours per day of work, presented higher pulmonary health risks. It is concluded that the activities within broiler houses may induce allergic respiratory reaction in workers. The use of IPE (individual protection equipment besides special attention to the air quality inside the housing may be advised in a preventive way.

  13. Integrated Criteria document Chlorophenols

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    Slooff W; Bremmer HJ; Janus JA; Matthijsen AJCM; van Beelen P; van den Berg R; Bloemen HJT; Canton JH; Eerens HC; Hrubec J; Janssens H; Jumelet JC; Knaap AGAC; de Leeuw FAAM; van der Linden AMA; Loch JPG; van Loveren H; Peijnenburg WJGM; Piersma AH; Struijs J; Taalman RDFM; Theelen RMC; van der Velde JMA; Verburgh JJ; Versteegh JFM; van der Woerd KF

    1991-01-01

    Bij dit rapport behoort een bijlage onder hetzelfde nummer getiteld: "Integrated Criteria document Chlorophenols: Effects:" Auteurs : Janus JA
    Taalman RDFM; Theelen RMC en is de engelse editie van 710401003

  14. The mechanism and pathway of the ozonation of 4-chlorophenol in aqueous solution

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    PI Yunzheng; WANG Jianlong

    2006-01-01

    The removal efficiency of 4-chlorophenol by ozonation was studied, and the reaction mechanism and characteristic of ozonation of 4-chlorophenol were investigated. Ozone and hydroxyl radicals are two strong oxidants during the process of ozonation. The experimental results showed that when there was no scavenger to inhibit OH· radicals, an intermediate product, hydrogen peroxide was formed during the ozonation of 4-chlorophenol. Hydrogen peroxide reacted with ozone at neutral pH and produced hydroxyl radicals. Ozone at the dosage of 113 mg/L could remove 20 mg/L4-chlorophenol and 39% TOC. With the complete inhibition of hydroxyl radicals, molecular ozone could effectively destroy 4-chlorophenol to form 4-quinone, which was subsequently oxidized to formic acid and oxalic acid. Two reaction pathways of the degradation of 4-chlorophenol by ozone and O3/OH· were proposed in this study. Ozonation is an effective method for reducing 4-chlorophenol,and has potential to practical application.

  15. Bacterial degradation of chlorophenols and their derivatives

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    Arora, Pankaj Kumar; Bae, Hanhong

    2014-01-01

    Chlorophenols (CPs) and their derivatives are persistent environmental pollutants which are used in the manufacture of dyes, drugs, pesticides and other industrial products. CPs, which include monochlorophenols, polychlorophenols, chloronitrophenols, chloroaminophenols and chloromethylphenols, are highly toxic to living beings due to their carcinogenic, mutagenic and cytotoxic properties. Several physico-chemical and biological methods have been used for removal of CPs from the environment. B...

  16. Morbidity profile of steel pipe production workers

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    Pandit Kirti

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective: To study the different morbid conditions among steel pipe producing workers. Methods: The present cross-sectional study has been carried out among the workers of one of the steel pipes and tubes manufacturing factory of Gujarat. Hundred workers from the four major departments of the steel pipe production plant, namely welding, pressing machine, X-ray welding and loading/transportation department were covered. The information regarding demographic, occupational, clinical characteristics and diagnosis were recorded on a pre-designed proforma. Statistical analysis included calculation of percentages and proportions and was carried out using the statistical software Epi Info Version 3.3.2. Results: The mean age of the study subjects was found to be 38.7±7.1 years. The mean duration of exposure was found to be 9.0±3.4 years. Forty-four percent of the subjects had an upper respiratory tract infection, as evidenced by symptoms like dry cough, cough with rhinitis and cough with fever. Symptoms suggestive of allergic bronchitis were observed in 12% of the subjects while symptoms suggestive of heat stress such as prickly heat, dehydration, perspiration and pyrexia were observed in 13% of the subjects.

  17. Improved wet peroxide oxidation strategies for the treatment of chlorophenols

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    Muñoz, Macarena; de Pedro, Zahara M.; Casas, José Antonio; Rodríguez, Juan José

    2013-01-01

    Different advanced oxidation strategies have been investigated for the treatment of chlorophenols in aqueous phase with the aim of improving the removal efficiency in terms of mineralization, remanent by-products and kinetics. Those strategies were homogeneous Fenton-like oxidation and CWPO with two different own-prepared FexOy/γ-Al2O3 catalysts. The intensification of the process by increasing the temperature has been also evaluated. CWPO of chlorophenols with those catalysts has proved to b...

  18. Degradation of chlorophenols and alkylphenol ethoxylates, two representative textile chemicals, in water by advanced oxidation processes: the state of the art on transformation products and toxicity.

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    Karci, Akin

    2014-03-01

    Advanced oxidation processes based on the generation of reactive species including hydroxyl radicals are viable options in eliminating a wide array of refractory organic contaminants in industrial effluents. The assessment of transformation products and toxicity should be, however, the critical point that would allow the overall efficiency of advanced oxidation processes to be better understood and evaluated since some transformation products could have an inhibitory effect on certain organisms. This article reviews the most recent studies on transformation products and toxicity for evaluating advanced oxidation processes in eliminating classes of compounds described as "textile chemicals" from aqueous matrices and poses questions in need of further investigation. The scope of this paper is limited to the scientific studies with two classes of textile chemicals, namely chlorophenols and alkylphenol ethoxylates, whose use in textile industry is a matter of debate due to health risks to humans and harm to the environment. The article also raises the critical question: What is the state of the art knowledge on relationships between transformation products and toxicity? PMID:24216260

  19. Plasma dioxin levels and cause-specific mortality in an occupational cohort of workers exposed to chlorophenoxy herbicides, chlorophenols and contaminants

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    Boers, D.; Portengen, L.; Turner, W.E.; Bueno-de-Mesquita, H.B.; Heederik, D.; Vermeulen, R.

    2012-01-01

    BACKGROUND: We recently reported increased risks for all cancers and urinary cancers in workers exposed to chlorophenoxy herbicides using data from the Dutch herbicide cohort study. These risks could not be linked to the qualitative exposure proxies available. Here, we re-investigate exposure-respon

  20. Radiolytic degradation of chlorophenols for their removal from polluted waters

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    The efficiency of radiation induced decomposition of chlorophenols depends substantially on the radiation dose used and the presence of specific scavengers in the irradiated samples. Due to the use of HPLC for decomposition control, it was shown that the increase of radiation dose results in gradual elimination of chlorine atoms from the chlorophenol molecules. The efficiency of radiolytic degradation of phenol and chlorophenols was monitored by rever-sed-phase HPLC. Prior to the chromatography the products of radiolytic degradation were preconcentrated using solid-phase extraction with phenyl columns. The most difficult to decompose is a simple phenol, which is also a product of radiolysis of lower chlorophenols. Doses up to 2.0 kGy have not decomposed it completely in experimental conditions used. Degradation of chlorophenols in synthetic aqueous solutions takes place at doses from 0.2 to 2.0 kGy at ppm level of substrates depending on the number of chlorine atoms in the molecule, however, for river water matrix containing scavengers such as carbonates or oxygen it requires larger doses

  1. Workers' Well-Being and Productivity: The Role of Bargaining.

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    Mayer, Jean

    1983-01-01

    Bargaining that makes available facilities for satisfaction of workers' basic needs can contribute to increased productivity, which in turn enhances competitiveness. Such bargaining can be an effective means of extending and reinforcing national economic planning. (SK)

  2. Does workplace advantage program support productivity of knowledge workers?

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    Pasila, Mikael

    2015-01-01

    Case company, which mainly consist of knowledge workers, have addressed need to determine whether their workplace concept “workplace advantage” (WPA) support the current needs for organization to be productive. This thesis aim is to present indications for this puzzle by analysing customer satisfaction survey responses from years 2012–2014. Research questions for this thesis are: 1) “What are the determinants to support productivity of knowledge worker?” and 2) “Are people more satisfied ...

  3. Chlorophenol Degradation Coupled to Sulfate Reduction

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    Häggblom, M M; Young, L. Y.

    1991-01-01

    We studied chlorophenol degradation under sulfate-reducing conditions with an estuarine sediment inoculum. These cultures degraded 0.1 mM 2-, 3-, and 4-chlorophenol and 2,4-dichlorophenol within 120 to 220 days, but after refeeding with chlorophenols degradation took place in 40 days or less. Further refeeding greatly enhanced the rate of degradation. Sulfate consumption by the cultures corresponded to the stoichiometric values expected for complete oxidation of the chlorophenol to CO2. Forma...

  4. Technological Progress and Worker Productivity at Different Ages

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    John Laitner; Dmitriy Stolyarov

    2005-01-01

    Economists have long thought of technological progress as a primary determinant of rising living standards over time. One might think of technological progress as increasing the “effectiveness” of labor, thereby raising the amount of output that each unit of labor can produce. The purpose of this paper is to ask whether, as an empirical matter, technological progress increases the productivity of workers evenly, or whether it augments the effectiveness of young workers the most. As low birthr...

  5. RELATIVE POTENCY RANKING FOR CHLOROPHENOLS

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    Recently the National Center for Environmental Assessment-Cincinnati completed a feasibility study for developing a toxicity related relative potency ranking scheme for chlorophenols. In this study it was concluded that a large data base exists pertaining to the relative toxicity...

  6. Job Grading Standard for Insects Production Worker WG-5031.

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    Civil Service Commission, Washington, DC. Bureau of Policies and Standards.

    The standard is for grading nonsupervisory jobs involved in reproducing, collecting, and caring for insect collections. The work requires practical knowledge of the characteristics of insects and their needs, and skill in observing and handling them. The levels of insects production worker WG-3, WG-4, and WG-5 are differentiated by describing the…

  7. Do Private Schools Produce More Productive Workers?

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    Zafar Mueen Nasir

    1999-01-01

    Education has positive links with economic development as it raises the productivity of the work force. Beside private rates of returns, the social returns of education are also high. Because of the gains to society, education is subsidised in many countries. Pakistan, where only 2.5 percent of the GDP is spent on education, provides subsidised education in the form of a public school system.1 Government pays for the major expenditures such as construction of infrastructure for education and ...

  8. Natural resource education: Getting forest products workers into the flow

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    Reed, Mark D.; Hino, Jeffry C.; Littlefield, Elizabeth A.; Jensen, Edward C.

    1998-01-01

    The forest products industry employs over 1.4 million people in the U.S.; it ranks among the top ten manufacturing employers in 46 states. Surprisingly, a recent survey of U.S. forest products workers revealed substantial ignorance and misperceptions about forests and forestry issues. Despite this, few educational programs are targeted at this audience. The Oregon Forest Resources Institute has teamed up with Oregon State University's Forestry Media Center to fill this gap with Project FLOW (...

  9. Photocatalytic degradation of chlorophenols using Ru(bpy) 32+ /S2O 82-

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    M Silva; Burrows, H.; Formosinho, S.; Alves, L.; Godinho, A; Antunes, M.; Ferreira, D

    2007-01-01

    Abstract Advanced oxidation processes, such as photocatalysed oxidation, provide an important route for degradation of wastes. In this study, the lowest excited state (3MLCT) of Ru(bpy)32+ is used to break down chlorophenol pollutant molecules to harmless products. This has the advantage of using visible light and a short-lived catalytically active species. Photolysis of deaerated aqueous solutions of a variety of mono- and poly-substituted chlorophenols has been followed in the presence of ...

  10. Electron-Transfer Oxidation of Chlorophenols by Uranyl Ion Excited State in Aqueous Solution. Steady-State and Nanosecond Flash Photolysis Studies

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    Sarakha, Mohamed; Bolte, Michèle; Burrows, Hugh D.

    2000-01-01

    The oxidation of chlorophenols by photoexcited uranyl ion was studied in aqueous solution at concentrations where the ground-state interactions were negligible. Nanosecond flash photolysis showed that a clean electron-transfer process from the chlorophenols to the excited uranyl ion is involved. This is suggested to lead to the formation of a U(V)/chlorophenoxyl radical pair complex. The efficiency of this charge-transfer process is unity for the three chlorophenols. However, low product yiel...

  11. Analysis of Worker Assignment Policies on Production Line Performance Utilizing a Multi-skilled Workforce

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    McDonald, Thomas N

    2004-01-01

    Lean production prescribes training workers on all tasks within the cell to adapt to changes in customer demand. Multi-skilling of workers can be achieved by cross-training. Cross-training can be improved and reinforced by implementing job rotation. Lean production also prescribes using job rotation to improve worker flexibility, worker satisfaction, and to increase worker knowledge in how their work affects the rest of the cell. Currently, there is minimal research on how to assign multi...

  12. Effects of heat on workers' health and productivity in Taiwan

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    Lin, Ro-Ting; Chan, Chang-Chuan

    2009-01-01

    Background: The impact of global warming on population health is a growing concern and has been widely discussed. The issue of heat stress disorders and consequent productivity reduction among workers has not yet been widely addressed. Taiwan is an island straddling the Tropic of Cancer in the West Pacific and has both subtropical and tropical climates. As of 2008, the economy of Taiwan accounts for 1.1% of the world gross domestic product at purchasing power parity and is listed as 19th in t...

  13. Diffusion coefficients of chlorophenols in water by computer simulation

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    Parreira, M. Cristina B.; Ramalho, João P. P.; Carvalho, Afredo J. P.; Morgado, Pedro; Filipe, Eduardo. J. M.

    2013-01-01

    Cholophenols have found extensive industrial applications as wood preservatives or intermediated compounds for pesticide synthesis, and are also by-products of wood pulp bleaching processes [1]. As a result, they are nowadays common natural water contaminants, being considered priority substances by recent European Directives for Environmental Protection, due to their toxicity and persistence. The establishment of theoretical models to study environmental fate of chlorophenols is an important...

  14. Limited degradation of chlorophenols by anaerobic sludge granules.

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    Mohn, W W; Kennedy, K J

    1992-01-01

    To better understand the fate of chlorophenols treated in upflow anaerobic sludge bed reactors, we examined the ability of sludge granules from such bioreactors to degrade two trichlorophenols and one dichlorophenol in batch incubations under controlled conditions. Biodegradation was primarily limited to two distinct activities, reductive dehalogenation of ortho- and of meta-chlorine substituents. Both 3- and 4-monochlorophenol were persistent degradation products, while 2-monochlorophenol wa...

  15. Worker's perceptions of time, time-use-attitudes and productivity

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    E. Ben-Baruch

    1991-06-01

    Full Text Available Decreasing productivity and increasing wage demands are singled out as being crucial problems facing the economy of South Africa. Changes in the time perceptions and time-use-attitudes of workers could play a decisive role in increasing productivity. The relationships between time perception, needs, motivation and productivity are analysed. Culture, tradition, economy, and environment lend a specific significance to these variables. Workers in a technological society should be guided to adapt to and live by the value system needed to uphold productivity. Opsomming Voortdurende afnemende produktiwiteit teenoor looneise wat styg, is een van die kritieke probleme waarmee die Suid-Afrikaanse ekonomie gekonfronteer word. Die verandering van werkers se tydpersepsie en verandering van houdinge teenoor die benutting van tyd kan deurslaggewend in die verhoging van produktiwiteit wees. In die lig hiervan is die verwantskap tussen tydpersepsie, behoeftes, motivering en prodrktiwiteit ondersoek. In die ontleding word aandag geskenk aan die invloed wat kultuur, tradisie, ekonomie en die omgewing op hierdie veranderlikes het. Opieiding in 'n tegnologiese samelewmg behoort daarop gerig te wees om 'n waardesisteem by werkers te laat ontwikkel wat produktiwiteit kan bevorder.

  16. Degradability of chlorophenols using ferrate(VI) in contaminated groundwater.

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    Homolková, M; Hrabák, P; Kolář, M; Černík, M

    2016-01-01

    The production and use of chlorophenolic compounds in industry has led to the introduction of many xenobiotics, among them chlorophenols (CPs), into the environment. Five CPs are listed in the priority pollutant list of the U.S. EPA, with pentachlorophenol (PCP) even being proposed for listing under the Stockholm Convention as a persistent organic pollutant (POP). A green procedure for degrading such pollutants is greatly needed. The use of ferrate could be such a process. This paper studies the degradation of CPs (with an emphasis on PCP) in the presence of ferrate both in a spiked demineralized water system as well as in real contaminated groundwater. Results proved that ferrate was able to completely remove PCP from both water systems. Investigation of the effect of ferrate purity showed that even less pure and thus much cheaper ferrate was applicable. However, with decreasing ferrate purity, the degradability of CPs may be lower. PMID:26370812

  17. A study of the growth of Pseudomonas putida CP1 on mono-chlorophenols

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    Fakhruddin, A. N. M.

    2003-01-01

    Pseudomonas putida CPI grew on all three mono-chlorophenol isomers when supplied as the sole source of carbon and energy. The biodegradability of the mono-chlorophenols followed the order: 4-chlorophenol > 2-chlorophenol > 3-chlorophenol. P. putida CPI was able to degrade 300 ppm 4-chlorophenol, 250 ppm 2-chlorophenol and 200 ppm of 3-chlorophenol. In the presence of fructose (1%, w/v) the organism could degrade 400 ppm 4-chlorophenol, 500 ppm 2-chlorophenol and 300 ppm 3-chlorophenol. Ch...

  18. Enzymatically mediated incorporation of 2-chlorophenol 4-chlorophenol into humic acids

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    Lassen, P.; Randall, A.; Jørgensen, O.;

    1994-01-01

    A possible route to chlorinated humic substances in the environment, is an indirect chlorination of humic material by enzymatically mediated incorporation of low molecular weight organo-chlorine compounds into the humic skeleton. The enzymatically mediated incorporation of 2-chlorophenol and 4......-chlorophenol into humic acids by Horseradish Peroxidase is reported. The incorporation is accompanied by a significant polymerization of the chlorophenols. The stability of the chlorinated humic acids as well as the environmental implication are discussed....

  19. [Changes in the forms of industrial production and their effects on workers' health].

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    Fernandes, Rita de Cássia Pereira; Assunção, Ada Avila; Carvalho, Fernando Martins

    2010-06-01

    This study aimed to identify determinants of health in workers of plastic industries. Production organization, machinery from maintenance and productive areas, and workers' characteristics of 14 plastic industries from Greater Salvador, Bahia State, Brazil, were described. Data were collected about development policy of each company; marketing, operational procedures; production and quality requirements, and formal rules of work organization. High strain management techniques for production time reduction have been implemented. The increase of work rhythm, reduction of break time, and a situation of high cognitive demand impose to workers anomalous body positioning for performing tasks that imply repetitive movements. Physical and psychosocial demands (repetitive work, lower control of the worker on his own tasks, time pressure and job dissatisfaction) compose a complex of conditions adverse to workers' health. Changes in production management, personnel and business impose new strains into the development of task by the workers and bringing in new risk factors to workers' health. PMID:20640318

  20. Workers dominate male production in the neotropical bumblebee Bombus wilmattae (Hymenoptera: Apidae

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    Vandame Rémy

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Cooperation and conflict in social insects are closely linked to the genetic structure of the colony. Kin selection theory predicts conflict over the production of males between the workers and the queen and between the workers themselves, depending on intra-colonial relatedness but also on other factors like colony efficiency, sex ratios, cost of worker reproduction and worker dominance behaviour. In most bumblebee (Bombus species the queen wins this conflict and often dominates male production. However, most studies in bumblebees have been conducted with only a few selected, mostly single mated species from temperate climate regions. Here we study the genetic colony composition of the facultative polyandrous neotropical bumblebee Bombus wilmattae, to assess the outcome of the queen-worker conflict over male production and to detect potential worker policing. Results A total of 120 males from five colonies were genotyped with up to nine microsatellite markers to infer their parentage. Four of the five colonies were queen right at point of time of male sampling, while one had an uncertain queen status. The workers clearly dominated production of males with an average of 84.9% +/- 14.3% of males being worker sons. In the two doubly mated colonies 62.5% and 96.7% of the male offspring originated from workers and both patrilines participated in male production. Inferring the mother genotypes from the male offspring, between four to eight workers participated in the production of males. Conclusions In this study we show that the workers clearly win the queen-worker conflict over male production in B. wilmattae, which sets them apart from the temperate bumblebee species studied so far. Workers clearly dominated male production in the singly as well the doubly mated colonies, with up to eight workers producing male offspring in a single colony. Moreover no monopolization of reproduction by single workers occurred.

  1. Improving productivity and welfare among workers of small and household textile and garment units in India

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    Sanjay RODE

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available Global Production System has changed remarkably over the period of time. In order to cope up with the change in the nature and type of production, the small and household garment and textile units are employing the younger and skilled labor force. The workers in these units are employed on the contract, causal and temporary basis. They are not given the different benefits as applicable to the large scale unit workers. Such workers are employed more hours and weekly holidays are not given to them. The small and household units are simply maximizing their interest and profit. Such capitalist nature of productive activities makes the labor worse. They are given less wages and classified as unskilled workers. Workers are not given proper training and security of work by these units. Their access to productive assets and standard of living is low as compare to the large unit’s workers. In order to improve the workers conditions, minimum wage should be given to all workers in small and household units. Such units must maintain their annual records of transactions. Small and household units must send their workers for compulsory training. Work place environment, minimum hours of work are required to regulate in these sectors. Immediate steps will have positive impact on workers earning and standard of living. It will help for further productivity enhancement.

  2. Chlorobenzenes and chlorophenols in chloronaphthalene Halowax formulations

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    Yamamoto, Takashi; Ishikawa, Yukari; Noma, Yukio; Sakai, Shin-Ichi [National Institute for Environmental Studies, Tsukuba (Japan); Gutfranska, M.; Lukaszewicz, E.; Falandysz, J. [Gdansk Univ. (Poland). Dept. of Environmental Chemistry and Ecotoxicology

    2004-09-15

    Polychlorinated naphthalenes (PCNs; chloronaphthalenes, CNs) are industrial chemicals, that starting from the year 1900 become increasingly popular substances. Initially CNs were used to substitute natural waxes and rubber, next as insulating material in capacitors and for cable manufacture, and further found many other appliances. The restrictions on use of CNs, initially largely voluntary but also official in some countries came into force in 1972-1995. CNs were manufactured in Europe (Nibren, Seekay and Clonacire waxes etc.) and USA (Halowax waxes) using gaseous chlorination of molten naphthalene in presence of a catalyst and applying high pressure and temperature. It can be assumed that technical naphthalene used for manufacture of technical CN mixtures can contain some impurities such as benzene and phenol. These impurities should be chlorinated to form some chlorinated compounds during the production of technical CN preparations. Hence, some toxic outbreaks noted in man and animals after exposure to mixtures of CN can be partly also due to exposure to byside impurities such as chlorobenzenes (CBzs) and chlorophenols (CPhs). In this study an attempt has been taken to examine if CBzs and CPhs are formed during synthesis of CNs and contribute as toxic impurities found in a final product, which is represented by seven of various type the technical CN Halowax formulations. There is no earlier report available on contamination by CBzs and CPhs of the Halowaxes.

  3. Fluorescent Sensing of Chlorophenols in Water Using an Azo Dye Modified β-Cyclodextrin Polymer

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    Bhekie B. Mamba

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available A water soluble azo dye modified β-cyclodextrin polymer 4 was synthesized and used as a chemosensor for the detection of chlorinated phenols, model chlorinated by-products (CBPs of water treatment for drinking purposes. The characterization of the intermediates and the azo dye modified β-CD polymer was done by UV/Vis Spectrophotometry, FT-IR and 1H-NMR spectroscopies. The chlorophenols were capable of quenching the fluorescence of the polymer. The polymer showed greater sensitivity towards 2,4-dichlorophenol, with a sensitivity factor of 0.35 compared to 0.05 and 0.12 for phenol and 4-chlorophenol, respectively. The stability constants (Ks of the pollutants were also determined by the Benesi-Hildebrand method to be 2.104 × 103 M−1 for 2,4-dichlorophenol and 1.120 × 102 M−1 for 4-chlorophenol.

  4. Non-thermal plasma induced decomposition of 2-chlorophenol in water

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    Application of non-thermal plasma produced by pulsed corona discharge in water for degradation of 2-chlorophenol has been investigated in reactor with the needle-plate geometry of electrodes. It was shown that decomposition of 2-chlorophenol by the discharge can be referred essentially to the oxidation by hydroxyl radical and it can be described by the first order kinetics. The complete removal of 500 μmol.l-1 2-chlorophenol by the discharge was attained in the presence of ferrous ions with the energy efficiency of 3.5 x 10 -3 μmol.J-1. Chlorohydroquinone, chlorobenzoquinone, 3-chlorocatechol and catechol were detected as the primary decomposition products (Authors)

  5. DIOXIN AND FURAN FORMATION ON FLY ASH FROM A MIXTURE OF CHLOROPHENOLS

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    To establish the relationship between specific chlorophenol (CP) congener distributions and polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxin and dibenzofuran (PCDD/F) products this work investigated the formation of PCDDs/Fs from different CP mixtures passed over fly ash under selected reaction ...

  6. 2-Chlorophenol photooxidation using immobilized meso-tetraphenylporphyrin in polyurethane nanofabrics

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    Gmurek, M.; Mosinger, Jiří; Miller, J. S.

    2012-01-01

    Roč. 11, č. 9 (2012), s. 1422-1427. ISSN 1474-905X Institutional support: RVO:61388980 Keywords : SINGLET OXYGEN PRODUCTION * AQUEOUS-SOLUTIONS * SUBSTITUTED PHENOLS * CHLOROPHENOLS Subject RIV: CA - Inorganic Chemistry Impact factor: 2.923, year: 2012

  7. Benefits of Skill Chaining in Serial Production Lines with Cross-Trained Workers

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    Wallace J. Hopp; Eylem Tekin; Mark P. Van Oyen

    2004-01-01

    To gain insight into the potential logistical benefits of worker cross-training and agile workforce policies, we study simple models of serial production systems with flexible servers operating under a constant work-in-process (CONWIP) release policy. Two important and interrelated issues are: (a) how to decide which skill(s) are strategically most desirable for workers to gain, and (b) how to coordinate these workers to respond dynamically to congestion. We address these by considering two c...

  8. Self-assembly of chlorophenols in water

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    Rogalska, Ewa; Rogalski, Marek; Gulik-Krzywicki, Tadeusz; Gulik, Annette; Chipot, Christophe

    1999-01-01

    In saturated solutions of some di- and trichlorophenols, structures with complex morphologies, consisting of thin, transparent sheets often coiling into helices and ultimately twisting into filaments, were observed under the optical microscope. Freeze-fracture electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, phase diagrams, and molecular modeling were performed to elucidate the observed phenomena. Here, we present evidence that the chlorophenols studied, when interacting with water, self-assemble into bilayers. The fact that some chlorophenols form the same supramolecular structures as those described previously for structurally nonrelated surfactants sheds light on the mechanisms of self-assembly. PMID:10359753

  9. Recovery and recurrence of mental sickness absence among production and office workers in the industrial sector

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    Norder-Kuper, Giny; Bultmann, Ute; Hoedeman, Rob; de Bruin, Johan; van der Klink, Jac J. L.; Roelen, Corne A. M.

    2015-01-01

    Background: Manual workers in the public sector have previously been found to be at risk of mental sickness absence (SA). As the impact of mental illness differs across economic sectors, this study investigated mental SA in the industrial sector, differentiating between office and production workers

  10. Education and Knowledge Production in Workers' Struggles: Learning to Resist, Learning from Resistance

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    Choudry, Aziz; Bleakney, David

    2013-01-01

    Trade unions and other sites of community-labour organizing such as workers centres are rich, yet contested spaces of education and knowledge production in which both non-formal and informal / incidental forms of learning occur. Putting forward a critique of dominant strands of worker education, the authors ask what spaces exist for social…

  11. [Cancer morbidity risks among workers of asbestos-cement productions].

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    Nagornaia, A M; Varivonchik, D V; Kundiev, Iu I; Fedorenko, Z P; Gorokh, E L; Gulak, L O; Vitte, P N; Karakashian, A N; Lepeshkina, T R; Martynovskaia, T Iu

    2008-01-01

    The retrospective assessment of morbidity rates and cancer pathology risks in workers of asbestosis-cement enterprises of Ukraine has been made. It was established that annual cancer morbidity among workers makes 88,1 per 100 000 of workers (RR = 0.26, CI 95 % 0.06-1.01). The most often cancer pathology was located in digestive organs (48.1%), respiratory organs (18.5%) (lung cancer--11.1%). The mesothelioma of pleura, peritoneum and pericardium were not found. The risks (odds ratio--OR) of cancer morbidity were increased for such organs as: respiratory organs (OR = 2.37), skin (OR = 1.78), digestive organs (OR = 1.34). PMID:18467971

  12. INDUCTION OF PROPHAGE LAMBDA BY CHLOROPHENOLS

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    Chlorinated phenols, which are used primarily as wood preservatives and fungicides, are present in most air, water, and soil samples in industrialized areas as well as in urine and body fat of most people. e have examined the ability of phenol and the 19 isomers of chlorophenol t...

  13. Impact of schistosomiasis on quality of life and productivity of workers.

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    Kamel, M I; Moustafa, Y A; Foda, N; Khashab, S; Moemen, M; Abo el-Naga, R M

    2002-01-01

    The effect of schistosomiasis on quality of life (QOL) and productivity of workers was examined. In a textile factory in Alexandria, Egypt, personal, occupational and sociodemographic data were collected from 172 workers with schistosomiasis and 172 workers without schistosomiasis. Several indicators of productivity and the World Health Organization QOL brief were used to determine the impact of schistosomiasis. The disease affected the general, physical and independence, psychological and spiritual, and social domains of QOL. Although the productivity score of workers with schistosomiasis did not differ significantly from the control group, they had significantly lower additional hours of work and lower total incentives/month. A significant relationship was found between severity of schistosomiasis and QOL domains and productivity indicators. PMID:15339125

  14. Clinical-Functional State of Respiratory Organs of Chemical Production Workers

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    Sabit S. Shorin

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available The clinical-functional research has allowed to identify the functional state of respiratory organs of production workers. The pathology is formed through stages (healthy –unhealthy individuals.

  15. Understanding the productivity slowdown. The importance of entry and exit of workers

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    Thomas von Brasch; Ådne Cappelen; Diana-Cristina Iancu

    2015-01-01

    Many OECD countries have experienced a slowdown in measured labour productivity from 2005 and onwards. Norway is no exception in this respect. Most countries use a simple aggregate of hours worked when measuring labour productivity. One way to improve measurement of labour services is to control for worker characteristics. A theoretical rationale for doing so is given by Diewert and Lippe (2010). We generalise previous analyses by allowing for exit and entry of workers when measuring labour s...

  16. Cross-shift study of acute respiratory effects in cement production workers.

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    Omid Aminian; Maryam Aslani; Khosro Sadeghniiat Haghighi

    2014-01-01

    Cement dust exposure is associated with increased respiratory impairment. As the major occupational hazard in the cement production industry is cement particles, our aim was to more thoroughly examine the acute effects of occupational exposure to cement dust on the respiratory system. A cross-shift study was conducted in a cement factory in Iran. 100 high exposed workers from production and packing sections and 100 low exposed from office workers were included. Environmental total dust was me...

  17. Self-catalytic degradation of ortho-chlorophenol with Fenton's reagent studied by chemiluminescence

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    Zhen Lin; HuiChen; Yun Zhou; Nobuaki Ogawa; Jin-Ming Lin

    2012-01-01

    The degradation of ortho-chlorophenol using Fenton's reagent was studied by chemiluminescence(CL).Without a special CL reagent,a weak CL emission from the mixture of ferrous ion and hydrogen peroxide was observed at room temperature.The CL intensity was increased by the addition of ortho-chlorophenol into the mixed solution.When the temperature was raised to 65℃,the CL intensity was enhanced strongly.The CL mechanisms for the system H2O2-Fe2+ with and without ortho-chlorophenol were studied by examining the CL spectrum,gas chromatography-mass spectrometry and electron spin resonance spectrum.The effects of various free radical scavengers,surfactants and fluorescence compounds on the CL intensity were also investigated.A self-catalytic oxidation mechanism was proposed.The results showed that singlet oxygen was the main emitter for the system H2O2-Fe2+.The strong CL from the system H2O2-Fe2+-ortho-chlorophenol was due to singlet oxygen and electronically excited quinone.The benzenediol-like intermediate product formed during the phenol oxidation process greatly promoted the Fenton's reaction and led to higher CL intensity.Chemiluninescence is a novel approach for the investigation of the oxidation of some organic pollutants by Fenton's reagent.

  18. Degradation of chlorophenols by a defined mixed microbial community.

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    E. Schmidt; Hellwig, M.; Knackmuss, H J

    1983-01-01

    Synthetic sewage containing phenol, acetone, and alkanols plus 4-chlorophenol or a mixture of isomeric chlorophenols is completely degraded by a defined mixed culture with Pseudomonas sp. strain B13 as a chlorocatechol-dissimilating member of the community. Total degradation of the organic carbon was indicated by release of stoichiometric amounts of chloride and low content of dissolved organic carbon in the cell-free effluents. During adaptation to high loads of chlorophenols the initial met...

  19. Reductive dehalogenation of chlorophenols by Desulfomonile tiedjei DCB-1.

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    Mohn, W W; Kennedy, K J

    1992-01-01

    Reductive dehalogenation of chlorophenols has been reported in undefined anaerobic cultures but never before in an anaerobic pure culture. We found that the sulfate-reducing bacterium Desulfomonile tiedjei DCB-1 reductively dehalogenates pentachlorophenol (PCP) and other chlorophenols. The maximum rate of PCP dechlorination observed was 54 mu mol of Cl- h-1 g of protein-1. 3-Chlorobenzoate appeared to serve as a required inducer for PCP dehalogenation; however, neither PCP nor 3-chlorophenol ...

  20. Motivation of workers of specific production in a small firm

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    Navrátilová, Hana

    2009-01-01

    The thesis is dealing with the motivation of human resources in a small firm producing the specialized medical equipment. The aim is to analyse the actual situation of a motivation stucture and work satisfaction through the use of an empirical research and to suggest recommendations for the improvement of this area of the company's human resource management. The theoretical part characterizes a question of work motivation, system of assessment and remuneration of workers including employee be...

  1. Worker productivity and ventilation rate in a call center: Analyses of time-series data for a group of workers

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    Fisk, William J.; Price, Phillip; Faulkner, David; Sullivan, Douglas; Dibartolomeo, Dennis; Federspiel, Cliff; Liu, Gang; Lahiff, Maureen

    2002-01-01

    In previous studies, increased ventilation rates and reduced indoor carbon dioxide concentrations have been associated with improvements in health at work and increased performance in work-related tasks. Very few studies have assessed whether ventilation rates influence performance of real work. This paper describes part one of a two-part analysis from a productivity study performed in a call center operated by a health maintenance organization. Outside air ventilation rates were manipulated, indoor air temperatures, humidities, and carbon dioxide concentrations were monitored, and worker performance data for advice nurses, with 30-minute resolution, were analyzed via multivariate linear regression to look for an association of performance with building ventilation rate, or with indoor carbon dioxide concentration (which is related to ventilation rate per worker). Results suggest that the effect of ventilation rate on worker performance in this call center was very small (probably less than 1%) or nil, over most of the range of ventilation rate experienced during the study (roughly 12 L s{sup -1} to 48 L s{sup -1} per person). However, there is some evidence suggesting performance improvements of 2% or more when the ventilation rate per person is very high, as indicated by indoor CO{sub 2} concentrations exceeding outdoor concentrations by less than 75 ppm.

  2. Rapid dechlorination of chlorophenols in aqueous solution by [Ni|Cu] microcell

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    Yin, Lifeng, E-mail: yinlifeng@gmail.com [State Key Laboratory of Water Environment Simulation, School of Environment, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875 (China); Dai, Yunrong, E-mail: daiyunrong@mail.bnu.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Water Environment Simulation, School of Environment, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875 (China); Niu, Junfeng, E-mail: junfengn@bnu.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Water Environment Simulation, School of Environment, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875 (China); Bao, Yueping, E-mail: baoyueping@mail.bnu.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Water Environment Simulation, School of Environment, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875 (China); Shen, Zhenyao, E-mail: zyshen@bnu.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Water Environment Simulation, School of Environment, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875 (China)

    2012-03-30

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Rapid dechlorination of chlorophenols in aqueous solution can be achieved by [Ni|Cu] mixture. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The decomposition rates of chlorophenols by [Ni|Cu] were decuple of that by [Fe|Ni], [Fe|Cu], [Zn|Cu], or [Sn|Cu]. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Ni{sup 0} acts as an indirect reductant and catalyst in dechlorination reaction. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The H* corridor mechanism from Ni to Cu is proposed based on hydrogen spillover. - Abstract: The [Ni|Cu] microcell was prepared by mixing the Ni{sup 0} and Cu{sup 0} particles. The composition and crystal form were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscope. The results evidenced the zero-valence metals Ni and Cu were exposed on the surface of particles mixture. The [Ni|Cu] microcell was employed to decompose chlorophenols in aqueous solution by reductive dechlorination. The dechlorination rates of chlorophenols by [Ni|Cu] were >10 times faster than those by [Fe|Cu], [Zn|Cu], [Sn|Cu], and [Fe|Ni] mixtures under the same conditions. [Ni|Cu] is different from other zero valent metals (ZVMs) in that it performed the best at neutral pH. The main products of chlorophenol dechlorination were cyclohexanol and cyclohexanone. The reduction kinetics was between pseudo zero-order and first-order, depending on the pH, concentration, and temperature. These results, combined with electrochemical analysis, suggested that Ni{sup 0} acted as a reductant and catalyst in dechlorination reaction. The H* corridor mechanism from Ni{sup 0} to Cu{sup 0} was also proposed based on hydrogen spillover. The inhibition on the release of Ni{sup 2+} by adding natural organic matters and adjusting pH was investigated.

  3. Worker health is good for the economy: union density and psychosocial safety climate as determinants of country differences in worker health and productivity in 31 European countries.

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    Dollard, Maureen F; Neser, Daniel Y

    2013-09-01

    Work stress is recognized globally as a social determinant of worker health. Therefore we explored whether work stress related factors explained national differences in health and productivity (gross domestic product (GDP)). We proposed a national worker health productivity model whereby macro market power factors (i.e. union density), influence national worker health and GDP via work psychosocial factors and income inequality. We combined five different data sets canvasing 31 wealthy European countries. Aggregated worker self-reported health accounted for 13 per cent of the variance in national life expectancy and in national gross domestic product (GDP). The most important factors explaining worker self-reported health and GDP between nations were two levels of labor protection, macro-level (union density), and organizational-level (psychosocial safety climate, PSC, i.e. the extent of management concern for worker psychological health). The majority of countries with the highest levels of union density and PSC (i.e., workplace protections) were Social Democratic in nature (i.e., Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway). Results support a type of society explanation that social and economic factors (e.g., welfare regimes, work related policies) in concert with political power agents at a national level explain in part national differences in workplace protection (PSC) that are important for worker health and productivity. Attention should be given across all countries, to national policies to improve worker health, by bolstering national and local democratic processes and representation to address and implement policies for psychosocial risk factors for work stress, bullying and violence. Results suggest worker health is good for the economy, and should be considered in national health and productivity accounting. Eroding unionism may not be good for worker health or the economy either. PMID:23849285

  4. [Quality of life in cryolite production workers depending on length of service].

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    Kuz'min, S V; Khasanova, G N; Oranskiĭ, I E; Roslaia, N A

    2012-01-01

    Federal budgetary establishment of a science "the Ekaterinburg medical centre of science of preventive maintenance and health protection of workers industrial plants". Findings are that adaptation level and life quality parameters progressively decrease with longer length of service. The most unfavorable parameters are seen in cryolite production workers with length of service over 20 years and in age group of 45-55 years. Conclusion is that treatment and prevention are necessary. PMID:22997753

  5. Employability and productivity among older workers : apolicy framework and evidence from Latin America

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    Murrugarra, Edmundo

    2011-01-01

    As Latin American and the Caribbean countries face rapid aging transitions, the economic contribution of older workers will need to be strengthened. This paper uses household data from Brazil and Mexico to characterize labor market behavior of older workers, such as participation, sectoral and type of employment, and productivity, to identify critical areas for policy intervention. The paper also discusses other social policy related issues like health, remittances, and family arrangements. T...

  6. Third-order optical nonlinearity of chlorophenols

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    Maloney, C.; Blau, W.

    1988-02-01

    Degenerate four-wave mixing of infrared (1.064 μm) pulses with 130 ps duration was studied in o-, p- and m- chlorophenols. Nonlinear susceptibilities χ (3) of (5.5-6.0) × 10 -20 m 2/V 2 were measured. By temporally delaying the incidence of the second pump pulse contributions from an optical Kerr effect and an electrostrictive effect are observed.

  7. Self-assembly of chlorophenols in water

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    Rogalska, Ewa; Rogalski, Marek; Gulik-Krzywicki, Tadeusz; Gulik, Annette; Chipot, Christophe

    1999-01-01

    In saturated solutions of some di- and trichlorophenols, structures with complex morphologies, consisting of thin, transparent sheets often coiling into helices and ultimately twisting into filaments, were observed under the optical microscope. Freeze-fracture electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, phase diagrams, and molecular modeling were performed to elucidate the observed phenomena. Here, we present evidence that the chlorophenols studied, when interacting with water, self-assemble into...

  8. Shift work and mental health sickness absence : a 10-year observational cohort study among male production workers

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    Norder-Kuper, Giny; Roelen, Corne A. M.; Bultmann, Ute; van der Klink, Jac J. L.

    2015-01-01

    Objectives Epidemiological studies investigating mental-health-related sickness absence (SA) among shift workers are lacking. This 10-year observational study investigated the risk of mental health SA among shift compared with day workers. Methods The data of 5826 male production workers were used f

  9. Small Steps for Workers, a Giant Leap for Productivity

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    Hendel, Igal; Spiegel, Yossi

    2014-01-01

    We document the evolution of productivity in a steel mini mill with fixed capital, producing an unchanged product with Leontief technology working 24/7. Despite?almost?unchanged production conditions, output doubled within the sample period (12 years). We decompose the gains into downtime reductions, more rounds of production per time, and more output per run. After attributing productivity gains to investment and an incentive plan, we are left with a large unexplained component. Learning by ...

  10. 75 FR 43557 - Wire Products Company, Inc., Including Workers Whose Unemployment Insurance (UI) Wages Are Paid...

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    2010-07-26

    ... Register on May 28, 2010 (75 FR 30067). At the request of a company official, the Department reviewed the... Employment and Training Administration Wire Products Company, Inc., Including Workers Whose Unemployment... unemployment insurance (UI) tax account under the name Globe Pipe Hanger Products, Inc. Based on these...

  11. Implications of the process of production in the health of workers: some reflections

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    Saulo Vasconcelos Rocha

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The work represents a conscious activity of human beings, fruit of the effort to transform the nature of products or services. The industrial revolution and how the relationship of work organization are modified resulting consequences on the health of the worker. The purpose of this paper is to present some reflections on the implications of the production process on the health of workers, addressing the discussion of management models of work. Based in analyzes of studies it was found that the methods of analysis of the work contributed to better understanding of the implications of the production process on the health of workers. All types of studies proposed found that working conditions can lead to wear biopsychic employees, becoming the main component illness.

  12. Reductive Dechlorination of p-Chlorophenol by Nanoscale Iron

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    2007-01-01

    To investigate reductive dechlorination of 4-chlorophenol (4-CP) by nanoscale Fe0 under different conditions.Methods Nanoscale Fe0 was synthesized by using reductive method. 4-CP and its intermediate products were analyzed by HPLC. Chlorine ion was quantified with DX-100 ion chromatograph. Nano-iron particles were observed under a FEI Quanta 200 FEG environmental scanning electron microscope (ESEM).Results The size of the particles was in the range of 10-100 nm. The nano-iron particles could reduce 4-CP effectively. The initial concentration of 4-CP increased with the decrease of the relative degradation rate,whereas the reduced amount of 4-CP increased. Temperature could influence both the dechlorination rate and the reaction pathway. Moreover,the stability and durability of nanoscale Fe0 was evaluated through batch studies over extended periods of time.Conclusion The nanoscale Fe0 can be used for sustainable treatment of contaminants in groundwater.

  13. A Multiobjective Stochastic Production-Distribution Planning Problem in an Uncertain Environment Considering Risk and Workers Productivity

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    M. B. Aryanezhad; Sadjadi, S. J.; Baboli, A.; S. M. J. Mirzapour Al-e-Hashem

    2011-01-01

    A multi-objective two stage stochastic programming model is proposed to deal with a multi-period multi-product multi-site production-distribution planning problem for a midterm planning horizon. The presented model involves majority of supply chain cost parameters such as transportation cost, inventory holding cost, shortage cost, production cost. Moreover some respects as lead time, outsourcing, employment, dismissal, workers productivity and training are considered. Due to the uncertain nat...

  14. Update of a study of crude oil production workers 1946-94

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    Divine, B.; Hartman, C.

    2000-01-01

    OBJECTIVE—To update information on workers in the petroleum industry engaged in the production of crude oil to determine whether the patterns of mortality have changed with 14 additional years of follow up.
METHODS—All workers were employed at company production and pipeline locations sometime during 1946-94. The cohort now consists of 24 124 employees with an average of 22 years of follow up.
RESULTS—The overall mortality, and most cause specific mortalities were lower than or similar to tho...

  15. Dechlorination of chlorophenols using magnesium-palladium bimetallic system

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    Patel, Upendra D. [Centre of Environmental Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay, Mumbai 400076 (India)]. E-mail: upendra@iitb.ac.in; Suresh, Sumathi [Centre of Environmental Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay, Mumbai 400076 (India)]. E-mail: sumathis@iitb.ac.in

    2007-08-17

    Ninety-four percent removal of 10 mg L{sup -1} of pentachlorophenol (PCP) was achieved by treatment with 154.5 mM Mg{sup 0} and 0.063 mM K{sub 2}PdCl{sub 6} in the presence of 175 mM acetic acid in 1 h reaction time. Dechlorination of PCP was found to be sequential and phenol was identified as the end product along with accumulation of trace concentrations of tetra- and trichlorophenols. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) revealed that palladium in its metallic form (Pd{sup 0}) produced by reduction of Pd{sup 4+}, was spatially separated from magnesium granules when acid was included in the reaction. These colloidal palladium particles generated active reductive species of hydrogen and dechlorinated chlorophenols. In the absence of acid, the efficiency of dechlorination of PCP by Pd/Mg{sup 0} system was very low and chief mechanism of removal of the compound was through sorption onto solid surfaces. Thus, it was important to include acid in the system to: (a) facilitate corrosion of Mg{sup 0} and reduction of Pd{sup 4+} to Pd{sup 0}, (b) provision of protons to produce H{sub 2}, (c) retard formation of insoluble oxides and hydroxides that may deposit on the magnesium granules and sorb PCP and its partially dechlorinated products and. Application of 154.5 mM Mg{sup 0}/0.063 mM K{sub 2}PdCl{sub 6} on PCP, 2,4,5-trichlorophenol (TCP) and 2-chlorophenol (MCP) with organic chloride equivalence showed that the rate and extent of removal increased with decrease in number of chlorine atoms on phenol.

  16. ASSESMENT OF FACTORS AFFECTING THE PRODUCTIVITY OF AMBER CHARKHA AND ERGONOMIC EVALUATION OF WORKERS

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    G. V. THAKRE

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Increasing demands of the cotton fabrics, now a day has made it necessary to increase the production of cotton fabrics. To increase the production it is necessary to study the factors affecting the performance of the women workers working on Amber charkha. Most of the Amber charkha in rural areas are hand operated (i.e. they runwith the help of human energy input. There are various medical, technical and environmental factors which affect the productivity of women workers working on Amber charkha. This paper discusses some of those factors which are responsible for this. The various factors that are affecting the productivity are health factors,sitting posture, working environment, raw material properties, and man machine system. Each of these factors plays an important role in the overall performance of the women workers. Analysis is carried out by comparing the actual readings with the standard norms available in the literature. The detailed project work is carried out to study the different factors affecting the productivity of Amber charkha. The basic necessity of this study is to provide comfortable sitting arrangement and good working environment which would help the workers for achieving better productivity with work satisfaction.

  17. Prediction of diffusion coefficients of chlorophenols in water by computer simulation

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    Martins, Luís F. G.; Parreira, M. Cristina B.; Prates Ramalho, João P.; Morgado, Pedro; Filipe, Eduardo. J. M.

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    Intra-diffusion coefficients of seven chlorophenols (2-chlorophenol, 3-chlorophenol, 4-chlorophenol, 2,4-dichlorophenol, 2,6-dichlorophenol, 2,4,6-dichlorophenol and pentachlorophenol) in water were determined by computer simulation (molecular dynamics) for dilute solutions at three different temperatures and the corresponding mutual diffusion coefficients estimated. The mutual diffusion coefficients of 2-chlorophenol in water agree with the available experimental results from the...

  18. Treating Equals Unequally: Incentives in Teams, Workers' Motivation and Production Technology

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    Sebastian J. Goerg; Kube, Sebastian; Zultan, Ro'i

    2009-01-01

    The importance of fair and equal treatment of workers is at the heart of the debate in organizational management. In this regard, we study how reward mechanisms and production technologies affect effort provision in teams. Our experimental results demonstrate that unequal rewards can potentially increase productivity by facilitating coordination, and that the effect strongly interacts with the exact shape of the production function. Taken together, our data highlight the relevance of the prod...

  19. Neurobehavioral approach for evaluation of office workers' productivity: The effects of room temperature

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    Lan, Li; Lian, Zhiwei; Pan, Li [School of Mechanical Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240 (China); Ye, Qian [Shanghai Research Institute of Building Science, Shanghai 200041 (China)

    2009-08-15

    Indoor environment quality has great influence on worker's productivity, and how to assess the effect of indoor environment on productivity remains to be the major challenge. A neurobehavioral approach was proposed for evaluation of office workers' productivity in this paper. The distinguishing characteristic of neurobehavioral approach is its emphasis on the identification and measurement of behavioral changes, for the influence of environment on brain functions manifests behaviorally. Therefore worker's productivity can be comprehensively evaluated by testing the neurobehavioral functions. Four neurobehavioral functions, including perception, learning and memory, thinking, and executive functions were measured with nine representative psychometric tests. The effect of room temperature on performance of neurobehavioral tests was investigated in the laboratory. Four temperatures (19 C, 24 C, 27 C, and 32 C) were investigated based on the thermal sensation from cold to hot. Signal detection theory was utilized to analyze response bias. It was found that motivated people could maintain high performance for a short time under adverse (hot or cold) environmental conditions. Room temperature affected task performance differentially, depending on the type of tasks. The proposed neurobehavioral approach could be worked to quantitatively and systematically evaluate office workers' productivity. (author)

  20. Increased respiratory disease mortality at a microwave popcorn production facility with worker risk of bronchiolitis obliterans.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Bronchiolitis obliterans, an irreversible lung disease, was first associated with inhalation of butter flavorings (diacetyl in workers at a microwave popcorn company. Excess rates of lung-function abnormalities were related to cumulative diacetyl exposure. Because information on potential excess mortality would support development of permissible exposure limits for diacetyl, we investigated respiratory-associated mortality during 2000-2011 among current and former workers at this company who had exposure to flavorings and participated in cross-sectional surveys conducted between 2000-2003. METHODS: We ascertained workers' vital status through a Social Security Administration search. Causes of death were abstracted from death certificates. Because bronchiolitis obliterans is not coded in the International Classification of Disease 10(th revision (ICD-10, we identified respiratory mortality decedents with ICD-10 codes J40-J44 which encompass bronchitis (J40, simple and mucopurulent chronic bronchitis (J41, unspecified chronic bronchitis (J42, emphysema (J43, and other chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD (J44. We calculated expected number of deaths and standardized mortality ratios (SMRs with 95% confidence intervals (CI to determine if workers exposed to diacetyl experienced greater respiratory mortality than expected. RESULTS: We identified 15 deaths among 511 workers. Based on U.S. population estimates, 17.39 deaths were expected among these workers (SMR = 0.86; CI:0.48-1.42. Causes of death were available for 14 decedents. Four deaths among production and flavor mixing workers were documented to have a multiple cause of 'other COPD' (J44, while 0.98 'other COPD'-associated deaths were expected (SMR = 4.10; CI:1.12-10.49. Three of the 4 'other COPD'-associated deaths occurred among former workers and workers employed before the company implemented interventions reducing diacetyl exposure in 2001. CONCLUSION: Workers

  1. About the risk factors on the organs of vision of uranium production workers

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    The analysis of the results of the preventive medical examination at the uranium production has been conducted by order of Ministry of Health of Kazakhstan, number 243 from 2004.03.12. 352 people have been surveyed, including 36 women, 69 people have been revealed with the pathology, 293 are healthy. Distribution by length of service up to 5 years - 93,5%, up to 8 years: 3 men (6,5%), aged on average 38,9 years. Certain patterns have been revealed at the distribution by ages of 21-30 years, 12 people (26%), from 31-40 years old, 7 patients (15,2%), from 41 to 50 years, 18 men (39,1%), from 51-60 years, 8 persons (17,4%), more than 60 years, 1 person (2,1%). There are 58 people who contact with the hazards of uranium production are in the main production facilities, and 9 people who do not contact with harmful factors are in the additional production facilities. The most common pathology is pathology of vision: 68,6 per 100 employees. 3% of 100 workers have pathology of respiratory diseases. Prevalence of the circulatory system - 22,3%, nervous system diseases - 8,95%, 7,46% of the digestive system, diseases of the blood-7,46%, and other -5,97%. Health status of the working group was estimated by the index of health, i.e. on the basis of the percentage of healthy workers. The index of health among workers at a uranium production is 83,2% of persons per 100 workers. 41 patients-89% of workers were revealed with diseases of the eye and adnexa, 5 of them (10,86%) have an experience more than 5 years in secondary production facilities. With an experience more than 5 years hyperopia increases.

  2. Workers' enterprises in the case of arts production

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    Cuccia, Tiziana; Cellini, Roberto

    2007-01-01

    This paper shows that the standard result according to which labour-managed firms produce a lower amount of output, as compared to profit-maximising firms, is reversed if production per se gives utility and the workers’ membership of labour-managed firms is set prior to market decisions. Under the same hypotheses, the labour-managed firms set a higher product quality than the profit-oriented ones, ceteris paribus. The considered hypotheses are particularly relevant for the case of the perfor...

  3. Thermal regeneration of activated carbons saturated with ortho- and meta-chlorophenols

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    Maroto-Valer, M. Mercedes [School of Chemical, Environmental and Mining Engineering, University of Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham NG7 2RD (United Kingdom); Dranca, Ion; Clifford, David [The Energy Institute of the Penn State University, University Park, PA 16802 (United States); Lupascu, Tudor; Nastas, Raisa [Institute of Chemistry of the Academy of Sciences, Chisinau MD 2028 (Moldova, Republic of); Leon y Leon, Carlos A. [Quantachrome Instruments, Boynton Beach, FL 33426 (United States)

    2006-05-15

    Activated carbons (ACs) made from peach and plum stones were oxidized and impregnated with salts of Cu(II), Fe(III), Ni(II) and Cr(III). The chemically modified ACs, along with a commercial AC (S208c), were saturated with ortho- (OCP) and meta-chlorophenol (MCP) to investigate the potential for thermally regenerating the spent ACs. The thermal regeneration process was monitored by thermal analysis (TGA/DSC), gas chromatography and mass spectrometry (GC/MS). Thermal desorption profiles showed that in most cases weight losses occur in two steps (weak physisorption at circa 220{sup o}C and strong chemisorption at circa 620{sup o}C). Intermediate steps at circa 400{sup o}C appeared in samples whose chemical treatments successfully weakened the interactions between strongly chemisorbed chlorophenol (CP) molecules and AC surfaces. The type and quantity of products of OCP and MCP desorption during the thermal regeneration of a spent AC depend on the chemical modification given to the AC prior to its use as CP adsorbent. Besides the original chlorophenols, thermal regeneration products can include chlorobenzene, dichloro-dibenzofuran, phenol, aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons, water, chlorides, carbon oxides, hydrogen, and char deposits. Mechanisms for the formation of these compounds are discussed. The char deposits built during this study did not appear to diminish the surface area or porosity of the chemically modified ACs following their thermal regeneration. (author)

  4. Dechlorination of chlorophenols by zero valent iron impregnated silica

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    Praveena Juliya Dorathi; Palanivelu Kandasamy

    2012-01-01

    Laboratory studies were conducted to find out the efficacy of uniquely prepared zero valent iron impregnated silica in transforming xenobiotic chlorophenols namely 4-chlorophenol,2,4-dichlorophenol and 2,4,6-trichlorophenol.Continuous mode colunm experiments were performed to investigate the transformation of chlorophenols by varying pH,column height,flow rate and initial chlorophenol concentration.Reusability study of the zero valent iron impregnated silica was studied as well as the morphological changes and the chemical composition of the catalyst medium were also investigated.Dechlorination kinetic studies were conducted and the order of dechlorination of chlorophenols was found to be 2,4,6-trichlorophenol > 2,4-dichlorophenol > 4-chlorophenol.The optimum pH,column height and flow rate were found to be 7,20 cm and 0.75 L/hr respectively for all chlorophenols in the reaction duration of 4 hr.Intermediates formed during dechlorination study were identified by gas chromatography-mass spectroscopy analysis.This method was applied to real pulp and paper wastewater and was found satisfactory.

  5. Health information, treatment, and worker productivity: Experimental evidence from malaria testing and treatment among Nigerian sugarcane cutters

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    Dillon, Andrew; Friedman, Jed; Serneels, Pieter

    2014-01-01

    Agricultural and other physically demanding sectors are important sources of growth in developing countries but prevalent diseases such as malaria adversely impact the productivity, labor supply, and choice of job tasks among workers by reducing physical capacity. This study identifies the impact of malaria on worker earnings, labor supply, and daily productivity by randomizing the tempora...

  6. Follow up study of workers manufacturing chrysotile asbestos cement products.

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    Gardner, M. J.; Winter, P D; Pannett, B; Powell, C.A.

    1986-01-01

    A cohort study has been carried out of 2167 subjects employed between 1941 and 1983 at an asbestos cement factory in England. The production process incorporated the use of chrysotile asbestos fibre only, except for a small amount of amosite during four months in 1976. Measured airborne fibre concentrations available since 1970 from personal samplers showed mean levels below 1 fibre/ml, although higher levels had probably occurred previously in certain areas of the factory. No excess of lung ...

  7. Development of an improved dosimetry system for the workers at the Mayak Production Association

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    Databases are being created that contain verified and updated dosimetry and worker history information for workers at the Mayak Production Association. many workers had significant external and internal exposures, particularly during the early years (1948--1952) of operation. These dosimetric and worker history data are to be used in companion epidemiology studies of stochastic and deterministic effects. The database contains both external and internal dose information and is being constructed from other databases that include radiochemical analyses of tissues, bioassay data, air sampling data, while body counting data, and occupational and worker histories. The procedures, models, methods, and operational uncertainties will be documented and included in the database, technical reports, and publications. The cohort of the stochastic epidemiological study is expected to include about 19,000 persons while the cohort for the deterministic epidemiological study is expected to include about 600 persons. For external dosimetry, workplace gamma, beta, and neutron doses are being reconstructed. The models used for this incorporate issues such as known isotopes, composition, shielding, further analysis of film bandage sensitivities, and records of direct measurements. Organ doses from external exposures are also being calculated. Methods for calculating dose uncertainties are being developed. For internal dosimetry, the organ doses have been calculated using the established FIB-1 biokinetic model. A new biokinetic model is being developed that includes more information of the solubility and biokinetics of the different chemical forms and particulate sizes of plutonium that were in the workplace. In addition, updated worker histories will be sued to estimate doses to some workers where direct measurements were not made. A rigorous quality control procedure is being implemented to ensure that the correct dosimetry data is entering the various databases being used by the

  8. Photo-degradation of chlorophenols in the aqueous solution

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    Czaplicka, Marianna [Institute of Non-Ferrous of Metals, 44-100 Gliwice, Sowinskiego St. 5 (Poland)]. E-mail: mariannac@imn.gliwice.pl

    2006-06-30

    The review presents the chlorophenols photo-degradation kinetics and mechanism in the aquatic environment under UV-vis in the presence of hydroxyl radicals and singlet oxygen. The influence of experimental parameters e.g. pH, dissociation degree, presence of oxidants in solution, number and position of Cl atoms on the quantum yield and reaction rate constant of chlorophenols are discussed. Mechanisms of photolysis, reaction with hydroxyl radicals, singlet oxygen and secondary reactions for mono-, di-, tri-, tetra- and pentachlorophenol are proposed. The pathways for intermediate reactions e.g. dechlorination, oxidation, dimerization for chlorophenols are also presented.

  9. [The health status of workers in the production of compounds of nitrogen group (literature review)].

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    Pomytkina, T E

    2014-01-01

    In the literature there are reported data about working conditions, health status of workers in the production of nitrogen group compounds (ammonia, nitric acid, urea, ammonium nitrate), as well as research of the impact of harmful factors of the production on the body in the experiment. Unsatisfactory working conditions are associated with an occupational hazard for health of workers and can lead to professional and work-related diseases. Despite a significant number of published studies, the mechanism of the toxic effect of the compounds of nitrogen group on the gastrointestinal tract of workers is not fully studied. There is a lack of data on the degree of the relationship of digestive disorders, including peptic ulcer and duodenal ulcer with the work on the such production. There is little scientific evidence about the clinical uniqueness of ulcer disease in workers exposed to compounds of nitrogen group, as well as information on the dietary prevention of the occurrence and development of the disease. PMID:25306699

  10. The cooperative electrochemical oxidation of chlorophenols in anode-cathode compartments

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    Wang Hui [Laboratory of Environmental Technology, INET, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); Wang Jianlong [Laboratory of Environmental Technology, INET, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China)], E-mail: wangjl@tsinghua.edu.cn

    2008-06-15

    By using a self-made carbon/polytetrafluoroethylene (C/PTFE) O{sub 2}-fed as the cathode and Ti/IrO{sub 2}/RuO{sub 2} as the anode, the degradation of three organic compounds (phenol, 4-chlorophenol, and 2,4-dichlorophenol) was investigated in the diaphragm (with terylene as diaphragm material) electrolysis device by electrochemical oxidation process. The result indicated that the concentration of hydrogen peroxide (H{sub 2}O{sub 2}) was 8.3 mg/L, and hydroxyl radical (HO{center_dot}) was determined in the cathodic compartment by electron spin resonance spectrum (ESR). The removal efficiency for organic compounds reached about 90% after 120 min, conforming to the sequence of phenol, 4-chlorophenol, and 2,4-dichlorophenol. And the dechlorination degree of 4-chlorophenol exceeded 90% after 80 min. For H{sub 2}O{sub 2}, HO{center_dot} existed in the catholyte and reduction dechlorination at the cathode, the mineralization of organics in the cathodic compartment was better than that in the anodic compartment. The degradation of organics was supposed to be cooperative oxidation by direct or indirect electrochemical oxidation at the anode and H{sub 2}O{sub 2}, HO{center_dot} produced by oxygen reduction at the cathode. High-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) allowed identifying phenol as the dechlorination product of 4-chlorophenol in the cathodic compartment, and hydroquinone, 4-chlorocatechol, benzoquinone, maleic, fumaric, oxalic, and formic acids as the main oxidation intermediates in the cathodic and anodic compartments. A reaction scheme involving all these intermediates was proposed.

  11. Emergent behaviour in a chlorophenol-mineralising three-tiered microbial ‘food web’

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    Wade, M.J.; Pattinson, R.W.; Parker, N.G.; Dolfing, J.

    2016-01-01

    Anaerobic digestion enables the water industry to treat wastewater as a resource for generating energy and recovering valuable by-products. The complexity of the anaerobic digestion process has motivated the development of complex models. However, this complexity makes it intractable to pin-point stability and emergent behaviour. Here, the widely used Anaerobic Digestion Model No. 1 (ADM1) has been reduced to its very backbone, a syntrophic two-tiered microbial ‘food chain’ and a slightly more complex three-tiered microbial ‘food web’, with their stability analysed as a function of the inflowing substrate concentration and dilution rate. Parameterised for phenol and chlorophenol degradation, steady-states were always stable and non-oscillatory. Low input concentrations of chlorophenol were sufficient to maintain chlorophenol- and phenol-degrading populations but resulted in poor conversion and a hydrogen flux that was too low to sustain hydrogenotrophic methanogens. The addition of hydrogen and phenol boosted the populations of all three organisms, resulting in the counterintuitive phenomena that (i) the phenol degraders were stimulated by adding hydrogen, even though hydrogen inhibits phenol degradation, and (ii) the dechlorinators indirectly benefitted from measures that stimulated their hydrogenotrophic competitors; both phenomena hint at emergent behaviour. PMID:26551153

  12. Biological and photocatalytic treatment integrated with separation and reuse of titanium dioxide on the removal of chlorophenols in tap water

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    Suryaman, Dhanus, E-mail: dhanussuryaman@yahoo.com [Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology, M.H. Thamrin No. 8, Jakarta 10340 (Indonesia); Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Toyama, 3190 Gofuku, Toyama 930-8555 (Japan); Hasegawa, Kiyoshi [Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Toyama, 3190 Gofuku, Toyama 930-8555 (Japan)

    2010-11-15

    We investigated biological, photocatalytic, and combination of biological and photocatalytic treatments in order to remove a mixture of 2-chlorophenol, 2,4-dichlorophenol, 2,4,5-trichlorophenol, and pentachlorophenol in tap water (total: 100 mg L{sup -1}, each: 25 mg L{sup -1}). The removal of chlorinated phenols was conducted with a flow biological treatment and a circulative flow photocatalytic treatment under black light and sunlight irradiations integrated with titanium dioxide separation and reuse. The combined biological-photocatalytic treatment significantly shortened the degradation and mineralization time of both the biological treatment and the photocatalytic treatment. The removed chlorophenols per hour by the combined biological-photocatalytic treatment was 25.8 mg h{sup -1}, whereas by the combined photocatalytic-biological treatment was 10.5 mg h{sup -1}. After a large portion of biodegradable 2-chlorophenol and 2,4-dichlorophenol, and around half amount of slightly biodegradable 2,4,5-trichlorophenol were removed by the biological treatment, the remained three chlorophenols, biorecalcitrant pentachlorophenol, and biodegradation products were completely removed by the subsequent photocatalytic treatment. Since titanium dioxide particles in tap water spontaneously sedimented on standing after the photocatalytic treatment, the combined treatment can be operated by integrating with the titanium dioxide separation and reuse. The TiO{sub 2} particles were recovered and reused at least three times without significantly decreasing the removal efficiency.

  13. Biological and photocatalytic treatment integrated with separation and reuse of titanium dioxide on the removal of chlorophenols in tap water

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    We investigated biological, photocatalytic, and combination of biological and photocatalytic treatments in order to remove a mixture of 2-chlorophenol, 2,4-dichlorophenol, 2,4,5-trichlorophenol, and pentachlorophenol in tap water (total: 100 mg L-1, each: 25 mg L-1). The removal of chlorinated phenols was conducted with a flow biological treatment and a circulative flow photocatalytic treatment under black light and sunlight irradiations integrated with titanium dioxide separation and reuse. The combined biological-photocatalytic treatment significantly shortened the degradation and mineralization time of both the biological treatment and the photocatalytic treatment. The removed chlorophenols per hour by the combined biological-photocatalytic treatment was 25.8 mg h-1, whereas by the combined photocatalytic-biological treatment was 10.5 mg h-1. After a large portion of biodegradable 2-chlorophenol and 2,4-dichlorophenol, and around half amount of slightly biodegradable 2,4,5-trichlorophenol were removed by the biological treatment, the remained three chlorophenols, biorecalcitrant pentachlorophenol, and biodegradation products were completely removed by the subsequent photocatalytic treatment. Since titanium dioxide particles in tap water spontaneously sedimented on standing after the photocatalytic treatment, the combined treatment can be operated by integrating with the titanium dioxide separation and reuse. The TiO2 particles were recovered and reused at least three times without significantly decreasing the removal efficiency.

  14. REVIEWS OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS OF POLLUTANTS: XI. CHLOROPHENOLS

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    This study reviews the health and environmental effects of chlorophenols. It includes discussions of physical and chemical properties; analytical methods; biological aspects in microorganisms, plants, animals, and humans; environmental distribution and transformation; and environ...

  15. Regiospecificity of Chlorophenol Reductive Dechlorination by Vitamin B12s

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    Smith, Mark H.; Woods, Sandra L.

    1994-01-01

    Vitamin B12, reduced by titanium (III) citrate to vitamin B12s, catalyzes the reductive dechlorination of chlorophenols. Reductive dechlorination of pentachlorophenol and of all tetrachlorophenol and trichlorophenol isomers was observed. Reaction of various chlorophenols with vitamin B12 favored reductive dechlorination at positions adjacent to another chlorinated carbon, but chlorines ortho to the hydroxyl group of a phenol were particularly resistant to reductive dechlorination, even if the...

  16. Bioadsorption of 4-Chlorophenol to the Activated Sludge

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    2000-01-01

    The adsorption behaviour of 4-chlorophenol from aqueous solution to activated sludge was quantitatively characterized in this paper. The effects of the initial pH values, initial chlorophenol concentration and adsorbent dosage on bioadsorption were investigated. The maximum adsorption capacity was found to be 110.5 mg/g at 100 mg/L initial concentration. The Freundlich and Langmuir adsorption isotherms were applied to describe the biosorption processes and the isotherm constants were evaluated.

  17. Investigation of the Interactions Among Grass, Chlorophenols and Microbes

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    Crane, Cynthia Elizabeth

    1999-01-01

    Studies were conducted to explore the interactions among rye grass, chlorophenols and microorganisms. The objectives were to examine some of the processes by which plants affect the fate of subsurface organic contaminants. The research was divided into three studies: interactions between live grasses and 2,4-dichlorophenol (DCP), 2,4,6-trichlorophenol (TCP), and pentachlorophenol (PCP); physico-chemical interactions between the three chlorophenols and root tissue; and effect of root exudate...

  18. THE ROLE OF WORKER'S MULTIPLE INTELLIGENCES ON THEIR PRODUCTIVITY IN CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS OF MOGHAN

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    Mir Hossein Seyyedi

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available The main focus of this study is Cultural Institutions of Moghan region in Iran. The theory of multiple intelligences was developed in 1983 by Howard Gardner. He suggests that the traditional notion of intelligence, based on I.Q. testing, is far too limited. Instead, Dr. Gardner proposes eight different intelligences to account for a broader range of human potential in children and adults. These intelligences are linguistic intelligence, logical intelligence, spatial intelligence, bodily intelligence, musical intelligence, interpersonal intelligence, intrapersonal intelligence and Naturalist intelligence. The purpose of this research is surveying of relationship between multiple intelligences and productivity of Cultural Institutions workers in Moghan. The methodology of study is descriptive and analytical study. Data collection instrument was a questionnaire that its reliability was confirmed by Crohn Bach’s alpha and library studies. The results show that, there is a relationship between multiple intelligences and productivity of Cultural Institutions workers in Moghan.

  19. Relationship between productivity, quality and musculoskeletal disorder risk among deboning workers in a Chilean salmon industry.

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    Ilardi, Juan S

    2012-01-01

    The purpose of this ergonomic investigation is to establish a relationship between quality, productivity and risk of musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) in manual bone-removal process in the salmon fish industry. The method consists in a follow up study of 14 workers in a lane that processes salmon steak. Time between each steak (work cycle), quality of the steak's meat through inspection of deepness and length of the gapping generated by the manual bone-removal process and risk for musculoskeletal disorders through OCRA method were considered for this study. IMC and musculoskeletal Nordic Questionnaire of Kourinka were applied to the workers evaluated. Fourteen women worker's completed the evaluation, age 37.67 ± 8.1, with 65.27 ± 34.41 months of experience, with an IMC of 27.18 ± 3.87 (1.52 ± 0.057 meters of height) at the time of the evaluation. Time for deboning per steak averaged 38 ± 14 seconds with 68.33 ± 14.79 steaks per hour per worker. In quality terms, 74% of the steaks were qualified as "premium steaks" and 26% as "grade or industrial" (lower category and cheapest price). OCRA index for the right hand average 13.79 ± 4.59 and 3.59 ± 0.41 for the left hand. From Nordic questionnaire 80% of the workers manifested musculoskeletal symptoms in the right hand/wrist, followed up by shoulder with 60% of the workers and arm/elbow with over 50%. There was no statistically significant relationship between productivity and quality of the steak after manual bone removal process and between quality and MSD risk. However, there was a statistically significant relationship between productivity and MSD risk (pgrade salmon steaks and between areas that present musculoskeletal symptoms (MSS) and the intensity of the MSS (p<0.05). The results showed that further research is needed to validate these relationships, due to the increasing demands of health-care services from this productive sector, considering its importance for this region. PMID:22317546

  20. ANALYTICAL METHODOLOGY FOR THE DETERMINATION OF CHLOROPHENOLS IN HUMAN AND ENVIRONMENTAL SAMPLES

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    Methodology is presented for the determination of chlorophenols in human and environmental media. The methodology for air samples is a modification of the analysis of chlorophenols in blood and has not been fully investigated as to quantitative reliability.

  1. ADSORPTION CHARACTERISTICS OF CHLOROPHENOLS FROM AQUATIC SYSTEMS BY HYPERCROSSLINKED RESINS MODIFIED WITH BENZOYL GROUP

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    Jing-ping Wang; Zheng-hao Fei

    2006-01-01

    A hypercrosslinked polymeric adsorbent (ZH-03) for adsorbing and removing chlorophenolic compounds from their aqueous solutions was studied, including the static adsorption. The equilibrium adsorption data were fit to Freundlich adsorption isothermic models to evaluate the model parameters. Thermodynamic studies on the adsorption of chlorophenolic compounds on ZH-03 indicated that there were chemisorption transitions for 2,4,6-trichlorophenol and physical adsorption processes for 2-chlorophenol and 2,6-chlorophenol, and ZH-03 showed the homogeneous nature of the adsorbent surface.Column adsorption for chlorophenols wastewater shows the advantages of the ZH-03 adsorbent for adsorbing the following chlorophenolic compounds as 2-chlorophenol, 2,6-dichlorophenol and 2,4,6-trichlorophenol. Sodium hydroxide was used for desorpting chlorophenols from ZH-03 and showed excellent performance.

  2. Biological monitoring of aromatic diisocyanates in workers exposed to thermal degradation products of polyurethanes.

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    Rosenberg, Christina; Nikkilä, Kirsi; Henriks-Eckerman, Maj-Len; Peltonen, Kimmo; Engströrm, Kerstin

    2002-10-01

    Exposure to diisocyanates was assessed by biological monitoring among workers exposed to the thermal degradation products of polyurethanes (PURs) in five PUR-processing environments. The processes included grinding and welding in car repair shops, milling and turning of PUR-coated metal cylinders, injection moulding of thermoplastic PUR, welding and cutting of PUR-insulated district heating pipes during installation and joint welding, and heat-flexing of PUR floor covering. Isocyanate-derived amines in acid-hydrolysed urine samples were analysed as perfluoroacylated derivatives by gas chromatography mass spectrometry in negative chemical ionisation mode. The limits of quantification (LOQs) for the aromatic diamines 2,4- and 2,6-toluenediamine (2,4- and 2,6-TDA) and 4,4'-methylenedianiline (4,4'-MDA) were 0.25 nmol l(-1), 0.25 nmol l(-1) and 0.15 nmol l(-1), respectively. The LOQ for the aliphatic diamines hexamethylenediamine (HDA), isophoronediamine (IpDA) and 4,4'-diaminodicyclohexyl methane (4,4'-DDHM) was 5 nmol l(-1). TDA and MDA were detected in urine samples from workers in car repair shops and MDA in samples from workers welding district heating pipes. The 2,4-TDA isomer accounted for about 80% of the total TDA detected. No 2.6-TDA was found in the urine of non-exposed workers. The highest measured urinary TDA and MDA concentrations were 0.79 nmol mmol(-1) creatinine and 3.1 nmol mmol(-1) creatinine, respectively. The concentrations found among non-exposed workers were 0.08 nmol mmol(-1) creatinine for TDA and 0.05 nmol mmol(-1) creatinine for MDA (arithmetic means). Exposure to diisocyanates originating from the thermal degradation of PURs are often intermittent and of short duration. Nevertheless, exposure to aromatic diisocyanates can be identified by monitoring diisocyanate-derived amines in acid-hydrolysed urine samples. PMID:12400919

  3. Mono-chlorophenol degradation by pseudomonas putida CP1 and a mixed microbial population

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    Farrell, Alan

    2000-01-01

    A commercial mixed culture, Biolyte HAB, degraded mono-chlorophenols using a metci- cleavage pathway. 2- and 3-chlorophenol degradation was incomplete, leading to the accumulation of dead-end metabolites. Biolyte HAB was capable of the complete degradation of 2.34 mM 4-chlorophenol, via the intermediate 5-chloro-2- hydroxymuconic semialdehyde, using the meta- cleavage pathway. Pseudomonas putida CPI degraded mono-chlorophenols to completion via an orthocleavage pathway. The ability of P. ...

  4. Toxicological Profile of Chlorophenols and Their Derivatives in the Environment: The Public Health Perspective

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    Igbinosa, Etinosa O.; Emmanuel E. Odjadjare; Chigor, Vincent N.; Isoken H. Igbinosa; Emoghene, Alexander O.; Ekhaise, Fredrick O.; Igiehon, Nicholas O.; Idemudia, Omoruyi G.

    2013-01-01

    Chlorophenol compounds and their derivatives are ubiquitous contaminants in the environment. These compounds are used as intermediates in manufacturing agricultural chemicals, pharmaceuticals, biocides, and dyes. Chlorophenols gets into the environment from a variety of sources such as industrial waste, pesticides, and insecticides, or by degradation of complex chlorinated hydrocarbons. Thermal and chemical degradation of chlorophenols leads to the formation of harmful substances which consti...

  5. A Multiobjective Stochastic Production-Distribution Planning Problem in an Uncertain Environment Considering Risk and Workers Productivity

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    S. M. J. Mirzapour Al-e-Hashem

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available A multi-objective two stage stochastic programming model is proposed to deal with a multi-period multi-product multi-site production-distribution planning problem for a midterm planning horizon. The presented model involves majority of supply chain cost parameters such as transportation cost, inventory holding cost, shortage cost, production cost. Moreover some respects as lead time, outsourcing, employment, dismissal, workers productivity and training are considered. Due to the uncertain nature of the supply chain, it is assumed that cost parameters and demand fluctuations are random variables and follow from a pre-defined probability distribution. To develop a robust stochastic model, an additional objective functions is added to the traditional production-distribution-planning problem. So, our multi-objective model includes (i the minimization of the expected total cost of supply chain, (ii the minimization of the variance of the total cost of supply chain and (iii the maximization of the workers productivity through training courses that could be held during the planning horizon. Then, the proposed model is solved applying a hybrid algorithm that is a combination of Monte Carlo sampling method, modified -constraint method and L-shaped method. Finally, a numerical example is solved to demonstrate the validity of the model as well as the efficiency of the hybrid algorithm.

  6. Precursor anion states in dissociative electron attachment to chlorophenol isomers

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    Kossoski, F.; Varella, M. T. do N.

    2016-07-01

    We report a theoretical study on low-energy (chlorophenol isomers, namely, para-chlorophenol (pCP), meta-chlorophenol (mCP), and ortho-chlorophenol (oCP). The calculations were performed with the Schwinger multichannel method with pseudopotentials, and analysis of the computed integral cross sections and virtual orbitals revealed one σCCl ∗ , one σOH ∗ , and three π∗ shape resonances. We show that electron capture into the two lower lying π∗ orbitals initiates dissociative processes that lead to the elimination of the chloride ion, accounting for the two overlapping peaks where this fragment was observed. Despite the relatively small differences on the energetics of the π∗ resonances, a major isomeric effect was found on their corresponding autodetachment lifetimes, which accounts for the observed increasing cross sections in the progression pCP chlorophenols and phenol actually takes place by a mechanism in which the incoming electron is directly attached to the dissociative σOH ∗ orbital.

  7. Highly efficient adsorption of chlorophenols onto chemically modified chitosan

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    Zhou, Liang-Chun; Meng, Xiang-Guang; Fu, Jing-Wei; Yang, Yu-Chong; Yang, Peng; Mi, Chun

    2014-02-01

    A novel chemically modified chitosan CS-SA-CD with phenol and β-cyclodextrin groups was prepared. The adsorptions of phenol, 2-chlorophenol (2-CP), 4-chlorophenol (4-CP), 2,4-dichlorophenol (DCP) and 2,4,6-trichlorophenol (TCP) on the functional chitosan from aqueous solution were investigated. CS-SA-CD exhibited excellent adsorption ability for chlorophenols especially for DCP and TCP. The maximum adsorption capacities of phenol, 2-CP, 4-CP, DCP and TCP on CS-SA-CD were 59.74, 70.52, 96.43, 315.46 and 375.94 mg/g, respectively. The scanning electron microscope and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller analyses revealed that the introduction of phenol group changed the surface morphology and surface properties of chitosan. The modified chitosan CS-SA-CD possesses larger surface areas (4.72 m2/g), pore volume (7.29 × 10-3 mL/g) and average pore diameter (59.99 Å) as compared to those of chitosan 3.27 m2/g, 2.00 × 10-3 mL/g and 15.95 Å, respectively. The enhanced adsorption of chlorophenols was also attributed to the interaction of hydrogen bond between Cl atom and sbnd OH group. The adsorption of chlorophenols on CS-SA-CD followed the pseudo-second-order kinetic model. Adsorbent could be regenerated easily and the regenerated CS-SA-CD remained 80-91% adsorption efficiency.

  8. Highly efficient adsorption of chlorophenols onto chemically modified chitosan

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    A novel chemically modified chitosan CS-SA-CD with phenol and β-cyclodextrin groups was prepared. The adsorptions of phenol, 2-chlorophenol (2-CP), 4-chlorophenol (4-CP), 2,4-dichlorophenol (DCP) and 2,4,6-trichlorophenol (TCP) on the functional chitosan from aqueous solution were investigated. CS-SA-CD exhibited excellent adsorption ability for chlorophenols especially for DCP and TCP. The maximum adsorption capacities of phenol, 2-CP, 4-CP, DCP and TCP on CS-SA-CD were 59.74, 70.52, 96.43, 315.46 and 375.94 mg/g, respectively. The scanning electron microscope and Brunauer–Emmett–Teller analyses revealed that the introduction of phenol group changed the surface morphology and surface properties of chitosan. The modified chitosan CS-SA-CD possesses larger surface areas (4.72 m2/g), pore volume (7.29 × 10−3 mL/g) and average pore diameter (59.99 Å) as compared to those of chitosan 3.27 m2/g, 2.00 × 10−3 mL/g and 15.95 Å, respectively. The enhanced adsorption of chlorophenols was also attributed to the interaction of hydrogen bond between Cl atom and -OH group. The adsorption of chlorophenols on CS-SA-CD followed the pseudo-second-order kinetic model. Adsorbent could be regenerated easily and the regenerated CS-SA-CD remained 80–91% adsorption efficiency.

  9. Biological material (DNA and RNA) bank of nuclear production workers and residents of nearby territories

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    Seversk Biophysical Research Centre (SBRC) has been engaged in creating DNA and biological material bank of workers of nuclear production (Siberian Group of Chemical Enterprises - SGCE) and residents of nearby areas (the town of Seversk) since 2002. Following the developed methodology, for each person this bank includes three units of storage: DNA sample extracted by standard method using proteinase K (the main sample), DNA sample isolated by means of 'quick' extraction method (work sample), and 1.5 ml blood sample (spare sample). For each DNA donor there have been obtained cytogenetic agents to estimate frequency and spectrum of chromosome aberrations. There has been completed DNA bank of SGCE workers (healthy individuals, cancer patients and those who survived acute myocardial infarction) as well as Seversk children aged 9-11 examined within SBRC special screening programme to diagnose thyroid diseases. At present, this DNA and biological material bank includes 5,988 units of storage (DNA samples extracted by means of standard method, DNA work samples isolated by quick extraction method, and spare blood samples). For every donor there has been obtained an informed consent. Storage conditions comply with technical regulations and provide for long-term (for decades) safety of the material. Personal information on DNA donors (age, internal and external doses, length of service, occupational data and case history) is contained in the Regional Medicodosimetric Register. Currently work is underway to create RNA bank identical to the existing DNA bank. For each person this bank contains two units of storage: the main high quality RNA sample isolated by hot phenol extraction; a work sample - of single stranded cDNA, extracted on RNA matrix through reverse transcription reaction. RNA bank will allow complex study of radiation effects in low dose range on the transcript of nuclear production workers and people living nearby. Thus, SBNC DNA and biological material bank

  10. Inhalation cancer risk assessment of hexavalent chromium based on updated mortality for Painesville chromate production workers

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    Proctor, Deborah M; Suh, Mina; Mittal, Liz; Hirsch, Shawn; Valdes Salgado, Raydel; Bartlett, Chris; Van Landingham, Cynthia; Rohr, Annette; Crump, Kenny

    2016-01-01

    The exposure-response for hexavalent chromium (Cr(VI))-induced lung cancer among workers of the Painesville Ohio chromate production facility has been used internationally for quantitative risk assessment of environmental and occupational exposures to airborne Cr(VI). We updated the mortality of 714 Painesville workers (including 198 short-term workers) through December 2011, reconstructed exposures, and conducted exposure-response modeling using Poisson and Cox regressions to provide quantitative lung cancer risk estimates. The average length of follow-up was 34.4 years with 24,535 person-years at risk. Lung cancer was significantly increased for the cohort (standardized mortality ratio (SMR)=186; 95% confidence interval (CI) 145–228), for those hired before 1959, those with >30-year tenure, and those with cumulative exposure >1.41 mg/m3-years or highest monthly exposures >0.26 mg/m3. Of the models assessed, the linear Cox model with unlagged cumulative exposure provided the best fit and was preferred. Smoking and age at hire were also significant predictors of lung cancer mortality. Adjusting for these variables, the occupational unit risk was 0.00166 (95% CI 0.000713–0.00349), and the environmental unit risk was 0.00832 (95% CI 0.00359–0.0174), which are 20% and 15% lower, respectively, than values developed in a previous study of this cohort. PMID:26669850

  11. Comparison of different chlorophenols degradation in aqueous solutions by gamma irradiation under reducing conditions

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    Peng, Yunxia; He, Shijun; Wang, Jianlong; Gong, Wenqi

    2012-10-01

    The reductive degradation of chlorophenols (CPs), including 2-CP, 4-CP and 2,4-DCP by gamma irradiation was investigated and compared. The results showed that the most efficient degradation took place with 2,4-DCP, followed by 2-CP and then 4-CP. This confirmed that the number and position of chlorine atoms existing in the benzene ring have significant impact on dechlorination and decomposition of CPs. The G-values of decomposition of CPs, the formation of intermediate products and chloride ion, and the degradation rate (KCPs and K) were also determined.

  12. Fluorescent Sensing of Chlorophenols in Water Using an Azo Dye Modified β-Cyclodextrin Polymer

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    Bhekie B. Mamba; Phendukani Ncube; Krause, Rui W

    2011-01-01

    A water soluble azo dye modified β-cyclodextrin polymer 4 was synthesized and used as a chemosensor for the detection of chlorinated phenols, model chlorinated by-products (CBPs) of water treatment for drinking purposes. The characterization of the intermediates and the azo dye modified β-CD polymer was done by UV/Vis Spectrophotometry, FT-IR and 1H-NMR spectroscopies. The chlorophenols were capable of quenching the fluorescence of the polymer. The polymer showed greater sensitivity towards 2...

  13. A Mapping of an Agile Software Development Method to the Personal Productivity of the Knowledge Worker. A Systematic Review of Self-Help Books

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    2014-01-01

    This work explores the problem of how to increase knowledge worker productivity by performing a systematic literature review of personal productivity self-help books. The assumption was that personal productivity self-help books are based on the same underlying concepts and that these concepts can give insight into the personal productivity of the knowledge worker. The intent was to identify these concepts, compare them to the state-of-the-art on knowledge worker productivity and the software...

  14. Eye lens dosimetry in workers of a PET radiopharmaceutical production facility

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    Guimaraes, M. C.; Lacerda, M. A. S.; Da Silva, T. A. [Development Center of Nuclear Technology, Posgraduate Course in Science and Technology of Radiations, Minerals and Materials, Av. Pte. Antonio Carlos 6627, 31270-901 Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais (Brazil); Meireles, L. S.; Teles, L. L. D., E-mail: margaretecristinag@gmail.com [Development Center of Nuclear Technology / CNEN, Av. Pte. Antonio Carlos 6627, 31270-901 Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais (Brazil)

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    Full text: A new regulatory statement was issued concerning the eye lens radiation protection of persons in some planned exposures. A debate was raised on the adequacy of the dosimetric quantity and on its method of measurement. The aim of this work was to establish the dosimetry procedure with the Eye-D{sup TM} holder with a MCP-N LiF:Mg,Cu,P thermoluminescent chip detector for measuring the personal dose equivalent Hp(3) in workers of the Development Center of Nuclear Technology (DCNT) Positron-Electron Tomography (PET) Radiopharmaceuticals Production Facility (RPF). The eye lens dosimeter was calibrated and its energy response was studied in terms Hp(3) on a ISO standard slab phantom and on a recent suggested cylindrical phantom. Irradiations were carried out at the DCNT Dosimeter Calibration Laboratory in ISO reference radiations of {sup 137}Cs gamma, narrow spectrum series X-ray beams, {sup 90}Sr/{sup 90}Y and {sup 85}Kr beta rays. Fifteen workers of the RPF/DCNT were monitored during radiopharmaceutical production activities (e.g. cyclotron operation, quality control tests, radiopharmaceutical production and radioprotection). Considering the predominant exposure to 511 keV photons, the energy dependence of the dosimeter of 30% in energies down to 33 keV should not be a concern. Calibration coefficient of the dosimeter in {sup 137}Cs beam showed that the use of the slab phantom will underestimate the Hp(3) in 8.8% related to the cylindrical phantom. The absorbed dose due to beta radiation exposure seems to be unfeasible to be assessed with the chosen dosimeter. Results showed that the workers responsible for quality control tests received the highest doses and that there is room for optimization. (Author)

  15. Eye lens dosimetry in workers of a PET radiopharmaceutical production facility

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    Full text: A new regulatory statement was issued concerning the eye lens radiation protection of persons in some planned exposures. A debate was raised on the adequacy of the dosimetric quantity and on its method of measurement. The aim of this work was to establish the dosimetry procedure with the Eye-DTM holder with a MCP-N LiF:Mg,Cu,P thermoluminescent chip detector for measuring the personal dose equivalent Hp(3) in workers of the Development Center of Nuclear Technology (DCNT) Positron-Electron Tomography (PET) Radiopharmaceuticals Production Facility (RPF). The eye lens dosimeter was calibrated and its energy response was studied in terms Hp(3) on a ISO standard slab phantom and on a recent suggested cylindrical phantom. Irradiations were carried out at the DCNT Dosimeter Calibration Laboratory in ISO reference radiations of 137Cs gamma, narrow spectrum series X-ray beams, 90Sr/90Y and 85Kr beta rays. Fifteen workers of the RPF/DCNT were monitored during radiopharmaceutical production activities (e.g. cyclotron operation, quality control tests, radiopharmaceutical production and radioprotection). Considering the predominant exposure to 511 keV photons, the energy dependence of the dosimeter of 30% in energies down to 33 keV should not be a concern. Calibration coefficient of the dosimeter in 137Cs beam showed that the use of the slab phantom will underestimate the Hp(3) in 8.8% related to the cylindrical phantom. The absorbed dose due to beta radiation exposure seems to be unfeasible to be assessed with the chosen dosimeter. Results showed that the workers responsible for quality control tests received the highest doses and that there is room for optimization. (Author)

  16. The effect of physical fitness and physical exercise training on work productivity among health care workers

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    Kongstad, Malte Bue; Christensen, Jeanette Reffstrup; Sjøgaard, Gisela;

    THE EFFECT OF PHYSICAL FITNESS AND PHYSICAL EXERCISE TRAINING ON WORK PRODUCTIVITY AMONG HEALTH CARE WORKERS Kongstad, M. 1, Sjøgaard, G. 1, Søgaard, K. 1, Christensen, JR. 1 1: SDU (Odense, Denmark) Introduction Workplace health promotion involving physical exercise training may negate lifestyle...... maximal exercise test, and MVC was measured during arm abduction, shoulder elevation, back flexion and extension using a Bofors dynamometer. Partial correlation as well as one-way analysis of variance with Tukey HSD post-hoc testing was used for analyses. Results Cross-sectional analyses at baseline...

  17. Mortality patterns of rock and slag mineral wool production workers: an epidemiological and environmental study.

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    Robinson, C F; Dement, J M; Ness, G O; Waxweiler, R J

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    An epidemiological and environmental study of rock and slag mineral wool production workers was undertaken at a plant that has been in operation since the early 1900s. Size characteristics of fibres produced by each process at the plant and data from industrial hygiene surveys were used to evaluate current and past exposures. These data suggest that the average historical airborne fibre concentration probably did not exceed 2.5 fibres/cc before 1935 and 1.0 fibre/cc after 1935. A retrospectiv...

  18. Efficient oxidative degradation of 2-chlorophenol and 4-chlorophenol over supported CuO-based catalysts

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    Jingjing Li; Yang Hu; Wenhui Lü; Lei Shi; Qi Sun; Yonggang Zhou; Jianfeng Xu; Jian Wang; Bizhong Shen

    2011-01-01

    A series of metal oxide catalysts for catalytic oxidative degradation of 2-chlorophenol (2-CP) and 4-chlorophenol (4-CP) were prepared,and the supported CuO catalysts were studied particularly.The supported CuO catalysts were characterized by XRD and NH3-TPD techniques,in which CuO/γ-Al2O3 exhibited high degradation activity.The addition of Na2O or K2O into CuO/γ-Al2O3 improved the oxidative degradation of CPs remarkably,in which Na2O was more efficient than K2O.Over CuO/γ-Al2O3-Na2O,CPs were completely converted and the liberation of the inorganic chloride from 2-CP or 4-CP reached 97% or 100% respectively at 30 ℃ for 2 h.The supported CuO catalysts with good dispersion of CuO particles and less acid sites were favorable for the efficient oxidative degradation of CPs.In addition,the initial pH of the reaction solution was found to be an important factor which influenced the catalytic oxidative degradation of CPs and the initial pH of 11.2 and 9.8 was preferred for the oxidative degradation of 2-CP and 4-CP respectively over CuO/γ-Al2O3 catalyst.

  19. Sorption of chlorophenols onto fruit cuticles and potato periderm

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    Yungui Li; Yingqing Deng; Baoliang Chen

    2012-01-01

    To better understand the interaction mechanisms of plant surfaces with polar organic compounds,sorption of 4-chlorophenol,2,4-dichlorophenol,and 2,4,6-trichlorophenol by fruit cuticles (i.e.,tomato,apple,and pepper),and potato tuber periderm were investigated.The roles of cuticular components (waxes,cutin,cutan and sugar) on sorption of chlorophenols are quantitatively compared.Cutin and waxes govern the sorption capacity of bulk apple cuticle by hydrophobic interactions.Potato periderm with highest sugar content exhibits the lowest sorption capability for the chlorophenols.With the increase of hydrophobicity (i.e.,Kow ) of sorbate,the relative contribution of lipophilic components (wax,cutin and cutan) on total sorption increases,however,the ratios of Koc to Kow decreases due to increasing ionization degree of sorbates.

  20. Catalytic wet Air Oxidation of o-Chlorophenol in Wastewater

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    2003-01-01

    Catalytic wet air oxidation (CWAO) was investigated in laboratory-scale experiments for the treatment of o-chlorophenol in wastewater. Experimental results showed that wet air oxidation (WAO) process in the absence of catalyst was also effective for o-chlorophenol in wastewater treatment. Up to 80% of the initial CODCr was removed by wet air oxidation at 270℃ with twice amount of the required stoichiometric oxygen supply. At temperature of 150℃, the removal rate of CODCr was only 30%. Fe2(SO4)3, CuSO4, Cu(NO3)2 and MnSO4 exhibited high catalytic activity. Higher removal rate of CODCr was obtained by CWAO. More than 96% of the initial CODCr was removed at 270℃ and 84.6%-93.6% of the initial CODCr was removed at 150℃. Mixed catalysts had better catalytic activity for the degradation of o-chlorophenol in wastewater.

  1. In vitro and in silico investigations of the binding interactions between chlorophenols and trypsin

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    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Binding interactions of five chlorophenols with trypsin were investigated. • The number of chlorine atoms of chlorophenols partly affected the binding ability of them to trypsin. • Noncovalent interactions stabilized the trypsin–chlorophenols complexes. • There was the one main binding site of trypsin for chlorophenols. - Abstract: Being the first-degree toxic pollutants, chlorophenols (CP) have potential carcinogenic and mutagenic activity and toxicity. Since there still lacks studies on molecular interactions of chlorophenols with trypsin, one major binding target of many exogenous environmental pollutants, the binding interactions between five chlorophenols, 2-CP, 2,6-DCP, 2,4,6-TCP, 2,4,6-TCP, 2,3,4,6-TCP and PCP and trypsin were characterized by the combination of multispectroscopic techniques and molecular modeling. The chlorophenols bind at the one main site of trypsin and the binding induces the changes of microenvironment and global conformations of trypsin. Different number of chloride atoms significantly affects the binding and the binding constants KA ranks as KA (2-CP) < KA (2,6-DCP) ≈ KA (2,4,6-TCP) < KA (2,3,4,6-TCP) < KA (PCP). These chlorophenols interacts with trypsin mainly through hydrophobic interactions and via hydrogen bonding interactions and aromatic–aromatic π–π stacking interaction. Our results offer insights into the binding mechanism of chlorophenols with trypsin and provide important information for possible toxicity risk of chlorophenols to human health

  2. Reaction mechanism of 3-chlorophenol with OH, H in aqueous solution

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    2003-01-01

    The reaction mechanism of 3-chlorophenol with OH, H inaqueous solution was studied by transient technology. The3-chlorophenol aqueous solutions have been saturated with air or N2previously. Under alkaline condition, the reaction of OH radicalwith 3-chlorophenol produces 3-chlorinated phenoxyl radical, withthe absorption peaks at 400 nm and 417 nm. Under neutral condition,the reaction of OH radical with 3-chlorophenol produces OH-adductwith the maximal absorption at about 340 nm. And in acid solution,the reaction of H with 3-chlorophenol produces H-adduct with themaximal absorption at about 320 nm. 3-chlorophenol is compared with4- and 2-chlorophenols from the free radical pathways. The resultsshow that the positions of chlorine on the aromatic ring stronglyinfluence the dehalogenation and degradation process.

  3. Photo-oxidation. Of the system chrome hexavalent-4-chlorophenol

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    As a proposal to eliminate highly toxic chemical components derived from industrial waste, the researchers study the behavior of the compound hexavalent chromium / 4-chlorophenol system when subjected to photo degradation in a photo-reactor compound parabolic cylinder (CPC) to scale pilot. The effect is analyzed in order to determine the operation conditions to reach the highest degradation levels possible. The analyzed variables were pH, concentration of catalyst (TiO2), time of recirculation and the relation of initial concentrations among polluting agents. The factor that most influences the levels of removal reached is the pH, which has a different effect for each of the pollutants. This implies that, theoretically, you cannot adopt a unique group of operation parameters to favor the degradation of both however, in the practice; high levels of degradation of both pollutants are obtained in the optimal point of operation of the chrome. It is also observed that the catalyst concentration does not influence the degradation of the polluting agents significantly, at least for the initial concentrations studied. The recirculation time is closely related to the kinetics of degradation of each polluting agent. Elevated degradation levels are reached in a short time for 4-chlorophenol, while more prolonged recirculation times are required for hexavalent chromium. The relation of initial concentrations of the polluting agents also exerts an opposite effect on the degradation levels reached for each polluting agent; the hexavalent chromium reduction is favored with high initial concentrations of 4-chlorophenol, whereas the oxidation of 4-chlorophenol is favored with high initial hexavalent chromium concentrations, which suggests some synergy between the oxidation-reduction reactions of 4-chlorophenol and hexavalent chromium. Finally, a 97% hexavalent chromium reduction and a 94.9% oxidation of 4-chlorophenol were obtained

  4. The Productive Workplace for Knowledge Workers: A focus on workplace design and environment across various age groups.

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    Chadburn, A.; Smith, J.

    2015-01-01

    The nature of work has changed and office designers are striving to find the ideal workplace design that meets the needs of knowledge workers. According to Thompson and Kay (2008) the issue of productivity is becoming of key interest in all sectors. In recent years, firms have begun to realise that a workplace environment that has been well designed is more likely to attract the highest calibre of worker and reduce staff attrition. (Gensler, 2005). A poorly-designed workplace can increase str...

  5. X-ray morphofunctional changes in the bronchopulmonary system of workers engaged in ethylene oxide production and processing

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    A total of 3475 workers engaged in ethyleneoxide production for 2-20 years, were examined by clinical and x-ray methods. X-ray examinations included roentgenomorphologic (total fluorography of the thoracic cavity organs and long-distance roentgenofunctional methods of examination of the bronchopulmonary system. Chronic bronchitis was detected in 407 workers in 76.2 % of it was chronic nonobstructive functionally unstable bronchitis, in the rest it was chronic obstructive bronchitis

  6. Thoracic dust exposure is associated with lung function decline in cement production workers.

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    Nordby, Karl-Christian; Notø, Hilde; Eduard, Wijnand; Skogstad, Marit; Fell, Anne Kristin; Thomassen, Yngvar; Skare, Øivind; Bergamaschi, Antonio; Pietroiusti, Antonio; Abderhalden, Rolf; Kongerud, Johny; Kjuus, Helge

    2016-08-01

    We hypothesised that exposure to workplace aerosols may lead to lung function impairment among cement production workers.Our study included 4966 workers in 24 cement production plants. Based on 6111 thoracic aerosol samples and information from questionnaires we estimated arithmetic mean exposure levels by plant and job type. Dynamic lung volumes were assessed by repeated spirometry testing during a mean follow-up time of 3.5 years (range 0.7-4.6 years). The outcomes considered were yearly change of dynamic lung volumes divided by the standing height squared or percentage of predicted values. Statistical modelling was performed using mixed model regression. Individual exposure was classified into quintile levels limited at 0.09, 0.89, 1.56, 2.25, 3.36, and 14.6 mg·m(-3), using the lowest quintile as the reference. Employees that worked in administration were included as a second comparison group.Exposure was associated with a reduction in forced expiratory volume in 1 s (FEV1), forced expiratory volume in 6 s and forced vital capacity. For FEV1 % predicted a yearly excess decline of 0.84 percentage points was found in the highest exposure quintile compared with the lowest.Exposure at the higher levels found in this study may lead to a decline in dynamic lung volumes. Exposure reduction is therefore warranted. PMID:27103386

  7. Distribution of some trace elements in biosubstrates of workers occupied in the production of mineral nitrogenous phosphate fertilizers

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    The data on the content of some trace elements typical for the production of nitrogeneous phosphate fertilizers (F, Sr, rare-earth elements), as well as heavy and toxic metals in industrial products, occupational air, drinking water and bio substrates (urine, hair) of the factory workers are presented. The correlations between the content of fluorine in urine and hair of workers and between the content of fluorine, length of service and age, have been shown. The correlation dependence between the content of F in bio substrates and a number of trace elements typical for the given type of production has been evaluated. The comparison of the morbidity and character of diseases of the factory workers and of the local residents unoccupied in the production has been made

  8. Distribution of Some Elements in Biosubstrates of Workers Occupied in the Production of Mineral Nitrogenous Phosphate Fertilizers

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    Gorbunov, A V; Lyapunov, S M; Okina, O I; Pavlov, S S; Geological Institute RAS, Moscow, Russia

    2005-01-01

    The data on the content of some trace elements typical for the production of nitrogenous phosphate fertilizers (F, Sr, rare-earth elements), as well as heavy and toxic metals in industrial products, occupational air, drinking water and biosubstrates (urine, hair) of the factory workers are presented. The correlations between the content of fluorine in urine and hair of workers and between the content of fluorine, length of service and age, have been shown. The correlation dependence between the content of F in biosubstrates and a number of trace elements typical for the given type of production has been evaluated. The comparison of the morbidity and character of diseases of the factory workers and of the local residents unoccupied in the production has been made.

  9. Formation of polychlorinated dibenzodioxins, benzenes and phenols from thermal degradation of 2-chlorophenol promoted by CuCl2

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    Visez, N.; Baillet, C.; Sawerysyn, J.P. [Lille-1 Univ. (France). Physicochimie des Processus de Combustion et de l' Atmosphere - UMR-CNRS

    2004-09-15

    processes of PCDD/Fs from chlorophenols as precursors. These investigations have shown that other organic byproducts, potentially toxic, could also be formed with PCDD/Fs. Born et al. have studied the formation of PCDD/Fs from isomers of monochlorophenol on model and real fly ashes using a fixed bed reactor. The reaction products observed were carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, 2,4- dichlorophenol, 2,6-dichlorophenol, 2,4,6-trichlorophenol, PCDDs, monobenzofuran, polychlorodiphenylethers, polychlorobenzenes, methylene chloride and tetrachloroethylene. By investigating the PCDD/Fs formation from ortho-chlorinated phenols and copper chloride, Ryu and Mulholland have identified the following products: chlorophenols, chlorobenzenes, PCDD/Fs, tetrachloroethylene and benzoquinones Hell et al. have studied the reaction of 2,4,6-trichlorophenol on real and model fly ash using a fixed bed reactor. They have observed that polychlorobenzenes formation was favored when time and temperature were increased. This work is aimed at highlighting the organic compounds formed by thermal degradation of 2-chlorophenol (2CP) promoted by copper chloride using sealed tubes as closed reactors. It is clear that this experimental method is unrealistic when compared to conditions of industrial processes. However, it enables us to use residence times (from minutes to hours) long enough to get more informations on reactions pathways responsible for PCCD/Fs formation and degradation which would be difficult to obtain from experiments with much smaller residence times.

  10. The impact of onsite workplace health-enhancing physical activity interventions on worker productivity: a systematic review.

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    Pereira, Michelle Jessica; Coombes, Brooke Kaye; Comans, Tracy Anne; Johnston, Venerina

    2015-06-01

    The aim of this study is to investigate the effects of onsite workplace health-enhancing physical activity (HEPA) programmes on worker productivity. The PROSPERO registration number is CRD42014008750. A search for controlled trials or randomised controlled trials (RCTs) that investigated the effects of onsite workplace HEPA programmes on productivity levels of working adults was performed. Risk of bias of included studies was assessed, and the inter-rater reliability of the quality assessment was analysed. Qualitative synthesis of available evidence is presented. Eight studies were included in the review. There is consistent evidence that onsite workplace HEPA programmes do not reduce levels of sick leave. There appears to be inconsistent evidence of the impact of onsite workplace HEPA programmes on worker productivity. A high-quality study of an onsite combination (aerobic, strengthening and flexibility) HEPA regime and a moderate-quality study of a Tai Chi programme improved worker productivity measured with questionnaires in female laundry workers and older female nurses, respectively. Two high-quality studies and four moderate-quality studies did not show benefit. Studies that showed benefit were mainly those designed with productivity measures as primary outcomes, delivered to occupations involved with higher physical loads, and had higher compliance and programme intensity. The small number of studies and the lack of consistency among studies limited further analyses. There is inconsistent evidence that onsite workplace HEPA programmes improve self-reported worker productivity. Future high-quality RCTs of onsite workplace HEPA programmes should be designed around productivity outcomes, target at-risk groups and investigate interventions of sufficient intensity. High attendance with improved recording is needed to achieve significant results in augmenting worker productivity. PMID:25780031

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    ... published in the Federal Register on January 25, 2010 (75 FR 3930). At the request of the State Agency, the... Employment and Training Administration Senco Brands, Inc., fka Senco Products, Inc., Including the On- Site... December 10, 2009, applicable to workers of Senco Brands, Inc., fka Senco Products, Inc., including the...

  12. NUTRITION, HEALTH AND LABOR PRODUCTIVITY ANALYSIS OF MALE AND FEMALE WORKERS: A TEST OF THE EFFICIENCY WAGE HYPOTHESIS

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    Fahima AZIZ

    1995-01-01

    The objective of this study was to examine the effect of nutrition and health on labor productivity for women and men workers on subsistence farm households. The study emerged from the well founded Efficiency Wage Hypothesis which asserts that nutrition affects labor productivity in subsistence economies. This study develops the Efficiency Wage Hypothesis further by including an anthropometric measure of health along with caloric intake and other production inputs in the productivity analysis...

  13. Does the queen win it all? Queen-worker conflict over male production in the bumblebee, Bombus terrestris

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    Alaux, Cédric; Savarit, Fabrice; Jaisson, Pierre; Hefetz, Abraham

    Social insects provide a useful model for studying the evolutionary balance between cooperation and conflict linked to genetic structure. We investigated the outcome of this conflict in the bumblebee, Bombus terrestris, whose annual colony life cycle is characterized by overt competition over male production. We established artificial colonies composed of a queen and unrelated workers by daily exchange of callow workers between colony pairs of distinct genetic make-up. Using microsatellite analysis, this procedure allowed an exact calculation of the proportion of worker-derived males. The development and social behavior of these artificial colonies were similar to those of normal colonies. Despite a high worker reproduction attempt (63.8% of workers had developed ovaries and 38.4% were egg-layers), we found that on average 95% of the males produced during the competition phase (CPh) were queen-derived. However, in four colonies, queen death resulted in a considerable amount of worker-derived male production. The different putative ultimate causes of this efficient control by the queen are discussed, and we suggest a possible scenario of an evolutionary arms race that may occur between these two female castes.

  14. Mineralization of 2-chlorophenol by sequential electrochemical reductive dechlorination and biological processes.

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    Arellano-González, Miguel Ángel; González, Ignacio; Texier, Anne-Claire

    2016-08-15

    In this work, a novel approach was applied to obtain the mineralization of 2-chlorophenol (2-CP) in an electrochemical-biological combined system where an electrocatalytic dehydrogenation process (reductive dechlorination) was coupled to a biological denitrification process. Reductive dechlorination of 2-CP was conducted in an ECCOCEL-type reactor on a Pd-Ni/Ti electrode at a potential of -0.40V vs Ag/AgCl(s)/KCl(sat), achieving 100 percent transformation of 2-CP into phenol. The electrochemically pretreated effluent was fed to a rotating cylinder denitrifying bioreactor where the totality of phenol was mineralized by denitrification, obtaining CO2 and N2 as the end products. The total time required for 2-CP mineralization in the combined electrochemical-biological process was 7.5h. This value is close to those previously reported for electrochemical and advanced oxidation processes but in this case, an efficient process was obtained without accumulation of by-products or generation of excessive energy costs due to the selective electrochemical pretreatment. This study showed that the use of electrochemical reductive pretreatment combined with biological processes could be a promising technology for the removal of recalcitrant molecules, such as chlorophenols, from wastewaters by more efficient, rapid, and environmentally friendly processes. PMID:27131458

  15. Mortality patterns of rock and slag mineral wool production workers: an epidemiological and environmental study.

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    Robinson, C F; Dement, J M; Ness, G O; Waxweiler, R J

    1982-02-01

    An epidemiological and environmental study of rock and slag mineral wool production workers was undertaken at a plant that has been in operation since the early 1900s. Size characteristics of fibres produced by each process at the plant and data from industrial hygiene surveys were used to evaluate current and past exposures. These data suggest that the average historical airborne fibre concentration probably did not exceed 2.5 fibres/cc before 1935 and 1.0 fibre/cc after 1935. A retrospective cohort mortality study was designed to assess mortality patterns. Detailed occupational histories were compiled on all plant employees. All jobs in the plant were assigned to one of eight potential exposure categories to assess the extent and severity of mineral wool exposure and the effect of other significant exposures on employee mortality. Findings included an increase in the number of deaths due to cancer of the digestive system and non-malignant respiratory disease among workers who had over 20 years' exposure to mineral wool or who had survived 20 years since their first exposure to mineral wool. These findings are not inconsistent with those of Enterline's (Symposium on Biological Effects of Mineral Fibres, Lyon, France, September 1979) in the Thermal Insulation Manufacturers' Association's mortality study of men employed in four mineral wool plants. PMID:6279138

  16. 2-chlorophenol oxidation kinetic by photo-assisted Fenton process

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    2003-01-01

    Experimental data are presented to test and validate a kinetic model for the oxidation of 2-chlorophenol wastewater by photo-assistedFenton process. The data showed that this process had produced good effects under acidic conductions. Up to 90% 2-chlorophenol was removedafter 90-minute reaction time with H2 O2 of 25 % CODcr in while in UV/H2 O2 system only 16.8% 2-chlorophenol was removed after one hourtreatment. The optimal pH in this reaction occurred between pH 3.0 and pH 4.0. The reaction kinetics for photo-assisted Fenton processexperimented in this research was investigated. Kinetic models were proposed for the treatment of 2-chlorophenol wastewater. The reaction wasfound to follow the 2nd order. The equations of reaction kinetics are as follows: - dt/d[RH]= KRH [ RH] [ H2O2 ]0exp(-KH2O2t); -dt/d[CODcr]= KCODCr[CODCr][ H2O2 ]0exp( - K't). The prediction of the models was found to be in a good agreement with experimentalresults, thus confirming the proposed reaction mechanism.

  17. Methanization of 2 chlorophenol (2CP) in presence of oxygen

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    Beristain, L. M.; Cuervo-Lopez, F. M.; Ramirez, F.

    2009-07-01

    Chlorophenols, very toxic organic compounds, are widely distributed in soils and water. These substances are related to cellular damage as they have mutagenic and carcinogenic characteristics. Aromatic compounds have been eliminated from wastewater under methanogenic conditions; however, in most of the cases the elimination rates are low and some toxic intermediates might be accumulated. (Author)

  18. Degradation of chlorophenol by in-situ electrochemically generated oxidant

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    丛燕青; 吴祖成; 叶倩; 谭天恩

    2004-01-01

    A novel in-situ electrochemical oxidation method was applied to the degradation of wastewater containing chlorophenol. Under oxygen sparging, the strong oxidant, hydrogen dioxide, could be in-situ generated through the reduction of oxygen on the surface of the cathode. The removal rate ofchlorophenol could be increased 149% when oxygen was induced in the electrochemical cell. The promotion factor was estimated to be about 82.63% according to the pseudo-first-order reaction rate constant (min-1). Important operating parameters such as current density, sparged oxygen rate were investigated.Higher sparged oxygen rate could improve the degradation of chlorophenol. To make full use of oxygen, however, sparged oxygen rate of 0.05 m3/h was adopted in this work. Oxidation-reduction potential could remarkably affect the generation of hydrogen peroxide. It was found that the removal rate of chlorophenol was not in direct proportion to the applied current density. The optimum current density was 3.5 mA/cm2 when initial chlorophenol concentration was 100 mg/L and sparged oxygen rate was 0.05 m3/h.

  19. Degradation of chlorophenol by in-situ electrochemically generated oxidant

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    丛燕青; 吴祖成; 叶倩; 谭天恩

    2004-01-01

    A novel in-situ electrochemical oxidation method was applied to the degradation of wastewater containing chlorophenol. Under oxygen sparging, the strong oxidant, hydrogen dioxide, could be in-situ generated through the reduction of oxygen on the surface of the cathode. The removal rate ofchlorophenol could be increased 149% when oxygen was induced in the electrochemical cell. The promotion factor was estimated to be about 82.63% according to the pseudo-first-order reaction rate constant (min-1). Important operating parameters such as current density, sparged oxygen rate were investigated. Higher sparged oxygen rate could improve the degradation of chlorophenol. To make full use of oxygen, however, sparged oxygen rate of 0.05 m3/h was adopted in this work. Oxidation-reduction potential could remarkably affect the generation of hydrogen peroxide. It was found that the removal rate of chlorophenol was not in direct proportion to the applied current density. The optimum current density was 3.5 mA/cm2 when initial chlorophenol concentration was 100 mg/L and sparged oxygen rate was 0.05 m3/h.

  20. Optimization of Fenton pretreatment for 2-chlorophenol solution

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    贺仲兵; 刘云国; 肖玉

    2013-01-01

    Fenton oxidation was used as the pretreatment of 2-chlorophenol wastewater with the objective of dechlorination, as it was considered that after breakage of aryl—Cl bond, the generated intermediates may be easily biodegraded. Hence, the optimization of pH and the low Fenton reagent doses for dechlorination was investigated. More than 99% dechlorination is obtained at the optimal pH 4 and the Fenton reagent doses of 86 mmol/L H2 O2 and 2.87 mmol/L Fe2+. The corresponding 2-chlorophenol is degraded completely, 80.02% COD is also removed, and the biodegradability, evaluated in terms of the BOD5 /COD ratio, is increased up to 0.41. To test the effect of this pretreatment, the pretreated 2-chlorophenol wastewater was fed to a sequencing batch reactor(SBR). The results show that complete mineralization is achieved. It is demonstrated that, for the treatment of recalcitrant compounds like 2-chlorophenol, the Fenton pretreatment could be quite effective and economical for enhancing the biodegradability in a Fenton-biological coupled system.

  1. Methanization of 2 chlorophenol (2CP) in presence of oxygen

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    Chlorophenols, very toxic organic compounds, are widely distributed in soils and water. These substances are related to cellular damage as they have mutagenic and carcinogenic characteristics. Aromatic compounds have been eliminated from wastewater under methanogenic conditions; however, in most of the cases the elimination rates are low and some toxic intermediates might be accumulated. (Author)

  2. Worker productivity and ventilation rate in a call center: Analyses of time-series data for a group of workers; TOPICAL

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    In previous studies, increased ventilation rates and reduced indoor carbon dioxide concentrations have been associated with improvements in health at work and increased performance in work-related tasks. Very few studies have assessed whether ventilation rates influence performance of real work. This paper describes part one of a two-part analysis from a productivity study performed in a call center operated by a health maintenance organization. Outside air ventilation rates were manipulated, indoor air temperatures, humidities, and carbon dioxide concentrations were monitored, and worker performance data for advice nurses, with 30-minute resolution, were analyzed via multivariate linear regression to look for an association of performance with building ventilation rate, or with indoor carbon dioxide concentration (which is related to ventilation rate per worker). Results suggest that the effect of ventilation rate on worker performance in this call center was very small (probably less than 1%) or nil, over most of the range of ventilation rate experienced during the study (roughly 12 L s(sup -1) to 48 L s(sup -1) per person). However, there is some evidence suggesting performance improvements of 2% or more when the ventilation rate per person is very high, as indicated by indoor CO(sub 2) concentrations exceeding outdoor concentrations by less than 75 ppm

  3. Highly efficient adsorption of chlorophenols onto chemically modified chitosan

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    Zhou, Liang-Chun [Key Laboratory of Green Chemistry and Technology, Ministry of Education, College of Chemistry, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610064 (China); National Center for Packaging Material Quality Supervision and Inspection, Chengdu Institute of Product Quality Supervision and Inspection, Chengdu 610064 (China); Meng, Xiang-Guang, E-mail: mengxgchem@163.com [Key Laboratory of Green Chemistry and Technology, Ministry of Education, College of Chemistry, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610064 (China); Fu, Jing-Wei [National Center for Packaging Material Quality Supervision and Inspection, Chengdu Institute of Product Quality Supervision and Inspection, Chengdu 610064 (China); Yang, Yu-Chong; Yang, Peng; Mi, Chun [Key Laboratory of Green Chemistry and Technology, Ministry of Education, College of Chemistry, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610064 (China)

    2014-02-15

    A novel chemically modified chitosan CS-SA-CD with phenol and β-cyclodextrin groups was prepared. The adsorptions of phenol, 2-chlorophenol (2-CP), 4-chlorophenol (4-CP), 2,4-dichlorophenol (DCP) and 2,4,6-trichlorophenol (TCP) on the functional chitosan from aqueous solution were investigated. CS-SA-CD exhibited excellent adsorption ability for chlorophenols especially for DCP and TCP. The maximum adsorption capacities of phenol, 2-CP, 4-CP, DCP and TCP on CS-SA-CD were 59.74, 70.52, 96.43, 315.46 and 375.94 mg/g, respectively. The scanning electron microscope and Brunauer–Emmett–Teller analyses revealed that the introduction of phenol group changed the surface morphology and surface properties of chitosan. The modified chitosan CS-SA-CD possesses larger surface areas (4.72 m{sup 2}/g), pore volume (7.29 × 10{sup −3} mL/g) and average pore diameter (59.99 Å) as compared to those of chitosan 3.27 m{sup 2}/g, 2.00 × 10{sup −3} mL/g and 15.95 Å, respectively. The enhanced adsorption of chlorophenols was also attributed to the interaction of hydrogen bond between Cl atom and -OH group. The adsorption of chlorophenols on CS-SA-CD followed the pseudo-second-order kinetic model. Adsorbent could be regenerated easily and the regenerated CS-SA-CD remained 80–91% adsorption efficiency.

  4. Reproductive conflict in social insects: Male production by workers in a slave-making ant

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    Brunner, Elizabeth; Trindl, Andreas; Falk, Karl H.;

    2005-01-01

    expected to be less detrimental for colony efficiency than in related, nonparasitic species. Furthermore, as slave-making workers usually do not perform brood care and thus might have little power in manipulating sex allocation, they might be more strongly selected to increase their direct fitness by......AbstractIn insect societies, workers cooperate but may also pursue their individual interests, such as laying viable male eggs. The case of obligatory slave-making ants is of particular interest because workers do not engage in maintenance activities and foraging. Therefore, worker egg laying is...... producing their own sons than workers in nonparasitic species. In this study we investigated worker reproduction in four natural colonies of the slave-making ant Polyergus rufescens, using highly variable microsatellite markers. Our results show that workers produce up to 100% of the males. This study thus...

  5. Efficient biodegradation of chlorophenols in aqueous phase by magnetically immobilized aniline-degrading Rhodococcus rhodochrous strain

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    Hou, Jianfeng; Liu, Feixia; Wu, Nan; Ju, Jiansong; Yu, Bo

    2016-01-01

    Background Chlorophenols are environmental contaminants, which are highly toxic to living beings due to their carcinogenic, mutagenic and cytotoxic properties. Bacterial degradation has been considered a cost-effective and eco-friendly method of removing chlorophenols, compared to the traditional physical–chemical processes. Results In this study, we first developed an efficient process for the biodegradation of chlorophenols by magnetically immobilized Rhodococcus rhodochrous cells. R. rhodo...

  6. Adsorption of Phenols and Chlorophenols in Wastewaters on Activated Carbon and Dried Activated Sludge

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    YENER, Jülide

    1999-01-01

    One of the methods used for removal of phenols and chlorophenols from the wastewaters of petroleum refineries, coke, medicine, dye, plastics, pesticide, insecticide, and paper industry is the adsorption process. In this study, adsorption of phenol, o-chlorophenol and p-chlorophenol from aqueous solutions on to granular activated carbon and dried activated sludge was investigated as a function of pH, initial pollutant concentration and functional groups. Effects of these parameters on...

  7. Estimating individual exposure to 131I for radiation workers at radioisotope production using air sampling and smartphone techniques

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    Indoor individual exposure at radioisotope production depends strongly on temporal concentration variation, contacting time and working location of radiation workers. To estimate personal exposure to indoor air polluted with 131I for the workers at radioisotope production, we had employed a low cost indoor model appropriate for their specific situation. In this model, time-microenvironment occupied by the workers was recorded by a smartphone sensitive motion software. Simultaneously, on the work days, indoor air in the three iodine production rooms was sampled by a portable air sampler coupled with activated carbon cartridges impregnated by TEDA. Then the low background gamma spectrometer was used to measure activity of the cartridges and the concentration of 131I in these rooms was calculated with the temporal resolution of one hour. By combining the hourly concentration with the high temporal resolution of activity patterns, we estimated the actual exposures for the group of workers producing radioisotopes in Nuclear Research Institute (Dalat) for the first four months of 2015. The highest daily average exposure was 410.2 Bq/m3 while the highest average exposure of the group was 147.2 Bq/m3. It showed an useful value for minimizing risks and estimating internal doses as well. This feasibility study may be applied for assessing personal exposure at radioisotope production, but also for many other indoor environments. (author)

  8. Seeing and Hearing: Examining Production Workers' Literacy and Numeracy Practices in a Context of Crisis

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    Brown, Tony; Yasukawa, Keiko; Black, Stephen

    2014-01-01

    A policy consensus has emerged in Australia that there is a workforce literacy and numeracy crisis, similar to many other Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development countries. The study informing this paper examined this framing of crisis by interviewing and observing production workers in three manufacturing companies. Each company was…

  9. Production Workers' Literacy and Numeracy Practices: Using Cultural-Historical Activity Theory (CHAT) as an Analytical Tool

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    Yasukawa, Keiko; Brown, Tony; Black, Stephen

    2013-01-01

    Public policy discourses claim that there is a "crisis" in the literacy and numeracy levels of the Australian workforce. In this paper, we propose a methodology for examining this "crisis" from a critical perspective. We draw on findings from an ongoing research project by the authors which investigates production workers'…

  10. Are older workers worthy of their pay? An empirical investigation of age-productivity and age-wage nexuses

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    Cardoso, Ana Rute; Guimarães, Paulo; Varejão, José

    2010-01-01

    Using longitudinal employer-employee data spanning over a 22-year period, we compare age-wage and age-productivity profiles and find that productivity increases until the age range of 50-54, whereas wages peak around the age 40-44. At younger ages, wages increase in line with productivity gains but as prime-age approaches, wage increases lag behind productivity gains. As a result, older workers are, in fact, worthy of their pay, in the sense that their contribution to firm-level productivity ...

  11. Proposal and application of methodology for monitoring workers occupationally exposed to Thorium-232 and its decay products

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    Thorium-232 is the parent of one of the naturally occurring decay series and is widely spread on the earth's crust, being also present in higher concentrations at some deposits located mainly in Brazil and India. The occupational exposure to this radionuclide may occur in several steps of the thorium cycle. In Brazil, there is a large number of workers that should be monitored because they manipulate directly or indirectly different kinds of ores, raw materials and products containing significant amounts of thorium in its composition. In this study, the techniques developed specifically for the in vivo and in vitro monitoring of these workers are presented together with the application of these techniques to a group of selected workers classified as occupationally exposed. It is also presented the methodology by which the results obtained with these measurements are interpreted with the objective of identifying the main pathways of incorporation and reducing the internal doses to values as low as reasonably achievable. (author)

  12. Raman and Surface-enhanced Raman Scattering of Chlorophenols

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    SONG Wei; SHANG Xiao-hong; LU Yong; LIU Bing-bing; WANG Xu

    2011-01-01

    Raman spectrum is a powerful analytical tool for determining the chemical information of compounds.In this study,we obtained analytical results of chlorophenols(CPs) molecules including 4-chlorophenol(4-CP),2,6-dichlorophenol(2,6-DCP) and 2,4,6-trichlorophenol(2,4,6-TCP) on the surface of Ag dendrites by surface-enhanced Raman scattering(SERS) spectra.SEM images indicate that the SERS substrate of Ag dendrites is composed of a large number of polygonal nanocrystallites,which self-assembled into a 3D hierarchical structure.It was found that there were distinct differences for those three molecules from Raman and SERS spectra.This indicates that SERS could be a new tool of detection technique regarding trace amounts of CPs.

  13. QSBR Study on the Anaerobic Biodegradation of Chlorophenols

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    YANG Da-Sen; DAI You-Zhi; LI Jian-Hua; ZHU Fei

    2006-01-01

    18 Physicochemical and quantum chemical parameters of 12 kinds of chlorophenols are calculated in this paper. QSBR (quantitative structure-biodegradability relationship) study is performed using simca statistical software by PLS regression analysis method on anaerobic biodegradation data (logKb), and the QSBR model is developed with favorable prediction. The model shows that the size and energy of the molecule are the dominant factors affecting the anaerobic biodegradation of chlorophenols. And the degradation rate constants (logKb) increase with the increase of core-core repulsion (CCR), average molecular polarizability (α), total surface area (TSA), heat of formation (HOF) and total energy (TE), while decrease with the increase of molecular connectivity index (1XV), relative molecular mass (Mw) and electronic energy (EE).

  14. In vitro and in silico investigations of the binding interactions between chlorophenols and trypsin

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    Wang, Yan-Qing, E-mail: wyqing76@126.com [Jiangsu Provincial Key Laboratory of Coastal Wetland Bioresources and Environmental Protection, Yancheng City 224002, Jiangsu Province (China); Institute of Applied Chemistry and Environmental Engineering, Yancheng Teachers University, Yancheng City 224002, Jiangsu Province (China); Tan, Chun-Yun [Institute of Applied Chemistry and Environmental Engineering, Yancheng Teachers University, Yancheng City 224002, Jiangsu Province (China); Zhuang, Shu-Lin [Institute of Environmental Science, College of Environmental and Resource Science, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310058 (China); Zhai, Peng-Zhan; Cui, Yun; Zhou, Qiu-Hua; Zhang, Hong-Mei [Institute of Applied Chemistry and Environmental Engineering, Yancheng Teachers University, Yancheng City 224002, Jiangsu Province (China); Fei, Zhenghao [Jiangsu Provincial Key Laboratory of Coastal Wetland Bioresources and Environmental Protection, Yancheng City 224002, Jiangsu Province (China); Institute of Applied Chemistry and Environmental Engineering, Yancheng Teachers University, Yancheng City 224002, Jiangsu Province (China)

    2014-08-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Binding interactions of five chlorophenols with trypsin were investigated. • The number of chlorine atoms of chlorophenols partly affected the binding ability of them to trypsin. • Noncovalent interactions stabilized the trypsin–chlorophenols complexes. • There was the one main binding site of trypsin for chlorophenols. - Abstract: Being the first-degree toxic pollutants, chlorophenols (CP) have potential carcinogenic and mutagenic activity and toxicity. Since there still lacks studies on molecular interactions of chlorophenols with trypsin, one major binding target of many exogenous environmental pollutants, the binding interactions between five chlorophenols, 2-CP, 2,6-DCP, 2,4,6-TCP, 2,4,6-TCP, 2,3,4,6-TCP and PCP and trypsin were characterized by the combination of multispectroscopic techniques and molecular modeling. The chlorophenols bind at the one main site of trypsin and the binding induces the changes of microenvironment and global conformations of trypsin. Different number of chloride atoms significantly affects the binding and the binding constants K{sub A} ranks as K{sub A} (2-CP) < K{sub A} (2,6-DCP) ≈ K{sub A} (2,4,6-TCP) < K{sub A} (2,3,4,6-TCP) < K{sub A} (PCP). These chlorophenols interacts with trypsin mainly through hydrophobic interactions and via hydrogen bonding interactions and aromatic–aromatic π–π stacking interaction. Our results offer insights into the binding mechanism of chlorophenols with trypsin and provide important information for possible toxicity risk of chlorophenols to human health.

  15. Increasing community health worker productivity and effectiveness: a review of the influence of the work environment

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    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Community health workers (CHWs are increasingly recognized as a critical link in improving access to services and achieving the health-related Millennium Development Goals. Given the financial and human resources constraints in developing countries, CHWs are expected to do more without necessarily receiving the needed support to do their jobs well. How much can be expected of CHWs before work overload and reduced organizational support negatively affect their productivity, the quality of services, and in turn the effectiveness of the community-based programmes that rely on them? This article presents policy-makers and programme managers with key considerations for a model to improve the work environment as an important approach to increase CHW productivity and, ultimately, the effectiveness of community-based strategies. Methods A desk review of selective published and unpublished articles and reports on CHW programs in developing countries was conducted to analyse and organize findings on the elements that influence CHW productivity. The search was not exhaustive but rather was meant to gather information on general themes that run through the various documents to generate perspectives on the issue and provide evidence on which to formulate ideas. After an initial search for key terminology related to CHW productivity, a snowball technique was used where a reference in one article led to the discovery of additional documents and reports. Results CHW productivity is determined in large part by the conditions under which they work. Attention to the provision of an enabling work environment for CHWs is essential for achieving high levels of productivity. We present a model in which the work environment encompasses four essential elements—workload, supportive supervision, supplies and equipment, and respect from the community and the health system—that affect the productivity of CHWs. We propose that when CHWs have a

  16. Hydrodechlorination of 4-chlorophenol in water with formic acid using a Pd/activated carbon catalyst

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    Calvo, L.; Gilarranz, M.A.; Casas, J.A.; Mohedano, A.F. [Seccion de Ingenieria Quimica, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Rodriguez, J.J. [Seccion de Ingenieria Quimica, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid (Spain)], E-mail: juanjo.rodriguez@uam.es

    2009-01-30

    This work reports on the feasibility of hydrodechlorination as a treatment technique for chlorophenols-bearing wastewaters using formic acid as a hydrogen source. 4-Chlorophenol (4-CPhOH) has been used as target compound and the experiments were carried out in batch and continuous mode with a commercial activated carbon-supported Pd (0.5 wt.%) catalyst. The variables studied in the batch runs were HCOOH/4-CPhOH molar ratio (10-1000), temperature (25-75 deg. C) and catalyst concentration (250-1000 mg/L). The continuous experiments were performed in a fixed bed reactor where aqueous solutions of formic acid and 4-CPhOH with molar ratios between 50 and 100 were continuously fed to the reactor, at different space-time values in the range of 10.7-42.8 kg{sub cat} h/mol. Reaction temperatures from 35 to 100 deg. C were tested and the pressure was fixed at 2.5 bar. Conversion values above 99% for 4-CPhOH were obtained in batch experiments, but using a HCOOH/4-CPhOH molar ratio as high as 500. Moreover, most of the phenol produced was adsorbed on the catalyst. Continuous runs were performed to evaluate the efficiency of the catalyst under lower HCOOH/4-CPhOH ratios and to explore the possibility of converting phenol to more hydrogenated products. The results indicated that the HCOOH/4-CPhOH molar ratios needed were an order of magnitude lower than those required in batch runs to achieve conversions of 4-CPhOH close to 95%. Besides, phenol was not the only reaction product formed, since a more hydrogenated product such as cyclohexanone was detected in the effluent, which indicates additional hydrogenation of phenol in contrast to the behaviour observed in batch experiments. A loss of activity was observed in the continuous runs after 20-30 h on stream.

  17. Pornography, Sexual Enhancement Products, and Sexual Risk of Female Sex Workers and their Clients in Southern India.

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    Bradley, Janet; Rajaram, Subramanian Potty; Isac, Shajy; Gurav, Kaveri; Ramesh, B M; Gowda, Chandrashekhar; Moses, Stephen; Alary, Michel

    2016-05-01

    Despite their large numbers, and important role in the HIV epidemic in India, male clients of female sex workers (FSWs) are a difficult to reach population and little is known about their sexual behaviors. Using data from an integrated behavioral and biological assessment of 684 clients in Bangalore in 2012, we examined factors associated with their reports of having sex with three or more different female sex workers in the last month, and anal sex with sex workers. We included sociodemographic and sexual behavior factors and, for the first time in client studies in India, included data on the use of pornography and sexual enhancement products (SEPs) such as pills, oils, and sprays, in our multivariable analyses of client risk. Seventy-eight percent of clients had seen pornographic material and 8% reported ever having used SEPs. The profiles of men practicing the two risk behaviors examined were quite different. Travel in the past year, drunkenness in the past month, young age at first commercial sex, non-use of condoms at last sex, and finding sex workers in public places (but not use of pornography and SEPs) were independently associated with multiple partnering. Sex with a man or transsexual, being a white collar worker, seeking out FSWs at home, pornography and SEP use, and condom use at last FSW sex, were all independently associated with anal sex with an FSW. More research is needed to better understand the links between pornography and SEPs, and HIV risk behaviors, and HIV prevention programs need to be cognizant of the importance of ensuring that condom use is adequately promoted and supported in the context of anal sex in female sex worker-client interactions. PMID:25905909

  18. Trade Union-based Workplace Learning: A Case Study in Workplace Reorganization and Worker Knowledge Production.

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    Sawchuk, Peter H.

    2001-01-01

    A case study of Canada's telecommunications industry found the union engaged in education and research that helped build the potential for workplace democracy. However, scarce resources for these activities and management concerns about worker empowerment constrained progressive change. (SK)

  19. Increased Respiratory Disease Mortality at a Microwave Popcorn Production Facility with Worker Risk of Bronchiolitis Obliterans

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    Halldin, Cara N; Eva Suarthana; Kathleen B Fedan; Yi-Chun Lo; George Turabelidze; Kathleen Kreiss

    2013-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Bronchiolitis obliterans, an irreversible lung disease, was first associated with inhalation of butter flavorings (diacetyl) in workers at a microwave popcorn company. Excess rates of lung-function abnormalities were related to cumulative diacetyl exposure. Because information on potential excess mortality would support development of permissible exposure limits for diacetyl, we investigated respiratory-associated mortality during 2000-2011 among current and former workers at this...

  20. Study on US/O3 mechanism in p-chlorophenol decomposition

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    XU Xian-wen; XU Xin-hua; SHI Hui-xiang; WANG Da-hui

    2005-01-01

    Study on the effects of sonolysis, ozonolysis and US/O3 system on the decomposition ofp-chlorophenol in aqueous solutions indicated that in the cases of US/O3 system, individual ozonolysis and sonolysis, the decomposition rate of p-chlorophenol reached 78.78%, 56.20%, 2.79% after a 16-min reaction while its CODcr (chemical oxygen demand) removal rate was 97.02%, 62.17%, 3.67% after a 120-min reaction. The decomposition reaction ofp-chlorophenol follows pseudo-first-order kinetics. The enhancement factors ofp-chlorophenol and its CODer under US/O3 system reached 63% and 237% respectively. The main intermediates during the decomposition include catechol, hydroquinone, p-benzoquinone, phenol, fumaric acid, maleic acid,oxalic acid and formic acid. The decomposition mechanism of p-chlorophenol was also discussed.

  1. Fe salts as catalyst for the wet oxidation of o-chlorophenol

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    XU Xin-hua; HE Ping; JIN Jian; HAO Zhi-wei

    2005-01-01

    Catalytic wet air oxidation (CWAO) of o-chlorophenol in wastewater was studied in a stainless steel autoclave using four different Fe catalysts in the temperature range of 100-200 ℃. Experimental results showed that high rate of o-chlorophenol and CODcr (Chemical Oxygen Demand, mg/L) removal by CWAO was obtained at relatively low temperature and pressure. The catalysts Fe2(SO4)3, FeSO4, Fe2O3 and FeCl3 all exhibited high catalytic activity. More than 93.7% of the initial CODCr and nearly100% of o-chlorophenol were removed at 150 ℃ after 150 min with FeSO4 as catalyst. The CWAO of o-chlorophenol was found to be pseudo-first order reaction with respect to o-chlorophenol, with activation energy of 75.56 k J/mol in the temperature range of100-175 ℃.

  2. Toxicological Profile of Chlorophenols and Their Derivatives in the Environment: The Public Health Perspective

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    Etinosa O. Igbinosa

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Chlorophenol compounds and their derivatives are ubiquitous contaminants in the environment. These compounds are used as intermediates in manufacturing agricultural chemicals, pharmaceuticals, biocides, and dyes. Chlorophenols gets into the environment from a variety of sources such as industrial waste, pesticides, and insecticides, or by degradation of complex chlorinated hydrocarbons. Thermal and chemical degradation of chlorophenols leads to the formation of harmful substances which constitute public health problems. These compounds may cause histopathological alterations, genotoxicity, mutagenicity, and carcinogenicity amongst other abnormalities in humans and animals. Furthermore, the recalcitrant nature of chlorophenolic compounds to degradation constitutes an environmental nuisance, and a good understanding of the fate and transport of these compounds and their derivatives is needed for a clearer view of the associated risks and mechanisms of pathogenicity to humans and animals. This review looks at chlorophenols and their derivatives, explores current research on their effects on public health, and proffers measures for mitigation.

  3. Older workers

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    Ybema,J.F.; Giesen, F.

    2014-01-01

    Due to an ageing population and global economic competition, there is a societal need for people to extend their working lives while maintaining high work productivity. This article presents an overview of the labour participation, job performance, and job characteristics of older workers in the Eur

  4. Asbestos related diseases among workers of asbestos processing plants in relation to type of production and asbestos use

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    Neonila Szeszenia-Dąbrowska; Beata Świątkowska; Wojciech Sobala; Zuzanna Szubert; Urszula Wilczyńska

    2015-01-01

    Background: Asbestos dust is one of the most dangerous pneumoconiotic and carcinogenic agents. The aim of this study was to assess the occurrence of asbestosis and pleural mesothelioma, depending on asbestos consumption and the type of manufactured products, among former asbestos workers in Poland. Material and Methods: The study subjects included employees of 18 large state-owned asbestos processing enterprises operating in the Polish market in 1945–1998. The study is based on data obtained ...

  5. Production of workers, queens and males in Plebeia remota colonies (Hymenoptera, Apidae, Meliponini), a stingless bee with reproductive diapause.

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    Alves, D A; Imperatriz-Fonseca, V L; Santos-Filho, P S

    2009-01-01

    Queen, male and worker production was studied during one year in three Plebeia remota colonies from Atlantic Rainforest in Cunha, São Paulo State, and two from a subtropical Araucaria forest in Prudentópolis, Paraná State. All the colonies were kept in São Paulo city during our study. Plebeia remota has reproductive diapause during autumn and winter, which makes its biology of special interest. Brood production begins before spring, renewing the colony cycle. We sampled brood combs monthly in these five colonies. The number of cells in each comb varied significantly with time of the year; the smallest brood combs appear to be a consequence of reduced food availability. However, worker, queen and male frequencies did not differ significantly in time, and this presumably is due to the fact that they all are necessary for the growth, maintenance and reproduction of the colony. Although some molecular, morphological and behavioral differences have been detected in several studies comparing populations from Cunha and from Prudentópolis, we did not find significant differences between the colonies from these two localities in number of brood cells and worker, queen and male production. PMID:19554766

  6. Dye-sensitized phototransformation of chlorophenols and their subsequent chemiluminescence reactions

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    Zhang Junli [School of Chemical and Material Engineering, Jiangnan University, 1800 Lihu Road, Wuxi 214122 (China); Song Qijun [School of Chemical and Material Engineering, Jiangnan University, 1800 Lihu Road, Wuxi 214122 (China)], E-mail: qsong@jiangnan.edu.cn; Hu Xia; Zhang Enhui; Gao Hui [School of Chemical and Material Engineering, Jiangnan University, 1800 Lihu Road, Wuxi 214122 (China)

    2008-12-15

    A novel chemiluminescence (CL) reaction of chlorophenols (CPs), including 2-chlorophenol (2-CP), 4-CP, 2,4-dichlorophenol (2,4-DCP), 2,4,6-trichlorophenol (2,4,6-TCP) and pentachlorophenol (PCP) was reported, which was based on the oxidation of the phototransformed CPs by N-bromosuccinimide (NBS). It was found that the dye-sensitized phototransformation is a prerequisite for the subsequent CL reaction, and the presence of 1.9x10{sup -2} mol L{sup -1} Triton X-100 or 3.7x10{sup -3} mol L{sup -1} CTAB can greatly enhance the CL intensity. A neutral sample solution with the presence of 2x10{sup -5} mol L{sup -1} fluorescein (FL) was found to be optimum for the phototransformation of 2-CP, 4-CP, 2,4-DCP and PCP, but a lower pH of 5.3 was more suitable for 2,4,6-TCP. Based on the CL reaction, detection limits of 8.6x10{sup -8}, 1.1x10{sup -7}, 1.5x10{sup -7}, 4.6x10{sup -8} and 3.0x10{sup -5} mol L{sup -1} were achieved, respectively, for 2-CP, 4-CP, 2,4-DCP, 2,4,6-TCP and PCP with the optimized conditions in the flow system. The mechanism of the phototransformation and the subsequent CL reaction were preliminarily studied and it was suggested that the singlet oxygen formed in the dye-sensitization process was responsible for the conversion of CPs into light-emitting precursors. These intermediate products were suggested to be peroxide compounds after testing by a luminal-based post-column CL detection experiment.

  7. Bioremediation of 2-chlorophenol containing wastewater by aerobic granules-kinetics and toxicity

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    Highlights: → 2-Chlorophenol degrading aerobic granules were cultivated in sequencing batch reactor in presence of glucose and the organic loading rate (OLR) was increased from 6.9 to 9.7 kg COD m-3 d-1 during the experiment. → Spectral studies confirmed that the biodegradation occurs via chlorocatechol pathway and modified ortho-cleavage. → Biodegradation kinetics of 2-CP followed the Haldane model with kinetic parameters (R2 > 0.9) Vmax = 840 mg2-CP gMLVSS-1 d-1, Ks = 24.61 mg L-1, Ki = 315.02 mg L-1. → Genotoxic examination by plasmid nicking assay confirmed that the effluent was non-toxic. - Abstract: 2-Chlorophenol (2-CP) degrading aerobic granules were cultivated in a sequencing batch reactor (SBR) in presence of glucose. The organic loading rate (OLR) was increased from 6.9 to 9.7 kg COD m-3 d-1 (1150-1617 mg L-1COD per cycle) during the experiment. The alkalinity (1000 mg L-1 as CaCO3) was maintained throughout the experiment. The specific cell growth rate was found to be 0.013 d-1. A COD removal efficiency of 94% was achieved after steady state at 8 h HRT (hydraulic retention time). FTIR, UV, GC, GC/MS studies confirmed that the biodegradation of 2-CP occurs via chlorocatechol (modified ortho-cleavage) pathway. Biodegradation kinetics followed the Haldane model with kinetic parameters: Vmax = 840 mg2-CP gMLVSS-1 d-1, Ks = 24.61 mg L-1, Ki = 315.02 mg L-1. Abiotic losses of 2-CP due to volatilization and photo degradation by sunlight were less than 3% and the results of genotoxicity showed that the degradation products are eco-friendly.

  8. [Toxicity of 4-Chlorophenol Solution Under Electrochemical Reduction-oxidation Process].

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    Wang, Yan; Shi, Qin; Wang, Hui; Bian, Zhao-yong

    2016-04-15

    The Pd-Fe/graphene multi-functional catalytic cathode was prepared by UV-assisted photocatalytic reduction. The catalytic cathode and a Ti/IrO₂/RuO₂ anode consisting of both three-electrode system (two cathodes) and two-electrode system (one cathode) were designed for the degradation of 4-chlorophenol in aid of olectrochemical reducing and oxidizing processes. The concentrations of the intermediates and products were monitored by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), total organic carbon (TOC), and ion chromatography (IC). The theoretical toxicity was calculated according to the formula. The actual toxicity of the solution during the degradation process was detected using the luminescent bacteria. The comparison of the actual toxicity and theoretical toxicity was performed to analyze the trend of the two systems. The results showed that the toxicity of the solution in anode compartment first increased and then decreased, but the toxicity in cathode compartment decreased during the whole degradation for both systems. This trend could be attributed to the intermediate formed, benzoquinone. Through the analysis of correlation, the correlation coefficient was 1 of the theoretical toxicity and actual toxicity at the level of P = 0.01, which indicated the result of toxicity was reliable. The toxicity of three-electrode system was lower than that of two-electrode system after 120 mm. The three-electrode system was considered to be better than the two-electrode system. Therefore, the detection of actual toxicity in electrochemical reducing and oxidizing process for the degradation of chlorophenols in the actual industry has wide application prospect. PMID:27548966

  9. Longitudinal evaluation of dose-response relationships for environmental exposures and pulmonary function in swine production workers.

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    Reynolds, S J; Donham, K J; Whitten, P; Merchant, J A; Burmeister, L F; Popendorf, W J

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    Studies describing respiratory health hazards for workers in swine production facilities have been published in the United States, Sweden, Canada, the Netherlands, and Denmark. Up to 50% of these workers experience bronchitis, organic dust toxic syndrome, hyper-reactive airways disease, chronic mucous membrane irritation, and other respiratory effects. These studies clearly point to the fact that this occupational environment poses a significant health risk hazard, and that control methods are needed to protect the worker. Before precise control strategies can be developed, implemented, and evaluated, dose-response studies are required to determine acceptable target levels for exposure. A previous manuscript described the development of multiple regression equations characterizing the relationships between environmental exposures and pulmonary response in a cohort of 207 swine producers. Baseline pulmonary function was included as a significant predictor of cross-shift decrements in pulmonary function in addition to personal measurements of dust, endotoxin, and ammonia concentrations. These equations were then used to predict specific exposure levels of dust and ammonia that could be expected to elicit significant decrements in cross-shift pulmonary function. This paper presents the results from analysis of follow-up data obtained on this same cohort 2 years after the initial measurements. At the second measurement period of the study (time-2), swine workers were found to have a mean cross-shift decrease in FEV1 of 2%. Cross-shift change in FEV1 was significantly correlated with personal exposures to total dust, total endotoxin, respirable endotoxin, and ammonia. The magnitude of the decrease in FEV1 was associated with increasing airborne concentrations of these environmental parameters thus confirming the dose-response relationship observed in the initial study (time-1). The correlation of dust with FEV1 changes in workers with more than 6 years of exposure (time

  10. Detection of Chlorophenolic Compounds in Bleaching Effluents of Chemical Pulps

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    Chhaya Sharma; S.Mohanty; S.Kumar; N.J.Rao; li qian

    2008-01-01

    Laboratory bleaching effluents from the chlorination and caustic extraction stages of mixed wood kraft pulp processing have been analysed both qualitatively and quantitatively for various chlorophenolics by using GC.A number of chlorinated derivaties of phenols,catechols,guaiacols and syringaldehydes have been detected and their concentrations are estimated.The results are compared with that of different agriculture residue / hardwood pulps,which were reported in literature.The concentrations of various compounds detected have also been compared with their reported 96LC50 values.

  11. Sonoelectrochemical fabrication of Pd-graphene nanocomposite and its application in the determination of chlorophenols

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    Shi Jianjun [Key Laboratory of Analytical Chemistry for Life Science (MOE), School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China); School of Chemical Engineering, Anhui University of Science and Technology, Huainan 232001 (China); Zhu Junjie, E-mail: jjzhu@nju.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Analytical Chemistry for Life Science (MOE), School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China)

    2011-07-01

    Highlights: > A novel nanocomposite with 3D Pd NPs on the graphene was fabricated via sonoelectrochemistry. > The Pd-graphene nanocomposite had high electrocatalytic activity for chlorophenols oxidation. > An electrochemical sensor for chlorophenols was constructed. > Ionic liquid was chosen as linker to show an enhanced effect on the electrocatalysis. - Abstract: A novel electrochemical sensor for chlorophenols was fabricated by using the Pd-graphene nanocomposite and ions liquid. The Pd-graphene nanocomposite was prepared via a sonoelectrochemical route, and the possible formation mechanism was proposed. Transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction and Raman spectrum were used for the characterization of structure and morphology of the nanocomposite. The experimental results showed that Pd nanospheres comprised of small Pd nanoparticles were uniformly attached on graphene sheets. The electrocatalytic properties were investigated by cyclic voltammetry (CV) and differential pulse voltammetry (DPV), which indicated that the Pd-graphene nanocomposite had high activity for chlorophenol oxidation. Herein, 2-chlorophenol was selected as the model molecules. The results showed that graphene played an important role in the fabrication of the chlorophenols sensor. The nanocomposite with large electrochemical active surface led to the excellent electrocatalytic activity, and ionic liquid further enhanced the catalytic activity of Pd-graphene for chlorophenols.

  12. The effects of air temperature on office workers' well-being, workload and productivity-evaluated with subjective ratings.

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    Lan, Li; Lian, Zhiwei; Pan, Li

    2010-12-01

    Productivity bears a close relationship to the indoor environmental quality (IEQ), but how to evaluate office worker's productivity remains to be a challenge for ergonomists. In this study, the effect of indoor air temperature (17 °C, 21 °C, and 28 °C) on productivity was investigated with 21 volunteered participants in the laboratory experiment. Participants performed computerized neurobehavioral tests during exposure in the lab; their physiological parameters including heart rate variation (HRV) and electroencephalograph (EEG) were also measured. Several subjective rating scales were used to tap participant's emotion, well-being, motivation and the workload imposed by tasks. It was found that the warm discomfort negatively affected participants' well-being and increased the ratio of low frequency (LF) to high frequency (HF) of HRV. In the moderately uncomfortable environment, the workload imposed by tasks increased and participants had to exert more effort to maintain their performance and they also had lower motivation to do work. The results indicate that thermal discomfort caused by high or low air temperature had negative influence on office workers' productivity and the subjective rating scales were useful supplements of neurobehavioral performance measures when evaluating the effects of IEQ on productivity. PMID:20478555

  13. Vulnerability of Motivation Schemes in Enhancing Site Workers Productivity for Construction Industry’s Sustainability in Nigeria

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    Olufisayo Adewumi Adedokun

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available The construction industry provides appreciable employment for the unskilled and semi-skilled labour considering the nature of most activities carried out on construction sites. However, the productivity of this categories of labour have trended poor overtime. This study therefore assessed the financial and non financial motivational schemes; in light of their preference to construction site workers so as to assure on their vulnerability in enhancing productivity. The data collected through the administration of questionnaires to construction site operatives were analysed using the relative importance index (RII. The research instrument was also legitimized with content validity index (CVI for items ≥ 0.80 and cronbach alpha value, as a measure of internal consistency, ≥ 0.70. Allowances, wages stock option and bonuses are the financial motivators while delegation, independence and autonomy, facilities for transportation are the non financial motivations that are important to site workers on construction sites. Giving praises, encouragement to make contributions, free medical care, availability of relaxation centres and first aid provision are the motivation schemes that site operatives believed to enhance their productivity. This paper concludes that both financial and non financial motivational schemes are important to enhancing the productivity of operatives on construction sites. The vulnerable motivational schemes to the enhancement of productivity, as revealed in this study is recommended to the construction and subcontracting firms, foremen, clerk of works, site supervisors, site engineers and all other stakeholders in ensuring a maximum output for a unit input from site operatives.

  14. Direct Photolysis of Chlorophenols In Aqueous Solution By Ultraviolet Excilamps

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    Matafonova, Galina; Philippova, Natalya; Batoev, Valeriy

    2011-08-01

    The direct photolysis of 2-chlorophenol (2-CP), 4-chlorophenol (4-CP) and 2,4-dichlorophenol (2,4-DCP) in model aqueous solution was studied using UV XeBr (282 nm) and KrCl (222 nm) excilamps. The highest pseudo-first order rate constants and quantum yields were found for molecular form of 4-CP (at pH 2 and 5.7) and anionic forms of 2-CP and 2,4-DCP (at pH 11) when irradiated by XeBr excilamp. The maximum removal efficiency of molecular form of 2-CP and 2,4-DCP with the lowest UV dose of absorbed energy was observed using KrCl excilamp. On the contrary, the XeBr excilamp required the lowest dose (˜2 Jṡcm-2) for complete degradation of molecular 4-CP and anionic 2-CP. The highest removal efficiency of anionic form of 4-CP (65%) was achieved when using KrCl excilamp.

  15. Older workers

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    Ybema, J.F.; Giesen, F.

    2014-01-01

    Due to an ageing population and global economic competition, there is a societal need for people to extend their working lives while maintaining high work productivity. This article presents an overview of the labour participation, job performance, and job characteristics of older workers in the European Union. The way in which several factors, including health, working conditions, skills and knowledge, and social and financial factors influence sustainable employability and the early retirem...

  16. Respiratory and skin health among glass microfiber production workers: a cross-sectional study

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    Jaakkola Maritta S

    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Only a few studies have investigated non-malignant respiratory effects of glass microfibers and these have provided inconsistent results. Our objective was to assess the effects of exposure to glass microfibers on respiratory and skin symptoms, asthma and lung function. Methods A cross-sectional study of 102 workers from a microfiber factory (response rate 100% and 76 office workers (73% from four factories in Thailand was conducted. They answered a questionnaire on respiratory health, occupational exposures, and lifestyle factors, and performed spirometry. Measurements of respirable dust were available from 2004 and 2005. Results Workers exposed to glass microfibers experienced increased risk of cough (adjusted OR 2.04, wheezing (adjOR 2.20, breathlessness (adjOR 4.46, nasal (adjOR 2.13 and skin symptoms (adjOR 3.89 and ever asthma (adjOR 3.51, the risks of breathlessness (95%CI 1.68–11.86 and skin symptoms (1.70–8.90 remaining statistically significant after adjustment for confounders. There was an exposure-response relation between the risk of breathlessness and skin symptoms and increasing level of microfiber exposure. Workers exposed to sensitizing chemicals, including phenol-formaldehyde resin, experienced increased risk of cough (3.43, 1.20–9.87 and nasal symptoms (3.07, 1.05–9.00. Conclusion This study provides evidence that exposure to glass microfibers increases the risk of respiratory and skin symptoms, and has an exposure-response relation with breathlessness and skin symptoms. Exposure to sensitizing chemicals increased the risk of cough and nasal symptoms. The results suggest that occupational exposure to glass microfibers is related to non-malignant adverse health effects, and that implementing exposure control measures in these industries could protect the health of employees.

  17. DECHLORINATION ACTIVITY (CROSS-ACCLIMATION) OF FRESHWATER SEDIMENTS ADAPTED TO MONO- AND DI-CHLOROPHENOLS

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    The reductive dechlorination of chlorophenols (CPs) in sediment slurries (10% solids) adapted to dechlorinate mono- and di-CPs (DCP) was investigated to define the regiospecificity of the dechlorination reaction. nadapted sediment slurries amended with various ortho-substituted C...

  18. Oxidation of phenol and chlorophenols on platinized titanium anodes in an acidic medium

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    Mokbel, Saleh Mohammed; Kolosov, E. N.; Mikhalenko, I. I.

    2016-06-01

    A comparative study of oxidation of phenol, 3-chlorophenol, 4-chlorophenol, and 2,4-dichlorophenol on Pt/Ti and Ce,Pt/Ti electrocatalysts is performed via cyclic voltammetry. It is shown that the surface morphology and roughness of the anode do not change after modification with cerium. The formal kinetic orders of electrooxidation of all compounds are found to be less than one. It is shown that the β temperature coefficients of the rate of oxidation of chlorophenols grow by 10 to 50% when the Ce,Pt/Ti anode is used at a substrate concentration of 1 mM. A tenfold increase in concentration reduces the effect of cerium additive, except for 3-chlorophenol: the latter exhibits a 250% increase in the β value, compared to the Pt/Ti anode.

  19. Theoretical Mechanistic and Kinetic Studies on Homogeneous Gas-Phase Formation of Polychlorinated Naphthalene from 2-Chlorophenol as Forerunner

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    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Polychlorinated naphthalenes (PCNs are dioxins-like compounds and are formed along with polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins (PCDDs and polychlorinated dibenzofurans (PCDFs in thermal and combustion procedures. Chlorophenols (CPs are the most important forerunners of PCNs. A comprehensive comprehension of PCN formation procedure from CPs is a precondition for reducing the discharge of PCNs. Experiments on the formation of PCNs from CPs have been hindered by PCN toxicity and short of precise detection methods for active intermediate radicals. In this work, PCN formation mechanism in gas-phase condition from 2-chlorophenol (2-CP as forerunner was studied by quantum chemistry calculations. Numbers of energetically advantaged formation routes were proposed. The rate constants of key elementary steps were calculated over 600–1200 K using canonical variational transition-state theory (CVT with small curvature tunneling contribution (SCT method. This study illustrates formation of PCNs with one chlorine atom loss from 2-CP is preferred over that without chlorine atom loss. In comparison with formation of PCDFs from 2-CP, PCN products are less chlorinated and have lower formation potential.

  20. Evaluation of removal efficiency of 2-chlorophenol in aquatic environments by modified fly ash

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    Mohammad Malakootian; Alireza Mesdaghinia; Shima Rezaei

    2015-01-01

    Background: Chlorophenols are classified as priority toxic pollutants. These acidic organic compounds present a serious potential hazard for human health and aquatic life. Chlorophenols accumulate in water, soil and air due to high stability, and impart an unpleasant taste and odor to drinking water and can exert negative effects on different biological processes. Among the different methods of removal, adsorption process by low price adsorbents, such as fly ash (FA) is common. Therefore, in ...

  1. Motivating Workers in Construction

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    Jason E. Barg

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The study of the motivation of construction workers is limited to a relatively small body of knowledge. Although there is considerable research available regarding motivation and productivity, few researchers have provided a comprehensive analysis on the motivation of construction workers. The research stated that productivity in construction has not improved compared to other industry sectors such as manufacturing. This trend has been echoed in publications throughout the past five decades, and suggested that motivation is one of the key factors impacting productivity. This paper offers a comprehensive review of the published work that directly links the key words—construction and motivation. The findings have been presented in five themes, that is, motivation models, environment and culture, incentives and empowerment, and worker management. This paper concludes with two methods suggested by previous researchers to improve motivation of construction workers: (1 relevant worker incentives (intrinsic or extrinsic and (2 improved management practices, specifically regarding communication with workers.

  2. Occupational infection due to Brucella abortus S19 among workers involved in vaccine production in Argentina.

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    Wallach, J C; Ferrero, M C; Victoria Delpino, M; Fossati, C A; Baldi, P C

    2008-08-01

    The pathological consequences of exposure to the vaccine strain Brucella abortus S19 were evaluated in 30 employees from vaccine-manufacturing plants. Active brucellosis was diagnosed in 21 subjects, of whom only five recalled an accidental exposure. Clinical manifestations were mild, and only one patient presented a complication. After antimicrobial therapy, initially symptomatic patients either experienced clinical remission or had mild persistent symptoms. This is the first study reporting infection by B. abortus S19 among workers from vaccine-manufacturing plants, which in many cases was acquired from unnoticed exposures. Measures to improve the safety of B. abortus S19 handling should be implemented. PMID:18727806

  3. EFFECTS OF 4-CHLOROPHENOL LOADINGS ON ACCLIMATION OF BIOMASS WITH OPTIMIZED FIXED TIME SEQUENCING BATCH REACTOR

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    H. Movahedyan, A. Assadi, M. M. Amin

    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract: Chlorinated phenols in many industrial effluents are usually difficult to be removed by conventional biological treatment processes. Performance of the aerobic sequencing batch reactor treating 4-chlorophenol containing wastewater at different loadings rates from 0.0075 to 1.2 g4CP/L.d was evaluated. The sequencing batch reactor was operated with fill, react, settle and decant phases in the order of 10:370:90:10 min, respectively, for a cycle time of 8 h at 10 days solid retention time and 16 h hydraulic retention time in the stable period. The effects of 4-chlorophenol loadings on the 4-chlorophenol and chemical oxygen demand removal percents, yield coefficient (Y, biomass variation and sludge volume index were investigated. High chemical oxygen demand removal efficiencies (95±3.5% and approximately complete 4-chlorophenol removal (>99% were observed even in the absence of growth substrate. The degradation of 4-chlorophenol led to formation of 5-chloro-2-hydroxymuconic semialdehyde, which was more oxidized, indicating complete disappearance of 4-chlorophenol via meta-cleavage pathway. A compact sludge with excellent settleability (sludge volume index=47±6.1 mL/g developed during entire acclimation period. High removal efficiencies with sequencing batch reactor may be due to enforced short term unsteady state conditions coupled with periodic exposure of the microorganisms to defined process conditions which facilitate the required metabolic pathways for treating xenobiotics containing wastewater.

  4. An empirical equilibrium job search model with continuously distributed heterogeneity of workers' opportunity costs of employment and firms productivities, and search on the job

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    Robin, Jean-Marc; Berg, van den, T.J.T.P.; BONTEMPS, Christian

    1998-01-01

    In this paper we present and estimate a synthesis of previous equilibrium search models: allowing for continuous distributions of workers opportunity costs of employment, as well as firms’ productivities. The model allows for on-the-job search, and we assume that job offer arrival rates for workers are independent of their labor market state. We derive the theoretical implications of these assumptions, we provide simulations, and we develop a semi-parametric estimation procedure that we apply...

  5. Degradation of chlorophenols in aqueous solution by {gamma}-radiation

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    Hu Jun [INET, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China)]. E-mail: hujun@mail.tsinghua.edu.cn; Wang Jianlong [INET, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China)

    2007-08-15

    Degradation of chlorophenols (CPs) in aqueous solutions by {gamma}-radiation was studied. The effect of absorbed dose on degradation, dechlorination and mineralization of CPs were investigated. The results indicated that the degradation of CPs, Cl{sup -} release and mineralization increased with increase in absorbed dose. When the initial concentration was 100 mg L{sup -1} and the dosage was 6 kGy, the removal efficiencies of CPs were 44.54% for 2-CP, 91.46% for 3-CP, 82.72% for 4-CP and 93.25% for 2,4-DCP, respectively. The combination of irradiation and H{sub 2}O{sub 2} leads to a synergistic effect, which remarkably increased the degradation efficiency of CPs and TOC removal. The kinetics of CPs during irradiation are also mentioned.

  6. Volatile halogenated compounds and chlorophenols in the Skagerrak

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    Abrahamsson, Katarina; Ekdahl, Anja

    1996-02-01

    A total of 680 seawater samples were collected and analysed for volatile halogenated organic compounds, and 280 seawater samples were analysed for chlorinated phenols in the Skagerrak. The sampling was done along three transects along the Danish west coast on five occasions during the years 1991 to 1993. Pentachlorophenol (PCP) was the only chlorophenol detected on all occasions, which implies that it is transported as a dissolved species rather than particle bound. The results indicate that the origin of PCP in the Skagerrak is the Baltic and the coastal areas of Sweden and Norway. The biogenic volatile halocarbons constitute the largest fraction of the halocarbons in the area. The data support the findings that volatile chloroethenes are naturally produced. Therefore, the Skagerrak acts as a source for these compounds. The flux of the compounds investigated is directed from the sea to the atmosphere except for carbon tetrachloride.

  7. Degradation of chlorophenols in aqueous solution by γ-radiation

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    Hu, Jun; Wang, Jianlong

    2007-08-01

    Degradation of chlorophenols (CPs) in aqueous solutions by γ-radiation was studied. The effect of absorbed dose on degradation, dechlorination and mineralization of CPs were investigated. The results indicated that the degradation of CPs, Cl - release and mineralization increased with increase in absorbed dose. When the initial concentration was 100 mg L -1 and the dosage was 6 kGy, the removal efficiencies of CPs were 44.54% for 2-CP, 91.46% for 3-CP, 82.72% for 4-CP and 93.25% for 2,4-DCP, respectively. The combination of irradiation and H 2O 2 leads to a synergistic effect, which remarkably increased the degradation efficiency of CPs and TOC removal. The kinetics of CPs during irradiation are also mentioned.

  8. The triumph and decline of the "squares": Grumman Aerospace engineers and production workers in the Apollo era, 1957--1973

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    Onkst, David Hugh

    This dissertation is a social, cultural, and economic history of the men and women of the Grumman Aerospace Company of Bethpage, New York from 1957 through 1973. These "Grummanites" were the engineers and production workers who designed and built the Apollo Lunar Modules that allowed humans to land on the Moon. This study provides unique insights into the impact that the Apollo Program---a large state-initiated and -supported program---had on those "squares," people whom many contemporaries saw as a vital part of mainstream 1960s American society. By the beginning of the Space Age in 1957, Grumman, Long Island's single largest employer, had firmly established a workplace culture of paternalism that Grummanites largely embraced. Company officials believed strongly in worker retention and had established a policy of providing every sort of benefit their employees seemingly desired, including a highly personal and participatory form of management. Many Grummanites had joined the firm during the early years of the Apollo Program because they believed in the promise of permanent employment on exciting projects that would explore the endless frontier of space. But, as many of these mainly self-reliant, individualistic "squares" would bitterly discover, their dedication to Grumman did little to secure their livelihoods during the aerospace industry's early 1970s downsizing; their individual successes were too largely tied to federal spending and declined when Americans grew disenchanted with space exploration. This dissertation demonstrates how the cultural bond of paternalism between aerospace workers and their company unraveled in the 1960s, and then ended in the early 1970s, because of forces within the company, the economy, and the American state. The word "triumph" in this study's title not only applies to Grummanites' triumphs with the Lunar Modules, but also their individual socioeconomic victories. The term "decline" refers to the early 1970s downsizing of more

  9. [Review of risks of biological agents and preventive measures to safeguard the health of compost production workers].

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    Giubileo, L; Sarti, A M; Bianchi, L A; Calcaterra, E; Colombi, A

    1998-01-01

    A review of studies made in the compost production industry showed the biological agents posing a risk for workers were fungi and thermophile bacteria, gram-negative bacteria and endotoxins, with a prevalent inhalation exposure to airborne contaminated dusts. Medical examinations revealed cases of extrinsic allergic alveolitis due to A. fumigatus, and more frequently irritative and infectious disorders occurring especially in conditions of poor environmental hygiene and macroscopic dust pollution. For the evaluation of the air dispersion of microorganisms, which is high in compost transport and turning operations, at present no exposure limit values are available for biological agents; nevertheless, the concentrations measured were often higher than the limit values proposed for other manufacturing sectors by individual authors and by regulatory agencies in Europe, and were comparable to values observed in other industrial settings for which adverse health effects have been shown. Although the number of studies available are few in number, the results suggest that the hazards posed by microorganisms and the poor environmental hygiene conditions often encountered can undoubtedly be a source of risk for workers, which at present is difficult to establish but significant considering the high airborne concentrations of contaminated dust. Besides technical measures to avoid environmental macroscopic dispersion of dusts, measurement of airborne microbiological contaminants is also recommended. Health surveillance needs to be aimed at identifying subjects with hypersusceptibility to the infectious action of the pathogenetic and/or allergenic agents or with hypersensitivity to the same, and also to periodic control of respiratory organs. PMID:9847532

  10. Mineralization of 4-Chlorophenol under Visible Light Irradiation in the Presence of Aluminum and Zinc Phthalocyaninesulfonates

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    许宜铭; 胡美琴; 陈祖栩; 曾冬云

    2003-01-01

    Photosensitized oxidation of 4-chlorophenol (4CP) by the title complexes (AIPcS and ZnPcS) in aerated aqueous solution uponvisible light irradiation(λ=450nm) has been investigated using methanol as a disassociating reagent.It is confirmed that the monomeric species of the sesitizer is more active than the corresponding dimer in singlet oxygen generation for 4CP oxidation.However,the monomer is also the main component found in the sensitlzer's photobleaching, In this reload, AIPcS is much more stable than ZnPcS, and the Dhotoble~hlno is observed to proceed via singlet and triplet oxygen, respectlvely.The final products of 4CP oxidation in alkaline solution are carbon dioxide and chloride ions.while at pH=7 and pH=3 the p-benzoquinone is the product.The temperature is found to have influence on both the photosensitized degradation of methyl orange and ZnPcS photobleaching,with an activation energy of 15.8 and 24.2kJ/mol,respectively.

  11. Assessment of the occupational exposure of the workers involved in the 123I production at the IEN/CNEN-RJ

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    123I is a gamma emitter used for diagnosis in Nuclear Medicine. Since 1998 it is produced in the Institute of Nuclear Energy (IEN) and supplied to the Clinics and Hospitals located in the city of Rio de Janeiro. The annual production is in the approximately of 0,74 TBq (20 Ci), which represents a risk of external and internal exposure to the workers involved in this activity. A survey of external doses in the period of 1994 to 2004 was carried out based on the individual registries available in the CONEXO Data Base operated by the Institute of Radiation Protection and Dosimetry (IRD). It was verified an increase of the external exposure associated to the production curve. However, the individual doses are all bellow the annual limits established by the regulatory board. On the other hand, the variation of doses among individuals involved in the same tasks suggests the possibility of optimization of procedures. Regarding internal exposure it was calculated a decision factor above 1mSv for the practice, which justifies the need for internal monitoring. An evaluation of the process based on the results of in vivo thyroid monitoring in the period of 2000 to 2004 was carried out to identify the steps which represent higher risk of internal exposure. The available data indicate that the laboratory of quality control is the critical step in terms of internal contamination. This conclusion can be justified by the high volatility of iodine which is manipulated in the form of a liquid open source during this step. With the aim of optimizing monitoring procedures for the control of occupationally exposed workers in the production of 123I, in vivo and in vitro bioassay methods were developed to identify and quantify internal contamination by such radionuclide, using the detection systems available at the Bioassay Laboratory and at the In Vivo Measurements Laboratory. The techniques developed present sensitivity compatible with the derived registry level associated to the

  12. Theoretical evidence of the Ni(III) participation in the chlorophenol oxidation on tetrasulphonated nickel phthalocyanine

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    Cárdenas-Jirón, Gloria I.; Berríos, Cristhian

    A theoretical methodology at B3LYP/LACVP(d)++ level for describing the oxidation of six chlorophenols (CP) on a nickel tetrasulphonated phthalocyanine (NiTSPc) is presented. The chlorophenols studied are: 2-chlorophenol (2-CP), 4-chlorophenol (4-CP), 2,4-dichlorophenol (2,4-CP), 2,6-dichlorophenol (2,6-CP), 2,4,6-trichlorophenol (2,4,6-CP), and pentachlorophenol (P-CP). On the basis of the experimental facts obtained by cyclic voltammetry, where the CP oxidation was carried out on poly-NiTSPc modified glassy carbon electrodes, the different stages (A-D) produced along the oxidation-reduction process were characterized at theoretical level, thereby obtaining their molecular and electronic structures. We found that the stage C, represented by the interaction of a chlorophenol anion with the Ni(III) complex shows, except in 2,4-CP and P-CP, the CP oxidation in all chlorophenols. These results predict Ni(III) to be the oxidation state that produce the oxidation of chlorophenol, in complete agreement with the experimental results. Natural bond analysis gives evidence for explaining why 2,4-CP and P-CP do not show a CP oxidation. A strong delocalization toward a alpha-carbon of the phenolic ring from a beta-carbon (206.31 kcal/mol for 2,4-CP, 200.66 kcal/mol for P-CP) and from the oxygen atom (58.67 kcal/mol for 2,4-CP, 83.91 kcal/mol for P-CP) seems to be the responsible for avoiding the CP oxidation with the Ni(III) complex.

  13. Bioremediation of 2-chlorophenol containing wastewater by aerobic granules-kinetics and toxicity

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    Khan, Mohammad Zain [Environmental Research Laboratory, Department of chemistry, Aligarh Muslim University, Faculty of Science, Aligarh 202002, UP (India); Mondal, Pijush Kanti, E-mail: pijushamu@gmail.com [Environmental Research laboratory, Department of Applied Chemistry, Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh 202002, UP (India); Sabir, Suhail, E-mail: sabirsuhail09@gmail.com [Environmental Research Laboratory, Department of chemistry, Aligarh Muslim University, Faculty of Science, Aligarh 202002, UP (India)

    2011-06-15

    Highlights: {yields} 2-Chlorophenol degrading aerobic granules were cultivated in sequencing batch reactor in presence of glucose and the organic loading rate (OLR) was increased from 6.9 to 9.7 kg COD m{sup -3} d{sup -1} during the experiment. {yields} Spectral studies confirmed that the biodegradation occurs via chlorocatechol pathway and modified ortho-cleavage. {yields} Biodegradation kinetics of 2-CP followed the Haldane model with kinetic parameters (R{sup 2} > 0.9) V{sub max} = 840 mg2-CP gMLVSS{sup -1} d{sup -1}, K{sub s} = 24.61 mg L{sup -1}, K{sub i} = 315.02 mg L{sup -1}. {yields} Genotoxic examination by plasmid nicking assay confirmed that the effluent was non-toxic. - Abstract: 2-Chlorophenol (2-CP) degrading aerobic granules were cultivated in a sequencing batch reactor (SBR) in presence of glucose. The organic loading rate (OLR) was increased from 6.9 to 9.7 kg COD m{sup -3} d{sup -1} (1150-1617 mg L{sup -1}COD per cycle) during the experiment. The alkalinity (1000 mg L{sup -1} as CaCO{sub 3}) was maintained throughout the experiment. The specific cell growth rate was found to be 0.013 d{sup -1}. A COD removal efficiency of 94% was achieved after steady state at 8 h HRT (hydraulic retention time). FTIR, UV, GC, GC/MS studies confirmed that the biodegradation of 2-CP occurs via chlorocatechol (modified ortho-cleavage) pathway. Biodegradation kinetics followed the Haldane model with kinetic parameters: V{sub max} = 840 mg2-CP gMLVSS{sup -1} d{sup -1}, K{sub s} = 24.61 mg L{sup -1}, K{sub i} = 315.02 mg L{sup -1}. Abiotic losses of 2-CP due to volatilization and photo degradation by sunlight were less than 3% and the results of genotoxicity showed that the degradation products are eco-friendly.

  14. Evaluating the incorporation of heavy metals to agroecosystem. Role of the productive practices executed by agricultural workers

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    Health risks associated to practical activities in farm and agriculture are increasing all over the world. These risks are depending from technology and chemicals substances abuse. Urban agriculture specifically constitutes a challenge for producers and researchers. Agricultural food production, held inside of the cities, looking for sustainable productions is developed in risky scenarios where it is possible to found environmental pollutants such as heavy metals. Environmental pollutants may to contaminate humans throughout different pathways. The analysis of factors related to agricultural working strategies of urban farm workers, the precedent knowledgement about production places and analytical data related to composition and properties of these sites, are significant criteria for proper management of ecosystems. Qualitative analysis research tool such as expert group criteria is a suitable method for field research in this area. It was determined that the precedent use of soil, the use of fertilizers and phytosanitary products are key elements to be taken into account for successful management of agroecosystems and for health risk prevention related to the possible influence of heavy metals in farm practice

  15. Internal individual dose monitoring and estimation of dose equivalent from workers of the development and production of radioisotopes in CIAE

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    The results of internal individual dose monitoring from workers of the development and production of radioisotopes in CIAE (1995-2000) are presented. The annual average committed effective dose is 1.8 x 10-2 - 8.0 x 10-1 mSv and the collective committed effective dose is 2.9 x 10-3 - 9.8 x 10-2 man·Sv in 1995-2000. The collective committed effective dose is 1.6 x 10-1 man·Sv and the annual average committed effective dose is 1.8 x 10-1 mSv for the 873 persons from 1995-2000

  16. New risk indicator approach for Operators, Workers, Bystanders and Residents for a sustainable use of plant protection products.

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    Sacchettini, Gabriele; Calliera, Maura; Marchis, Alexandru; Glass, Richard; Ellis, Clare Butler; Machera, Kyriaki; Gerritsen-Ebben, Rianda; Spanoghe, Pieter; Capri, Ettore

    2015-11-01

    In 2009, the European Union adopted the Directive on Sustainable Use of pesticides (SUD, Directive 2009/128/EC) establishing a framework for achieving a sustainable use of Plant Protection Products (PPPs) through reducing the risks and impacts of PPP use on human health and the environment, promoting integrated pest management and stimulating effective non-chemical alternatives. The core idea of the SUD is that it is necessary to monitor the use of PPPs through the implementation of an appropriate set of risk indicators to monitor progress and trends in risk reduction within the Member States. To contribute to this direction, following a comprehensive analysis of the risk (including procedures of risk assessment and risk management) and involving stakeholders in the decision process, specific toolboxes of practical indirect risk indicators of exposure of Operators, Workers, Bystanders and Residents were developed and are now available to be used by Member States (MSs) based on their specific context. PMID:26143544

  17. Special Issue: Rural Workers.

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    Goodson, Elizabeth; And Others

    1995-01-01

    The issue discusses the role of the International Labour Office in the field of workers' education for rural workers and their organizations. Articles discuss labor conditions, child labor in agriculture, gender and equality training, trade unions, fair trade, and changing patterns of food production. Appendixes include information about…

  18. Advanced worker protection system

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    The Department of Energy (DOE) is in the process of defining the magnitude and diversity of Decontamination and Decommissioning (D ampersand D) obligations at its numerous sites. The DOE believes that existing technologies are inadequate to solve many challenging problems such as how to decontaminate structures and equipment cost effectively, what to do with materials and wastes generated, and how to adequately protect workers and the environment. Preliminary estimates show a tremendous need for effective use of resources over a relatively long period (over 30 years). Several technologies are being investigated which can potentially reduce D ampersand D costs while providing appropriate protection to DOE workers. The DOE recognizes that traditional methods used by the EPA in hazardous waste site clean up activities are insufficient to provide the needed protection and worker productivity demanded by DOE D ampersand D programs. As a consequence, new clothing and equipment which can adequately protect workers while providing increases in worker productivity are being sought for implementation at DOE sites. This project will result in the development of an Advanced Worker Protection System (AWPS). The AWPS will be built around a life support backpack that uses liquid air to provide cooling as well as breathing gas to the worker. The backpack will be combined with advanced protective garments, advanced liquid cooling garment, respirator, communications, and support equipment to provide improved worker protection, simplified system maintenance, and dramatically improve worker productivity through longer duration work cycles. Phase I of the project has resulted in a full scale prototype Advanced Worker Protection Ensemble (AWPE, everything the worker will wear), with sub-scale support equipment, suitable for integrated testing and preliminary evaluation. Phase II will culminate in a full scale, certified, pre-production AWPS and a site demonstration

  19. Mechanism and kinetics of 2-chlorophenol degradation in drinking water by photo-electrochemical synergic effect

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    SONG; Qiang; (宋; 强); QU; Jiuhui; (曲久辉)

    2003-01-01

    The synergic effect mechanism of photo-electrochemical oxidation is investigated in detail through reaction products and kinetics analysis in a photo-electric integral reactor with 2-chlorophenol (2-CP) as the model pollutant. A kinetics model is constructed for the combinatorial photo-electrochemical (CPE) degradation. A remarkable synergetic effect, which can significantly enhance the mineralization rate of the CPE process, is verified by the comparison of apparent kinetic constants. In the CPE process, complemental effects with multi-level and multi-pathway for pollutants degradation under our experimental conditions are speculated. It is proved that the degradation pathways are not only the simple summation of that of photolysis and electrolysis, but the formation of synergic effect through combination of several new acting approaches. The degradation efficiency is enhanced considerably by three factors, control of electrode poisoning by the UV irradiation, control of excitation and reaction trend of pollutants molecules by the UV irradiation, and control of activation effect and transfer trend by the oriented direct current (DC) electric field. An advanced oxidation system is set up through manifold of free radicals chain reactions in the CPE reactions, so that the aqueous organics can be mineralized fast and completely. It is proven by the kinetics analysis that the mineralization of organic pollutants is mainly attributed to the generation of very active hydroxyl radicals (OH@) in bulk solution from the CPE synergetic effect.

  20. Quantum Chemical and Kinetic Study on Polychlorinated Naphthalene Formation from 3-Chlorophenol Precursor.

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    Xu, Fei; Shi, Xiangli; Zhang, Qingzhu

    2015-01-01

    Polychlorinated naphthalenes (PCNs) are the smallest chlorinated polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (Cl-PAHs) and are often called dioxin-like compounds. Chlorophenols (CPs) are important precursors of PCN formation. In this paper, mechanistic and kinetic studies on the homogeneous gas-phase formation mechanism of PCNs from 3-CP precursor were investigated theoretically by using the density functional theory (DFT) method and canonical variational transition-state theory (CVT) with small curvature tunneling contribution (SCT). The reaction priority of different PCN formation pathways were disscussed. The rate constants of crucial elementary steps were deduced over a wide temperature range of 600-1200 K. The mechanisms were compared with the experimental observation and our previous works on the PCN formation from 2-CP and 4-CP. This study shows that pathways ended with Cl elimination are favored over those ended with H elimination from the 3-CP precursor. The formation potential of MCN is larger than that of DCN. The chlorine substitution pattern of monochlorophenols has a significant effect on isomer patterns and formation potential of PCN products. The results can be input into the environmental PCN controlling and prediction models as detailed parameters, which can be used to confirm the formation routes of PCNs, reduce PCN emission and establish PCN controlling strategies. PMID:26334273

  1. Quantum Chemical and Kinetic Study on Polychlorinated Naphthalene Formation from 3-Chlorophenol Precursor

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    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Polychlorinated naphthalenes (PCNs are the smallest chlorinated polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (Cl-PAHs and are often called dioxin-like compounds. Chlorophenols (CPs are important precursors of PCN formation. In this paper, mechanistic and kinetic studies on the homogeneous gas-phase formation mechanism of PCNs from 3-CP precursor were investigated theoretically by using the density functional theory (DFT method and canonical variational transition-state theory (CVT with small curvature tunneling contribution (SCT. The reaction priority of different PCN formation pathways were disscussed. The rate constants of crucial elementary steps were deduced over a wide temperature range of 600−1200 K. The mechanisms were compared with the experimental observation and our previous works on the PCN formation from 2-CP and 4-CP. This study shows that pathways ended with Cl elimination are favored over those ended with H elimination from the 3-CP precursor. The formation potential of MCN is larger than that of DCN. The chlorine substitution pattern of monochlorophenols has a significant effect on isomer patterns and formation potential of PCN products. The results can be input into the environmental PCN controlling and prediction models as detailed parameters, which can be used to confirm the formation routes of PCNs, reduce PCN emission and establish PCN controlling strategies.

  2. Assays on the simultaneous determination and elimination of chloroanisoles and chlorophenols from contaminated cork samples.

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    Insa, Sara; Salvadó, Victòria; Anticó, Enriqueta

    2006-07-28

    A method for the simultaneous determination of the chloroanisoles and chlorophenols in cork samples with gas chromatography has been evaluated in view to its application. All the stages of the suggested procedure have been submitted to an in-depth examination using spiked ground corks. The recoveries of the method, which involves a simultaneous extraction with n-pentane followed by a second extraction using an aqueous basic solution where the phenolic derivates are transferred and, subsequently, derivatised, have been satisfactory for the all analytes at the studied spiking concentration levels. Good precision data and limits of detection between 1 ng/g and 2 ng/g were obtained for almost all compounds. As real samples, naturally contaminated cork slabs taken from different sources have been analysed, showing the presence of 2,4,6-trichloroanisole (TCA) and, in lesser extent, its direct precursor, 2,4,6-trichlorophenol (TCP). Removal studies have been performed by washing these tainted cork slabs with different solutions: Milli-Q water, sodium hydroxide and commercial products. Sodium hydroxide solutions have led to better analyte elimination, and the complete removal of TCP from the cork has been accomplished together with 72% of TCA reduction has been achieved. PMID:16678838

  3. Acetate-fed aerobic granular sludge for the degradation of 4-chlorophenol

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    Chlorinated phenols are considered a critical environmental problem, due to their extreme toxicity and their widespread use both in industrial and agricultural activities. In this study, aerobic granular sludge was initially developed into an acetate-fed Granulated Sequencing Batch Reactor (GSBR) and then used for the degradation of low chlorinated 4-mono-chlorophenol (4CP), with readily biodegradable sodium acetate (NaAc) as co-substrate. Influent 4CP concentration ranged between 0 and 50 mg/l, with a maximum volumetric organic loading rate of 0.20 kg4CP/m3 d (0.32 kgCOD-4CP/m3 d). Differences in granules shape and size were observed with 4CP dosed in the influent at different concentrations, and the effects of such toxic compound on acetate removal were evaluated, with both unacclimated and acclimated biomass. Aerobic granules grown on acetate as carbon source proved to be an interesting solution for the degradation of 4CP, showing good resistance to high 4CP concentrations in the influent even if unacclimated (short term effects). Moreover, the monitoring of intermediate products and the evaluation of chloride release due to 4CP degradation proved that acclimated granular sludge could completely remove 4CP (long term effects), with high specific removal rates.

  4. Comparative study on electrochemical degradation of 4-chlorophenol by different Pd/C gas diffusion electrodes

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    WANG; Hui; WANG; JianLong

    2007-01-01

    Pd/C catalyst used for the Pd/C gas diffusion cathodes was prepared by hydrogen reduction method and formaldehyde reduction method, and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electrode microcopy (TEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and cyclic voltammetry (CV) techniques. The electrochemical degradation of 4-chlorophenol was investigated in the diaphragm electrolysis system, aerating firstly with hydrogen gas then with air, using three different kinds of gas diffusion cathode. The results indicated that the self-made Pd/C gas diffusion cathode can not only reductively dechlorinate 4-chlorophenols by aerating hydrogen gas, but also accelerate the two-electron reduction of O2 to hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) by aerating air. Therefore, the removal efficiency of 4-chlorophenol by using Pd/C gas diffusion cathode is better than that of the C/PTFE gas diffusion cathode (no catalyst). The catalytic activity of Pd/C catalyst prepared by hydrogen reduction method is higher than that prepared by formaldehyde reduction method. The stability of the Pd/C gas diffusion cathodes is good. Therefore, both the removal efficiency and the dechlorination degree of 4-chlorophenol reached about 100% after 60 min, and the removal efficiency of 4-chlorophenol in terms of chemical oxygen demand (COD) in the cathodic compartment reached 87.4% after 120 min.

  5. Asbestos related diseases among workers of asbestos processing plants in relation to type of production and asbestos use

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    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Background: Asbestos dust is one of the most dangerous pneumoconiotic and carcinogenic agents. The aim of this study was to assess the occurrence of asbestosis and pleural mesothelioma, depending on asbestos consumption and the type of manufactured products, among former asbestos workers in Poland. Material and Methods: The study subjects included employees of 18 large state-owned asbestos processing enterprises operating in the Polish market in 1945–1998. The study is based on data obtained from asbestos company records and the Central Register of Occupational Diseases data on the cases of asbestosis and mesothelioma for the period from 1970 till 2012 as well as data from Amiantus Programme. The analysis was performed for 5 sectors comprising plants classified according to the products manufactured and applied production technology. Results: In the study period, 2160 cases of asbestosis and 138 cases of mesothelioma were reported. The plants processed a total of about 2 million tonnes of asbestos, including about 7.5% of crocidolite. Total asbestos consumption was a strong predictor of the rate of asbestosis incidence (R2 = 0.68, p = 0.055. The highest risk occurrence of asbestosis was observed in the production of textiles and sealing products. Mesothelioma occurred only in plants where crocidolite had been ever processed. Conclusions: Total asbestos consumption was a strong predictor of the rate of asbestosis incidence. The observation confirms the relationship between exposure to crocidolite and the occurrence of mesothelioma, regardless of the manufactured products, and suggests the absence of such a link for the total volume of asbestos consumption. Med Pr 2015;66(1:1–9

  6. Bayesian bias adjustments of the lung cancer SMR in a cohort of German carbon black production workers

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    Morfeld Peter

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background A German cohort study on 1,528 carbon black production workers estimated an elevated lung cancer SMR ranging from 1.8-2.2 depending on the reference population. No positive trends with carbon black exposures were noted in the analyses. A nested case control study, however, identified smoking and previous exposures to known carcinogens, such as crystalline silica, received prior to work in the carbon black industry as important risk factors. We used a Bayesian procedure to adjust the SMR, based on a prior of seven independent parameter distributions describing smoking behaviour and crystalline silica dust exposure (as indicator of a group of correlated carcinogen exposures received previously in the cohort and population as well as the strength of the relationship of these factors with lung cancer mortality. We implemented the approach by Markov Chain Monte Carlo Methods (MCMC programmed in R, a statistical computing system freely available on the internet, and we provide the program code. Results When putting a flat prior to the SMR a Markov chain of length 1,000,000 returned a median posterior SMR estimate (that is, the adjusted SMR in the range between 1.32 (95% posterior interval: 0.7, 2.1 and 1.00 (0.2, 3.3 depending on the method of assessing previous exposures. Conclusions Bayesian bias adjustment is an excellent tool to effectively combine data about confounders from different sources. The usually calculated lung cancer SMR statistic in a cohort of carbon black workers overestimated effect and precision when compared with the Bayesian results. Quantitative bias adjustment should become a regular tool in occupational epidemiology to address narrative discussions of potential distortions.

  7. [Contemporary legislation and importance of psychophysiologic examination in system of medical support for workers engaged into production with radiation and nuclear danger].

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    Torubarov, F S; Isaeva, N A; Zvereva, Z F; Denisova, E A; Metliaeva, N A

    2012-01-01

    In accordance with contemporary legislation, the article covers materials on specification and approbation of concept model for psychophysiologic examination in medical establishments during medical examination of workers engaged into production with raidation and nuclear danger. The authors defined methodology, examination methods and designed an order of psychophysiologic examination. The psychophysiologic examination and purpose-oriented rehabilitation appeared efficient. PMID:23210182

  8. Simple colorimetric assay for dehalogenation reactivity of nanoscale zero-valent iron using 4-chlorophenol

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    Hwang, Yuhoon; Mines, Paul D.; Jakobsen, Mogens Havsteen;

    2015-01-01

    versatile laboratory application, using merely a spectrophotometer for color intensity determination. A modification of the indophenol reaction, which is well known for its use in ammonia detection, is suggested for this color assay. Being that 4-chlorophenol can be reduced to phenol by nZVI but cannot...... react according to the indophenol reaction, as its para-position is blocked; the simple colorimetric assay for reducing reactivity determination of nZVI to organically bound halogens was developed, using 4-chlorophenol as the model substrate that is selectively reduced to phenol by nZVI. The sensitivity....... The suggested color assay showed superior selectivity toward phenol in the presence of 4-chlorophenol. However, the high concentration of soluble iron ions produced throughout the reaction caused positive interference on absorbance. Addition of NaCO3 for the pre-treatment of samples was suggested to...

  9. Electroreductive dechlorination of chlorophenols with Pd catalyst supported on solid electrode.

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    Caixia; Matsunaga, Atsushi; Tezuka, Meguru

    2013-12-01

    Electroreductive dechlorination of chlorophenols with Pd catalyst supported on solidelectrode was studied. As solid electrodes, carbon cloth (CC), carbon felt (CF) and titanium mesh were used, and palladium was plated on solid electrodes by either electrolytic or electroless method. On each electrode with Pd, chlorophenols were qualitatively dechlorinated to phenol, while they were entirely intact on electrodes without Pd. Moreover, neither base electrode nor plating method significantly affected the activity of Pd as far as it was sufficiently loaded on the electrode. Based on the results in the experiments using one electrode repeatedly, Pd catalyst proved to possess a satisfactory duarability under the present condition. It was suggested that the reactive species responsinble for the dechlorination of chlorophenols could be formed during preliminary electrolysis. Thus, (Pd)x-H resulting from the adsorption of electrogenerated hydrogen on metallic Pd might be assumed most probable. PMID:25078820

  10. Poor but Not Powerless: Women Workers in Production Chain Factories in China

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    Ma, Lang; Jacobs, Francine

    2010-01-01

    The present study demonstrates the processes by which 12 young women working in four production chain factories in China shape their own lives--their developmental trajectories--during the period following their entry into factory work. One-on-one, in-depth, semi-structured interviews were conducted in August, 2005, as part of an evaluation…

  11. Measuring Future Worker Productivity via Business Email Message Creation: Implications for Education

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    Hagler, Barbara E.; Erthal, Margaret; Walzer, Dona; Anderson, Marcia A.

    2009-01-01

    Objective: This research was conducted to determine if relationships exist among college students' business email message productivity score and (a) email message quality score, (b) text keying method used to create email message, and (c) self-reported college English grade. Background: Email is increasingly the communication channel preferred for…

  12. Catalytic wet air oxidation of chlorophenols over supported ruthenium catalysts

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    Li Ning [Institut de recherches sur la catalyse et l' environnement de Lyon (IRCELYON), UMR 5256, CNRS/Universite Claude Bernard Lyon 1, 2 Avenue Albert Einstein, 69626 Villeurbanne Cedex (France); Descorme, Claude [Institut de recherches sur la catalyse et l' environnement de Lyon (IRCELYON), UMR 5256, CNRS/Universite Claude Bernard Lyon 1, 2 Avenue Albert Einstein, 69626 Villeurbanne Cedex (France)]. E-mail: claude.descorme@catalyse.cnrs.fr; Besson, Michele [Institut de recherches sur la catalyse et l' environnement de Lyon (IRCELYON), UMR 5256, CNRS/Universite Claude Bernard Lyon 1, 2 Avenue Albert Einstein, 69626 Villeurbanne Cedex (France)

    2007-07-31

    A series of noble metal (Pt, Pd, Ru) loaded zirconia catalysts were evaluated in the catalytic wet air oxidation (CWAO) of mono-chlorophenols (2-CP, 3-CP, 4-CP) under relatively mild reaction conditions. Among the investigated noble metals, Ru appeared to be the best to promote the CWAO of CPs as far as incipient-wetness impregnation was used to prepare all the catalysts. The position of the chlorine substitution on the aromatic ring was also shown to have a significant effect on the CP reactivity in the CWAO over 3 wt.% Ru/ZrO{sub 2}. 2-CP was relatively easier to degradate compared to 3-CP and 4-CP. One reason could be the higher adsorption of 2-CP on the catalyst surface. Further investigations suggested that 3 wt.% Ru/ZrO{sub 2} is a very efficient catalyst in the CWAO of 2-CP as far as high 2-CP conversion and TOC abatement could still be reached at even lower temperature (393 K) and lower total pressure (3 MPa). Additionally, the conversion of 2-CP was demonstrated to increase with the initial pH of the 2-CP solution. The dechlorination reaction is promoted at higher pH. In all cases, the adsorption of the reactants and the reaction intermediates was shown to play a major role. All parameters that would control the molecule speciation in solution or the catalyst surface properties would have a key effect.

  13. The role of human-at-work systems in business sustainability: perspectives based on expert and qualified production workers in a manufacturing enterprise.

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    Genaidy, Ash M; Rinder, Maria M; Sequeira, Reynold; A-Rehim, Amal

    2010-04-01

    A community of highly qualified employees is desirable for the workforce to become a competitive business advantage, improving and sustaining corporate health. Currently, the scientific literature is limited on information comparing the assessment of expert and qualified workers for the employee-work environment interface. Such information would be valuable for industrial managers to obtain and act on the different perspectives of its workers for business improvement and survivability. A primary objective of this study is to explore the perspectives of expert and qualified workers on the quality of the employee-work environment interface in a manufacturing enterprise. This investigation was performed in a production department in a small manufacturing enterprise. Two expert workers participated in the study, with each being in the company for 30 years and having performed all jobs in the production department as well as supervisory and line management responsibilities. A total of 13 qualified workers from day and night shifts were used in the study, with the great majority of workers possessing 10 or more years of on-the-job experience but not acquiring the same specialised knowledge required for operating the technological resources in the department. The work compatibility methodology was used to assess the quality of employee-work environment interface for both expert and qualified workers. Both expert and qualified workers provided similar trends in terms of their compatibility assessment of experienced and acting work domains. In general, the compatibility levels for the day shift were poorer than those obtained for the night shift for acting work domains. The similarities in assessment between the expert and qualified workers were much closer for factors impacting job performance at the task and immediate surrounding levels (i.e. physical and mental task content, physical environment). There were greater differences at the macro level, that is, at the process

  14. Migrant Workers.

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    Social and Labour Bulletin, 1983

    1983-01-01

    Discusses a new German law to encourage foreign workers to return to their home countries, employment exchanges for young foreigners in Germany, and a training program for migrant workers in India. (SK)

  15. Occupational radiation doses of workers at Pakistan research reactor-I (parr-1) and at radioisotope production plant (ripp) during 1995 to 1999

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    Radiation doses of workers working at Pakistan Research Reactor -I (PARR-I) and Radioisotope Production Plant (RIPP) during the period of 1995 to 1999 have been analysed. It is observed that annual average effective dose values per worker during this period are quite low and well under the limit of 20 mSv/y averaged over a period of five consecutive years. The highest annual dose received by any worker during this period was 13.2 mSv at PARR-I and 31.4 mSv at RIPP. Both are below the maximum dose limit of 50 mSv/worker during any single year over a period of five years. The highest accumulated dose received by any worker in the reported period was 30 mSv and 56.1 mSv at PARR-I and RIPP respectively. These values are less than the limit of 100 mSv that should not be exceeded during five years. None of the workers at both places exceeded any relevant dose limit. The probability of excess cancer risk due to annual average dose values lies in the range of 15 to 151 cancers in a population of one million, which is relatively very low as compared to actual deaths per million that lie in the range of 373 to 994 in various industries. Thus, it is concluded that the PARR-I and RIPP operation is radiologically safe and the workers are well trained and aware of the radiation protection procedures. (author)

  16. 4-氯酚对厌氧颗粒污泥产甲烷活性的影响%Influence of 4-chlorophenol on activity of methane-producing microorganisms in anaerobic granular sludge

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    罗艳; 何仕均; 王建龙; 解明曙

    2012-01-01

    With anaerobic granular sludge from an anaerobic baffled reactor(ABR) as the research object and glucose as the co-substrate, the influence of 4-chlorophenol concentration on the methane-producing microorganisms in anaerobic granular sludge was investigated. The test results showed that: 4-chlorophenol had a strong inhibition effect on the activity of methane-producing microorganisms in anaerobic granular sludge, the slightest degree of inhibition appeared when the mass concentration of 4-chlorophenol was 300 mg/L; and then, with the continuous increase of the 4-chlorophenol concentration, the methane-producing activity of anaerobic granular sludge decreased obviously; when it increased to 400, 500 and 600 mg/L, the inhibition rate were 31%, 68% and 54% respectively. The inhibition effect of 4-chlorophenol on the anaerobic biological degradation of glucose happened in the later stage of the reaction when the concentration was low, and in the early stage of the reaction when the concentration was high. In the recovery test carried out simultaneously, the inhibition effect of 4-chlorophenol with different concentrations on the production of methane was still exist; however, the inhibition degree was decreased.%利用取自ABR反应器的厌氧颗粒污泥,以葡萄糖为共基质,测定了不同浓度4-氯酚对厌氧污泥产甲烷微生物的影响以及活性恢复情况.试验结果表明:4-氯酚对厌氧颗粒污泥产甲烷活性具有较强的抑制作用,当4-氯酚的质量浓度为300 mg/L时,抑制作用最小;并且随着4-氯酚浓度的继续提高,厌氧颗粒污泥的产甲烷活性显著下降.当4-氯酚的质量浓度为400、500、600 mg/L时,相应的抑制程度为31%、68%、54%.4-氯酚对厌氧生物降解葡萄糖反应的抑制作用,在低浓度时发生在反应后期,高浓度时发生在反应初期.同时在恢复试验中不同浓度的4-氯酚对产甲烷的抑制作用仍存在,但有所降低.

  17. Removal of Chlorophenols by Fungal Laccase in the Presence of Aromatic Alcohols

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    Jarosz-Wilkolazka, Anna; Leonowicz, Andrzej; Oga, Shoji

    2007-01-01

    The effect of aromatic alcohols, coniferyl, sinapyl, vanillyl and iso-vanillyl alcohols, on the removal of chlorinated phenols from water environment by fungal laccases from Cerrena unicolor and Rhizoctonia praticola was studied. In optimal conditions all tested alcohols removed about 30 to 60% of chlorophenols from the supernatant, compared to that of laccase alone. R. praticola at pH 7.0 significantly removed more chlorophenols from supernatant than in the case of C. unicolor at pH 5.5. The...

  18. Worker Participation

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    Shepherd, W. F.

    1973-01-01

    The philosophy and workability of the concept of worker participation in management decisions is discussed in the context of British society. It is recommended that four interests be represented in any kind of Workers' Council: management, workers, shareholders, and consumers. (AG)

  19. The Comparative Economics of Catch-Up in Output per worker, total factor productivity and technological gain in Sub-Saharan Africa

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    John Ssozi; Simplice Asongu

    2015-01-01

    After investigating the effect of external financial flows on total factor productivity and technological gain, we use the beta catch-up and sigma convergence to compare dispersions in output per worker, total factor productivity and technological gain in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) for the years 1980-2010. The comparative evidence is articulated with income levels, years of schooling, and health factors. We find; first, a positive association between foreign direct investment, trade openness, f...

  20. The Comparative Economics of Catch-Up in Output per worker, total factor productivity and technological gain in Sub-Saharan Africa

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    Ssozi, John; Asongu, Simplice A

    2015-01-01

    After investigating the effect of external financial flows on total factor productivity and technological gain, we use the beta catch-up and sigma convergence to compare dispersions in output per worker, total factor productivity and technological gain in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) for the years 1980-2010. The comparative evidence is articulated with income levels, years of schooling, and health factors. We find; first, a positive association between foreign direct investment, trade openness, ...

  1. CRITERIA OF OCCUPATIONAL FITNESS FOR WORKERS OF COAL PRODUCTION EXTREME PROFESSIONS

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    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available In recent years issues of personal suitability for specific workplace (or career suitability using complex methodological approaches were widely discussed in various fields of economy. This included studies of individual properties of neural system, personality, mental processes, cortico-subcortical relationships, autonomic responses, which characterize the degree of stress imposed upon a human's body. Specific working conditions in coal mines, characterized by a complex of unfavorable factors, place increased demands on psychofunctional conditions of miners’ bodies. Certain general properties of body should be studied and be critically important for selection of extreme profession. Intensification of industrial production, growth requirements for quantity and quality of work and level of training brings stricter requirements of professional competences. Competences are especially important for those occupations in which the discrepancy between physiological capacity of a body is associated with potential health damage and life threatening risks. We have developed criteria for suitability applicable to the preparation of young professionals to work in extreme conditions of the coal production. Use of a complex psychophysiological indicators of professional competence of body work, will increase efficiency, reliability and enable trouble-free carrier. The most informative psychophysiological parameters are Breathing capacity, Capacity of forced breathing, Maximal volume speed, Maximal ventilation of lungs, Systolic arterial pressure, Diastolic arterial pressure, Frequency of systole, Reactive uneasiness and Individual uneasiness.

  2. Aqueous hydrodechlorination of 4-chlorophenol over an Rh/reduced graphene oxide synthesized by a facile one-pot solvothermal process under mild conditions

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    Graphical abstract: The Rh nanoparticles/reduced graphene oxide (Rh NPs/RGO) nanocatalyst synthesized by a solvothermal technique showed high activity and stability for the hydrodechlorination of 4-chlorophenol under mild conditions. - Highlights: • Rh/RGO was synthesized through a one-pot polyol reduction of GO and RhCl3. • Complete HDC of 4-chlorophenol was obtained in aqueous phase without any additive. • The Rh/RGO exhibited an excellent catalytic performance for HDC reaction. - Abstract: Reduced graphene oxide (RGO) supported rhodium nanoparticles (Rh-NPs/RGO) was synthesized through one-pot polyol co-reduction of graphene oxide (GO) and rhodium chloride. The catalytic property of Rh-NPs/RGO was investigated for the aqueous phase hydrodechlorination (HDC) of 4-chlorophenol (4-CP). A complete conversion of 4-CP into high valued products of cyclohexanone (selectivity: 23.2%) and cyclohexanol (selectivity: 76.8%) was successfully achieved at 303 K and balloon hydrogen pressure in a short reaction time of 50 min when 1.5 g/L of 4-CP was introduced. By comparing with Rh-NPs deposited on the other supports, Rh-NPs/RGO delivered the highest initial rate (111.4 mmol/gRh min) for 4-CP HDC reaction under the identical conditions. The substantial catalytic activity of Rh-NPs/RGO can be ascribed to the small and uniform particle size of Rh (average particle size was 1.7 ± 0.14 nm) on the surface of the RGO sheets and an electron-deficient state of Rh in the catalyst as a result of the strong interaction between the active sites and the surface function groups of RGO

  3. Exposure to glyceryl trinitrate during gun powder production: plasma glyceryl trinitrate concentration, elimination kinetics, and discomfort among production workers.

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    Gjesdal, K; Bille, S; Bredesen, J E; Bjørge, E; Halvorsen, B.; Langseth, K; Lunde, P K; Silvertssen, E

    1985-01-01

    Plasma glyceryl trinitrate (GTN) concentration was studied in 12 volunteers producing gun powder. Serial blood samples were obtained from the cubital vein before and during work at two sites of production; high concentrations of GTN were detected in the plasma. Control specimens from a femoral vein contained much less GTN, indicating that blood in the cubital vein was enriched by dermally absorbed GTN. In the roll mill area concentrations of GTN in the cubital vein were higher than in the pre...

  4. Prevalence of ocular, respiratory and cutaneous symptoms in indoor swimming pool workers and exposure to disinfection by-products (DBPs).

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    Fantuzzi, Guglielmina; Righi, Elena; Predieri, Guerrino; Giacobazzi, Pierluigi; Mastroianni, Katia; Aggazzotti, Gabriella

    2010-04-01

    The objective of this cross-sectional study was to investigate the prevalence of self-reported respiratory, ocular and cutaneous symptoms in subjects working at indoor swimming pools and to assess the relationship between frequency of declared symptoms and occupational exposure to disinfection by-products (DBPs). Twenty indoor swimming pools in the Emilia Romagna region of Italy were included in the study. Information about the health status of 133 employees was collected using a self-administered questionnaire. Subjects working at swimming pools claimed to frequently experience the following symptoms: cold (65.4%), sneezing (52.6%), red eyes (48.9%) and itchy eyes (44.4%). Only 7.5% claimed to suffer from asthma. Red eyes, runny nose, voice loss and cold symptoms were declared more frequently by pool attendants (lifeguards and trainers) when compared with employees working in other areas of the facility (office, cafe, etc.). Pool attendants experienced generally more verrucas, mycosis, eczema and rash than others workers; however, only the difference in the frequency of self-declared mycosis was statistically significant (p = 0.010). Exposure to DBPs was evaluated using both environmental and biological monitoring. Trihalomethanes (THMs), the main DBPs, were evaluated in alveolar air samples collected from subjects. Swimming pool workers experienced different THM exposure levels: lifeguards and trainers showed the highest mean values of THMs in alveolar air samples (28.5 +/- 20.2 microg/m(3)), while subjects working in cafe areas (17.6 +/- 12.1 microg/m(3)), offices (14.4 +/- 12.0 microg/m(3)) and engine rooms (13.6 +/- 4.4 microg/m(3)) showed lower exposure levels. Employees with THM alveolar air values higher than 21 microg/m(3) (median value) experienced higher risks for red eyes (OR 6.2; 95% CI 2.6-14.9), itchy eyes (OR 3.5; 95% CI 1.5-8.0), dyspnea/asthma (OR 5.1; 95% CI 1.0-27.2) and blocked nose (OR 2.2; 95% CI 1.0-4.7) than subjects with less exposure

  5. Prevalence of Ocular, Respiratory and Cutaneous Symptoms in Indoor Swimming Pool Workers and Exposure to Disinfection By-Products (DBPs

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    Guglielmina Fantuzzi

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this cross-sectional study was to investigate the prevalence of self-reported respiratory, ocular and cutaneous symptoms in subjects working at indoor swimming pools and to assess the relationship between frequency of declared symptoms and occupational exposure to disinfection by-products (DBPs. Twenty indoor swimming pools in the Emilia Romagna region of Italy were included in the study. Information about the health status of 133 employees was collected using a self-administered questionnaire. Subjects working at swimming pools claimed to frequently experience the following symptoms: cold (65.4%, sneezing (52.6%, red eyes (48.9% and itchy eyes (44.4%. Only 7.5% claimed to suffer from asthma. Red eyes, runny nose, voice loss and cold symptoms were declared more frequently by pool attendants (lifeguards and trainers when compared with employees working in other areas of the facility (office, cafe, etc.. Pool attendants experienced generally more verrucas, mycosis, eczema and rash than others workers; however, only the difference in the frequency of self-declared mycosis was statistically significant (p = 0.010. Exposure to DBPs was evaluated using both environmental and biological monitoring. Trihalomethanes (THMs, the main DBPs, were evaluated in alveolar air samples collected from subjects. Swimming pool workers experienced different THM exposure levels: lifeguards and trainers showed the highest mean values of THMs in alveolar air samples (28.5 ± 20.2 µg/m3, while subjects working in cafe areas (17.6 ± 12.1 µg/m3, offices (14.4 ± 12.0 µg/m3 and engine rooms (13.6 ± 4.4 µg/m3 showed lower exposure levels. Employees with THM alveolar air values higher than 21 µg/m3 (median value experienced higher risks for red eyes (OR 6.2; 95% CI 2.6–14.9, itchy eyes (OR 3.5; 95% CI 1.5–8.0, dyspnea/asthma (OR 5.1; 95% CI 1.0–27.2 and blocked nose (OR 2.2; 95% CI 1.0–4.7 than subjects with less exposure. This study confirms

  6. Photocatalytic degradation of 4-chlorophenol under P-modified TiO2/UV system: Kinetics, intermediates, phytotoxicity and acute toxicity

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    Kais Elghniji; Olfa Hentati; Najwa Mlaik; Ayman Mahfoudh; Mohamed Ksibi

    2012-01-01

    A series of phosphorus-modified titanium dioxide samples with varying P/Ti atomic ratio were conveniently prepared via a conventional solgel route.The effects of phosphorus content and calcination temperature on the crystalline structure,grain growth,surface area,and the photocatalytic activity of P-modified TiO2 were investigated.The XRD results showed that P species slow down the particle growth of anatase and increase the anatase-to-rutile phase transformation temperature to more than 900℃.Kinetic studies on the P-modified TiO2 to degraded 4-chlorophenol had found that the TP5500 prepared by adopting a P/Ti atomic ratio equal to 0.05 and calcined at 500℃ had an apparent rate constant equal to 0.0075 min-1,which is superior to the performance of a commercial photocatalyst Degussa P25 Kapp =0.0045 min-1 and of unmodified TiO2(TP(0)500)Kapp =0.0022 min-1.From HPLC analyses,various hydroxylated intermediates formed during oxidation had been identified,including hydroquinone(HQ),benzoquinone(BQ)and(4CC)4-chlorocatechol as main products.Phytotoxicity was assessed before and after irradiation against seed germination of tomato(Lycopersicon esculentum)whereas acute toxicity was assessed by using Folsomia candida as the test organism.Intermediates products were all less toxic than 4-chlorophenol and a significant removal of the overall toxicity was accomplished.

  7. Photocatalytic degradation of 4-chlorophenol under P-modified TiO2/UV system: kinetics, intermediates, phytotoxicity and acute toxicity.

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    Elghniji, Kais; Hentati, Olfa; Mlaik, Najwa; Mahfoudh, Ayman; Ksibi, Mohamed

    2012-01-01

    A series of phosphorus-modified titanium dioxide samples with varying P/Ti atomic ratio were conveniently prepared via a conventional solgel route. The effects of phosphorus content and calcination temperature on the crystalline structure, grain growth, surface area, and the photocatalytic activity of P-modified TiO2 were investigated. The XRD results showed that P species slow down the particle growth of anatase and increase the anatase-to-rutile phase transformation temperature to more than 900 degrees C. Kinetic studies on the P-modified TiO2 to degraded 4-chlorophenol had found that the TP5(500) prepared by adopting a P/Ti atomic ratio equal to 0.05 and calcined at 500 degrees C had an apparent rate constant equal to 0.0075 min(-1), which is superior to the performance of a commercial photocatalyst Degussa P25 K(app) = 0.0045 min(-1) and of unmodified TiO2 (TP0(500)) K(app) = 0.0022 min(-1). From HPLC analyses, various hydroxylated intermediates formed during oxidation had been identified, including hydroquinone (HQ), benzoquinone (BQ) and (4CC) 4-chlorocatechol as main products. Phytotoxicity was assessed before and after irradiation against seed germination of tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum) whereas acute toxicity was assessed by using Folsomia candida as the test organism. Intermediates products were all less toxic than 4-chlorophenol and a significant removal of the overall toxicity was accomplished. PMID:22655362

  8. METHOD FOR THE CONFIRMATION OF CHLOROPHENOLS IN HUMAN URINE BY LC WITH AN ELECTROCHEMICAL DETECTOR

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    A method is described for the confirmation of chlorophenols in human urine. A hydrolyzed urine sample is analyzed by both gas chromatography (GC), and liquid chromatography (LC) with electrochemical detection and the results compared. A discussion of these results, including fact...

  9. Development of a robust chromatographic method for the detection of chlorophenols in cork oak forest soils.

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    McLellan, Iain; Hursthouse, Andrew; Morrison, Calum; Varela, Adélia; Pereira, Cristina Silva

    2014-02-01

    A major concern for the cork and wine industry is 'cork taint' which is associated with chloroanisoles, the microbial degradation metabolites of chlorophenols. The use of chlorophenolic compounds as pesticides within cork forests was prohibited in 1993 in the European Union (EU) following the introduction of industry guidance. However, cork produced outside the EU is still thought to be affected and simple, robust methods for chlorophenol analysis are required for wider environmental assessment by industry and local environmental regulators. Soil samples were collected from three common-use forests in Tunisia and from one privately owned forest in Sardinia, providing examples of varied management practice and degree of human intervention. These provided challenge samples for the optimisation of a HPLC-UV detection method. It produced recoveries consistently >75% against a soil CRM (ERM-CC008) for pentachlorophenol. The optimised method, with ultraviolet (diode array) detection is able to separate and quantify 16 different chlorophenols at field concentrations greater than the limits of detection ranging from 6.5 to 191.3 μg/kg (dry weight). Application to a range of field samples demonstrated the absence of widespread contamination in forest soils at sites sampled in Sardinia and Tunisia. PMID:24092255

  10. Combined Effect of Temperature and Dissolved Oxygen on Degradation of 4-chlorophenol in Photo Microreactor

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    Vondráčková, Magdalena; Hejda, S.; Stavárek, Petr; Křišťál, Jiří; Klusoň, Petr

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    Roč. 94, SI (2015), s. 35-38. ISSN 0255-2701 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GAP105/12/0664 Institutional support: RVO:67985858 Keywords : photo microreactor * phthalocyanine * chlorophenol oxidation Subject RIV: CI - Industrial Chemistry, Chemical Engineering Impact factor: 2.071, year: 2014

  11. Distinctive sorption mechanisms of 4-chlorophenol with black carbons as elucidated by different pH.

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    Shih, Yang-hsin; Su, Yuh-fan; Ho, Ren-yu; Su, Po-hsin; Yang, Chien-ying

    2012-09-01

    Black carbon (BC) has been considered as an important sorbent in the environment in recent years due to its high sorption capacity and unique sorption behavior. Sorption characteristics of black carbons from two main sources were investigated to get a better understanding of organic chemical fate in the environment. The present study showed sorption mechanisms of 4-chlorophenol, a common organic contaminant in the surroundings, in two kinds of black carbons, soot surrogate (BC1) and environmental char (BC2) derived from rice straw. Sorption capacity of 4-chlorophenol was much higher in BC1 than on BC2 due to the larger surface area of BC1. However, the surface-area normalized sorption coefficients (sorption capacity per surface area) of BC2 were higher than those of BC1, indicating electrostatic attraction and actions of polar foundational groups on BC2 can react with 4-chlorophenol. With increasing temperature, sorption of BC1 decreased but the sorption of BC2 significantly increased at pH 10 and only slightly increased at pH 4. An exothermic sorption reaction was found for BC1; however, an endothermic reaction of chemical sorption occurred on BC2 at pH 10 due to the electrostatic attraction. At pH4, sorption capacity of BC2 decreased and the small positive sorption enthalpy indicated that less electrostatic attractions occurred because of the neutral form of 4-chlorophenol and the domination of mainly hydrophobic interactions. PMID:22842752

  12. Removal of chlorophenolics from pulp and paper mill wastewater through constructed wetland.

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    Choudhary, Ashutosh Kumar; Kumar, Satish; Sharma, Chhaya

    2013-01-01

    This study evaluates the treatment efficiency of horizontal subsurface flow (HSSF) constructed wetland for the removal of AOX (adsorbable organic halides) and chlorophenolics from pulp and paper mill wastewater. The dimensions of HSSF constructed wetland were 3.5 m in length, 1.5 m in width, and 0.28 m in depth, with surface area of 5.25 m2. The HSSF constructed wetland unit was planted with an ornamental plant species, Canna indica. Under hydraulic retention time (HRT) of 5.9 days, the average AOX removal was 89.1%, and 67% to 100% removal of chlorophenolics from pulp and paper mill wastewater was achieved. The complete removal of 2,3-dichlorophenol, 3,4-dichlorophenol, 2,3,5-trichlorophenol, 2,4,6-trichlorophenol, 3,5-dichlorocatechol, 3,6-dichlorocatechol, and 4,5,6-trichloroguaiacol was observed. Some of the chlorophenolics were found to accumulate in the plant biomass and soil. The evapotranspiration rate varied from 6.7 to 12.7 mm day(-1) during the experimental period. The mass balance of chlorophenolics was also studied in constructed wetland system. PMID:23409454

  13. 对氯苯酚在酪氨酸酶-碳纳米管修饰电极上的电化学行为%Electrochemistry of p-Chlorophenol on a Tyrosinase-Carbon Nanotube Modified Electrode

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    刘华俊; 陈敏; 刘慧宏

    2011-01-01

    The use of electrochemical biosensors has been shown to be a suitable alternative with respect to the conventional well-established analytical techniques for the monitoring of p-chlorophenol.The reactions of p-chlorophenol on a tyrosinase-carbon nanotube modified electrode were explored.The processes contain the oxidation of p-chlorophenol by enzyme catalysis and the electrochemical reduction of the product.The solution pH effects the reactions.The results reveal that the reaction of enzyme catalysis is the controlled step.The current and p-chlorophenol concentration is a linear relationship on the range of 0.12-1.11 mmol·L-1.The limit of detection is calculated to be 14 μmol·L-1.The Michaelis constant is estimated to be K_m=163 μmol·L-1.%研究了对氯苯酚在酪氨酸酶-碳纳米管修饰电极上的酶催化氧化和电化学还原过程.实验表明,酶催化反应和电化学反应均受溶液pH值的影响,酶催化反应为控制步骤.对氯苯酚的浓度在0.12~1.11 mmol.L-1范围内,与电流呈线性关系,检出限为14μmol.L-1.酶催化反应的表观米氏常数Km=163μmol.L-1.

  14. Toxicity assessment of 4-chlorophenol to aerobic granular sludge and its interaction with extracellular polymeric substances

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    Highlights: • Toxicity of 4-CP to aerobic granular sludge process was evaluated. • 3D-EEM characterized the interaction between EPS and 4-CP. • Tryptophan was the main substance result in fluorescence quenching. • The mechanism of fluorescence quenching belongs to static quenching. - Abstract: The main objective of this study was to evaluate the toxicity of 4-chlorophenol (4-CP) to aerobic granular sludge in the process of treating ammonia rich wastewater. In the short-term exposure of 4-CP of 5 and 10 mg/L, ammonia nitrogen removal efficiencies in the batch reactors decreased to 87.18 ± 2.81 and 41.16 ± 3.55%, which were remarkably lower than that of control experiment (99.83 ± 0.54%). Correspondingly, the respirometric activities of heterotrophic and autotrophic bacteria of aerobic granular sludge were significantly inhibited in the presence of 4-CP. Moreover, the main components of extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) including polysaccharides and proteins increased from 18.74 ± 0.29 and 22.57 ± 0.34 mg/g SS to 27.79 ± 0.51 and 24.69 ± 0.38 mg/g SS, respectively, indicating that the presence of 4-CP played an important role on the EPS production. Three-dimensional excitation-emission matrix (3D-EEM) fluorescence spectroscopy further showed that the intensities of EPS samples were obviously quenched with the increased of 4-CP concentrations. To be more detailed, synchronous fluorescence spectra indicated that the interaction between EPS and 4-CP was mainly caused by tryptophan residues. The mechanism of fluorescence quenching belongs to static quenching with a formation constant (KA) of 0.07 × 104 L/mol, implying the strong formation of EPS and 4-CP complex. The results could provide reliable and accurate information to determine the potential toxicity of 4-CP on the performance of aerobic granular sludge system

  15. Adsorption of chlorophenols from aqueous solutions by pristine and surface functionalized single-walled carbon nanotubes.

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    Ding, Han; Li, Xin; Wang, Jun; Zhang, Xiaojian; Chen, Chao

    2016-05-01

    The adsorption of six kinds of chlorophenols on pristine, hydroxylated and carboxylated single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) has been investigated. Pseudo-first order and pseudo-second order models were used to describe the kinetic data. All adsorption isotherms were well fitted with Langmuir, Freundlich and Polanyi-Manes models, due to surface adsorption dominating the adsorption process. The close linear relationship between logKow and logKd suggested that hydrophobicity played an important role in the adsorption. The SWCNTs' adsorption capacity for chlorophenols was weakened by addition of oxygen-containing functional groups on the surface, due to the loss of specific surface area, the increase of hydrophilicity and the reduction of π-π interaction. The best adsorption capacity of pristine SWCNTs, SWCNT-OH and SWCNT-COOH for six chlorophenols varied from 19 to 84mg/g, from 19 to 65mg/g and from 17 to 65mg/g, respectively. The effect of pH on the adsorption of 2,6-dichlorophenol (2,6-DCP), was also studied. When pH is over the pKa of 2,6-dichlorophenol (2,6-DCP), its removal dropped sharply. When ionic strength increased (NaCl or KCl concentration from 0 to 0.02mmol/L), the adsorption capacity of 2,6-DCP on pristine SWCNTs decreased slightly. The comparison of chlorophenols adsorption by SWCNTs, MWCNTs and PAC was made, indicating that the adsorption rate of CNTs was much faster than that of PAC. The results provide useful information about the feasibility of SWCNTs as an adsorbent to remove chlorophenols from aqueous solutions. PMID:27155424

  16. Does an Exercise Intervention Improving Aerobic Capacity Among Construction Workers Also Improve Musculoskeletal Pain, Work Ability, Productivity, Perceived Physical Exertion, and Sick Leave?

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    Gram, Bibi; Holtermann, Andreas; Bültmann, Ute;

    2012-01-01

    OBJECTIVE:: To investigate whether an exercise intervention shown to increase aerobic capacity, would also lead to less musculoskeletal pain; improved work ability, productivity, and perceived physical exertion; and less sick leave. METHODS:: Sixty-seven construction workers were randomized into ...... a more multifaceted intervention, larger sample size, or longer follow-up. Text messages may be a convenient data-collection method in future studies....

  17. TEMPERATURE AND CONCENTRATION EFFECTS ON THE DIOXIN AND FURAN FORMATION FROM A MIXTURE OF CHLOROPHENOLS OVER FLY ASH

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    Chlorophenols have been studied as precursors to PCDD/F formation but generally these experiments have been carried out with unrepresentative concentrations and potentially overlapping formation mechanisms. Research has demonstrated that the kinetics of PCDD formation from chloro...

  18. Interlaboratory validation of PrEN 12673: Water quality - Gas Chromatographic determination of some selected chlorophenols in water

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    Hoogerbrugge R; Ramlal MR; Stil GH; Gort SM; Heusinkveld HAG; van der Velde EG; van Zoonen P; LOC

    1997-01-01

    Een interlaboratorium vergelijkingsonderzoek is georganiseerd ten behoeve van de validatie van de voorlopige standaard methode PrEN 12673 Water quality - Gas Chromatographic determination of some selected chlorophenols in water. Deze vergelijking is uitgevoerd op drie typen water, namelijk drinkwat

  19. Georgenia daeguensis sp. nov., isolated from 4-chlorophenol enrichment culture.

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    Woo, Sung-Geun; Cui, Yingshun; Kang, Myung-Suk; Jin, Long; Kim, Kwang Kyu; Lee, Sung-Taik; Lee, Myungjin; Park, Joonhong

    2012-07-01

    During screening for 4-chlorophenol-degrading micro-organisms in activated sludge from industrial wastewater treatment, a Gram-positive, rod-shaped, aerobic bacterial strain, designated 2C6-43(T), was isolated and characterized taxonomically by using a polyphasic approach. Comparative 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis showed that strain 2C6-43(T) belongs to the family Bogoriellaceae, class Actinobacteria, and is related most closely to Georgenia soli CC-NMPT-T3(T) (98.8% sequence similarity), Georgenia muralis 1A-C(T) (97.6%), Georgenia thermotolerans TT02-04(T) (96.8%), Georgenia ruanii YIM 004(T) (96.6%) and Georgenia halophila YIM 93316(T) (96.0%). The G+C content of the genomic DNA of strain 2C6-43(T) was 66.2 mol%. Sugars from whole-cell hydrolysates found in strain 2C6-43(T) were rhamnose, ribose and galactose. The menaquinone MK-8(H(4)) was detected as the predominant quinone. Polar lipid analysis of 2C6-43(T) revealed diphosphatidylglycerol, phosphatidylinositol mannoside, phosphatidylinositol and phosphatidylglycerol. An aromatic compound ring cleavage enzyme of catechol 1,2-dioxygenase was detected but catechol 2,3-dioxygenase was not detected in 2C6-43(T). A fatty acid profile with anteiso-C(15:0), iso-C(15:0) and C(16:0) as the major components supported the affiliation of strain 2C6-43(T) to the genus Georgenia. However, the DNA-DNA relatedness between strain 2C6-43(T) and the type strains of five species of the genus Georgenia ranged from 17 to 40%, clearly showing that the isolate constitutes a new genospecies. Strain 2C6-43(T) could be clearly differentiated from its phylogenetic neighbours on the basis of some phenotypic, genotypic and chemotaxonomic features. Therefore, strain 2C6-43(T) is considered to represent a novel species of the genus Georgenia, for which the name Georgenia daeguensis sp. nov. is proposed; the type strain is 2C6-43(T) (=KCTC 19801(T)=JCM 17459(T)). PMID:21930682

  20. Direct determination of chlorophenols in landfill leachates by solid-phase micro-extraction-gas chromatography-mass spectrometry

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    Ribeiro, A.; Neves, MH; de Almeida, MF; Alves, A.; Santos, L.

    2002-01-01

    Landfill leachates represent a serious environmental concern with regard to trace priority pollutants introduced into the aquatic environment. From the analytical point of view, they constitute complex matrices because of their high organic matter content and competition with the trace analytes in the extraction procedure. Although the use of SPME to extract chlorophenols in leachates has already been described in several publications, the limited number of chlorophenols restricts this analys...

  1. Malignant lymphoma and exposure to chemicals, especially organic solvents, chlorophenols and phenoxy acids: a case-control study.

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    Hardell, L; Eriksson, M.; Lenner, P; Lundgren, E.

    1981-01-01

    A number of men with malignant lymphoma of the histiocytic type and previous exposure to phenoxy acids or chlorophenols were observed and reported in 1979. A matched case-control study has therefore been performed with cases of malignant lymphoma (Hodgkin's disease and non-Hodgkin lymphoma). This study included 169 cases and 338 controls. The results indicate that exposure to phenoxy acids, chlorophenols, and organic solvents may be a causative factor in malignant lymphoma. Combined exposure ...

  2. Electrochemical Characterization and Determination of Phenol and Chlorophenols by Voltammetry at Single Wall Carbon Nanotube/Poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) Modified Screen Printed Carbon Electrode

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    Negash, Negussie; Alemu, Hailemichael; Tessema, Merid

    2015-01-01

    Screen printed carbon electrode (SPCE) has been modified with single wall carbon nanotube/poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (SWCNT/PEDOT) composites for the determination of phenol and chlorophenols (phenol, 4-chlorophenol, 2,4-dichlorophenol, and 2,4,6-trichlorophenol). The effect of the modifiers on the electrode characteristics was evaluated and the responses were optimized for the voltammetric determination of phenol and chlorophenols. The parameters affecting the responses such as pH, sca...

  3. 2-Chlorophenol Removal of Aqueous Solution Using Advanced Oxidation Processes Resulting from Iron/ Persulfate and Ultra Violet/ Persulfate

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    Shokufeh Astereki

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Background: Advanced oxidation processes are used to remove toxic aromatic compounds with low biodegradability, such as 2-chlorophenol. This study investigated the use of sulfate (SO4- and persulfate (S2O82- radicals, as one of the advanced oxidation methods, to remove 2- chlorophenol from aquatic solutions. Methods: This experimental and pilot-scale study was carried out using two chemical batch reactors; one of the reactors equipped with UV lamps and the other was on the hot plate. In iron/ persulfate (Fe/S2O82- and ultra violet/ persulfate (UV/S2O82- processes different parameters were investigated. Results: Iron, UV, the initial pH of the solution, persulfate concentration have considerable effects on the elimination of 2-chlorophenol in both processes. In both processes, the maximum elimination occurred in acidic conditions. The elimination efficiency was increased by increasing the concentration of 2-chlorophenol and UV intensity, and also by decreasing the concentration of persulfate and iron. Accordingly, in iron/ persulfate and ultra violet/ persulfate processes 2-chlorophenol was eliminated with 99.96% and 99.58% efficiencies, respectively. Conclusion: Sulfate radicals produced from activated persulfate ions with hot-Fe ion and UV radiation have significant impact on the removal of 2-chlorophenol. Therefore, the processes of Fe/S2O82- and UV/S2O82- can be regarded as good choices for industrial wastewater treatment plants operators in the future.

  4. Advanced worker protection system

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    The Department of Energy (DOE) is in the process of defining the magnitude and diversity of Decontamination and Decommissioning (D ampersand D) obligations at its numerous sites. The DOE believes that existing technologies are inadequate to solve many challenging problems such as how to decontaminate structures and equipment cost effectively, what to do with materials and wastes generated, and how to adequately protect workers and the environment. Preliminary estimates show a tremendous need for effective use of resources over a relatively long period (over 30 years). Several technologies are being investigated which can potentially reduce D ampersand D costs while providing appropriate protection to DOE workers. The DOE recognizes that traditional methods used by the EPA in hazardous waste site clean up activities are insufficient to provide the needed protection and worker productivity demanded by DOE D ampersand D programs. As a consequence, new clothing and equipment which can adequately protect workers while providing increases in worker productivity are being sought for implementation at DOE sites. This project describes the development of an Advanced Worker Protection System (AWPS) which will include a life-support backpack with liquid air for cooling and as a supply of breathing gas, protective clothing, respirators, communications, and support equipment

  5. Advanced worker protection system

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    Caldwell, B.; Duncan, P.; Myers, J. [Oceaneering Space Systems, Houston, TX (United States)

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    The Department of Energy (DOE) is in the process of defining the magnitude and diversity of Decontamination and Decommissioning (D&D) obligations at its numerous sites. The DOE believes that existing technologies are inadequate to solve many challenging problems such as how to decontaminate structures and equipment cost effectively, what to do with materials and wastes generated, and how to adequately protect workers and the environment. Preliminary estimates show a tremendous need for effective use of resources over a relatively long period (over 30 years). Several technologies are being investigated which can potentially reduce D&D costs while providing appropriate protection to DOE workers. The DOE recognizes that traditional methods used by the EPA in hazardous waste site clean up activities are insufficient to provide the needed protection and worker productivity demanded by DOE D&D programs. As a consequence, new clothing and equipment which can adequately protect workers while providing increases in worker productivity are being sought for implementation at DOE sites. This project describes the development of an Advanced Worker Protection System (AWPS) which will include a life-support backpack with liquid air for cooling and as a supply of breathing gas, protective clothing, respirators, communications, and support equipment.

  6. Multinational Firms and Heterogeneous Workers

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    Mario Larch; Wolfgang Lechthaler

    2008-01-01

    In the presence of increasing specialization of workers it becomes more and more difficult for firms to find the most suitable workers. In such an environment a multinational corporation has an advantage because it can exchange workers between plants in different countries. In this way it can draw on a larger labor market pool, reducing the mismatch of its workforce. This paper analyzes the consequences of this advantage for production, employment and, most prominently, wages. We are able to ...

  7. Quantitative Analysis of the Relative Transcript Levels of Four Chlorophenol Reductive Dehalogenase Genes in Desulfitobacterium hafniense PCP-1 Exposed to Chlorophenols

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    Bisaillon, Ariane; Beaudet, Réjean; Lépine, François; Villemur, Richard

    2011-01-01

    Relative to those of unexposed cultures, the transcript levels of the four CprA-type reductive dehalogenase genes (cprA2, cprA3, cprA4, and cprA5) in Desulfitobacterium hafniense PCP-1 were measured in cultures exposed to chlorophenols. In 2,4,6-trichlorophenol-amended cultures, cprA2 and cprA3 were upregulated, as was cprA5, but concomitantly with the appearance of 2,4-dichlorophenol (DCP). In 3,5-DCP-amended cultures, only cprA5 was upregulated. In pentachlorophenol-amended cultures grown f...

  8. One-bath synthesis of hydrophilic molecularly imprinted quantum dots for selective recognition of chlorophenol

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    Tai Ye; Shi Yan Lu; Qin Qin Hu; Xin Jiang; Guo Fen Wei; Jing Jing Wang; Jian Quan Lu

    2011-01-01

    A simple one-bath strategy has been developed to synthesize a novel CdTe@SiO2@MIP (molecularly imprinted and silica-functionalized CdTe quantum dots, MISFQDs), in which a silica shell was coated on the surface of CdTe quantum dots (CdTe@SiO2 QDs) and then a polymer for selective recognition of 4-chlorophenol (4-CP) was constructed on the surface of CdTe@SiO2 QDs using mercaptoacetic acid as stabilizer, 3-aminopropyl-trimethoxysilane (APTES) as functional monomers and tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) as crosslink agent. The structures of CdTe@SiO2@MIP were analyzed by ultraviolet-visible absorption, Fluorescence, FT-IR spectrum and powder X-ray diffraction. The application and characterization of the CdTe@SiO2@MIP were investigated by experiments. All results indicated that the CdTe@SiO2@MIP can selectively recognize 4-chlorophenol.

  9. Study on the reaction of chlorophenols in room temperature ionic liquids with ionizing radiation

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    Kimura, Atsushi; Taguchi, Mitsumasa; Kondoh, Takafumi; Yang, Jinfeng; Yoshida, Yoichi; Hirota, Koichi

    2008-10-01

    The effects of cations and anions of room temperature ionic liquids (RTILs) on the decomposition of chlorophenols and formation of phenol were investigated by gamma and pulse radiolyses. Absorption bands were observed for aliphatic RTILs just after pulsed electron irradiation, and were assigned as solvated electrons. The decomposition yield of chlorophenol (CP), G(-CP), and the formation yield of phenol, G(Phenol), in RTILs, in which solvated electrons were observed, were higher than those in RTILs, in which the solvated electrons were not detected. G(-CP) and G(Phenol) increased with the viscosity of the RTILs which have diethylmethyl(2-methoxyethyl)ammonium (DEMMA) as cation. G(Phenol) in DEMMA-bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide (TFSI) having high viscosity was higher than that in trimethylpropylammonium (TMPA)-TFSI having low viscosity. The ratios of G(Phenol)/ G(-CP) were not affected by the substituted position of chlorine on CP in RTILs.

  10. Evaluation of toxicity and genotoxicity of 2-chlorophenol on bacteria, fish and human cells.

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    Vlastos, Dimitris; Antonopoulou, Maria; Konstantinou, Ioannis

    2016-05-01

    Due to the extensive use of chlorophenols (CPs) in anthropogenic activities, 2-Chlorophenol (2-CP), among other CPs, can enter aquatic ecosystems and can be harmful to a variety of organisms, including bacteria, fish and humans, that are exposed directly and/or indirectly to such contaminated environments. Based on the existing knowledge and in order to move a step forward, the purpose of this study is to investigate the toxic and mainly the genotoxic effects of 2-CP using a combination of bioassays. The tests include the marine bacterium Vibrio fischeri and micronuclei induction in the erythrocytes of Carassius auratus as well as in cultured human lymphocytes. The results obtained reveal that 2-CP is able to induce dose-dependent toxic and genotoxic effects on the selected tested concentrations under the specific experimental conditions. PMID:26897408

  11. Study on the reaction of chlorophenols in room temperature ionic liquids with ionizing radiation

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    Kimura, Atsushi [Japan Atomic Energy Agency, 1233 Watanuki, Takasaki, Gunma 370-1292 (Japan)], E-mail: kimura.atsushi81@jaea.go.jp; Taguchi, Mitsumasa [Japan Atomic Energy Agency, 1233 Watanuki, Takasaki, Gunma 370-1292 (Japan); Kondoh, Takafumi; Yang, Jinfeng; Yoshida, Yoichi [Osaka University, 8-1 Mihogaoka, Ibaraki, Osaka (Japan); Hirota, Koichi [Japan Atomic Energy Agency, 1233 Watanuki, Takasaki, Gunma 370-1292 (Japan)

    2008-10-15

    The effects of cations and anions of room temperature ionic liquids (RTILs) on the decomposition of chlorophenols and formation of phenol were investigated by gamma and pulse radiolyses. Absorption bands were observed for aliphatic RTILs just after pulsed electron irradiation, and were assigned as solvated electrons. The decomposition yield of chlorophenol (CP), G(-CP), and the formation yield of phenol, G(Phenol), in RTILs, in which solvated electrons were observed, were higher than those in RTILs, in which the solvated electrons were not detected. G(-CP) and G(Phenol) increased with the viscosity of the RTILs which have diethylmethyl(2-methoxyethyl)ammonium (DEMMA) as cation. G(Phenol) in DEMMA-bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide (TFSI) having high viscosity was higher than that in trimethylpropylammonium (TMPA)-TFSI having low viscosity. The ratios of G(Phenol)/G(-CP) were not affected by the substituted position of chlorine on CP in RTILs.

  12. Screening of a microbial consortium for highly simultaneous degradation of lignocellulose and chlorophenols.

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    Liang, Jiajin; Peng, Xiang; Yin, Dexing; Li, Beiyin; Wang, Dehan; Lin, Yunqin

    2015-08-01

    In this work, spent mushroom substrates were utilized for screening a microbial consortium with highly simultaneous degradation of lignocellulose and chlorophenols. The desired microbial consortium OEM1 was gained through successive cultivation for about 50 generations and its stability of composition was verified by denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) during screening process. It could degrade lignocellulose and chlorophenols at around 50% and 100%, respectively, within 7days. The diversity analysis and the growth characteristics of OEM1 during degradation process were investigated by PCR-DGGE combined with clone and sequence. The results indicated that OEM1 consisted of 31 strains. Proteobacteria and Bacteroidetes were the predominant bacterial groups. The dynamic change of OEM1 illustrated that consortium community structure was effected by pH and substrate alteration and tended to be stable after 6days' cultivation. Furthermore, bacteria (11 strains) and actinomycetes (2 strains) were obtained based on plate isolation and identified via 16S rDNA sequence. PMID:25974352

  13. Mathematical Model of In-situ Ozonation for the Remediation of 2-Chlorophenol Contaminated Soil

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    张晖; 宋孟浩; 黄金宝

    2003-01-01

    A microscopic diffusion-reaction model was developed to simulate in-situ ozonation for the remediation of contaminated soil, i.e., to predict the temporal and spatial distribution of target contaminant in the subsurface.The sequential strategy was employed to obtain the numerical solution of the model using finite difference method. A non-uniform grid of discretization points was employed to increase the accuracy of the numerical solution by means of coordinate transformation. One-dimensional column tests were conducted to verify the model. The column was packed with simulated soils that were spiked with 2-chlorophenol. Ozone gas passed through the column at a flow rate of 100 ml·min-1. The residual 2-chlorophenol content at different depths of the column was determined at fixed time intervals. Compared the experimental data with the simulated values, it was found that the mathematical model fitted data well during most time of the experiment.

  14. Adsorbed states of chlorophenol on Cu(110) and controlled switching of single-molecule junctions

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    Okuyama, H.; Kitaguchi, Y.; Hattori, T.; Ueda, Y.; Ferrer, N. G.; Hatta, S.; Aruga, T.

    2016-06-01

    A molecular junction of substituted benzene (chlorophenol) is fabricated and controlled by using a scanning tunneling microscope (STM). Prior to the junction formation, the bonding geometry of the molecule on the surface is characterized by STM and electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS). EELS shows that the OH group of chlorophenol is dissociated on Cu(110) and that the molecule is bonded nearly flat to the surface via an O atom, with the Cl group intact. We demonstrate controlled contact of an STM tip to the "available" Cl group and lift-up of the molecule while it is anchored to the surface via an O atom. The asymmetric bonding motifs of the molecule to the electrodes allow for reversible control of the junction.

  15. Photocatalytic degradation of 2-chlorophenol: a study of kinetics, intermediates and biodegradability

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    The kinetics of photocatalytic (TiO2/UV) degradation of 2-chlorophenol (2-CP), characterization of intermediates and induction of biodegradability in treated chlorophenol solutions is reported. Approximately 95% of the 2-CP is removed in approximately 2 h at pH 5 and 0.2 g TiO2 l-1 when the 2-CP concentration is ≤100 mg l-1; the pseudo-first-order rate constant (k) is estimated to be 0.0183 min-1. GC-MS analyses detected phenol, catechol, hydroxyhydroquinone (HHQ), and chlorohydroquinone (CHQ) intermediates during the short irradiation time (<1 h); however two other higher carbon intermediates 2-hydroxy-benzaldehyde (HB) and [1.1'-biphenyl]-2,2'-diol (BPD) are found as major intermediates over longer irradiation times. The biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) of treated 2-CP solutions improved substantially. A tentative mechanistic pathway to explain formation of higher carbon intermediates is presented

  16. Purification and characterization of chlorophenol 4-monooxygenase from Burkholderia cepacia AC1100.

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    Xun, L

    1996-01-01

    Burkholderia (formerly Pseudomonas) cepacia AC1100 mineralizes the herbicide 2,4,5-trichlorophenoxyacetate (2,4,5-T), and the first intermediate of 2,4,5-T degradation is 2,4,5-trichlorophenol. Chlorophenol 4-monooxygenase activity responsible for 2,4,5-trichlorophenol degradation was detected in the cell extract. The enzyme consisted of two components separated during purification, and both were purified to more than 95% homogeneity. The reconstituted enzyme catalyzed the hydroxylation of se...

  17. Phenoxy herbicides and chlorophenols: a case control study on soft tissue sarcoma and malignant lymphoma.

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    Smith, J G; Christophers, A.J.

    1992-01-01

    A case control study on patients with soft tissue sarcoma and malignant lymphoma was undertaken to test whether there was any association between these diseases and past exposure to chlorinated phenoxy acid herbicides or chlorophenols. It was carried out over the period 1982-1988 in Victoria, Australia. Thirty males with soft tissue sarcoma and 52 males with malignant lymphoma were matched by age, place of residence and sex with one population control and one cancer control each. Exposure was...

  18. Prediction of Environmental Properties for Chlorophenols with Posetic Quantitative Super-Structure/Property Relationships (QSSPR)

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    Douglas J. Kleinc; Ovidiu Ivanciuc; Teodora Ivanciuc

    2006-01-01

    Due to their widespread use in bactericides, insecticides, herbicides, andfungicides, chlorophenols represent an important source of soil contaminants. Theenvironmental fate of these chemicals depends on their physico-chemical properties. In theabsence of experimental values for these physico-chemical properties, one can use predictedvalues computed with quantitative structure-property relationships (QSPR). As analternative to correlations to molecular structure we have studied the super-stru...

  19. Determination of chlorophenols in environmental samples using electromembrane extraction and capillary electrophoresis

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    Šlampová, Andrea

    2013-01-01

    Combination of electromembrane extraction (EME) with capillary electrophoresis (CE) was used for determination of trace level chlorophenols (CPs) in environmental water samples. The analytes were transported across supported liquid membrane (SLM), composed of 1-ethyl-2-nitrobenzene (ENB), by the application of electrical field. A driving force of 150 V was applied to extract the analytes from neutral sample (donor solution) into strongly alkaline acceptor solutions. The acceptor soluti...

  20. Pentachlorophenol and Cancer Risk: Focusing the Lens on Specific Chlorophenols and Contaminants

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    Cooper, Glinda S.; Jones, Samantha

    2008-01-01

    Objective Pentachlorophenol, a fungicide widely used as a wood preservative, was classified in 1999 by the International Agency for Research on Cancer as a possible human carcinogen. We reviewed currently available data to determine the extent to which recent studies assist in distinguishing the effect of pentachlorophenol from that of its contaminants (e.g., dioxins and other chlorophenols). Data sources and extraction We performed a systematic review of published studies pertaining to cance...

  1. Transcriptional Regulation of the cpr Gene Cluster in ortho-Chlorophenol-Respiring Desulfitobacterium dehalogenans

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    Smidt, H.; Leest, de, H.T.J.I.; Oost, van der, J.; De Vos

    2000-01-01

    To characterize the expression and possible regulation of reductive dehalogenation in halorespiring bacteria, a 11.5-kb genomic fragment containing the o-chlorophenol reductive dehalogenase-encoding cprBA genes of the gram-positive bacterium Desulfitobacterium dehalogenans was subjected to detailed molecular characterization. Sequence analysis revealed the presence of eight designated genes with the order cprTKZEBACD and with the same polarity except for cprT. The deduced cprC and cprK gene p...

  2. Technology Choice, Relative Performance Pay, and Worker Heterogeneity

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    Matthias Kräkel; Anja Schöttner

    2010-01-01

    We identify a new problem that may arise when heterogeneous workers are motivated by relative performance pay: If workers' abilities and the production technology are complements, the firm may prefer not to adopt a more advanced technology even though this technology would costlessly increase each worker.s productivity. Due to the complementarity between ability and technology, under technology adoption the productivity of a more able worker increases more strongly than the productivity of a ...

  3. Quantitative structure activity relationship and toxicity mechanisms of chlorophenols on cells in vitro

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    JIANG Jie; CHEN Jiangning; YU Hongxia; ZHANG Feng; ZHANG Junfeng; WANG Liansheng

    2004-01-01

    3-(4,5-dimethylthiazd-2-yl)-2,5-diphenylentrazolium bromide (MTT) reduction assay was used to investigate the acute toxicity of 8 different chlorophenols (CPs) on rat connective tissue fibroblast L929 cells and human liver cancer HepG2 cells. Combined with the data from Quantitative Structure Activity Relationship (QSAR) approach of CPs by using the octanol-water partition coefficients (Kow), an effective model was deduced to evaluate the cytotoxicity of these chemicals. Furthermore, the relationship between the structures of CPs and their cytotoxicity was proposed. The results show that 2-chlorophenol (2-CP), 4-chlorophenol (4-CP), 2,6-dichlorophenol (2,6-DCP), 2,4-dichlorophenol (2,4-DCP), 2,4,6-trichlorophenol (2,4,6-TCP) and 2,3,4-trichlorophenol (2,3,4-TCP) induced apoptosis, whereas, 2,3,5,6-tetrachlorophenol (2,3,5,6-TeCP) and pentachlorophenl (PCP)demonstrated more characteristic of necrosis than apoptosis.These results establish a good experimental base both for developing the comparative evaluation of toxicity of CPs in vitro and for elucidating the toxicity mechanisms of them.

  4. Degradation of 4-chlorophenol in aqueous solution by γ-radiation and ozone oxidation

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    2006-01-01

    The degradation of 4-chlorophenol (4-CP) by using gamma rays generated by a 60Co source in the presence of O3 was investigated. The radiolysis of 4-CP and the kinetics of 4-CP mineralization were analyzed based on the determination of total organic carbon (TOC). The influence of initial 4-CP concentration and the free radicals scavengers (such as NaHCO3 and t-butanol) on the 4-CP degradation was also studied. The results showed that when the radiation rate was 336 Gy·min(1, 4-chlorophenol at concentration of 10 mg·L(1 could be completely degraded at the radiation dose of 2 kGy. The degradation of 4-chlorophenol could be described by a first-order reaction model, the rate constant of 4-CP degradation by combined ozonation and radiation was 0.1016 min(1, which was 2.4 times higher than the sum of radiation (0.0294 min(1) and ozonation (0.0137 min(1). It revealed that the combination of radiation and ozonation resulted in synergistic effect, which can remarkably increase the degradation efficiency of 4-CP.

  5. Prediction of Environmental Properties for Chlorophenols with Posetic Quantitative Super-Structure/Property Relationships (QSSPR

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    Douglas J. Kleinc

    2006-09-01

    Full Text Available Due to their widespread use in bactericides, insecticides, herbicides, andfungicides, chlorophenols represent an important source of soil contaminants. Theenvironmental fate of these chemicals depends on their physico-chemical properties. In theabsence of experimental values for these physico-chemical properties, one can use predictedvalues computed with quantitative structure-property relationships (QSPR. As analternative to correlations to molecular structure we have studied the super-structure of areaction network, thereby developing three new QSSPR models (poset-average, cluster-expansion, and splinoid poset that can be applied to chemical compounds which can behierarchically ordered into a reaction network. In the present work we illustrate these posetQSSPR models for the correlation of the octanol/water partition coefficient (log Kow and thesoil sorption coefficient (log KOC of chlorophenols. Excellent results are obtained for allQSSPR poset models to yield: log Kow, r = 0.991, s = 0.107, with the cluster-expansionQSSPR; and log KOC, r = 0.938, s = 0.259, with the spline QSSPR. Thus, the poset QSSPRmodels predict environmentally important properties of chlorophenols.

  6. Preferential adsorption of pentachlorophenol from chlorophenols-containing wastewater using N-doped ordered mesoporous carbon.

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    Yang, Bin; Liu, Yunpeng; Li, Zhongjian; Lei, Lecheng; Zhou, Jie; Zhang, Xingwang

    2016-01-01

    Preferential removal of pentachlorophenol (PCP) from chlorophenols-containing wastewater has been attracted more attentions in wastewater treatment, since it is one of the most toxic pollutants. The adsorbent of N-doped ordered mesoporous carbon (M-OMC) with high BET surface area of 1901 m(2)/g, large pore volume of 1.64 cm(3)/g and uniform pore size of 3.45 nm has been successfully synthesized via evaporation-induced self-assembly (EISA) method. The effects of solution pH, pore structure of adsorbent and their surface chemical properties on PCP adsorption by M-OMC were investigated in comparison with ordered mesoporous carbon (OMC), and much higher PCP adsorption capacities of M-OMC were obtained. The significantly preferential adsorption of PCP was achieved in the treatment of tri-component wastewater including PCP, p-chlorophenol (CP) and 2.4.6-trichlorophenol (TCP), and its adsorption process well fitted the pseudo-second-order kinetics model and the Langmuir isotherm. The initial sorption rate of PCP was 103.5 μmol/(g/min), which was 2.97 times of TCP. It may be attributed to the intensification of π-π interaction between PCP and M-OMC with the nitrogen functional groups. Therefore, M-OMC is promising for removal of PCP in the adsorption pretreatment of chlorophenols-containing wastewater. PMID:26374540

  7. Silicon-doped carbon nanotubes: a potential resource for the detection of chlorophenols/chlorophenoxy radicals

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    Jiang Haihui; Zhang Dongju; Wang Ruoxi [Institute of Theoretical Chemistry, Key Laboratory of Colloid and Interface Chemistry, Ministry of Education, Shandong University, Jinan, 250100 (China)], E-mail: zhangdj@sdu.edu.cn

    2009-04-08

    Chlorinated phenols and chlorophenoxy radicals are known as predominant precursors for forming polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and dibenzofurans (PCDD/PCDF), which are highly carcinogenic and persistent organic pollutants (POPs). Density functional theory (DFT) calculations have been carried out to explore the potential possibility of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) serving as the resource for detecting and/or adsorbing these PCDD/PCDF precursors. Based on the calculated results on a pristine (8, 0) CNT and a Si-doped (8, 0) CNT with and without the presence of a 2-chlorophenol (2-CP)/2-chlorophenoxy radical (2-CPR), the typical representative of chlorophenols/chlorophenoxy radicals, we propose that pristine carbon nanotubes (CNTs) may be unsuitable for the desired applications due to their poor capability for catching chlorinated phenols/chlorophenoxy radicals, on the other hand, Si-doped CNTs are expected to be a potential resource for detecting and/or adsorbing (concentrating) these PCDD/PCDF precursors. The present results provide a guide to the relevant experimentalists, who are exploring novel applications of CNT-based materials in nanoscience and nanotechnology, and/or searching for suitable resources for detecting chlorophenols/chlorophenoxy radicals.

  8. Silicon-doped carbon nanotubes: a potential resource for the detection of chlorophenols/chlorophenoxy radicals

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    Jiang, Haihui; Zhang, Dongju; Wang, Ruoxi

    2009-04-01

    Chlorinated phenols and chlorophenoxy radicals are known as predominant precursors for forming polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and dibenzofurans (PCDD/PCDF), which are highly carcinogenic and persistent organic pollutants (POPs). Density functional theory (DFT) calculations have been carried out to explore the potential possibility of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) serving as the resource for detecting and/or adsorbing these PCDD/PCDF precursors. Based on the calculated results on a pristine (8, 0) CNT and a Si-doped (8, 0) CNT with and without the presence of a 2-chlorophenol (2-CP)/2-chlorophenoxy radical (2-CPR), the typical representative of chlorophenols/chlorophenoxy radicals, we propose that pristine carbon nanotubes (CNTs) may be unsuitable for the desired applications due to their poor capability for catching chlorinated phenols/chlorophenoxy radicals, on the other hand, Si-doped CNTs are expected to be a potential resource for detecting and/or adsorbing (concentrating) these PCDD/PCDF precursors. The present results provide a guide to the relevant experimentalists, who are exploring novel applications of CNT-based materials in nanoscience and nanotechnology, and/or searching for suitable resources for detecting chlorophenols/chlorophenoxy radicals.

  9. COMPARISON OF DIFFERENT ADVANCED OXIDATION PROCESSES DEGRADING P-CHLOROPHENOL IN AQUEOUS SOLUTION

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    H. Movahedyan ، A. M. Seid Mohammadi ، A. Assadi

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available In present study, degradation of p-chlorophenol using several oxidation systems involving advanced oxidation processes such as ultraviolet/H2O2, microwave/H2O2 and both in the absence of hydrogen peroxide in batch mode by photolytic pilot plant and modified domestic microwave oven was evaluated. The oxidation rate was influenced by many factors, such as the pH value, the amount of hydrogen peroxide, irradiation time and microwave power. The optimum conditions obtained for the best degradation rate were pH=7 and H2O2 concentration of 0.05 mol/L for ultraviolet/H2O2 system and pH=10.5, H2O2 concentration of about 0.1 mol/L and microwave irradiation power of about 600W for microwave/H2O2 system at constant p-chlorophenol concentration. The degradation of p-chlorophenol by different types of oxidation processes followed first order rate decay kinetics. The rate constants were 0.137, 0.012, 0.02 and 0.004/min1 for ultraviolet/H2O2, microwave/H2O2, ultraviolet and microwave irradiation alone. Finally a comparison of the specific energy consumption showed that ultraviolet/H2O2 process reduced the energy consumption by at least 67% compared with the microwave/H2O2 process.

  10. Human Security Workers Deployed in Austere Environments: A Brief Guide to Self-Care, Sustainment, and Productivity

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    Thomas F. Ditzler; Abigail D. Hoeh; Patricia R. Hastings

    2015-01-01

    Since the early 1990s, the human security movement has sought to expand the concept of security beyond the traditional military defense of national borders to focus on the intra-state security needs of populations at the individual level. Specific initiatives frequently address problems of population health, ethnic conflict, religious extremism, human rights, environmental or natural disasters, and other critical issues. For expatriate human security workers in the field, the environment may ...

  11. Optimal Workfare in a Society of Workers and Non-Workers

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    Claus T. Hansen; Torben Tranaes

    2000-01-01

    Most workers are only partially insured against unemployment. One reason is that high unemployment compensation creates a free rider problem when monitoring of job search behavior is limited; people who do not seek employment (non-workers) may nevertheless collect unemployment compensation. We show that unproductive workfare for unemployed workers may improve unemployment insurance if workers and non-workers value leisure differently. If they differ only with respect to productivity workfare ...

  12. Toxicity assessment of 4-chlorophenol to aerobic granular sludge and its interaction with extracellular polymeric substances

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    Wei, Dong; Wang, Yifan; Wang, Xiaodong; Li, Mengting; Han, Fei; Ju, Luyu; Zhang, Ge; Shi, Li; Li, Kai; Wang, Bingfeng [School of Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Jinan, Jinan 250022 (China); Du, Bin, E-mail: dubin61@gmail.com [School of Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Jinan, Jinan 250022 (China); Key Laboratory of Chemical Sensing & Analysis in Universities of Shandong, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, University of Jinan, Jinan 250022 (China); Wei, Qin [Key Laboratory of Chemical Sensing & Analysis in Universities of Shandong, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, University of Jinan, Jinan 250022 (China)

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    Highlights: • Toxicity of 4-CP to aerobic granular sludge process was evaluated. • 3D-EEM characterized the interaction between EPS and 4-CP. • Tryptophan was the main substance result in fluorescence quenching. • The mechanism of fluorescence quenching belongs to static quenching. - Abstract: The main objective of this study was to evaluate the toxicity of 4-chlorophenol (4-CP) to aerobic granular sludge in the process of treating ammonia rich wastewater. In the short-term exposure of 4-CP of 5 and 10 mg/L, ammonia nitrogen removal efficiencies in the batch reactors decreased to 87.18 ± 2.81 and 41.16 ± 3.55%, which were remarkably lower than that of control experiment (99.83 ± 0.54%). Correspondingly, the respirometric activities of heterotrophic and autotrophic bacteria of aerobic granular sludge were significantly inhibited in the presence of 4-CP. Moreover, the main components of extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) including polysaccharides and proteins increased from 18.74 ± 0.29 and 22.57 ± 0.34 mg/g SS to 27.79 ± 0.51 and 24.69 ± 0.38 mg/g SS, respectively, indicating that the presence of 4-CP played an important role on the EPS production. Three-dimensional excitation-emission matrix (3D-EEM) fluorescence spectroscopy further showed that the intensities of EPS samples were obviously quenched with the increased of 4-CP concentrations. To be more detailed, synchronous fluorescence spectra indicated that the interaction between EPS and 4-CP was mainly caused by tryptophan residues. The mechanism of fluorescence quenching belongs to static quenching with a formation constant (K{sub A}) of 0.07 × 10{sup 4} L/mol, implying the strong formation of EPS and 4-CP complex. The results could provide reliable and accurate information to determine the potential toxicity of 4-CP on the performance of aerobic granular sludge system.

  13. Studies on quality and vase life of cut Gerbera jamesonii cv. 'Balance' flowers by silver nanoparticles and chlorophenol.

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    Safa, Zakieh; Hashemabadi, Davood; Kaviani, Behzad; Nikchi, Narges; Zarchini, Mohammad

    2015-03-01

    Cut gerbera flowers are sensitive to microbial contamination and have a short vase life. Silver nanoparticles are used in various applications as an antimicrobial agent. An experiment was conducted to determine the effect of different concentrations of SNP and chlorophenol to extend the vase life and postharvest quality of gerbera (Gerberajamesonii cv. 'Balance') cut flowers. Cut gerbera flowers were kept in solutions containing 0, 5, 10 and 20 mg l(-1) SNP and/or 0, 5 and 10 mM chlorophenol for 24 hr; then held in vase solution containing 250 mg l(-1) 8-hydroxyquinoline sulphate and 3% sucrose. The maximum vase life (16.33 days) was observed in flowers held in solution containing 10 mg l(-1) SNP. The 5 mg l(-1) SNP plus 10 mM chlorophenol and 10 mg l(-1) SNP plus 5 mM chlorophenol inhibited bacterial growth in the vase solution. The minimum fresh weight loss (6.48 gr) during the vase period was observed for flowers kept in solution containing 20 mg l(-1)1 SNP. The results revealed that SNP and chlorophenol have the potential to extend vase life and enhanc the postharvest quality of cut gerbera cv. 'Balance' flowers. PMID:25895266

  14. Bioremediation of soils contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, petroleum, pesticides, chlorophenols and heavy metals by composting: Applications, microbes and future research needs.

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    Chen, Ming; Xu, Piao; Zeng, Guangming; Yang, Chunping; Huang, Danlian; Zhang, Jiachao

    2015-11-01

    Increasing soil pollution problems have caused world-wide concerns. Large numbers of contaminants such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), petroleum and related products, pesticides, chlorophenols and heavy metals enter the soil, posing a huge threat to human health and natural ecosystem. Chemical and physical technologies for soil remediation are either incompetent or too costly. Composting or compost addition can simultaneously increase soil organic matter content and soil fertility besides bioremediation, and thus is believed to be one of the most cost-effective methods for soil remediation. This paper reviews the application of composting/compost for soil bioremediation, and further provides a critical view on the effects of this technology on microbial aspects in contaminated soils. This review also discusses the future research needs for contaminated soils. PMID:26008965

  15. Identification, library synthesis and anti-vibriosis activity of 2-benzyl-4-chlorophenol from cultures of the marine bacterium Shewanella halifaxensis.

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    Moore, Sarah L; Berthomier, Lucile; Braganza, Chriselle D; MacKichan, Joanna K; Ryan, Jason L; Visnovsky, Gabriel; Keyzers, Robert A

    2016-07-01

    Summer Gut Syndrome (SGS) is caused by various Vibrio bacterial species and can have negative effects on aquaculture farms worldwide. In New Zealand, SGS is caused by Vibrio harveyii infecting King Salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha). To find leads for the prevention of SGS, we screened the inhibitory effects of 16 strains of Shewanella upon V. harveyii growth in competitive solid phase cultures. The detailed investigation of Shewanella halifaxensis IRL548 revealed 2-benzyl-4-chlorophenol (1), a known, commercially available antibacterial agent, as the major bioactive component. Synthesis of a small library of congeners to confirm the natural product identity and to provide a structure-activity relationship for the observed activity was also completed. Compound 1 exhibits moderate activity against two pathogenic microorganisms. PMID:27185331

  16. Workers of Acromyrmex echinatior leafcutter ants police worker-laid eggs, but not reproductive workers

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    Dijkstra, Michiel B.; van Zweden, Jelle Stijn; Dirchsen, Maria;

    2010-01-01

    Nonreproductive workers of many eusocial Hymenoptera 'police' the colony, that is, they attack reproductive sister workers or destroy their eggs (unfertilized; developing into haploid males). Several ultimate causes of policing have been proposed, including (1) an increase in colony productivity,...... reproductive workers. We infer that relatedness incentives are the most likely ultimate cause of the evolutionary maintenance of worker-egg policing in A. echinatior. (C) 2010 The Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved...

  17. [Carpal tunnel syndrome in workers engaged in the assembly of manufactured products in various industries in the province of Brescia].

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    Barbieri, P G

    1996-01-01

    Tests were carried out on five manual assembly departments in a variety of different factories, in order to assess the risks associated with the onset of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and to describe the prevalence of this disorder among exposed workers. The application of the risk analysis method proposed by the EPM Research Unit in Milan (Italy) demonstrated the presence of numerous jobs featuring both a high frequency of actions per minute and a total lack of recovery times, in addition to a variety of incongrous upper limb postures. The clinical and instrumental investigation diagnosed 76 cases of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome among the 170 exposed workers. 62% of the cases was bilateral and 24% was associated with Guyon Channel Syndrome. In two of the five departments reviewed, the carpal tunnel disorders detected were endemic, and featured unusually high prevalence. The situation had been seriously underestimated by the company technical and medical staff, resulting in a failure to call for the urgent adoption of individual protection and collective prevention measures. The authors recommend that an extensive and adequate occupational risk assessment analysis be performed: the local occupational health services could play a critical role in identifying the highest risk industries and the diseases diagnosed in a hospital environment. PMID:9148125

  18. Pyrolysis products of PCBs.

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    Paasivirta, J.; R. Herzschuh; Humppi, T; Kantolahti, E; Knuutinen, J; Lahtiperä, M; Laitinen, R; Salovaara, J; Tarhanen, J; Virkki, L

    1985-01-01

    Model compound studies which were previously done for impurities and environmental residues of chlorophenols and for wastes of chlorination processes were extended to the impurities and pyrolysis products of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). Model compounds were commercial products or synthesized and their structures proven by spectroscopic methods. These models were used as analytical reference substances in GC/ECD and GC/MS studies of the pyrolyzed PCB samples. In addition to previously kno...

  19. Use of polyoxyethylene-6-lauryl ether and microwave-assisted extraction for the determination of chlorophenols in marine sediments

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    Santana, Cristina Mahugo; Ferrera, Zoraida Sosa; Rodriguez, Jose J. Santana

    2004-10-25

    Microwave-assisted micellar extraction was optimised and applied to the extraction, prior to analysis by liquid chromatography with diode array spectrophotometric detection, of chlorophenols in marine sediment samples. This study was carried out using a non-ionic surfactant polyoxyethylene-6-lauryl ether as extractant. Parameters studied included surfactant concentration, pH of the solution, extraction time and power. Once the method was optimised, it was applied to different spiked marine sediments from coasts of the Canary Islands (Spain). The results obtained indicate that irradiation of 500 W for 2 min achieved the best extraction efficiency (100% recovery) and standard deviation values <10%. Detection limits were obtained in the range 1.2-12.7 {mu}g g{sup -1} for the chlorophenols studied. The proposed method provides a simple, fast and organic solvent-free procedure to analyse for chlorophenols in marine sediment samples.

  20. The influence of metal ions on the photocatalytic oxidation of 2-chlorophenol in aqueous titanium dioxide suspensions

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    This study investigated the effect of metal ions,such as Fe3+, Cu2+, Ni2+, Cr3+ and Zn2+, on the photocatalytic oxidation of 2-chlorophenol with illumination of 254 nm and 365 nm UV lights. Different metal ions have individual reduction potentials, and hence, their abilities to capture electrons also differ; the rates of 2-chlorophenol decomposition vary as well. This study was made to explore the relationships between the reduction potentials of different metal ions and their photocatalytic rates of 2-chlorophenol. Results show that when the reduction potential is greater than zero, regardless of illumination wavelength, the reaction rate increases with increasing reduction potentials of the metal ions. When the reduction potential is less than zero, the reaction rates are about the same for illumination of 365 nm or 254 nm UV lights. (author)

  1. Goal setting and worker motivation

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    Sebastian J. Goerg

    2015-01-01

    Employers want motivated and productive employees. Are there ways to increase employee motivation without relying solely on monetary incentives, such as pay-for-performance schemes? One tool that has shown promise in recent decades for improving worker performance is setting goals, whether they are assigned by management or self-chosen. Goals are powerful motivators for workers, with the potential for boosting productivity in an organization. However, if not chosen carefully or if used in uns...

  2. A multi-pronged approach to the search for an alternative to formaldehyde as an egg disinfectant without affecting worker health, hatching, or broiler production parameters.

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    Keïta, A; Huneau-Salaün, A; Guillot, A; Galliot, P; Tavares, M; Puterflam, J

    2016-07-01

    Research was carried out to determine the effectiveness of 4 hatching eggs disinfection processes (i.e., disinfecting products and administration method) using a multi-pronged approach assessing the reduction of microbial eggshell contamination, the effects on worker exposure, hatching results and broiler performance, and, finally, suitability for use in commercial hatcheries. The 4 disinfection processes were: sodium dichlorocyanurate (DC) by thermonebulization, hydrogen peroxide 6% by nebulization (HP6), electrolyzed oxidizing water (EOW) by fogging, and hydrogen peroxide 30% vapor (HP30). In order to meet commercial hatchery conditions, the tested products were applied in an experimental hatchery by aerial disinfection in a dedicated room, not sprayed directly onto the eggs. Compared to the untreated control group, eggshell microbial load was significantly decreased by over 1 log10 cfu per egg in groups DC and HP30. These results were confirmed during a second experiment. In addition, these 2 products comply with legal requirements on worker exposure. Fertility and hatching results were significantly higher in group HP30 than in group DC, with no impact on chick quality and subsequent broiler performance. Under these study conditions, the disinfection process (i.e., administration of the product, contact with the eggs and aeration) lasted 65 min in group DC vs. 135 min in group HP30. When considering commercial hatchery conditions, this difference in application time confers a clear advantage on the DC process. Moreover, the investment required for HP30 is much higher than for DC. Overall, HP30 presented a clear advantage for hatching results whereas DC is a relatively more practical and less expensive disinfection process. To our knowledge, this is the first report on the use of hydrogen peroxide vapor as an egg disinfection process. Further research is needed to confirm the results of this study under commercial hatchery conditions. PMID:26944969

  3. Evaluation of removal efficiency of 2-chlorophenol in aquatic environments by modified fly ash

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    Mohammad Malakootian

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Background: Chlorophenols are classified as priority toxic pollutants. These acidic organic compounds present a serious potential hazard for human health and aquatic life. Chlorophenols accumulate in water, soil and air due to high stability, and impart an unpleasant taste and odor to drinking water and can exert negative effects on different biological processes. Among the different methods of removal, adsorption process by low price adsorbents, such as fly ash (FA is common. Therefore, in this study, the effects of oxidation of FA as modified adsorbent were investigated when the adsorption of 2-chlorophenol (2-CP was increased. Methods: This experimental study was conducted from March to September of 2013. FA obtained from Zarand power plant (located in Kerman province was oxidized with potassium permanganate. Effective factors on the oxidation of FA, such as temperature, oxidation time and concentrations of oxidizers were optimized. Raw sewage of Zarand coal washing plant was tested under optimal conditions. All tests were carried out according to the standard methods book for the examination of water and wastewater. Results: Optimal condition for the preparation of oxidized FA was obtained at 70°C, 1 hour, and 1 mM of potassium permanganate concentration. The absorber obtained was able to remove 96.22% of 2-CP under optimized conditions (pH=3, 2 hours, adsorbent dose 0.8 g and room temperature. The removal efficiency of the real wastewater under optimal conditions was 82.1%. Conclusion: Oxidized FA can be used for the removal of this pollutant from industry wastewater due to its high efficiency of removal in real wastewater, it is easy and inexpensive to prepare and could modify the sorbent.

  4. Gas-phase polychlorinated naphthalene formation from chlorophenols

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    Kim, D.H.; Mulholland, J.A. [Georgia Inst. of Tech., Atlanta (United States); Ryu, J.Y. [Institute for Energy Utilization, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Tsukuba (Japan)

    2004-09-15

    Formation of polychlorinated naphthalenes (PCNs) in combustion processes was observed along with other halogenated aromatic compounds such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins (PCDDs) and polychlorinated dibenzofurans (PCDFs). Recent studies indicated the strong correlation between several PCN and PCDF isomers in municipal waste incinerator (MWI) fly ash, suggesting that the reaction pathways for the formation of PCN and PCDF might be very similar. Sakai and co-workers also reported that the amount of PCNs formed from the pilot-scale solid wastes incinerator was of the same order of magnitude as PCDD/Fs4. In previous studies in this laboratory, formations of PCNs with PCDDs/PCDFs from chlorinated phenols were observed in gas-phase pyrolysis and oxidation. Recently, we proposed PCN formation pathways from monochlorophenols7 based on reactions known to be formation of naphthalene from the recombination of cyclopentadienyl (CPDyl) radical combining with phenoxy radical coupling. Proposed PCN formation pathways are further extended to explain the isomer distribution of PCN congeners produced during slow combustion of each of the six dichlorophenols (DCPs). In this paper, the congener-specific PCN measurements from DCPs are presented, and PCDD and PCDF measurements are also presented to investigate the correlation between PCN and PCDDs/Fs formation in combustion.

  5. Uncovering the pKa dependent fluorescence quenching of carbon dots induced by chlorophenols

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    Zhang, Yu; Wang, Yu; Guan, Yafeng; Feng, Liang

    2015-03-01

    Fluorescence quenching induced by targets is always an alluring strategy to elucidate the possible photoluminescence origin of carbon dots. In this study, a new kind of N, S co-doped carbon dots (NSCDs) was synthesized and the fluorescence of NSCDs was surprisingly found to be quenched by chlorophenols (CPs) in a pKa dependent mode. Detailed investigation of this behavior demonstrated that phenolate was the responsible species and N and/or S dopants in NSCDs failed to play a role in the fluorescence quenching. Further evidence uncovered that the quenching was a static one, where a non-fluorescent intermediate was formed between electron-deficient C&z.dbd;O on the CDs surface and the electron-rich phenolic oxygen anion of chlorophenolate via nucleophilic addition. Moreover, one of the main photoluminescence origins of this kind of CDs was derived, namely surface emissive sites mostly attributed to carbonyl groups.Fluorescence quenching induced by targets is always an alluring strategy to elucidate the possible photoluminescence origin of carbon dots. In this study, a new kind of N, S co-doped carbon dots (NSCDs) was synthesized and the fluorescence of NSCDs was surprisingly found to be quenched by chlorophenols (CPs) in a pKa dependent mode. Detailed investigation of this behavior demonstrated that phenolate was the responsible species and N and/or S dopants in NSCDs failed to play a role in the fluorescence quenching. Further evidence uncovered that the quenching was a static one, where a non-fluorescent intermediate was formed between electron-deficient C&z.dbd;O on the CDs surface and the electron-rich phenolic oxygen anion of chlorophenolate via nucleophilic addition. Moreover, one of the main photoluminescence origins of this kind of CDs was derived, namely surface emissive sites mostly attributed to carbonyl groups. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Texts, figures and tables giving partial experimental procedures, detailed characterizations

  6. PCDD/F formation from chlorophenols by lignin and manganese peroxidases

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    Muñoz Fernández, María; Gómez-Rico Núñez de Arenas, María Francisca; Font Montesinos, Rafael

    2014-01-01

    Polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and polychlorinated dibenzofurans (PCDD/F) formation was studied, in vitro, with two different chlorophenol mixtures (group “di+tri” 2,4-dichlorophenol; 2,3,4-, 2,3,5-, and 3,4,5-trichlorophenols and group “tri+tetra+penta” with 2,4,5-trichlorophenol, 2,3,4,6-tetrachlorophenol and pentachlorophenol) and two different lignolytic enzymes, lignin and manganese peroxidase (LiP and MnP respectively), which can be found during the composting process of sewage sludg...

  7. Kinetics of cometabolic degradation of 2-chlorophenol and phenol by Pseudomonas putida

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    Xing-ping LIU

    2009-01-01

    In order to address the complex cometabolic degradation of toxic compounds,batch experiments on the biodegradation of 2-chlorophenol (2-CP) and phenol by Pseudomonas putida were carried out.The experimental results show that 2-CP has an inhibitory effect on cell growth and phenol degradation,which demonstrates that the interaction between substrates affects cell growth and substrate degradation.A kinetic model of cell growth and substrate transformation was also developed.The square of the correlation coefficient from the experiment was 0.97,indicating that this model properly simulates the cometabolic degradation of 2-CP and phenol.

  8. Oxidative Degradation of o-Chlorophenol with Contact Glow Discharges in Aqueous Solution

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    高锦章; 杨武; 刘永军; 陈平; 纳鹏君; 陆泉芳

    2003-01-01

    Contact glow discharge electrolysis (CGDE) of o-chlorophenol (2-CP) was investi-gated under different pH, voltages and initial concentrations. And the mechanism of the oxidationwas explored. The results suggested that the degradation followed the first order kinetic law;Fe2+ had a remarkable catalytic effect on the removal rate of o-chloropenol. In the presence ofFe2+, 2-CP underwent an exhaustive degradation, from which the major intermediates includedo-dihydroxybenze, p-hydroxybenze, p-benzoquione and carboxlic acids.

  9. Synthesis, characterization and application of an inorgano organic material: -chlorophenol anchored onto zirconium tungstate

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    Beena Pandit; Uma Chudasama

    2001-06-01

    Tetravalent metal acid (TMA) salt zirconium tungstate (ZW) has been synthesized, followed by its derivatization using para-chlorophenol (CP). The resulting compound is abbreviated as ZWCP. ZWCP has been characterized for elemental analysis, spectral analysis (FTIR), X-ray analysis and thermal analysis (TGA). Its chemical stability has been assessed in various mineral acids, bases and organic solvents. Ion exchange capacity (IEC) has been determined and distribution behaviour towards several metal ions in different electrolyte solutions with varying concentrations has been studied and a few binary separations achieved.

  10. Chlorophenol hydroxylases encoded by plasmid pJP4 differentially contribute to chlorophenoxyacetic acid degradation.

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    Ledger, T.; Pieper, D. H.; González, B.

    2006-01-01

    Phenoxyalkanoic compounds are used worldwide as herbicides. Cupriavidus necator JMP134(pJP4) catabolizes 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetate (2,4-D) and 4-chloro-2-methylphenoxyacetate (MCPA), using tfd functions carried on plasmid pJP4. TfdA cleaves the ether bonds of these herbicides to produce 2,4-dichlorophenol (2,4-DCP) and 4-chloro-2-methylphenol (MCP), respectively. These intermediates can be degraded by two chlorophenol hydroxylases encoded by the tfdB(I) and tfdB(II) genes to produce the resp...

  11. Non-thermal plasma induced decomposition of 2-chlorophenol in water

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    Lukeš, Petr; Člupek, Martin; Babický, Václav; Šunka, Pavel; Winterová, G.; Janda, V.

    Liptovský Mikuláš : Military Academy, 2003 - (Šutta, P.; Muellerová, J.; Bruner, R.), s. 64-65 ISBN 80-8040-195-0. [Symposium on Application of Plasma Processes/14th./. Liptovský Mikuláš (SK), 13.01.2003-18.01.2003] R&D Projects: GA ČR GA202/02/1026; GA MŠk ME 541 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z2043910 Keywords : corona discharge, water treatment, chlorophenol Subject RIV: BL - Plasma and Gas Discharge Physics

  12. COMPARISON OF DIFFERENT ADVANCED OXIDATION PROCESSES DEGRADING P-CHLOROPHENOL IN AQUEOUS SOLUTION

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    H. Movahedyan ، A. M. Seid Mohammadi ، A. Assadi

    2009-01-01

    In present study, degradation of p-chlorophenol using several oxidation systems involving advanced oxidation processes such as ultraviolet/H2O2, microwave/H2O2 and both in the absence of hydrogen peroxide in batch mode by photolytic pilot plant and modified domestic microwave oven was evaluated. The oxidation rate was influenced by many factors, such as the pH value, the amount of hydrogen peroxide, irradiation time and microwave power. The optimum conditions obtained for the best degradation...

  13. Notes from the Field: Respiratory Symptoms and Skin Irritation Among Hospital Workers Using a New Disinfection Product - Pennsylvania, 2015.

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    Hawley, Brie; Casey, Megan L; Cox-Ganser, Jean M; Edwards, Nicole; Fedan, Kathleen B; Cummings, Kristin J

    2016-01-01

    In March 2014, a new disinfection product, consisting of hydrogen peroxide, peroxyacetic acid, and acetic acid, was introduced at a Pennsylvania hospital to aid in the control of health care-associated infections. The product is an Environmental Protection Agency-registered non-bleach sporicide advertised as a one-step cleaner, disinfectant, and deodorizer. According to the manufacturer's safety data sheet, the product requires no personal protective equipment when it is diluted with water by an automated dispenser before use. On January 30, 2015, CDC's National Institute for Occupational Health (NIOSH) received a confidential employee request to conduct a health hazard evaluation at the hospital. The request cited concerns about exposure of hospital environmental services staff members to the product and reported symptoms among persons who had used the product that included eye and nasal problems, asthma-like symptoms, shortness of breath, skin problems, wheeze, chest tightness, and cough. PMID:27100053

  14. Temperature-induced phase changes in bismuth oxides and efficient photodegradation of phenol and p-chlorophenol.

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    Hu, Yin; Li, Danzhen; Sun, Fuqian; Weng, Yaqing; You, Shengyong; Shao, Yu

    2016-01-15

    A novel, simple and efficient approach for photodegrading phenol and p-chlorophenol, based on BixOy, was reported for the first time. Monoclinic Bi2O4 was prepared by the hydrothermal treatment of NaBiO3·2H2O. A series of interesting phase transitions happened and various bismuth oxides (Bi4O7, β-Bi2O3 and α-Bi2O3) were obtained by sintering Bi2O4 at different temperatures. The results demonstrated that the Bi2O4 and Bi4O7 phase had strong abilities towards the oxidative decomposition of phenol and p-chlorophenol and very high rates of TOC removal were observed. The characterization by XRD and XPS revealed that Bi(4+) in Bi2O4 and Bi(3.5+) in Bi4O7 were reduced to Bi(3+) during the reaction process. Singlet oxygen ((1)O2) was identified as the major reactive species generated by Bi2O4 and Bi4O7 for the photodegradation of p-chlorophenol and phenol. This novel approach could be used as a highly efficient and green technology for treating wastewaters contaminated by high concentrations of phenol and chlorophenols. PMID:26384997

  15. Effect Of Inorganic, Synthetic And Naturally Occurring Chelating Agents On Fe(II) Mediated Advanced Oxidation Of Chlorophenols

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    This study examines the feasibility and application of Advanced Oxidation Technologies (AOTs) for the treatment of chlorophenols that are included in US EPA priority pollutant list. A novel class of sulfate/hydroxyl radical-based homogeneous AOTs (Fe(II)/PS, Fe(II)/PMS, Fe(II)/H...

  16. CHLOROBENZENES, CHLOROPHENOLS, PHAS AND LOW CHLORINATED DIOXIN/FURAN POST-BOILER TOXICITY INDICATORS IN MUNICIPAL SOLID WASTE INCINERATORS

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    Research has sought indicator compounds for fast and less costly predictive monitoring of polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxin and furans, PCDD/F, toxic equivalent concentrations or TEQs. Studies have shown chlorobenzenes and chlorophenols had a good correlation with TEQ, suggesting ...

  17. Experimental and DFT study of the degradation of 4-chlorophenol on hierarchical micro-/nanostructured oxide films

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    Guerin, V. M.; Žouželka, Radek; Bíbová-Lipšová, Hana; Jirkovský, Jaromír; Rathouský, Jiří; Pauporté, T.

    2015-01-01

    Roč. 168, JUN 01 (2015), s. 132-140. ISSN 0926-3373 R&D Projects: GA MK(CZ) DF11P01OVV012 Keywords : 4-Chlorophenol degradation * DFT modeling * ZnO hierarchical nanostructures Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry Impact factor: 7.435, year: 2014

  18. Removal of 3-chlorophenol from water using rice-straw-based carbon

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    Wang Shanli [Department of Soil and Environmental Sciences and Center of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, National Chung Hsing University, Taichung 40227, Taiwan (China)]. E-mail: slwang@dragon.nchu.edu.tw; Tzou Yumin [Department of Soil and Environmental Sciences and Center of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, National Chung Hsing University, Taichung 40227, Taiwan (China); Lu Yihsien [Department of Soil and Environmental Sciences and Center of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, National Chung Hsing University, Taichung 40227, Taiwan (China); Sheng Guangyao [Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701 (United States)

    2007-08-17

    The removal of 3-chlorophenol (CP) from water by carbon derived from burning of rice straw was evaluated in this study. Rice straw was burned at 300 deg. C in the air to obtain rice carbon (RC). Scanning electron micrographs showed a highly porous structure of RC. NMR and FTIR spectroscopy suggested an enhanced aromaticity of RC and the presence of oxygen-containing functional groups. Adsorption of CP by RC was characterized by L-shaped nonlinear isotherms, suggesting surface adsorption rather than partitioning. The adsorption occurred most strongly when CP existed as a neutral species. The adsorption decreased with increasing pH due to increased deprotonation of surface functional groups of RC and dissociation of CP. The adsorption capacity determined by data-fitting to the Langmuir model was 14.2, 12.9, 11.4 and 4.9 mg g{sup -1} at pH 4, 6, 8 and 10, respectively. These results suggest that rice-straw-based carbon may be effectively used as a low-cost substitute for activated carbon for removal of chlorophenols from water.

  19. Bioconcentration of atrazine and chlorophenols into roots and shoots of rice seedlings

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    Su Yuhong [Research Center for Eco-environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 18 Shuangqing Road, Beijing 100085 (China); Chemistry Department, Xinjiang University, Urumqi 830046 (China); Zhu Yongguan [Research Center for Eco-environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 18 Shuangqing Road, Beijing 100085 (China)]. E-mail: ygzhu@mail.rcees.ac.cn

    2006-01-15

    Accumulation of o-chlorophenol (CP), 2,4-dichlorophenol (DCP), and atrazine (ATR), as single and mixed contaminants, from hydroponic solutions into roots and shoots of rice seedlings was studied following 48-h exposure of the plant roots. As single contaminants at low levels, the observed bioconcentration factors (BCFs) of CP and DCP with roots approximated the equilibrium values according to the partition-limited model. The BCF of atrazine with roots was about half the partition limit for unknown reasons. The BCFs of CP and ATR with shoots also approximated the partition limits, while the BCF for more lipophilic DCP with shoots was about half the estimated limit, due to insufficient water transport into plants for DCP. As mixed contaminants at low levels, the BCFs with both roots and shoots were comparable with those for the single contaminants; at high levels, the BCFs generally decreased because of the enhanced mixed-contaminant phytotoxicity, as manifested by the greatly reduced plant transpiration rate. - Uptakes of o-chlorophenol, 2,4-dichlorophenol, and atrazine at various levels from nutrient solution by roots and shoots of rice seedlings were investigated using a partition-limited model.

  20. Formation of PCDD/Fs in Oxidation of 2-Chlorophenol on Neat Silica Surface.

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    Mosallanejad, Seyedehsara; Dlugogorski, Bogdan Z; Kennedy, Eric M; Stockenhuber, Michael; Lomnicki, Slawomir M; Assaf, Niveen W; Altarawneh, Mohammednoor

    2016-02-01

    This contribution studies partial oxidation of 2-chlorophenol on surfaces of neat silica at temperatures of 250, 350, and 400 °C; i.e., temperatures that frequently lead to catalytic formation of polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and polychlorinated dibenzofurans (PCDD/Fs) from their precursors. We have identified 2,6-dichlorophenol (2,6-DCPh), 2,4-dichlorophenol (2,4-DCPh), and 2,4,6-trichlorophenol (2,4,6-TriCPh), but have detected no chlorinated benzenes (CBzs). The detected chlorinated and nonchlorinated DD/Fs comprise dibenzo-p-dioxin (DD), 1- and 2-monochlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (1-, 2-MCDD), 1,6-, 1,9-, 1,3-dichlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (1,6-, 1,9-, 1,3-DCDD), 4-monochlorodibenzofuran (4-MCDF), and 4,6-dichlorodibenzofuran (4,6-DCDF) at the reaction temperatures of 350 and 400 °C. However, at a lower reaction temperature, 250 °C, we have detected no PCDD/Fs. We have demonstrated that neat silica surfaces catalyze the generation of PCDD/Fs from chlorophenols at the upper range of the catalytic formation temperature of PCDD/F. The present finding proves the generation of PCDD/Fs on particles of fly ash, even in the absence of transition metals. PMID:26713881

  1. Capillary gas chromatography with atomic emission detection for determining chlorophenols in water and soil samples

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    Campillo, Natalia [Department of Analytical Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Murcia, E-30071 Murcia (Spain); Aguinaga, Nerea [Department of Analytical Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Murcia, E-30071 Murcia (Spain); Vinas, Pilar [Department of Analytical Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Murcia, E-30071 Murcia (Spain); Lopez-Garcia, Ignacio [Department of Analytical Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Murcia, E-30071 Murcia (Spain); Hernandez-Cordoba, Manuel [Department of Analytical Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Murcia, E-30071 Murcia (Spain)]. E-mail: hcordoba@um.es

    2005-11-03

    A purge-and-trap preconcentration system coupled to a GC equipped with a microwave-induced atomic emission detector was used to determine 2-chlorophenol (2-CP), 2,4-dichlorophenol (2,4-DCP) and 2,4,6-trichlorophenol (2,4,6-TCP) in water and soil samples. The analytes were previously leached from the solid matrices into a 5% (w/v) sodium carbonate solution using an ultrasonic probe. It was necessary to acetylate the compounds before purging them from the aqueous medium, which, at the same time, improved their chromatographic separation. After selecting the optimal experimental conditions, the performance of the system was evaluated. Each chromatographic run took 26 min, including the purge time. Detection limits for 5 ml water samples ranged from 23 to 150 ng l{sup -1}, which is lower than the limits reached using the methods proposed by the US Environmental Pollution Agency (EPA) for chlorophenols in water. For soil samples, detection limits were calculated for 7 g samples, the resulting values ranging between 80 and 540 pg g{sup -1} for 2,4,6-TCP and 2-CP, respectively. The accuracy of the method was checked by analysing a certified reference soil, as well as fortified water and soil samples.

  2. 2-chlorophenol sorption from aqueous solution using granular activated carbon and polymeric adsorbents

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    Ghatbandhe, A. S.; Jahagirdar, H. G.; Yenkie, M. K. N.; Deosarkar, S. D.

    2013-08-01

    Adsorption equilibrium and kinetics of 2-chlorophenol (2-CP) one of the chlorophenols (CPs) onto bituminous coal based Filtrasorb-400 grade granular activated carbon and three different types of polymeric adsorbents were studied in aqueous solution in a batch system. Langmuir isotherm models were applied to experimental equilibrium data of 2-CP adsorption. Equilibrium data fitted very well to the Langmuir equilibrium models of 2-CP. Adsorbent monolayer capacity Q Langmuir constant b and adsorption rate constants k a were evaluated. 2-CP adsorption using GAC is very rapid in the first hour of contact where 70-80% of the adsorbate is removed by GAC followed by a slow approach to equilibrium. Whereas in case of polymeric adsorbents 60-65% of the adsorbate is removed in the first 30 min which is then followed by a slow approach to equilibrium. The order of adsorption of 2-CP on different adsorbents used in the study is found to be in following order: F-400 > XAD-1180 > XAD-4 > XAD-7HP.

  3. Influence of humic acids of different origins on oxidation of phenol and chlorophenols by permanganate

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    He Di, E-mail: hedy1997@hotmail.com [State Key Lab of Urban Water Resource and Environment (HIT), Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin (China); Guan Xiaohong, E-mail: hitgxh@126.com [State Key Lab of Urban Water Resource and Environment (HIT), Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin (China); Ma Jun, E-mail: majun@hit.edu.cn [State Key Lab of Urban Water Resource and Environment (HIT), Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin (China); Yang Xue, E-mail: yangxue1_ok@163.com [State Key Lab of Urban Water Resource and Environment (HIT), Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin (China); Cui Chongwei, E-mail: cuichongwei1991@126.com [State Key Lab of Urban Water Resource and Environment (HIT), Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin (China)

    2010-10-15

    The influences of humic acids (HAs) of different origins, including two commercial HAs, three soil HAs and one aquatic HA, on phenols oxidation by permanganate were studied. The apparent second-order rate constants of 2-chlorophenol (2-CP)/phenol oxidation by permanganate in the presence of HAs at pH 7 followed the order of commercial HA (Shanghai) > soil HAs > commercial HA (Fluka) > aquatic HA. Moreover, the commercial HA (Shanghai) could accelerate the oxidation of different chlorophenols (CP) significantly under neutral condition. The FTIR analysis demonstrated greater content of C=C moieties and less amount of carboxylate, aliphatic groups and polysaccharide-like substances in soil HAs than in aqueous HA, suggesting that the increase of aromaticity in HA was beneficial to the oxidation of phenols by permanganate. The apparent second-order rate constants of 2-CP/phenol oxidation by permanganate in the presence of HAs correlated well with specific visible absorption (SVA) at 665 nm of HAs. High positive correlation coefficients (R{sup 2} > 0.75) implied that {pi}-electrons of HA strongly influenced the reactivity of 2-CP/phenol towards permanganate oxidation, which agreed well with positive correlation between Fluorescence Regional Integration (FRI) and the apparent second-order rate constants. The {pi}-{pi} interaction between HAs and phenols, the steric hindrance effect and the dissociation of phenols may affect the oxidation of phenols by permanganate in the presence of HA at pH = 7.0.

  4. Effect of chlorine content of chlorophenols on their adsorption by mesoporous SBA-15

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    Qingdong Qin; Ke Liu; Dafang Fu; Haiying Gao

    2012-01-01

    Studies on the effect of the chlorine content of chlorophenols(CPs)on their adsorption from aqueous solution by mesoporous SBA-15are important in understanding the mechanisms of CP adsorption.In this study,three CPs with different degrees of chlorine content(i.e.,2-chlorophenol,2,6-dichlorophenol and 2,4,6-trichlorophenol)were investigated.The effects of parameters such as temperature and solution pH were studied.The results showed that CP adsorption by SBA-15 increased with increasing number of chlorine substituents and depended strongly on the temperature and solution pH.Thermodynamic parameters such as Gibbs free energy change(ΔG0),enthalpy change(ΔH0)and entropy change(ΔS0)were also calculated.By comparison of the adsorption coefficient of CPs with varying physical-chemical properties(size,hydrophobicity and electron density),we propose that hydrophobic interactions between CPs and the SBA-15 surface,as well as electron donor-acceptor(EDA)complexes between oxygen of the siloxane surface of SBA-15(e--donor)and the π-system of the CPs(e--acceptor),were dominant adsorption mechanisms.

  5. Kinetics and Mechanism of Dechlorination of o-Chlorophenol by Nanoscale Pd/Fe

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    WEI Jian-jun; XU Xin-hua; LIU Yong

    2004-01-01

    Nanoscale Pd/Fe bimetallic particles were synthesized with an efficient method to dechlorinate o-chlorophenol. The nanoscale Pd/Fe particles were determined by transmission electron microscopy and BET specific surface area analysis. Most of the particles are in the size range of 20-100 nm. The BET specific surface area of synthesized nanoscale Pd/Fe particles is 12.4 m2/g. In contrast, a commercially available fine iron powder(<100 mesh) has a specific surface area of 0.49 m2/g. Batch studies demonstrated that the nanoscale particles can effectively dechlorinate o-chlorophenol. The dechlorination reaction takes place on the surface of synthesized nanoscale Pd/Fe bimetallic particles in a pseudo-first order reaction. The surface-area-normalized rate coefficients(kSA) are comparable to those reported in the literature for chlorinated ethenes. The observed reaction rate constants(kobs) are dominated by the mass fraction of Pd and the mass concentration of the nanoscale Pd/Fe particles.

  6. Biological treatment of para-chlorophenol containing synthetic wastewater using rotating brush biofilm reactor

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    A novel rotating brush biofilm reactor (RBBR) was used for para-chlorophenol (4-chlorophenol, 4-CP), COD and toxicity removal from synthetic wastewater containing different concentrations of 4-CP. Effects of major operating variables such as the feed 4-CP and COD concentrations and A/Q (biofilm surface area/feed flow rate) ratio on the performance of the biofilm reactor were investigated. A Box-Wilson statistical experiment design method was used by considering the feed 4-CP (0-1000 mg l-1), COD (2000-6000 mg l-1) and A/Q ratio (73-293 m2 day m-3) as the independent variables while the 4-CP, COD and toxicity removals were the objective functions. The results were correlated by a response function and the coefficients were determined by regression analysis. Percent 4-CP, COD and toxicity removals determined from the response functions were in good agreement with the experimental results. 4-CP, COD and toxicity removals increased with decreasing feed 4-CP and increasing A/Q ratio. Optimum conditions resulting in maximum COD, 4-CP and toxicity removals were found to be A/Q ratio of nearly 180 m2 day m-3, feed COD of nearly 4000 mg l-1 and feed 4-CP of less than 205 mg l-1

  7. Influence of humic acids of different origins on oxidation of phenol and chlorophenols by permanganate

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    The influences of humic acids (HAs) of different origins, including two commercial HAs, three soil HAs and one aquatic HA, on phenols oxidation by permanganate were studied. The apparent second-order rate constants of 2-chlorophenol (2-CP)/phenol oxidation by permanganate in the presence of HAs at pH 7 followed the order of commercial HA (Shanghai) > soil HAs > commercial HA (Fluka) > aquatic HA. Moreover, the commercial HA (Shanghai) could accelerate the oxidation of different chlorophenols (CP) significantly under neutral condition. The FTIR analysis demonstrated greater content of C=C moieties and less amount of carboxylate, aliphatic groups and polysaccharide-like substances in soil HAs than in aqueous HA, suggesting that the increase of aromaticity in HA was beneficial to the oxidation of phenols by permanganate. The apparent second-order rate constants of 2-CP/phenol oxidation by permanganate in the presence of HAs correlated well with specific visible absorption (SVA) at 665 nm of HAs. High positive correlation coefficients (R2 > 0.75) implied that π-electrons of HA strongly influenced the reactivity of 2-CP/phenol towards permanganate oxidation, which agreed well with positive correlation between Fluorescence Regional Integration (FRI) and the apparent second-order rate constants. The π-π interaction between HAs and phenols, the steric hindrance effect and the dissociation of phenols may affect the oxidation of phenols by permanganate in the presence of HA at pH = 7.0.

  8. Cultural workers in the making

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    Ashton, Daniel

    2013-01-01

    This article explores the situated practices through which higher education students understand ?becoming? cultural workers. Drawing on research with a media production studio operated by a UK higher education institution, this article examines how students understand themselves as nascent industry professionals and workers ?in-the-making? and connects this with critical debates on cultural workforce issues. This article reveals that while the studio as a work-based learning environment can e...

  9. Associations of job strain, isostrain, and job insecurity with cardiovascular risk factors and productivity in Mexican workers

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    Garcia Rojas, Isabel Judith

    2014-01-01

    Occupational psychosocial factors have been associated in previous research with cardiovascular diseases and low productivity. The paucity of data from developing economies including Mexico hampers the development of worksite intervention efforts in those regions. This study assessed the prevalence of psychosocial job factors (job strain, isostrain, their subdomains, and job insecurity) and their cross-sectional associations with cardiovascular risk factors and productivity in a sample of 2,3...

  10. A new method of chlorophenols decomposition based on UV-irradiation by XeBr-excilamp and their subsequent biodegradation

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    Sosnin, E. A.; Matafonova, G. G.; Batoev, V. B.; Christofi, N.

    2008-01-01

    The combined decomposition method of chlorophenols (CP) is offered. The method is based on photolysis of CP through XeBr-excilamp UV irradiation at 283 nm in a flow photoreactor with subsequent treatment of photolysis products by microorganism-destructor B. cereus isolated from an aeration pond of Baikal pulp-and-paper mill. At initial concentration of CP of 20 mg/l the polluted solutions can be utilized directly by means of biological treatment using B. cereus under aerobic conditions. However, if the initial CP concentration is higher than 20 mg/l, the polluted solutions are low biodegradable. It is shown, that the combined treatment is most effective method in this case. At initial CP concentration of 50 mg/l and higher it is suggested to use the deep preliminary UV-treatment with the purpose of removal 80-90 % of initial CP. It is revealed, that 4-CP is relatively persistent compound for B. cereus, easily decomposed by UV-radiation of XeBr-excilamp. As a result of subsequent biological treatment during 10 days the utilization of basic CP photoproducts is obtained. Experimentally, the preliminary UV-processing time was essentially less than that found earlier by E. Tamer, Z. Hamid, Aly A. (Chemosphere, 2006), where the half-life periods of initial CP were from 2.2 to 54 hours at the same value of initial concentration of CP. Correspondingly, the total CP decomposition process was accompanied by high power inputs. It is suggested to use mentioned above method for effective CP decomposition at high concentration values.

  11. Assessment of PCDD/Fs formation in the Fenton oxidation of 2-chlorophenol: Influence of the iron dose applied.

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    Vallejo, Marta; Fernández-Castro, Pablo; San Román, M Fresnedo; Ortiz, Inmaculada

    2015-10-01

    Toxic polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and dibenzofurans (PCDD/Fs) may be formed during remediation of chlorinated phenols via Fenton oxidation. To highlight the need for monitoring the production of toxic byproducts in these reactions, this work assessed the influence of iron dose (0.09-0.36 mM) on the Fenton oxidation of 2-chlorophenol (2-CP, 15.56 mM), a potential precursor of PCDD/Fs, by quantifying 2-CP removal and mineralization rates as well as byproducts yields, including PCDD/Fs. Although the increase in the iron dose showed positive contribution to 2-CP oxidation, under the operating conditions of the current study (H2O2 at 20% of the stoichiometric dose and 20 °C), there was no effect on the mineralization rate, and TOC and chlorine balances were far to be closed, depicting the presence of chlorinated organic byproducts in the reaction medium. After 4 h of treatment, the total PCDD/Fs concentrations increased by 14.5-39 times related to the untreated sample when the iron doses tested decreased from 0.36 to 0.09 mM, with preferential formation of PCDFs over PCDDs and dominance of lower chlorinated congeners such as tetra and penta-PCDD/Fs. The treatment with the highest iron dose (0.36 mM) exhibited the lowest PCDD/Fs yields and was thus most successful at mitigating toxic byproducts of the Fenton oxidation, leading to lower sample toxic equivalence (TEQ) value. PMID:26134538

  12. Reestruturação produtiva e saúde do trabalhador: um estudo de caso Restructuring of production and workers' health: a case study

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    Maria Silvia Monteiro

    1998-04-01

    Full Text Available Foi realizado um estudo de caso em uma empresa tendo como objetos da pesquisa a forma de administração praticada e os trabalhadores da área de produção, e como objetivo identificar os possíveis efeitos das estratégias participativas no trabalho sobre a saúde dos trabalhadores. Analisaram-se dados relativos à empresa: histórico, características da administração praticada, organização da produção e do processo de trabalho; e também dados relacionados aos trabalhadores da área de produção: idade, grau de escolaridade, percepção sobre o trabalho, vida familiar, vida social, lazer e morbidade referida. Concluiu-se que as características da administração praticada tiveram origem nas idéias vindas do Japão, incluindo a flexibilização da produção, a terceirização, a polivalência e a participação no trabalho. Para os trabalhadores, a participação no trabalho foi sempre referida de forma ambígua, alguns relatando efeitos positivos, como maior liberdade e respeito, com boas repercussões na vida dentro e fora do trabalho. Para uma parte da população estudada, as características da organização do trabalho praticada na empresa têm efeitos deletérios sobre sua saúde, gerando queixas de dificuldade para dormir, nervosismo, sonhos com o trabalho, dores de cabeça etc.We performed a case study on a company focusing on the form of management and the shop floor workers, in order to identify the possible effects of participant work strategies on workers' health. Data on the company included its history, type of management, and organization of both production and the work process. Data on shop floor workers included age, schooling, perceptions of work, family life, recreation, and self-reported disease history. We concluded that the characteristics of the management model adopted by the company originated from ideas imported from Japan, including flexibilization of production, outsourcing, performance of multiple tasks

  13. Usefulness of a PARAFAC decomposition in the fiber selection procedure to determine chlorophenols by means SPME-GC-MS

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    Morales, Rocio; Ortiz, M.C. [University of Burgos, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Sciences, Burgos (Spain); Sarabia, Luis A. [University of Burgos, Department of Mathematics and Computation, Faculty of Sciences, Burgos (Spain)

    2012-05-15

    In this work, a procedure based on solid-phase microextraction and gas chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry is proposed to determine chlorophenols in water without derivatization. The following chlorophenols are studied: 2,4-dichlorophenol; 2,4,6-trichlorophenol; 2,3,4,6-tetrachlorophenol and pentachlorophenol. Three kinds of SPME fibers, polyacrylate, polydimethylsiloxane, and polydimethylsiloxane/divinylbenzene are compared to identify the most suitable one for the extraction process on the basis of two criteria: (a) to select the equilibrium time studying the kinetics of the extraction, and (b) to obtain the best values of the figures of merit. In both cases, a three-way PARAllel FACtor analysis decomposition is used. For the first step, the three-way experimental data are arranged as follows: if I extraction times are considered, the tensor of data, X, of dimensions I x J x K is generated by concatenating the I matrices formed by the abundances of the J m/z ions recorded in K elution times around the retention time for each chlorophenol. The second-order property of PARAFAC (or PARAFAC2) assesses the unequivocal identification of each chlorophenol, as consequence, the loadings in the first mode estimated by the PARAFAC decomposition are the kinetic profile. For the second step, a calibration based on a PARAFAC decomposition is used for each fiber. The best figures of merit were obtained with PDMS/DVB fiber. The values of decision limit, CC{alpha}, achieved are between 0.29 and 0.67 {mu}g L{sup -1} for the four chlorophenols. The accuracy (trueness and precision) of the procedure was assessed. This procedure has been applied to river water samples. (orig.)

  14. 超顺磁性氧化石墨烯复合材料固定辣根过氧化物酶催化去除氯酚%Enzymatic removal of chlorophenols using horseradish peroxidase immobilized on superparamagnetic Fe3O4/graphene oxide nanocomposite

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    常青; 江国栋; 唐和清; 李娜; 黄佳; 吴来燕

    2015-01-01

    Magnetic Fe3O4nanoparticles were successfully deposited on graphene oxide sheets by ultra-sound-assisted coprecipitation. The nanoparticles were characterized using transmission electron microscopy, vibrating sample magnetometry, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The synthe-sized material was used as a support for the immobilization of horseradish peroxidase (HRP). The removals of 2-chlorophenol, 4-chlorophenol, and 2,4-dichlorophenol using the immobilized HRP were investigated. Batch degradation studies were used to determine the effects of the initial solu-tion pH values, reaction temperature, reaction time,H2O2and chlorophenol concentrations, and immobilized enzyme dosage on the removal of chlorophenols. The different numbers and positions of electron-withdrawing substituents affected the chlorophenol removal efficiency; the order of the removal efficiencies was 2-chlorophenol< 4-chlorophenol< 2,4-dichlorophenol. The oxidation products formed during chlorophenol degradation were identified using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. The biochemical properties of the immobilized HRP were investigated; the results indicated that the storage stability and tolerance to changes in pH and temperature of the immobi-lized HRP were better than those of free HRP. The nanoparticles were recovered using an external magnetic field, and the immobilized HRP retained 66% of its initial activity for the first four cycles, showing that the immobilized HRP had moderate stability. These results suggest that the immobi-lized enzyme has potential application in wastewater treatment.%采用超声辅助共沉淀法成功地将磁性Fe3O4纳米颗粒沉积在氧化石墨烯表面,利用透射电镜、磁滞回归曲线和X射线光电子能谱对材料进行了表征。将该材料作为载体固定辣根过氧化物酶,考察了固定化酶催化2-氯酚、4-氯酚和2,4-二氯酚降解反应,研究了溶液pH值、反应温度、反应时间、H2O2和氯酚浓度以及固定化

  15. Food Production, Management, and Services Programs. Food Service Worker. Performance Objectives and Criterion-Referenced Test Items.

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    To assist instructors in implementing Missouri's Vocational Instructional Management System into the Food Production, Management, and Services Programs, this guide sets forth the competencies identified and validated by occupational food service instructors and personnel from the food service industry. A minimum of two performance objectives per…

  16. Prevalence of Ocular, Respiratory and Cutaneous Symptoms in Indoor Swimming Pool Workers and Exposure to Disinfection By-Products (DBPs)

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    Guglielmina Fantuzzi; Elena Righi; Guerrino Predieri; Pierluigi Giacobazzi; Katia Mastroianni; Gabriella Aggazzotti

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    The objective of this cross-sectional study was to investigate the prevalence of self-reported respiratory, ocular and cutaneous symptoms in subjects working at indoor swimming pools and to assess the relationship between frequency of declared symptoms and occupational exposure to disinfection by-products (DBPs). Twenty indoor swimming pools in the Emilia Romagna region of Italy were included in the study. Information about the health status of 133 employees was collected using a self-adminis...

  17. The Effect of Training on the Productivity of Workers: A case Study of National Petroleum Investment Management Service (NAPIMS)

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    Training and development are required for staff to enable them work towards taking the organization to its expected destination. It is against the backdrop of the relative importance of staff training and development in relation to organization effectiveness. Every public servant undergoes one form of training or the other in the course of their jobs. This study is aimed at finding out the effect training has on the productivity of public servant in the National Petroleum Investment Managemen...

  18. Preconcentration and determination of lead and cadmium levels in blood samples of adolescent workers consuming smokeless tobacco products in Pakistan.

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    Arain, Sadaf Sadia; Kazi, Tasneem Gul; Afridi, Hassan Imran; Brahman, Kapil Dev; Naeemullah; Khan, Sumaira; Panhwar, Abdul Haleem; Kamboh, Muhammad Afzal; Memon, Jamil R

    2015-05-01

    The present study was aimed to evaluate the cadmium (Cd) and lead (Pb) levels in the blood samples of adolescent boys, chewing different smokeless tobacco (SLT) products in Pakistan. For comparative purpose, boys of the same age group (12-15 years), not consumed any SLT products were selected as referents. To determine trace levels of Cd and Pb in blood samples, a preconcentration method, vortex-assisted liquid-liquid microextraction (VLLME) has been developed, prior to analysis by flame atomic absorption spectrometry. The hydrophobic chelates of Cd and Pb with ammonium pyrrolidinedithiocarbamate were extracted into the fine droplets of ionic liquid (IL) 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate, while nonionic surfactant, Triton X-114 was used as a dispersing medium. The main factors affecting the recoveries of Cd and Pb, such as concentration of APDC, centrifugation time, volume of IL and TX-114, were investigated in detail. It was also observed that adolescent boys who consumed different SLT products have 2- to 3-fold higher levels of Cd and Pb in their blood samples as compared to referent boys (p < 0.001). PMID:25930204

  19. Heuristic for Task-Worker Assignment with Varying Learning Slopes

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    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available Fashion industry has variety products, so the multi-skilled workers are required to improve flexibility in production and assignment. Generally the supervisor will assign task to the workers based on skill and skill levels of worker. Since in fashion industry new product styles are launched more frequently and the order size tends to be smaller, the workers always learn when the raw material and the production process changes. Consequently they require less time to produce the succeeding units of a task based on their learning ability. Since the workers have both experience and inexperience workers, so each worker has different skill level and learning ability. Consequently, the assignment which assumed constant skill level is not proper to use. This paper proposes a task-worker assignment considering worker skill levels and learning abilities. Processing time of each worker changes along production period due to a worker learning ability. We focus on a task-worker assignment in a fashion industry where tasks are ordered in series; the number of tasks is greater than the number of workers. Therefore, workers can perform multiple assignments followed the precedence restriction as an assembly line balancing problem. The problem is formulated in an integer linear programming model with objective to minimize makespan. A heuristic is proposed to determine the lower bound (LB and the upper bound (UB of the problem and the best assignment is determined. The performance of the heuristic method is tested by comparing quality of solution and computational time to optimal solutions.

  20. Highly Selective Synthesis of Chlorophenols under Microwave Irradiation

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    Yawen Xiong

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    Full Text Available Oxychlorination of various phenols is finished in 60 minutes with high efficiency and perfect selectivity under microwave irradiation. These reactions adopt copper(II chloride (CuCl2 as the catalyst and hydrochloric acid as chlorine source instead of expensive and toxic ones. Oxychlorination of phenols substituted with electron donating groups (methyl, methoxyl, isopropyl, etc. at ortho- and meta-positions is accomplished with higher conversion rates, lower reaction time, and excellent selectivity. A proposed reaction mechanism is deduced; one electron transfers from CuCl2 to phenol followed by the formation of tautomeric radical that can be rapidly captured by chlorine atom and converts into para-substituted product.

  1. Job Enrichment and the Mentally Retarded Worker.

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    Morris, Jerry L.; And Others

    1981-01-01

    The effect of job enrichment on the production rate of 14 mentally retarded adult workers was evaluated. Job enrichment led to increases in standard rates of production for high IQ Ss and lower rates for low IQ Ss. (Author)

  2. The Foreign Workers and Foreign Workers' German.

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    Blackshire-Belay, Carol

    Foreign Workers' German (FWG) refers to the acquired German language skills of workers from various countries who were recruited to West Germany between 1955 and 1973 to fill menial, undesirable jobs. Contact between these workers and native German speakers was limited because of the nature of the foreigners' work, the tendency toward residential…

  3. Worker productivity and ventilation rate in a call center: Analyses of time-series data for a group of registered nurses

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    Fisk, William J.; Price, Phillip; Faulkner, David; Sullivan, Douglas; Dibartolomeo, Dennis

    2003-08-01

    We investigated the relationship of ventilation rates with the performance of advice nurses working in a call center. Ventilation rates were manipulated; temperatures, humidities, and CO{sub 2} concentrations were monitored; and worker performance data, with 30-minute resolution, were collected. Multivariate linear regression was used to investigate the association of worker performance with indoor minus outdoor CO{sub 2} concentration (which increases with decreasing ventilation rate per worker) and with building ventilation rate. Results suggest that the effect of ventilation rate on worker performance in this call center was very small (probably less than 1%) or nil, over most of the range of ventilation rate (roughly 12 L s{sup -1} to 48 L s{sup -1} per person). However, there is some evidence of worker performance improvements of 2% or more when the indoor CO{sub 2} concentration exceeded the outdoor concentration by less than 75 ppm.

  4. The adaptive significance of inquiline parasite workers

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    Sumner, Seirian; Nash, David R; Boomsma, Jacobus J

    2003-01-01

    Social parasites exploit the socially managed resources of their host's society. Inquiline social parasites are dependent on their host throughout their life cycle, and so many of the traits inherited from their free-living ancestor are removed by natural selection. One trait that is commonly lost...... is the worker caste, the functions of which are adequately fulfilled by host workers. The few inquiline parasites that have retained a worker caste are thought to be at a transitional stage in the evolution of social parasitism, and their worker castes are considered vestigial and non-adaptive. However...... a vital role in ensuring the parasite's fitness. We show that the presence of these parasite workers has a positive effect on the production of parasite sexuals and a negative effect on the production of host sexuals. This suggests that inquiline workers play a vital role in suppressing host queen...

  5. Mudanças nas formas de produção na indústria e a saúde dos trabalhadores Changes in the forms of industrial production and their effects on workers' health

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    Rita de Cássia Pereira Fernandes

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Buscou-se identificar possíveis determinantes de efeitos na saúde dos trabalhadores em indústrias plásticas. Descreve-se a organização da produção, trabalhadores e maquinário das áreas de produção e manutenção de catorze indústrias plásticas da Região Metropolitana de Salvador. Coletaram-se dados sobre política de desenvolvimento de cada empresa, mercado, procedimentos operacionais, exigências de produção e de qualidade e as regras formais da organização do trabalho. Implementam-se técnicas de gestão com forte exigência de redução do tempo da produção. O aumento do ritmo do trabalho, a redução de pausas e uma situação de alta demanda cognitiva impõem aos trabalhadores posturas anômalas para execução das tarefas com movimentos repetitivos. Demandas físicas e psicossociais (trabalho repetitivo, baixo controle dos trabalhadores sobre suas tarefas, pressão de tempo e insatisfação no trabalho compõem um universo de condições desfavoráveis para a saúde de trabalhadores. Mudanças na gestão da produção, de pessoal e dos negócios impõem novas exigências aos trabalhadores no desenvolvimento das tarefas, configurando novos fatores de risco para a saúde dos trabalhadores.This study aimed to identify determinants of health in workers of plastic industries. Production organization, machinery from maintenance and productive areas, and workers' characteristics of 14 plastic industries from Greater Salvador, Bahia State, Brazil, were described. Data were collected about development policy of each company; marketing, operational procedures; production and quality requirements, and formal rules of work organization. High strain management techniques for production time reduction have been implemented. The increase of work rhythm, reduction of break time, and a situation of high cognitive demand impose to workers anomalous body positioning for performing tasks that imply repetitive movements. Physical and

  6. Medical Surveillance for Former Workers

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    Tim Takaro

    2009-05-29

    The Former Hanford Worker Medical Monitoring Program, directed by the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Program at the University of Washington, served former production and other non-construction workers who were potentially exposed to workplace hazards while working for the USDOE or its contractors at Hanford. The USDOE Former Workers Program arose from Congressional action in the Defense Authorization of 1993 (Public Law 102). Section 3162 stated that, “The Secretary shall establish and carry out a program for the identification and ongoing medical evaluation of current and former Department of Energy employees who are subject to significant health risks as a result of exposure of such employees to hazardous or radioactive substances during such employment.” (This also covers former employees of USDOE contractors and subcontractors.) The key objective has been to provide these former workers with medical evaluations in order to determine whether workers have experienced significant risk due to workplace exposure to hazards. Exposures to asbestos, beryllium, and noise can produce specific medical conditions: asbestosis, berylliosis, and noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). Each of these conditions can be identified by specific, non-invasive screening tests, which are widely available. Treatments are also available for individuals affected by these conditions. This project involved two phases. Phase I involved a needs and risk assessment, characterizing the nature and extent of workplace health hazards which may have increased the risk for long-term health effects. We categorized jobs and tasks by likelihood of exposures to specific workplace health hazards; and located and established contact with former Hanford workers. Phase II involved implementation of medical monitoring programs for former workers whose individual work history indicated significant risk for adverse health effects. We identified 118,000 former workers, employed from 1943 to 1997

  7. Sorption of 2-Chlorophenol from aqueous solutions by functionalized cross-linked polymers

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    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available This manuscript describes the synthesis of three polymers based on styrene (STY, divinylbenzene (DVB and two different vinyl monomers: methyl methacrylate (MMA and acrylonitrile (AN. The STY-DVB, STY-DVB-MMA and STY-DVB-AN polymers were synthesized employing the aqueous suspension technique. Reaction yields were 73%, 81% and 75%, respectively. They were morphological and chemically characterized using different techniques. The extraction capacity of the polymers was evaluated using 2-chlorophenol. The polymer extraction capacities were evaluated varying contact time the (1 h, 3 h and 5 h, temperature (30 °C, 35 °C and 40 °C, and pH (3, 5.6 and 8. The STY-DVB-AN polymer was the most efficient; it removed around 95% of the analyte using a contact time 50 h.

  8. Hard coal as a potential low-cost adsorbent for removal of 4-chlorophenol from water.

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    Kuśmierek, Krzysztof; Zarębska, Katarzyna; Świątkowski, Andrzej

    2016-01-01

    The potential use of raw hard coals as low-cost adsorbents for the removal of 4-chlorophenol (4-CP) from aqueous solutions was examined. The effect of experimental parameters such as the pH and salt presence was evaluated. The kinetic studies showed the equilibrium time was found to be 2 h for all of the adsorbents and that the adsorption process followed the pseudo-second order kinetic model. The adsorption isotherms of the 4-CP on the hard coals were fitted to the Langmuir, Freundlich, Langmuir-Freundlich, Sips and Redlich-Peterson equations. Based on the results obtained, hard coals appear to be a promising adsorbent for the removal of some hazardous water pollutants, like 4-CP and related compounds. PMID:27120657

  9. Reversed flow injection spectrophotometric determination of low residuals of chlorine dioxide in water using chlorophenol red

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    2002-01-01

    A novel,simple,rapid,sensitive and highly selective flow injection procedure for the spectrophotometrie determination of chlorine dioxide in the presence of other chlorine species,viz,free chlorine,chlorite,chlorate and hypoehlorite,is developed.The method is based on the discoloration reaction between chlorine dioxide and chlorophenol red and can overcome the shortcomings existed in direct speetrophotometrie determination for chlorine dioxide owing to the serious interference of free and combined chlorine.The procedure gave a linear calibration graph over the range 0-0.71 mg/L of chlorine dioxide.With a detection limit of 0.024 mg/L and a sample throughput of 60 samples/h.

  10. Removal of chlorophenols from aqueous solutions by sorption onto walnut, pistachio and hazelnut shells

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    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available The efficiency of walnut, pistachio and hazelnut shells to remove three monochlorophenols (2-CP, 3-CP and 4-CP from aqueous solutions has been investigated. To describe the kinetic data pseudo-first and pseudo-second order models were used. The kinetics data were fitted better into the pseudo-second order model with the coefficient of determination values greater than 0.99. The k2 values increased in the order 4-CP < 3-CP < 2-CP. Sorption was also analyzed as a function of solution concentration at equilibrium. The experimental data received were found to be well described by the Freundlich isotherm equation. Effectiveness of chlorophenols removal from water on the walnut, pistachio and hazelnut shells was comparable. Individual differences in sorption of monochlorophenols were also negligible.

  11. Degradation of 4-Chlorophenol Solution by Synergetic Effect of Dual-frequency Ultrasound with Fenton Reagent

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    赵德明; 徐新华; 雷乐成; 汪大翚

    2005-01-01

    4-Chlorophenol (4-CP) solution was treated by dual-frequency ultrasound in conjunction with Fenton reagent, and obvious improvement in the 4-CP degradation rate was observed in this advanced oxidation process.Experimental results showed that ultrasonic intensity, saturating gas and pH value affected greatly the 4-CP removal rate. Among four different saturating gases (Ar, 02, air and N2), 4-CP degradation with Ar-saturated solution was the best. However, in the view of practical wastewater treatment, using oxygen as the saturating gas would be more economical. The addition of Fenton reagent followed the first-order kinetics and increased the 4-CP degradation rate.The 4-CP removal rate increased by around 126% within 15 rain treatment. The synergetic effect of dual-frequency ultrasound with Fenton reagent on 4-CP degradation was obviously observed.

  12. Oxidative Degradation of 4-chlorophenol in Aqueous Induced by Plasma with Submersed Glow Discharge Electrolysis

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    2005-01-01

    The oxidative degradation of 4-chlorophenol (4-CP) in aqueous solution induced by plasma with submersed glow discharge has been investigated. The concentration of 4-CP and the reaction intermediates were determined by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC).Various influencing factors such as the initial pH, the concentration of 4-CP and the catalytic action of Fe2+ were examined.The results indicate that 4-CP is eventually degraded into inorganic ion, dioxide carbon and water. The attack of hydroxyl radicals on the benzene rings of 4-CP in the initial stage of oxidative reactions is presumed to be a key step. They also suggest that the reaction is of a pseudo-first order kinetic reaction and the proposed method is an efficient way for the 4-CP degradation.

  13. Photoelectron and UV absorption spectroscopy for determination of electronic configurations of negative molecular ions: Chlorophenols

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    Tseplin, E.E. [Institute of Molecular and Crystal Physics, Ufa Research Centre, Russian Academy of Sciences, October Prospect 151, Ufa 450075 (Russian Federation)], E-mail: tzeplin@mail.ru; Tseplina, S.N.; Tuimedov, G.M.; Khvostenko, O.G. [Institute of Molecular and Crystal Physics, Ufa Research Centre, Russian Academy of Sciences, October Prospect 151, Ufa 450075 (Russian Federation)

    2009-04-15

    The photoelectron and UV absorption spectra of p-, m-, and o-chlorophenols in the gas phase have been obtained. On the basis of DFT B3LYP/6-311++G(d, p) calculations, the photoelectron bands have been assigned to occupied molecular orbitals. From the TDDFT B3LYP/6-311++G(d, p) calculation results, the UV absorption bands have been assigned to excited singlet states of the molecules under investigation. For each excited state a dominant transition was found. It has been shown that the energies of these singlet transitions correlate with the energy differences between the ground-state molecular orbitals participating in them. Using the UV spectra interpretation, the electronic states of molecular anions detected earlier for the same compounds by means of the resonant electron capture mass-spectrometry have been determined.

  14. Sorption of chlorophenols and other halogenated organic compounds on soils in oil contaminated systems

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    In order to evaluate the sorption behaviour of chlorinated pollutants from landfill leachates often contaminated with oil, sorption experiments were performed with reference systems. Chlorophenols, chlorobenzenes and hexachlorocyclohexane-isomers (BHC-isomers) were used as reference componds in concentrations of 200 μg/l to 2 mg/l. Three standard soils were used, the oil consisted of a synthetic mixture of hexadecane/pristane (1:1) at concentrations ranging from 20 mg/l to 5%. At oil concentrations of 40 to 200 mg/l the sorption did not change compared to the system without oil. With increasing oil concentrations (up to 5%), adsorption of the compounds was significantly decreased, reaching nearly 100% desorption at low percent levels of oil. (orig.)

  15. 4-Amino-2-chlorophenol: Comparative in vitro nephrotoxicity and mechanisms of bioactivation.

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    Rankin, Gary O; Sweeney, Adam; Racine, Christopher; Ferguson, Travis; Preston, Deborah; Anestis, Dianne K

    2014-10-19

    Chlorinated anilines are nephrotoxicants both in vivo and in vitro. The mechanism of chloroaniline nephrotoxicity may occur via more than one mechanism, but aminochlorophenol metabolites appear to contribute to the adverse in vivo effects. The purpose of this study was to compare the nephrotoxic potential of 4-aminophenol (4-AP), 4-amino-2-chlorophenol (4-A2CP), 4-amino-3-chlorophenol (4-A3CP) and 4-amino-2,6-dichlorophenol (4-A2,6DCP) using isolated renal cortical cells (IRCC) from male Fischer 344 rats as the model and to explore renal bioactivation mechanisms for 4-A2CP. For these studies, IRCC (∼4×10(6)cells/ml) were incubated with an aminophenol (0.5 or 1.0mM) or vehicle for 60min at 37°C with shaking. In some experiments, cells were pretreated with an antioxidant or cytochrome P450 (CYP), flavin-containing monooxygenase (FMO), peroxidase or cyclooxygenase inhibitor prior to 4-A2CP (1.0mM). Lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) release served as a measure of cytotoxicity. The order of decreasing nephrotoxic potential in IRCC was 4-A2,6-DCP>4-A2CP>4-AP>4-A3CP. The cytotoxicity induced by 4-A2CP was reduced by pretreatment with the peroxidase inhibitor mercaptosuccinic acid, and some antioxidants (ascorbate, glutathione, N-acetyl-l-cysteine) but not by others (α-tocopherol, DPPD). In addition, pretreatment with the iron chelator deferoxamine, several CYP inhibitors (except for the general CYP inhibitor piperonyl butoxide), FMO inhibitors or indomethacin (a cyclooxygenase inhibitor) failed to attenuate 4-A2CP cytotoxicity. These results demonstrate that the number and ring position of chloro groups can influence the nephrotoxic potential of 4-aminochlorophenols. In addition, 4-A2CP may be bioactivated by cyclooxygenase and peroxidases, and free radicals appear to play a role in 4-A2CP cytotoxicity. PMID:25446496

  16. Catalytic wet air oxidation of 2-chlorophenol over sewage sludge-derived carbon-based catalysts

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    Tu, Yuting [Institut de recherches sur la catalyse et l’environnement de Lyon (IRCELYON), CNRS – Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, 2 Avenue Albert Einstein, 69626 Villeurbanne Cedex (France); School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou 510275 (China); Xiong, Ya; Tian, Shuanghong [School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou 510275 (China); Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory of Environmental Pollution Control and Remediation Technology, Guangzhou 510275 (China); Kong, Lingjun [School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou 510275 (China); Descorme, Claude, E-mail: claude.descorme@ircelyon.univ-lyon1.fr [Institut de recherches sur la catalyse et l’environnement de Lyon (IRCELYON), CNRS – Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, 2 Avenue Albert Einstein, 69626 Villeurbanne Cedex (France)

    2014-07-15

    Highlights: • A sewage sludge derived carbon-supported iron oxide catalyst (FeSC) was prepared. • FeSC exhibited high catalytic activity in the wet air oxidation of 2-chlorophenol. • A strong correlation was observed between the 2-CP conversion, the iron leaching and the pH. • Using an acetate buffer, the iron leaching was suppressed while keeping some catalytic activity. • A simplified reaction pathway was proposed for the CWAO of 2-CP over the FeSC catalyst. - Abstract: A sewage sludge derived carbon-supported iron oxide catalyst (FeSC) was prepared and used in the Catalytic Wet Air Oxidation (CWAO) of 2-chlorophenol (2-CP). The catalysts were characterized in terms of elemental composition, surface area, pH{sub PZC}, XRD and SEM. The performances of the FeSC catalyst in the CWAO of 2-CP was assessed in a batch reactor operated at 120 °C under 0.9 MPa oxygen partial pressure. Complete decomposition of 2-CP was achieved within 5 h and 90% Total Organic Carbon (TOC) was removed after 24 h of reaction. Quite a straight correlation was observed between the 2-CP conversion, the amount of iron leached in solution and the pH of the reaction mixture at a given reaction time, indicating a strong predominance of the homogeneous catalysis contribution. The iron leaching could be efficiently prevented when the pH of the solution was maintained at values higher than 4.5, while the catalytic activity was only slightly reduced. Upon four successive batch CWAO experiments, using the same FeSC catalyst recovered by filtration after pH adjustment, only a very minor catalyst deactivation was observed. Finally, based on all the identified intermediates, a simplified reaction pathway was proposed for the CWAO of 2-CP over the FeSC catalyst.

  17. Single and mixture toxicity of pharmaceuticals and chlorophenols to freshwater algae Chlorella vulgaris.

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    Geiger, Elisabeth; Hornek-Gausterer, Romana; Saçan, Melek Türker

    2016-07-01

    Organisms in the aquatic environment are exposed to a variety of substances of numerous chemical classes. The unintentional co-occurrence of pharmaceuticals and other contaminants of emerging concern may pose risk to non-target organisms. In this study, individual and binary mixture toxicity experiments of selected pharmaceuticals (ibuprofen and ciprofloxacin) and chlorophenols (2.4-dichlorophenol (2,4-DCP) and 3-chlorophenol (3-CP)) have been performed with freshwater algae Chlorella vulgaris. All experiments have been carried out according to the 96-h algal growth inhibition test OECD No. 201. Binary mixture tests were conducted using proportions of the respective IC50s in terms of toxic unit (TU). The mixture concentration-response curve was compared to predicted effects based on both the concentration addition (CA) and the independent action (IA) model. Additionally, the Combination Index (CI)-isobologram equation method was used to assess toxicological interactions of the binary mixtures. All substances individually tested had a significant effect on C. vulgaris population density and revealed IC50 values ciprofloxacin>3-CP>ibuprofen. Generally, it can be concluded from this study that toxic mixture effects of all tested chemicals to C. vulgaris are higher than the individual effect of each mixture component. It could be demonstrated that IC50 values of the tested mixtures predominately lead to additive effects. The CA model is appropriate to estimate mixture toxicity, while the IA model tends to underestimate the joint effect. The CI-isobologram equation method predicted the mixtures accurately and elicited synergism at low effect levels for the majority of tested combinations. PMID:27045919

  18. Rotating biological contractor treatment of 2-nitrophenol and 2-chlorophenol containing hazardous wastes

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    Rotating Biological Contactors (RBCs) have a number of advantages over other biological treatment systems. For example, they can provide high treatment efficiencies of activated sludge systems with much lower energy inputs. Organic shock loads are handled well because large biomass is present. No bulking, foaming, or floating of sludge occurs and sludge has good settleability and dewaterability. Another advantage of RBC systems is the minimal labor requirement for operation and maintenance. Even though RBC systems have these advantages, their acceptance was slow mainly due to operational problems with the earlier units (such as shaft failures) and the lack of considerable design and operation data. A review of literature shows that there is only limited information available on the wastewater treatment with RBCs. Recently, there has been considerable contributions to the knowledge on RBC technology. However, information on the treatment of organic hazardous wastes using RBCs is still very limited. This paper reports that a considerable number of studies on the biological treatment of organic hazardous compounds was sponsored by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). For example, an EPA sponsored study examined the effect of such compounds on the performance of activated sludge process. Bench-scale continuous-flow and batch units were used. Influent was settled municipal wastewater to which toxic compounds were added. In batch operations, 2-chlorophenol and pentachlorophenol caused an increase in the effluent Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD) at an influent concentration of 5 mg/L. No adverse effect of 2-nitrophenol on the batch system was reports. 2-Chlorophenol was one of the compounds that upset the performance of continuous-flow activated sludge units, yielding higher than normal levels of effluent suspended solids

  19. Catalytic wet air oxidation of 2-chlorophenol over sewage sludge-derived carbon-based catalysts

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    Highlights: • A sewage sludge derived carbon-supported iron oxide catalyst (FeSC) was prepared. • FeSC exhibited high catalytic activity in the wet air oxidation of 2-chlorophenol. • A strong correlation was observed between the 2-CP conversion, the iron leaching and the pH. • Using an acetate buffer, the iron leaching was suppressed while keeping some catalytic activity. • A simplified reaction pathway was proposed for the CWAO of 2-CP over the FeSC catalyst. - Abstract: A sewage sludge derived carbon-supported iron oxide catalyst (FeSC) was prepared and used in the Catalytic Wet Air Oxidation (CWAO) of 2-chlorophenol (2-CP). The catalysts were characterized in terms of elemental composition, surface area, pHPZC, XRD and SEM. The performances of the FeSC catalyst in the CWAO of 2-CP was assessed in a batch reactor operated at 120 °C under 0.9 MPa oxygen partial pressure. Complete decomposition of 2-CP was achieved within 5 h and 90% Total Organic Carbon (TOC) was removed after 24 h of reaction. Quite a straight correlation was observed between the 2-CP conversion, the amount of iron leached in solution and the pH of the reaction mixture at a given reaction time, indicating a strong predominance of the homogeneous catalysis contribution. The iron leaching could be efficiently prevented when the pH of the solution was maintained at values higher than 4.5, while the catalytic activity was only slightly reduced. Upon four successive batch CWAO experiments, using the same FeSC catalyst recovered by filtration after pH adjustment, only a very minor catalyst deactivation was observed. Finally, based on all the identified intermediates, a simplified reaction pathway was proposed for the CWAO of 2-CP over the FeSC catalyst

  20. Electro-oxidation of chlorophenols at glassy carbon electrodes modified with polyNi(II)complexes

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    The effect of the ligand macrocycle (phenylporphyrin (PP) or phthalocyanine (Pc)) and of the ligand substituent (-NH2 or -SO3-) on the catalytic activity for the electro-oxidation in a pH 11 buffer electrolyte of 2- and 4-chlorophenol (2-CP and 4-CP), 2,4- and 2,6-dichlorophenol (2,4-DCP and 2,6-DCP), 2,4,6-trichlorophenol (2,4,6-TCP), and pentachlorophenol (PCP) at glassy carbon electrodes modified with electropolymerized Ni(II) macrocycles was studied. The polyphenolic residue deposited at the electrode surface was characterized by cyclic voltammetry, impedance measurements, ex situ Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS). A band of aliphatic C=O stretching in the IR spectrum of the fouling film produced by potential cycling in 2,4,6-TCP indicated that the aromatic ring had been broken, yielding ketones, aldehydes and/or carboxylic acids. The sulphonated Ni(II) polymers, which showed the Ni(III)/Ni(II) process in the CV, had XP spectra typical of paramagnetic Ni(II), indicating that they contained Ni(OH)2 clusters. On the contrary, the CVs of the amino Ni(II) did not show the Ni(III)/Ni(II) process at all, this process appearing only after previous activation by potential cycling, and only to a small extent. As was to be expected, the XP spectra of activated amino films corresponded to diamagnetic Ni(II), showing that the concentration of Ni(OH)2 clusters was very small. The amino films were less active than the sulpho films for the oxidation of chlorophenols, in agreement with the lower concentration of Ni(OH)2 clusters in the former films. For all electrodes the highest activity was observed for 2,4,6-TCP, since its oxidation yields a phenolic residue which is much more porous than those produced by the other CPs.

  1. Increased Interleukin-4 production by CD8 and gammadelta T cells in health-care workers is associated with the subsequent development of active tuberculosis.

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    Ordway, Diane J; Costa, Leonor; Martins, Marta; Silveira, Henrique; Amaral, Leonard; Arroz, Maria J; Ventura, Fernando A; Dockrell, Hazel M

    2004-08-15

    We evaluated immune responses to Mycobacterium tuberculosis in 10 health-care workers (HCWs) and 10 non-HCWs and correlated their immune status with the development of active tuberculosis (TB). Twenty individuals were randomly recruited, tested, and monitored longitudinally for TB presentation. Peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) from donors were stimulated with M. tuberculosis and tested for cell proliferation and the production of interferon (IFN)- gamma, interleukin (IL)-5, and IL-4, by use of enzyme-linked immunosorbent or flow-cytometric assays. HCWs had higher levels of cell proliferation (24,258 cpm) and IFN- gamma (6373 pg/mL) to M. tuberculosis than did non-HCWs (cell proliferation, 11,462 cpm; IFN- gamma, 3228 pg/mL). Six of 10 HCWs showed increased median percentages of CD8+IL-4+ (4.7%) and gammadelta +IL-4+ (2.3%) T cells and progressed to active TB. HCWs who remained healthy showed increased median percentages of CD8+IFN- gamma+ (25.0%) and gammadelta +IFN- gamma+ (8.0%) and lower percentages of CD8+IL-4+ (0.05%) and gammadelta +IL-4+ (0.03%) T cells. PMID:15272404

  2. Indoor environmental and air quality characteristics, building-related health symptoms, and worker productivity in a federal government building complex.

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    Lukcso, David; Guidotti, Tee Lamont; Franklin, Donald E; Burt, Allan

    2016-01-01

    Building Health Sciences, Inc. (BHS), investigated environmental conditions by many modalities in 71 discreet areas of 12 buildings in a government building complex that had experienced persistent occupant complaints despite correction of deficiencies following a prior survey. An online health survey was completed by 7,637 building occupants (49% response rate), a subset of whom voluntarily wore personal sampling apparatus and underwent medical evaluation. Building environmental measures were within current standards and guidelines, with few outliers. Four environmental factors were consistently associated with group-level building-related health complaints: physical comfort/discomfort, odor, job stress, and glare. Several other factors were frequently commented on by participants, including cleanliness, renovation and construction activities, and noise. Low relative humidity was significantly associated with lower respiratory and "sick building syndrome"-type symptoms. No other environmental conditions (including formaldehyde, PM10 [particulate matter with an aerodynamic diameter conditions, or together, were hierarchically associated with the following: increased absence, increased presenteeism (presence at work but at reduced capacity), and increase in reported symptom-days, including symptoms not related to respiratory disease. We found that in buildings without unusual hazards and with environmental and air quality indicators within the range of acceptable indoor air quality standards, there is an identifiable population of occupants with a high prevalence of asthma and allergic disease who disproportionately report discomfort and lost productivity due to symptoms and that in "normal" buildings these outcome indicators are more closely associated with host factors than with environmental conditions. We concluded from the experience of this study that building-related health complaints should be investigated at the work-area level and not at a building

  3. Social interaction, co-worker altruism, and incentives

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    Social interaction with colleagues is an important job attribute for many workers. To attract and retain workers, managers therefore need to think about how to create and preserve high-quality co-worker relationships. This paper develops a principal-multi-agent model where agents do not only engage in productive activities, but also in social interaction with their colleagues, which in turn creates co-worker altruism. We study how financial incentives for productive activities can improve or ...

  4. Electro-oxidation of chlorophenols on poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)-poly(styrene sulphonate) composite electrode

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    Pigani, L. [Dipartimento di Chimica, Universita di Modena e Reggio Emilia, via G. Campi, 18, 41100 Modena (Italy); Musiani, M. [Istituto per l' Energetica e le Interfasi, IENI-CNR, Corso Stati Uniti 4, 35127 Padova (Italy); Pirvu, C. [Department of General Chemistry, University Politehnica of Bucharest, Calea Grivitei 132, 78126 Bucharest (Romania); Terzi, F. [Dipartimento di Chimica, Universita di Modena e Reggio Emilia, via G. Campi, 18, 41100 Modena (Italy); Zanardi, C. [Dipartimento di Chimica, Universita di Modena e Reggio Emilia, via G. Campi, 18, 41100 Modena (Italy); Seeber, R. [Dipartimento di Chimica, Universita di Modena e Reggio Emilia, via G. Campi, 18, 41100 Modena (Italy)]. E-mail: reseeber@unimore.it

    2007-01-01

    The electrochemical behaviour of chlorinated phenols on Pt/poly(3,4-ethylenedioxy)thiophene,LiClO{sub 4} and on Pt/poly(3,4-ethylenedioxy)thiophene,poly(sodium-4-styrenesulphonate) electrodes has been investigated in phosphate buffer solution. Poly(sodium-4-styrenesulphonate) exerts remarkable effect against the electrode fouling induced by oxidation of chlorophenols, allowing us to record the relevant anodic response even after repeated potential cycles. Hypotheses about the role exerted by poly(sodium 4-styrenesulphonate) are made, on the basis of evidences provided by several techniques, such as cyclic voltammetry, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, electrochemical microgravimetry and atomic force microscopy. Thanks to the fact that different chlorophenols show differences in the voltammetric responses, depending on number and position of the chloro substituents on the aromatic ring, applications of the modified electrode in the analysis of mixtures of chlorinated phenols are possible.

  5. Monitoring of phenol and 4-chlorophenol in petrochemical sewage using solid-phase microextraction and capillary gas chromatography

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    Djozan, Dj.; Bahar, S. [Dept. of Analytical Chemistry, Univ. of Tabriz, Tabriz (Iran)

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    The efficiency of polyaniline (PANI) coated gold wire as a fiber of solid-phase microextraction (SPME) was investigated for the extraction of phenol and 4-chlorophenol from gaseous samples and headspace of aqueous samples. Polymerization and extraction time, sample humidity, temperature, salt addition, sample pH and stirring speed were optimized. Extraction at room temperature for 80 min in the presence of 8 g NaCl at constant stirring speed yields maximum efficiency. Using the proposed microsolid phase as an efficient sampling device and capillary gas chromatography with flame ionization detection, reliable determination of these compounds at parts-per-billion and parts-per-million concentrations was achieved for the extraction from gaseous samples and headspace (HS) of aqueous samples, respectively. The calibration graphs were linear for both methods. The proposed method was successfully applied to the determination of phenol and 4-chlorophenol in real sample such as petrochemical sewage. (orig.)

  6. Interlaboratory validation of PrEN 12673: Water quality - Gas Chromatographic determination of some selected chlorophenols in water

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    Hoogerbrugge R; Ramlal MR; Stil GH; Gort SM; Heusinkveld HAG; Velde EG van der; van Zoonen P; LOC

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    Een interlaboratorium vergelijkingsonderzoek is georganiseerd ten behoeve van de validatie van de voorlopige standaard methode PrEN 12673 Water quality - Gas Chromatographic determination of some selected chlorophenols in water. Deze vergelijking is uitgevoerd op drie typen water, namelijk drinkwater, oppervlaktewater en afvalwater. Voor ieder van de drie typen zijn weer drie monsters gemaakt, het originele water en het water waaraan telkens 10-12 chloorfenolen in respectievelijk een hoge en ...

  7. A new combined green method for 2-Chlorophenol removal using cross-linked Brassica rapa peroxidase in silicone oil.

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    Tandjaoui, Nassima; Abouseoud, Mahmoud; Couvert, Annabelle; Amrane, Abdeltif; Tassist, Amina

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    International audience This study proposes a new technique to treat waste air containing 2-Chlorophenol (2-CP), namely an integrated process coupling absorption of the compound in an organic liquid phase and its enzymatic degradation. Silicone oil (47V20) was used as an organic absorbent to allow the volatile organic compound (VOC) transfer from the gas phase to the liquid phase followed by its degradation by means of Cross-linked Brassica rapa peroxidase (BRP) contained in the organic pha...

  8. Microrespirometric determination of the effectiveness factor and biodegradation kinetics of aerobic granules degrading 4-chlorophenol as the sole carbon source.

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    Vital-Jacome, Miguel; Buitrón, Germán; Moreno-Andrade, Ivan; Garcia-Rea, Victor; Thalasso, Frederic

    2016-08-01

    In this study, a microrespirometric method was used, i.e., pulse respirometry in microreactors, to characterize mass transfer and biodegradation kinetics in aerobic granules. The experimental model was an aerobic granular sludge in a sequencing batch reactor (SBR) degrading synthetic wastewater containing 4-chlorophenol as the sole carbon source. After 15 days of acclimation, the SBR process degraded 4-chlorophenol at a removal rate of up to 0.9kg CODm(-3)d(-1), and the degradation kinetics were well described by the Haldane model. The microrespirometric method consisted of injecting pulses of 4-chlorophenol into the 24 wells of a microreactor system containing the SBR samples. From the respirograms obtained, the following five kinetic parameters were successfully determined during reactor operation: (i) Maximum specific oxygen uptake rate, (ii) substrate affinity constant, (iii) substrate inhibition constant, (iv) maximum specific growth rate, and (v) cell growth yield. Microrespirometry tests using granules and disaggregated granules allowed for the determination of apparent and intrinsic parameters, which in turn enabled the determination of the effectiveness factor of the granular sludge. It was concluded that this new high-throughput method has the potential to elucidate the complex biological and physicochemical processes of aerobic granular biosystems. PMID:27054670

  9. Removal of chlorophenols in aqueous solution by carbon black low-cost adsorbents. Equilibrium study and influence of operation conditions

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    Dominguez-Vargas, Joaquin R.; Navarro-Rodriguez, Juan A.; Beltran de Heredia, Jesus [Department of Chemical Engineering and Physical Chemistry, Area of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Sciences, University of Extremadura, Avda. de Elvas, s/n, E-06071 Badajoz (Spain); Cuerda-Correa, Eduardo M., E-mail: emcc@unex.es [Department of Organic and Inorganic Chemistry, Faculty of Sciences, University of Extremadura, Avda. de Elvas, s/n, E-06071 Badajoz (Spain)

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    The adsorption process of chlorophenols (CPs) by low-cost adsorbents such as carbon blacks has been studied. The influence of different parameters such as temperature, pH, ionic strength and textural properties of the adsorbents on the adsorption process of pentachlorophenol has been analyzed. The adsorption process is exothermal and parameters such as pH and ionic strength exert a noticeable influence on the adsorption capacity of the solute. These parameters influence the adsorption capacity in an opposite manner. Thus an increase in pH seems to unfavor the adsorption process, whereas the adsorption capacity increases with increasing ionic strength. In order to analyze the influence of the number of chlorine atoms in the molecule of solute the adsorption process of different chlorophenols (i.e., 4-chlorophenol, 3,5-dichlorophenol, 2,4,6-trichlorophenol and 2,3,4,6-tetrachlorophenol) was analyzed. As the number of chlorine atoms (and thus the volume of the molecule) increases, the penetration of the solute through the porous texture of the adsorbent is difficult and, consequently, the adsorption capacity decreases.

  10. Making Technology Work for Workers.

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    Cherkasky, Todd; Scannell, Ray

    1999-01-01

    A company can undo a generation of organizing and collective bargaining by redesigning the technology of the workplace. Unions must define a different vision of how production can be organized--a vision that is worker centered and skill based--and struggle for it in decision-making arenas of government and private enterprise. (Author)

  11. How Workers Get Their Training.

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    Carey, Max; Eck, Alan

    1984-01-01

    Describes results of a survey of workers concerning skills needed to obtain a job and training to improve those skills. Sources of training are explored. Occupational patterns are examined by group: executive, administrative, and managerial; professional specialty; technical; sales; clerical, household; service; farming; precision production; and…

  12. More standing and just as productive: Effects of a sit-stand desk intervention on call center workers' sitting, standing, and productivity at work in the Opt to Stand pilot study.

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    Chau, Josephine Y; Sukala, William; Fedel, Karla; Do, Anna; Engelen, Lina; Kingham, Megan; Sainsbury, Amanda; Bauman, Adrian E

    2016-06-01

    This study evaluated the effects of sit-stand desks on workers' objectively and subjectively assessed sitting, physical activity, and productivity. This quasi-experimental study involved one intervention group (n = 16) and one comparison group (n = 15). Participants were call center employees from two job-matched teams at a large telecommunications company in Sydney, Australia (45% female, 33 ± 11 years old). Intervention participants received a sit-stand desk, brief training, and daily e-mail reminders to stand up more frequently for the first 2 weeks post-installation. Control participants carried out their usual work duties at seated desks. Primary outcomes were workday sitting and physical activity assessed using ActivPAL or ActiGraph devices and self-report questionnaires. Productivity outcomes were company-specific objective metrics (e.g., hold time, talking time, absenteeism) and subjective measures. Measurements were taken at baseline, 1, 4, and 19 weeks post-installation. Intervention participants increased standing time after 1 week (+ 73 min/workday (95% CI: 22, 123)) and 4 weeks (+ 96 min/workday (95% CI: 41, 150)) post-intervention, while control group showed no changes. Between-group differences in standing time at one and 4 weeks were + 78 (95% CI: 9, 147) and + 95 min/workday (95% CI: 15, 174), respectively. Sitting time in the intervention group changed by - 64 (95% CI: - 125, - 2), - 76 (95% CI: - 142, - 11), and - 100 min/workday (95% CI: - 172, - 29) at 1, 4, and 19 weeks post-installation, respectively, while the control group showed no changes. No changes were observed in productivity outcomes from baseline to follow-up in either group. Sit-stand desks can increase standing time at work in call center workers without reducing productivity. PMID:26844191

  13. Personal monitor to protect workers from heat stress

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    Utilities can take advantage of a new device that reduces risk associated with exposing workers to heat stress. EPRI has developed a personal monitor for use by plant workers exposed to heat stress. The small device, which can easily be worn by a worker, assess body temperature and heart rate and alerts the worker when either of these measures indicates excessive physiological strain. Use of this device enhances worker safety and improves productivity by permitting workers to work up to their safe limit on critical jobs

  14. A direct comparison amongst different technologies (aerobic granular sludge, SBR and MBR) for the treatment of wastewater contaminated by 4-chlorophenol

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    Environmental concern on chlorinated phenols is rising due to their extreme toxicity even at low concentrations and their persistency in water and soils. Since the high amount of published data often lacks in terms of uniformity, direct comparisons amongst different treatment technologies are very difficult, or even impossible. In this study, granular sludge developed in an acetate-fed Granular sludge Sequencing Batch Reactor (GSBR) was used for the aerobic degradation of low chlorinated 4-chlorophenol (4CP), with readily biodegradable sodium acetate (NaAc) as growth substrate. A conventional Sequencing Batch Reactor (SBR) and a Membrane BioReactor (MBR) were operated in parallel under the same 4CP influent concentrations and/or 4CP volumetric organic loading rates as the GSBR, in order to carry out a direct comparison in terms of 4CP removal efficiencies and specific removal rates, effluent quality, waste sludge production, system simplicity, land area requirement, start-up times, NaAc dosage as growth substrate and maximum applied 4CP volumetric organic loading rate. A decision matrix was built to define the best technology to suit different scenarios: the GSBR was proved to be the most suitable technology when system simplicity, low land area requirement and short start-up times were considered as critical parameters for decision making.

  15. Modeling chlorophenols degradation in sequencing batch reactors with instantaneous feed-effect of 2,4-DCP presence on 4-CP degradation kinetics.

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    Sahinkaya, Erkan; Dilek, Filiz B

    2007-08-01

    Two instantaneously fed sequencing batch reactors (SBRs), one receiving 4-chlorophenol (4-CP) (SBR4) only and one receiving mixture of 4-CP and 2,4-dichlorophenol (2,4-DCP) (SBRM), were operated with increasing chlorophenols concentrations in the feed. Complete degradation of chlorophenols and high-Chemical oxygen demand (COD) removal efficiencies were observed throughout the reactors operation. Only a fraction of biomass (competent biomass) was thought to be responsible for the degradation of chlorophenols due to required unique metabolic pathways. Haldane model developed based on competent biomass concentration fitted reasonably well to the experimental data at different feed chlorophenols concentrations. The presence of 2,4-DCP competitively inhibited 4-CP degradation and its degradation began only after complete removal of 2,4-DCP. Based on the experimental results, the 4-CP degrader's fraction in SBRM was estimated to be higher than that in SBR4 since 2,4-DCP degraders were also capable of degrading 4-CP due to similarity in the degradation pathways of both compounds. PMID:17091347

  16. Diagnóstico del Síndrome de Burnout en trabajadores del Centro de Inmunología y Biopreparados Diagnostic of burnout Syndrome in Workers at inmunology and blood by products center

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    Yury Rosales Ricardo

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Se realizó un estudio transversal entre marzo y abril de 2011 con 40 trabajadores del Centro de Inmunología y Biopreparados de Holguín a los cuales se les aplicó la encuesta de Maslach Burnout Inventory con el objetivo de diagnosticar el Síndrome de Burnout en esta población. De la muestra analizada, ocho trabajadores fueron diagnosticados con Síndrome de Burnout, de estos, cuatro con una evaluación de medio y cuatro con alto, representando el 20% del total. El Síndrome de Burnout fue más frecuente en mujeres, trabajadoras de oficina de nivel superior y medio superior entre los 26 y los 52 años de edad. La aplicación de la herramienta de Maslach permitió diagnosticar el Síndrome de Burnout en los trabajadores de esta entidad entre trabajador de oficina y de producción y servirá como base para la toma de decisiones administrativas en aras de mejorar la calidad del principal recurso de una empresa: el hombre.A transversal study was carried out between March and April 2011, with 40 workers of the Immunology and Blood Products Center in Holguín, to whom we applied the Maslach Burnout Inventory Test to determinate Burnout Syndrome. Eight of these workers were diagnosed with Burnout Syndrome, 4 of which had a medium evaluation and 4 which had a high evaluation, representing 20% of the total. Women had more Burnout Syndrome than men and were office workers with medium-high school, between 26 and 52 years old. The application of this test allowed us to diagnose the Burnout Syndrome in office and production workers of the Immunology and Blood Products Center in Holguin. This tool will be useful in management decisions to improve the quality of life the company's main resource: the human being.

  17. Mature Age "White Collar" Workers' Training and Employability

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    Dymock, Darryl; Billett, Stephen; Klieve, Helen; Johnson, Greer Cavallaro; Martin, Gregory

    2012-01-01

    Global concerns about the growing impact of ageing populations on workplace productivity and on welfare budgets have led to a range of government-supported measures intended to retain and upskill older workers. Yet, a consistent theme in the research literature is that older workers are reluctant and harder to train than younger workers, and that,…

  18. Electro-oxidation of chlorophenols at glassy carbon electrodes modified with polyNi(II)complexes

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    Berrios, Cristhian [Facultad de Quimica y Biologia, Departamento de Ciencias del Ambiente, Universidad de Santiago de Chile (USACh), casilla 40, correo 33, Santiago (Chile); Marco, Jose F.; Gutierrez, Claudio [Instituto de Quimica Fisica ' Rocasolano' , CSIC, C. Serrano, 119, 28006, Madrid (Spain); Ureta-Zanartu, Maria Soledad [Facultad de Quimica y Biologia, Departamento de Ciencias del Ambiente, Universidad de Santiago de Chile (USACh), casilla 40, correo 33, Santiago (Chile)], E-mail: soledad.ureta@usach.cl

    2009-11-01

    The effect of the ligand macrocycle (phenylporphyrin (PP) or phthalocyanine (Pc)) and of the ligand substituent (-NH{sub 2} or -SO{sub 3}{sup -}) on the catalytic activity for the electro-oxidation in a pH 11 buffer electrolyte of 2- and 4-chlorophenol (2-CP and 4-CP), 2,4- and 2,6-dichlorophenol (2,4-DCP and 2,6-DCP), 2,4,6-trichlorophenol (2,4,6-TCP), and pentachlorophenol (PCP) at glassy carbon electrodes modified with electropolymerized Ni(II) macrocycles was studied. The polyphenolic residue deposited at the electrode surface was characterized by cyclic voltammetry, impedance measurements, ex situ Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS). A band of aliphatic C=O stretching in the IR spectrum of the fouling film produced by potential cycling in 2,4,6-TCP indicated that the aromatic ring had been broken, yielding ketones, aldehydes and/or carboxylic acids. The sulphonated Ni(II) polymers, which showed the Ni(III)/Ni(II) process in the CV, had XP spectra typical of paramagnetic Ni(II), indicating that they contained Ni(OH){sub 2} clusters. On the contrary, the CVs of the amino Ni(II) did not show the Ni(III)/Ni(II) process at all, this process appearing only after previous activation by potential cycling, and only to a small extent. As was to be expected, the XP spectra of activated amino films corresponded to diamagnetic Ni(II), showing that the concentration of Ni(OH){sub 2} clusters was very small. The amino films were less active than the sulpho films for the oxidation of chlorophenols, in agreement with the lower concentration of Ni(OH){sub 2} clusters in the former films. For all electrodes the highest activity was observed for 2,4,6-TCP, since its oxidation yields a phenolic residue which is much more porous than those produced by the other CPs.

  19. [Production of knowledge and an inter-sectoral approach vis-à-vis living and health conditions of workers in the sugarcane sector].

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    Minayo-Gomez, Carlos

    2011-08-01

    This article presents some dimensions of inter-sectoral action aimed at improving working and living conditions of workers in the sugarcane and alcohol industry. The dynamics of the implementation of certain forms of given intersectoral practices established in a region of the State of São Paulo are analyzed. The important role played by sectors of the Labor Prosecution Office and the Legislative Authority in the articulation of institutional actors and civil society is stressed. They give greater impetus to the work of each public sector responsible for addressing the issues of workers'healthcare. This study was produced from analysis of documents and material provided by institutions and discussion forums with proposals for intervention. The results show that the appropriation of strategic knowledge produced by researchers of the sugarcane industry in the instrumental resources used in legal actions, monitoring and surveillance generates important advances in the health of workers and the environment. PMID:21860934

  20. Views of the workers

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    This paper is written from the perspective of the worker. As such it presents the workers' viewpoint with respect to the present status and problems to be solved with regard to occupational exposure. (author)

  1. Coal worker's pneumoconiosis

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    ... this page: //medlineplus.gov/ency/article/000130.htm Coal worker's pneumoconiosis To use the sharing features on this page, please enable JavaScript. Coal worker's pneumoconiosis is a lung disease that results ...

  2. What makes workers happy?

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    Van Der Meer, Peter H; Wielers, Rudi

    2011-01-01

    Abstract This article answers the question what makes workers happy?. It does so by combining insights from micro-economics, sociology and psychology. Basis is the standard utility function of a worker that includes income and hours of work and is elaborated with job characteristics. In this way it is possible to answer whether part-time workers are happier than full-time workers. The utility function is estimated on basis of the European Social Survey 2004 which contains all neces...

  3. The Paradox of Labor Discipline With Heterogenous Workers

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    Peter Matthews

    2002-01-01

    The introduction of “effort inducible” and “no effort: workers into a standard labor discipline model results in a paradox of sorts: if firms/capitalists cannot tell the difference, the predictable reductions in both output and workers compensation lead to an increase in profits. The resolution is found in the difference in expected productivities of workers woth and without contracts, which creates a reputation effect. When the relative proportions of workers are made variable – the conseque...

  4. Identification of occupational mortality risks for Hanford workers.

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    Kneale, G. W.; Mancuso, T F; Stewart, A. M.

    1984-01-01

    Though most of the production work at Hanford is done by manual workers, 46% of the most dangerous jobs are performed by people who have professional or technical qualifications. For these privileged workers occupational mortality risks are positively correlated with radiation doses but for manual workers, who have relatively high death rates, there is an inverse relation with dose. The high ratio of professional to manual workers is clearly the reason for the industry having fewer observed t...

  5. Population aging, older workers, and Canada's labour force

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    Frank T Denton; Spencer, Byron G.

    2009-01-01

    The Expert Panel on Older Workers made recommendations designed to increase the labour force participation of older workers. We explore the implications that higher rates of older-worker participation would have for the overall size and age composition of the labour force, for the productive capacity of the economy, and for the incomes of Canadians. Our purpose is to assess the potential impact that increased participation of older workers might have in offsetting any anticipated adverse effe...

  6. Health effects among refrigeration repair workers exposed to fluorocarbons.

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    Campbell, D D; Lockey, J E; Petajan, J; Gunter, B J; Rom, W N

    1986-01-01

    Refrigeration repair workers may be intermittently exposed to fluorocarbons and their thermal decomposition products. A case of peripheral neuropathy (distal axonopathy) in a commercial refrigeration repairman prompted an epidemiological investigation of the health of refrigeration repair workers. No additional cases of peripheral neuropathy were identified among the 27 refrigeration repair workers studied. A reference group of 14 non-refrigeration repair workers was also studied. No differen...

  7. [The role of occupational physician in the application of the 2006 "agreement on workers' health protection through the good handling and use of crystalline silica and products containing it": the experience in mining sector].

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    Coggiola, M; Baracco, A; Perrelli, F; Bosio, D; Gullino, A; Pira, E

    2007-01-01

    The 2006 "Agreement on Workers' Health Protection Through the Good Handling and Use of Crystalline Silica and Products Containing it" between social parts defines a standardization of exposition control methods and medical surveillance. The Occupational Physician is integral part in exposition evaluation process and risk stratification in which derives the medical surveillance program. This study presents a first application of the European agreement in mining sector and the role of Occupational Physician in the evaluation of the risk to define methods of prevention. In particular it will be precised the choice of homogenous groups, the classification of exposed workers from results of workplace monitoring, the choice of technical prevention and individual protection equipments, and then the strategy of medical surveillance. PMID:18409742

  8. Catalytic Wet Air Oxidation of o-Chlorophenol in Wastewater%邻氯苯酚废水的催化湿式氧化处理

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    徐新华; 汪大翚

    2003-01-01

    Catalytic wet air oxidation (CWAO) was investigated in laboratory-scale experiments for the treatmentof o-chlorophenol in wastewater. Experimental results showed that wet air oxidation (WAO) process in the absence ofcatalyst was also effective for o-chlorophenol in wastewater treatment. Up to 80% of the initial CODCr was removedby wet air oxidation at 270℃ with twice amount of the required stoichiometric oxygen supply. At temperatureof 150℃, the removal rate of CODCr was only 30%. Fe2(SO4)3, CuSO4, Cu(NO3)2 and MnSO4 exhibited highcatalytic activity. Higher removal rate of CODCr was obtained by CWAO. More than 96% of the initial CODCrwas removed at 270℃ and 84.6%-93.6% of the initial CODCr was removed at 150℃. Mixed catalysts had bettercatalytic activity for the degradation of o-chlorophenol in wastewater.

  9. Photocatalytic oxidation of 4-chlorophenol using thermosensitive zinc phthalocyanine copolymer under visible light irradiation

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    2010-01-01

    A novel thermosensitive photocatalyst,P(NIPA-co-ZnMPc),has been prepared using zinc tetra(N-carbonylacrylic)aminophthalocya-nine(ZnMPc) to copolymerize with N-isopropylacrylamide(NIPA).The lower critical solution temperature(LCST) of P(NIPA-co-ZnMPc) measured by differential scanning calorimetry(DSC) was 33.5 °C.P(NIPA-co-ZnMPc) effectively catalyzes the oxidation of 4-chlorophenols(4-CP) using oxygen as oxidant under the visible light irradiation,and it has higher photocatalytic activity than ZnMPc under the same condition.The UV-vis spectra of them in aqueous solution indicate that the macromolecular chains in P(NIPA-co-ZnMPc) restrain the aggregation of ZnMPc availably,resulting in the enhanced photocatalytic performance.The results of photocatalytic oxidation at different temperatures show that P(NIPA-co-ZnMPc) presents the highest photocatalytic efficiency around the LCST,suggesting that the macromolecular structure of P(NIPA-co-ZnMPc) can directly influence their photocatalytic activity.The hydrodynamic radius of this copolymer at different temperatures implies the intermolecular hydrophobic aggregation around the LCST,which is advantageous for the enrichment and the photocatalytic oxidation of 4-CP.Due to the high stability of P(NIPA-co-ZnMPc),it can be cyclically used in homogeneous photocatalytic oxidation and heterogeneous separation.

  10. Photoelectrochemical sensing of 4-chlorophenol based on Au/BiOCl nanocomposites.

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    Yan, Pengcheng; Xu, Li; Xia, Jiexiang; Huang, Yan; Qiu, Jingxia; Xu, Qian; Zhang, Qi; Li, Huaming

    2016-08-15

    The Au/BiOCl composites have been prepared by a facile one-pot ethylene glycol (EG) assisted solvothermal reaction in the presence of ionic liquid 1-hexadecyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride ([C16mim]Cl). During the synthesis procedure, the [C16mim]Cl has been used as Cl source, solvent of this system, and dispersing agent to effectively disperse Au on the surface of BiOCl. The as-prepared samples have been systematically characterized by multiple instruments to investigate the structure, morphology, and photoelectrochemical properties. According to the photoelectrochemical data, the Au/BiOCl composites exhibit better photoelectrochemical performance toward the detection of 4-chlorophenol than that of the pure BiOCl. The photocurrent response of Au/BiOCl modified electrode is high and stable under light irradiation. The proposed Au/BiOCl modified electrode shows a wide linear response ranging from 0.16 to 20mgL(-1) with detection limit of 0.05mgL(-1). It indicates a dramatically promising application of bismuth oxyhalides in photoelectrochemical detection. It will be expected that the present study may be lightly extended to the monitor of other organic pollutants by photoelectrochemical detection of the Au/BiOCl composites. PMID:27260461

  11. Microwave-enhanced catalytic degradation of 4-chlorophenol over nickel oxides under low temperature

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    Microwave-enhance catalytic degradation (MECD) of 4-chlorophenol (4-CP) using nickel oxide was studied. A mix-valenced nickel oxide was obtained from nickel nitrate aqueous solution through a precipitation with sodium hydroxide and an oxidation by sodium hypochlorite (assigned as PO). Then, the as-prepared PO was irradiated under microwave irradiation to fabricate a high active mix-valenced nickel oxide (assigned as POM). Further, pure nanosized nickel oxide was obtained from the POM by calcination at 300, 400 and 500 deg. C (labeled as C300, C400 and C500, respectively). They were characterized by X-ray (XRD), infrared spectroscopy (IR) and temperature-programmed reduction (TPR). Their catalytic activities towards the degradation of 4-CP on the efficiency of the degradation were further investigated under continuous bubbling of air through the liquid-phase and quantitative evaluation by high pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC). Also, the effects of temperature, pH and kinds of catalysts on the efficiency of the degradation have been investigated. The results showed that the 4-CP was degraded completely by MECD method within 20 min under pH 7, T = 40 deg. C and C = 200 g dm-3 over POM catalyst. The relative activity was affected significantly with the oxidation state of nickel

  12. Parameter Identification of the 2-Chlorophenol Oxidation Model Using Improved Differential Search Algorithm

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Parameter identification plays a crucial role for simulating and using model. This paper firstly carried out the sensitivity analysis of the 2-chlorophenol oxidation model in supercritical water using the Monte Carlo method. Then, to address the nonlinearity of the model, two improved differential search (DS algorithms were proposed to carry out the parameter identification of the model. One strategy is to adopt the Latin hypercube sampling method to replace the uniform distribution of initial population; the other is to combine DS with simplex method. The results of sensitivity analysis reveal the sensitivity and the degree of difficulty identified for every model parameter. Furthermore, the posteriori probability distribution of parameters and the collaborative relationship between any two parameters can be obtained. To verify the effectiveness of the improved algorithms, the optimization performance of improved DS in kinetic parameter estimation is studied and compared with that of the basic DS algorithm, differential evolution, artificial bee colony optimization, and quantum-behaved particle swarm optimization. And the experimental results demonstrate that the DS with the Latin hypercube sampling method does not present better performance, while the hybrid methods have the advantages of strong global search ability and local search ability and are more effective than the other algorithms.

  13. Catalytic reductive dechlorination of p-chlorophenol in water using Ni/Fe nanoscale particles

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    ZHANG Wei-hua; QUAN Xie; ZHANG Zhuo-yong

    2007-01-01

    Nanoscale bimetallic Ni/Fe particles were synthesized from the reaction of sodium borohydride (NaBH4)with reduction of Ni2+and Fe2+ in aqueous solution.The obtained Ni/Fe particles were characterized by TEM(transmission electron microscope),XRD(X-ray diffractometer),and N2-BET The dechlorination activity of the Ni/Fe was investigated using P-chlorophenol (p-CP)as a pmbe agent.Results demonstrated that the nanoscale Ni/Fe could effectively dechlorinate P-CP at relatively low metal to solution ratio of 0.4 g/L (Ni 5 wt%).The target with initial concentration of P-CP O.625 mmol/L was dechlorinted completely in 60 min under ambient temperature and pressure.Factors affecting dechlorination efficiency,including reaction temperature,pH,Ni loading percentage over Fe,and metal to solution ratio.were investigated.The possible mechanism of dechlorination of P-CP was proposed and discussed.The pseudo-first-order reaction took place on the surface of the Ni/Fe bimetallic particles,and the activation energy of the dechlorination reaction was determined to be 21.2 kJ/mol at the temperature rang of 287-313 K.

  14. 2,4-Dichlorophenol hydroxylase for chlorophenol removal: Substrate specificity and catalytic activity.

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    Ren, Hejun; Li, Qingchao; Zhan, Yang; Fang, Xuexun; Yu, Dahai

    2016-01-01

    Chlorophenols (CPs) are common environmental pollutants. As such, different treatments have been assessed to facilitate their removal. In this study, 2,4-dichlorophenol (2,4-DCP) hydroxylase was used to systematically investigate the activity and removal ability of 19CP congeners at 25 and 0 °C. Results demonstrated that 2,4-DCP hydroxylase exhibited a broad substrate specificity to CPs. The activities of 2,4-DCP hydroxylase against specific CP congeners, including 3-CP, 2,3,6-trichlorophenol, 2-CP, and 2,3-DCP, were higher than those against 2,4-DCP, which is the preferred substrate of previously reported 2,4-DCP hydroxylase. To verify whether cofactors are necessary to promote hydroxylase activity against CP congeners, we added FAD and found that the added FAD induced a 1.33-fold to 5.13-fold significant increase in hydroxylase activity against different CP congeners. The metabolic pathways of the CP degradation in the enzymatic hydroxylation step were preliminarily proposed on the basis of the analyses of the enzymatic activities against 19CP congeners. We found that the high activity and removal rate of 2,4-DCP hydroxylase against CPs at 0 °C enhance the low-temperature-adaptability of this enzyme to the CP congeners; as such, the proposed removal process may be applied to biochemical, bioremediation, and industrial processes, particularly in cold environments. PMID:26672451

  15. Catalytic activities of ultra-small β-FeOOH nanorods in ozonation of 4-chlorophenol.

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    Oputu, Ogheneochuko; Chowdhury, Mahabubur; Nyamayaro, Kudzanai; Fatoki, Olalekan; Fester, Veruscha

    2015-09-01

    We report the catalytic properties of ultra-small β-FeOOH nanorods in ozonation of 4-chlorophenol (4-CP). XRD, TEM, EDS, SAED, FTIR and BET were used to characterize the prepared material. Interaction between O3 and β-FeOOH was evident from the FTIR spectra. The removal efficiency of 4-CP was significantly enhanced in the presence of β-FeOOH compared to ozone alone. Removal efficiency of 99% and 67% was achieved after 40min in the presence of combined ozone and catalyst and ozone only, respectively. Increasing catalyst load increased COD removal efficiency. Maximum COD removal of 97% was achieved using a catalyst load of 0.1g/100mL of 4-CP solution. Initial 4-CP concentration was not found to be rate limiting below 2×10(-3)mol/L. The catalytic properties of the material during ozonation process were found to be pronounced at lower initial pH of 3.5. Two stage first order kinetics was applied to describe the kinetic behavior of the nanorods at low pH. The first stage of catalytic ozonation was attributed to the heterogeneous surface breakdown of O3 by β-FeOOH, while the second stage was attributed to homogeneous catalysis initiated by reductive dissolution of β-FeOOH at low pH. PMID:26354696

  16. Mechanism and kinetics of 2-chlorophenol decomposition using coupled ultrasound and electrocatalysis

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    2008-01-01

    A coupled ultrasound/electrocatalysis(US/EC) process was used to enhance the decomposition effi-ciency of organics.The synergetic kinetics and the mechanism of 2-chlorophenol(2-CP) decomposi-tion with coupled US/EC were studied.It was found that in a US/EC process 2-CP is attacked by active radicals(such as hydroxyl radicals) to form 2-chloro-p-benzoquinone,and the latter is oxidized to simple organic acids when the ring is opened.The enhancement factor expressed by the apparent rate constant of 2-CP decomposition with coupled US/EC is 1.324 at a current density of 20 mA·cm-2,an ultrasonic frequency of 20 kHz,an ultrasonic intensity of 0.27 W·cm-2,and a 2-CP initial concentration of 200 mg·L-1,which means that a synergetic effect exists.A model derived from Langmuir adsorption theory of solid surface and reaction kinetics equations can describe exactly the decomposition of 2-CP with coupled US/EC.The numerical values are in good agreement with the experimental data.The model parameters are associated with reaction conditions.

  17. Novel synergic combinatorial photoelectrochemical technology for degradation of trace of 2-chlorophenol in drinking water

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    2003-01-01

    A novel combinatorial photoelectrochemical (CPE) technology with combination of ultraviolet (UV)- photolysis and direct current (DC) electrolysis is studied and discussed for drinking water purification. In the self-made compositive photo-electrolysis incorporate reactor, removal rate of the 2-chlorophenol as model environmental pollutants has been investigated experimentally in terms of applied voltage, pH value, flow velocity, temperature, and aeration conditions. A primary analysis of the combinatorial photoelectric synergic effect on the degradation of organic pollutants has been carried out. It is found that the best performance of CPE oxidation is achieved by the following conditions: DC voltage of 5.0 V combined with UV-254-raidation, near neutral of pH 8 with aeration of pure oxygen. The influences of circular velocity, temperature, and initial concentration of the pollutant are minor. Under the optimal conditions, removal ratio of 2-CP is higher than 50% in 30 min, and 100% removal ratio of 2-CP (5 × 10-6) can be reached and TOC removal ratio reached above 90% in 2.5 h. Complete mineralization is achieved eventually. It shows in our investigation that under the studied conditions the synergic effect of UV photolysis and DC electrolysis on the degradation of the model pollutant is remarkable and validated, which may be derived from the coexistence of mutual complementary mechanisms of photoelectrochemical action, and the radicals chain reactions resulted from photo activation and electrolysis excitation in the process of CPE oxidation.

  18. Photodecomposition of 4-chlorophenol by reactive oxygen species in UV/air system

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    In this article, the photo-degradation of 4-chlorophenol (4-CP) under UV irradiation was studied with focus on the photodecomposition of 4-CP by reactive oxygen species (ROS). 4-CP underwent much faster and more complete degradation in UV/air system than in UV/N2 system. In UV/air system, the addition of t-butanol, a well-known ·OH scavenger, significantly impeded the degradation of 4-CP. In the presence of t-butanol, the tendencies for the degradation of 4-CP and the formation of intermediates in UV/air system were very similar to those in UV/N2 system. In UV/air system, 4-CP was degraded by two pathways, direct photolysis by absorbing the photons and the oxidation via ·OH. The contribution of direct photolysis and the oxidation via ·OH to 4-CP decomposition were 17.2% and 82.8%, respectively based on the apparent kinetic constants. Hydrogen peroxide, which could produce ·OH through photolysis, was formed in UV/air system. It was shown that dissolved oxygen, organic matter in excited state and hydrogen ion are all necessary for the formation of hydrogen peroxide. The formation mechanism of H2O2 was proposed based on experimental evidence.

  19. Chemical degradation and toxicity reduction of 4-chlorophenol in different matrices by gamma-ray treatment

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    Kang, Sung-Wook; Shim, Seung-Bo; Park, Young-Kwon; Jung, Jinho

    2011-03-01

    Gamma-ray treatment of 4-chlorophenol (4-CP) in different matrices was studied in terms of both chemical degradation and toxicity reduction. Degradation of 4-CP in a complex effluent matrix was less efficient than that in ultrapure water. This is most likely due to the consumption of reactive radicals by matrix components, such as dissolved organic matter in effluents. The matrix effect caused much more profound changes in toxicity. Gamma-ray treatment of 4-CP in ultrapure water abruptly increased acute toxicity toward Daphnia magna while slightly decreased toxicity of 4-CP in effluent. In the presence of ZrO 2 catalyst, degradation of 4-CP as well as toxicity reduction was substantially improved mostly by adsorption of 4-CP onto the nanoparticles. It was found that benzoquinone, hydroquinone and 4-chlorocatechol were generated for ultrapure water sample while only 4-chlorocatechol was formed for effluent samples by gamma-ray treatment. As determined in this work, EC 50 values of benzoquinone (0.46 μM), hydroquinone (0.61 μM) and chlorocatechol (8.87 μM) were much lower than those of 4-CP (31.50 μM), explaining different toxicity changes of 4-CP in different matrices by gamma-ray treatment. The observed toxicity of gamma-ray treated 4-CP was well correlated with the one calculated from individual toxicity based on EC 50 value.

  20. Chlorophenol removal from soil suspensions: effects of a specialised microbial inoculum and a degradable analogue.

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    Baggi, Grazia; Cavalca, Lucia; Francia, Priscilla; Zangrossi, Maurizio

    2004-06-01

    Two soils of different contamination history were tested in slurry for their self-remediability towards mono-, di- and trisubstituted chlorophenols. The landfill soil showed poor ability in removing the compounds. Instead, the soil from the golf course, treated for many years with a 2,4,6-trichlorophenol derivative (Prochloraz), remediated different concentrations of the same 2,4,6TCP, 2,4-dichlorophenol and monochlorophenol isomers, singly and in mixtures, at varying degradation rates. Ralstonia eutropha TCP, a specialised microorganism capable of degrading 2,4,6TCP, proved highly efficient in removing the compound from both tested soils. The same microbial inoculum allowed total removal of the ternary mixture of monochlorophenol isomers from the golf course soil, but it did not accelerate the removal of the same compounds when singly supplied. The addition of phenol as a degradable analogue was more effective in co-metabolically removing not only the single monochlorophenols, but also their mixtures, the removal occurring faster and independently of the presence of the microbial inoculum. From the golf course soil, a microorganism, phenotypically and genetically identical to R. eutropha TCP, was isolated and classified as R. eutropha TCP II. PMID:15228073

  1. Adsorptive Removal of Para-chlorophenol Using Stratified Tapered Activated Carbon Column

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    M.EE Sze; G. McKay

    2012-01-01

    The feasibility of adsorptive removal of single component organic compound (para-chlorophenol) by Calgon Filtrasorb 400 (F400) carbon was investigated. The Redlich-Peterson equation was found to be the best fit model for describing the equilibrium relationship between the para-chlorophenol adsorption onto F400 carbon. Four adsorption columns with different column geometry and adsorbent particle stratification were used to examine the adsorption kinetics onto F400 carbons. The Bed Depth Service Time (BDST) model was applied and modified to analyse the performance of the columns and the effect of different operating variables. When combining the effects of adsorption efficiency and the associated pressure drop of each type of adsorption columns tested, the carbon stratified tapered column has been determined to be the most efficient engineering option for removing organics, in which the enhancement of the adsorbent bed in terms of longer breakthrough time and higher saturation percentage is the greatest amongst the four types of columns with reasonably small pressure drop across the fixed-bed column.

  2. Biodegradation of 4-chlorophenol by acclimated and unacclimated activated sludge-Evaluation of biokinetic coefficients

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    Unacclimated and acclimated activated sludges were examined for their ability to degrade 4-CP (4-chlorophenol) in the presence and absence of a readily growing substrate using aerobic batch reactors. The effects of 4-CP on the μ (specific growth rate), COD removal efficiency, Y (yield coefficient), and q (specific substrate utilization rate) were investigated. It was observed that the toxicity of 4-CP on the culture decreased remarkably after acclimation. For example, the IC50 value on the basis of μ was found to increase from 130 to 218mg/L with the acclimation of the culture. Although an increase in 4-CP concentration up to 300mg/L has no adverse effect on the COD removal efficiency of the acclimated culture, a considerable decrease was observed in the case of an unacclimated culture. Although 4-CP removal was not observed with an unacclimated culture, almost complete removal was achieved with the acclimated culture, up to 300mg/L. The Haldane kinetic model adequately predicted the biodegradation of 4-CP and the kinetic constants obtained were qm=41.17mg/(gMLVSSh), Ks=1.104mg/L, and Ki=194.4mg/L. The degradation of 4-CP led to formation of 5-chloro-2-hydroxymuconic semialdehyde, which was further metabolized, indicating complete degradation of 4-CP via a meta-cleavage pathway

  3. Evidence for degradation of 2-chlorophenol by enrichment cultures under denitrifying conditions.

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    Bae, Hee-Sung; Yamagishi, Takao; Suwa, Yuichi

    2002-01-01

    Although chlorophenol (CP) degradation has been studied, no bacterium responsible for degradation of CP under denitrifying conditions has been isolated. Moreover, little substantial evidence for anaerobic degradation of CPs coupled with denitrification is available even for mixed cultures. Degradation of CP [2-CP, 3-CP, 4-CP, 2,4-dichlorophenol (DCP) or 2,6-DCP] under denitrifying conditions was examined in anaerobic batch culture inoculated with activated sludge. Although 3-CP, 4-CP, 2,4-DCP and 2,6-DCP were not stably degraded, 2-CP was degraded and its degradation capability was sustained in a subculture. However, the rate of 2-CP degradation was not significantly enhanced by subculturing. In 2-CP-degrading cultures, nitrate was consumed stoichiometrically and concomitantly during 2-CP degradation, and a dechlorination intermediate was not detected, suggesting that 2-CP degradation was coupled with nitrate reduction. A 2-CP-degrading enrichment culture degraded 2-CP in the presence of nitrate, but did not in the absence of nitrate or the presence of sulfate. This suggests that the enrichment culture strictly requires nitrate for degradation of 2-CP. The apparent specific growth rate of the 2-CP degrading species was 0.0139 d(-1). Thus the apparent doubling time of the 2-CP-degrading population in the enrichment culture was greater than 50 d, which may explain difficulty in enrichment and isolation of micro-organisms responsible for CP degradation under denitrifying conditions. PMID:11782514

  4. A worksite vitality intervention for older hospital workers to improve vitality work engegement, productivity ans sick leave: results of a randomized controlled trial

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    Strijk, J.E.; Proper, K.I.; Meschelen, W. van; Beek, A. van der

    2012-01-01

    Objectives A worksite vitality intervention aiming to improve lifestyle behaviors could be an effective tool to keep older workers vital, and thereby prolong their labor participation. Therefore, this study evaluates the effectiveness of such an intervention on vitality, work engagement, productivit

  5. ADVANCED WORKER PROTECTION SYSTEM

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    From 1993 to 2000, OSS worked under a cost share contract from the Department of Energy (DOE) to develop an Advanced Worker Protection System (AWPS). The AWPS is a protective ensemble that provides the user with both breathing air and cooling for a NIOSH-rated duration of two hours. The ensemble consists of a liquid air based backpack, a Liquid Cooling Garment (LCG), and an outer protective garment. The AWPS project was divided into two phases. During Phase 1, OSS developed and tested a full-scale prototype AWPS. The testing showed that workers using the AWPS could work twice as long as workers using a standard SCBA. The testing also provided performance data on the AWPS in different environments that was used during Phase 2 to optimize the design. During Phase 1, OSS also performed a life-cycle cost analysis on a representative clean up effort. The analysis indicated that the AWPS could save the DOE millions of dollars on D and D activities and improve the health and safety of their workers. During Phase 2, OSS worked to optimize the AWPS design to increase system reliability, to improve system performance and comfort, and to reduce the backpack weight and manufacturing costs. To support this design effort, OSS developed and tested several different generations of prototype units. Two separate successful evaluations of the ensemble were performed by the International Union of Operation Engineers (IUOE). The results of these evaluations were used to drive the design. During Phase 2, OSS also pursued certifying the AWPS with the applicable government agencies. The initial intent during Phase 2 was to finalize the design and then to certify the system. OSS and Scott Health and Safety Products teamed to optimize the AWPS design and then certify the system with the National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH). Unfortunately, technical and programmatic difficulties prevented us from obtaining NIOSH certification. Despite the inability of NIOSH to certify

  6. ADVANCED WORKER PROTECTION SYSTEM

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    Judson Hedgehock

    2001-03-16

    From 1993 to 2000, OSS worked under a cost share contract from the Department of Energy (DOE) to develop an Advanced Worker Protection System (AWPS). The AWPS is a protective ensemble that provides the user with both breathing air and cooling for a NIOSH-rated duration of two hours. The ensemble consists of a liquid air based backpack, a Liquid Cooling Garment (LCG), and an outer protective garment. The AWPS project was divided into two phases. During Phase 1, OSS developed and tested a full-scale prototype AWPS. The testing showed that workers using the AWPS could work twice as long as workers using a standard SCBA. The testing also provided performance data on the AWPS in different environments that was used during Phase 2 to optimize the design. During Phase 1, OSS also performed a life-cycle cost analysis on a representative clean up effort. The analysis indicated that the AWPS could save the DOE millions of dollars on D and D activities and improve the health and safety of their workers. During Phase 2, OSS worked to optimize the AWPS design to increase system reliability, to improve system performance and comfort, and to reduce the backpack weight and manufacturing costs. To support this design effort, OSS developed and tested several different generations of prototype units. Two separate successful evaluations of the ensemble were performed by the International Union of Operation Engineers (IUOE). The results of these evaluations were used to drive the design. During Phase 2, OSS also pursued certifying the AWPS with the applicable government agencies. The initial intent during Phase 2 was to finalize the design and then to certify the system. OSS and Scott Health and Safety Products teamed to optimize the AWPS design and then certify the system with the National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH). Unfortunately, technical and programmatic difficulties prevented us from obtaining NIOSH certification. Despite the inability of NIOSH to certify

  7. Catalysts of worker-to-worker violence and incivility in hospitals

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    Hamblin, Lydia E; Essenmacher, Lynnette; Upfal, Mark J; Russell, Jim; Luborsky, Mark; Ager, Joel; Arnetz, Judith E

    2016-01-01

    Aims and objectives To identify common catalysts of worker-to-worker violence and incivility in hospital settings. Background Worker-to-worker violence and incivility are prevalent forms of mistreatment in healthcare workplaces. These are forms of counterproductive work behaviour that can lead to negative outcomes for employees, patients and the organisation overall. Identifying the factors that lead to co-worker mistreatment is a critical first step in the development of interventions targeting these behaviours. Design Retrospective descriptive study. Methods Qualitative content analysis was conducted on the total sample (n = 141) of employee incident reports of worker-to-worker violence and incivility that were documented in 2011 at a large American hospital system. Results More than 50% of the incidents involved nurses, and the majority of incidents did not involve physical violence. Two primary themes emerged from the analysis: Work Behaviour and Work Organisation. Incidents in the Work Behaviour category were often sparked by unprofessional behaviour, disagreement over responsibilities for work tasks or methods of patient care, and dissatisfaction with a co-worker’s performance. Incidents in the Work Organisation category involved conflicts or aggression arising from failure to following protocol, patient assignments, limited resources and high workload. Conclusion Incidents of worker-to-worker violence and incivility stemmed from dissatisfaction with employee behaviour or from organisational practices or work constraints. These incident descriptions reflect worker dissatisfaction and frustration, resulting from poor communication and collaboration between employees, all of which threaten work productivity. PMID:25852041

  8. Determination of Phenol and Chlorophenols at Single-Wall Carbon Nanotubes/Poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) Modified Glassy Carbon Electrode Using Flow Injection Amperometry

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    2014-01-01

    Phenol and chlorophenols were investigated using single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNT) and poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) composite modified glassy carbon electrode (SWCNT/PEDOT/GCE) as a detector in flow injection system. Optimization of experimental variables such as the detection potential, flow rate, and pH of the carrier solution (0.1 M sodium acetate) for the determination of phenol (P), 4-chlorophenol (CP), 2,4-dichlorophenol (DCP), 2,4,6-trichlorophenol (TCP), and pentachloro...

  9. Effects of a catalytic converter on PCDD/F, chlorophenol and PAH emissions in residential wood combustion.

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    Kaivosoja, T; Virén, A; Tissari, J; Ruuskanen, J; Tarhanen, J; Sippula, O; Jokiniemi, J

    2012-07-01

    Catalytic converters can be used to decrease carbon monoxide, organic compounds and soot from small-scale wood-fired appliances. The reduction is based on the oxidation of gaseous and particulate pollutants promoted by catalytic transition metal surfaces. However, many transition metals have also strong catalytic effect on PCDD/F formation. In this study birch logs were burned in a wood-fired stove (18 kW) with and without a catalytic converter with palladium and platinum as catalysts. PCDD/F, chlorophenol and PAH concentrations were analyzed from three phases of combustion (ignition, pyrolysis and burnout) and from the whole combustion cycle. PCDD/F emissions without the catalytic converter were at a level previously measured for wood combustion (0.15-0.74 ng N m(-3)). PAH emissions without the catalytic converter were high (47-85 mg N m(-3)) which is typical for batch combustion of wood logs. Total PAH concentrations were lower (on average 0.8-fold), and chlorophenol and PCDD/F levels were substantially higher (4.3-fold and 8.7-fold, respectively) when the catalytic converter was used. Increase in the chlorophenol and PCDD/F concentrations was most likely due to the catalytic effect of the platinum and palladium. Platinum and palladium may catalyze chlorination of PCDD/Fs via the Deacon reaction or an oxidation process. The influence of emissions from wood combustion to human health and the environment is a sum of effects caused by different compounds formed in the combustion. Therefore, the usage of platinum and palladium based catalytic converters to reduce emissions from residential wood combustion should be critically evaluated before wide-range utilization of the technology. PMID:22397840

  10. Deriving the aquatic predicted no-effect concentrations (PNECs) of three chlorophenols for the Taihu Lake, China.

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    Lei, Bing L; Huang, Sheng B; Jin, Xiao W; Wang, Zijian

    2010-12-01

    The Predicted No-Effect Concentration (PNEC) is a key for ecological risk assessment. In this paper, the aquatic species existing widely in the Taihu Lake were selected, and their toxicity data to 2,4-dichlorophenol (2,4-DCP), 2,4,6-trichlorophenol (2,4,6-TCP) and pentachlorophenol (PCP) were collected. The PNECs of 2,4-DCP; 2,4,6-TCP; and PCP were derived using three different approaches, i.e., the assessment factor (AF), species sensitivity distribution (SSD) as well as an eco-toxicological model (AQUATOX). As the results, PNEC(AF)s were 2.18 μg L(-1), 2.53 μg L(-1) and 0.26 μg L(-1), and PNEC(SSD)s were 77 μg L(-1), 197 μg L(-1) and 10 μg L(-1), respectively for 2,4-DCP; 2,4,6-TCP; and PCP respectively. Based on the aquatic conditions of the Taihu Lake, the derived site-specific PNEC(AQUATOX)s were 15 μg L(-1), 67 μg L(-1) and 4 μg L(-1), respectively. In general, the PNECs for three chlorophenols derived from different approaches followed the declined order of PNEC(SSD) > PNEC(AQUATOX) > PNEC(AF). The ratios of PNEC(AF) to PNEC(SSD) and PNEC(AQUATOX) to PNEC(SSD) for three chlorophenols were 0.013-0.028 and 0.19-0.4, respectively. It indicated that PNECs obtained using different approaches may vary and the one based on the AF was the lowest. Therefore, PNEC(AF) can be seen as overprotective. The PNEC(AQUATOX) values for three chlorophenols were less than the corresponding PNEC(SSD) values, mostly because the indirect effects were considered in the ecological model. PMID:20936560

  11. Mobile Applications for Knowledge Workers and Field Workers

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    Stefan Stieglitz; Christoph Lattemann; Tobias Brockmann

    2015-01-01

    In recent years, the diffusion of mobile applications (mobile apps) has risen significantly. Nowadays, mobile business apps are strongly emerging in business, enhancing productivity and employees’ satisfaction, whilst the usage of customized individual enterprise apps is still an exception. Standardized business apps enable basic functionalities, for example, mobile data storage and exchange (e.g., Dropbox), communication (e.g., Skype), and other routine processes, which support mobile worker...

  12. Degradation of Chlorophenols by Alcaligenes eutrophus JMP134(pJP4) in Bleached Kraft Mill Effluent

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    Valenzuela, J.; Bumann, U.; Cespedes, R.; Padilla, L.; Gonzalez, B

    1997-01-01

    The ability of Alcaligenes eutrophus JMP134(pJP4) to degrade 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid, 2,4,6-trichlorophenol, and other chlorophenols in a bleached kraft mill effluent was studied. The efficiency of degradation and the survival of strain JMP134 and indigenous microorganisms in short-term batch or long-term semicontinuous incubations performed in microcosms were assessed. After 6 days of incubation, 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetate (400 ppm) or 2,4,6-trichlorophenol (40 to 100 ppm) were extens...

  13. Isolation of Pseudomonas pickettii strains that degrade 2,4,6-trichlorophenol and their dechlorination of chlorophenols.

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    Kiyohara, H.; Hatta, T; Ogawa, Y.; T Kakuda; H. Yokoyama; Takizawa, N

    1992-01-01

    Three strains of Pseudomonas pickettii that can grow with 2,4,6-trichlorophenol (2,4,6-TCP) as the sole source of carbon and energy were isolated from different mixed cultures of soil bacterial populations that had been acclimatized to 2,4,6-TCP. These strains released 3 mol of chloride ion from 1 mol of 2,4,6-TCP during the complete degradation of the TCP. Of these strains, P. pickettii DTP0602 in high-cell-density suspension cultures dechlorinated various chlorophenols (CPs). Cells that wer...

  14. World Council of Nuclear Workers

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    WONUC is an association of Trade Unions, Scientific Societies and Social Organizations of the employees, workers and professionals of the nuclear energy related industries and technologies; integrated by 35 Countries and 1.8 millions members. This paper expose the products and services that WONUC provide for the promotion of peaceful uses of nuclear energy and the result of their work around all the world

  15. On the economic architecture of the workplace: Repercussions of social comparisons among heterogeneous workers

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    Stark, Oded; Hyll, Walter

    2011-01-01

    We analyze the impact on a firm’s profits and optimal wage rates, and on the distribution of workers’ earnings, when workers compare their earnings with those of co-workers. We consider a low-productivity worker who receives lower wage earnings than a high-productivity worker. When the low-productivity worker derives (dis)utility not only from his own effort but also from comparing his earnings with those of the high-productivity worker, his response to the sensing of relative deprivation is ...

  16. On the economic architecture of the workplace: repercussions of social comparisons amongst heterogeneous workers

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    Hyll, Walter; Stark, Oded

    2011-01-01

    We analyze the impact on a firm’s profits and optimal wage rates, and on the distribution of workers’ earnings, when workers compare their earnings with those of co-workers. We consider a low-productivity worker who receives lower wage earnings than a high-productivity worker. When the low-productivity worker derives (dis)utility not only from his own effort but also from comparing his earnings with those of the high-productivity worker, his response to the sensing of relative deprivation ...

  17. Pneumoconiosis in rubber workers

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    Radiographic survey carried out on rubber workers revealed that 32 % (24/76) of the workers showed pneumoconiosis. The cases of pneumoconiosis were found in workers who had been exposed to dust for more than 10 years. Among the 24 cases of pneumoconiosis, 15 workers had been exposed to talc dust for more than 12 years. Chest radiographs of the rubber workers who had been exposed to dust for more than 10 years demonstrated radiographic findings and incidences as follows; nodular pattern (16 %), fine reticular and granular pattern (52 %), reticular pattern (36 %), irregularity of lung markings (61 %), ground-glass appearance (8 %), and pleural thickening (15 %). Irregular opacities such as fine reticular and granular pattern, reticular pattern and irregularity of lung markings seen to be major radiographic findings of pneumoconiosis of the rubber workers. While, nodular pattern seen in upper and middle lung zones and pleural thickening seen in apices and upper lung zones seen to be minor changes. (author)

  18. Fluorescence resonance energy transfer in AOT/4-chlorophenol/m-xylene organogels

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    Dandapat, Manika; Mandal, Debabrata, E-mail: dmandal.chemistry@gmail.com

    2015-06-15

    Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET) between donor coumarins (C102 and C153) and acceptor Rhodamine 6G were studied in AOT/4-chlorophenol/m-xylene organogels. The gel comprises a three-dimensional network of fiber bundles trapping the m-xylene solvent. Each fiber is an aggregate of several strands, and each strand consists of a central columnar stack of the phenols, surrounded by AOT headgroups. Our acceptor is ionic so that it was concentrated near the polar center of the strand, while the neutral donors were likely distributed over a wider region. With C153 as donor, clear evidence of FRET (time-constant~100 ps) was found, which indicated that the donor and acceptor may reside in neighboring strands within the same fiber. However, with C102 as donor, FRET probably occurred over an ultrashort, sub-picosecond time-scale suggesting that the donor and acceptor in this case resided in close vicinity. Thus, C102 tends to localize near the polar centre of the strands, compared to the more hydrophobic C153, which prefers to occupy the relatively non-polar peripheral regions of the strands and fibers. - Highlights: • FRET between coumarin donors and Rhodamine 6G acceptor studied in AOT organogels. • With Coumarin 153 donor, a ~100 ps FRET component detected in both donor and acceptor fluorescence. • With Coumarin 102 donor, FRET component too short to be detected with a time-resolution of ~70 ps. • The FRET rates reveal crucial differences in donor–acceptor distances for the two coumarin donors.

  19. Probabilistic ecological risk assessment for three chlorophenols in surface waters of China

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    Liqun Xing; Hongling Liu; John P. Giesy; Xiaowei Zhang; Hongxia Yu

    2012-01-01

    Individual and combined assessment of risks of adverse effects to aquatic ecosystems of three chlorophenols (CPs),including 2,4-dichlorophenol (2,4-DCP),2,4,6-trichlorophenol (2,4,6-TCP) and pentachlorophenol (PCP),were conducted.A probabilistic approach based on the concentrations of CPs in surface waters of China was used to determine the likelihood of adverse effects.The potential risk of CPs in surface waters of China was determined to be of concern,especially PCP and mixtures of CPs.The risks of adverse effects were examined as the joint probabilities of exposure and response.The joint probability for PCP was 0.271 in the worst case and 0.111 in the median case,respectively.Based on the cumulative probability,5% of aquatic organisms included in the assessment would be affected 21.36% of the time in the worst case and 5.99% of the time in median case,respectively.For the mixtures of CPs,the joint probability were 0.171 in the worst case and 0.503 in median case,respectively and 5% of species would be affected 49.83% of the time for the worst case and 12.72% in the median case,respectively.Risks of effects of the individual CPs,2,4-DCP and 2,4,6-TCP were deemed to be acceptable with a overlapping probability of < 0.1 with 5% of species being affected less than 4% of the time.

  20. Optimization of some experimental parameters in the electro membrane extraction of chlorophenols from seawater.

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    Lee, Jingyi; Khalilian, Faezeh; Bagheri, Habib; Lee, Hian Kee

    2009-11-01

    An electro membrane extraction (EME) methodology was utilized to study the isolation of some environmentally important pollutants, such as chlorophenols, from aquatic media based upon the electrokinetic migration process. The analytes were transported by application of an electrical potential difference over a supported liquid membrane (SLM). A driving force of 10V was applied to extract the analytes through 1-octanol, used as the SLM, into a strongly alkaline solution. The alkaline acceptor solution was subsequently analyzed by high performance liquid chromatography-ultraviolet (HPLC-UV) detection. The parameters influencing electromigration, including volumes and pH of the donor and acceptor phases, the organic solvent used as the SLM, and the applied voltage and its duration, were investigated to find the most suitable extraction conditions. Since the developed method showed a rather high degree of selectivity towards pentachlorophenol (PCP), validation of the method was performed using this compound. An enrichment factor of 23 along with acceptable sample clean-up was obtained for PCP. The calibration curve showed linearity in the range of 0.5-1000ng/mL with a coefficient of estimation corresponding to 0.999. Limits of detection and quantification, based on signal-to-noise ratios of 3 and 10, were 0.1 and 0.4ng/mL, respectively. The relative standard deviation of the analysis at a PCP concentration of 0.5ng/mL was found to be 6.8% (n=6). The method was also applied to the extraction of this contaminant from seawater and an acceptable relative recovery of 74% was achieved at a concentration level of 1.0ng/mL. PMID:19782990

  1. Respiratory Health among Cement Workers in Ethiopia

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    Zeleke, Zeyede K.

    2011-01-01

    Background: Little is known on dust exposure and respiratory health among cement cleaners. There are only a few follow-up studies on respiratory health among cement factory workers and also studies on acute effects of cement dust exposure are limited in numbers. Objective: This study aimed at assessing cement dust exposure and adverse respiratory health effects among Ethiopian cement production workers, with particular focus on cement cleaners. Method: The first paper was...

  2. Organizing marginalized workers.

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    Taylor, A K

    1999-01-01

    Figures from the U.S. Department of Labor show that low-wage or marginalized workers are more likely to be injured on the job and suffer more work-related medical conditions than better-paid workers. Despite an increasingly hostile organizing climate, market globalization, and corporate downsizing, significant progress has been made in organizing marginalized workers. A multifaceted, comprehensive organizing strategy, incorporating union-building strategies that include (but are not limited to) safety and health, must be used by unions to successfully organize marginalized workers and obtain the first contract. PMID:10378982

  3. Electrochemical Characterization and Determination of Phenol and Chlorophenols by Voltammetry at Single Wall Carbon Nanotube/Poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) Modified Screen Printed Carbon Electrode

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    Negash, Negussie; Alemu, Hailemichael; Tessema, Merid

    2015-01-01

    Screen printed carbon electrode (SPCE) has been modified with single wall carbon nanotube/poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (SWCNT/PEDOT) composites for the determination of phenol and chlorophenols (phenol, 4-chlorophenol, 2,4-dichlorophenol, and 2,4,6-trichlorophenol). The effect of the modifiers on the electrode characteristics was evaluated and the responses were optimized for the voltammetric determination of phenol and chlorophenols. The parameters affecting the responses such as pH, scan rate, and stability were studied. The analytical performance of the SWCNT/PEDOT/SPCE using cyclic voltammetry was tested and found to be impressive. Under these conditions, the designed electrode showed a good performance for the voltammetric measurements of the phenolic compounds. The modified SPCE, when it is compared with other enzymatic and nonenzymatic sensors, showed a wider dynamic range for the detection of the phenolic compounds. The modified SPCE was used for the quantification of phenol in water samples. The results suggest that the method is quite useful for analyzing and monitoring phenols and chlorophenols. PMID:27347519

  4. Trace analysis of chlorophenols in river water samples by stir bar sorptive extraction with in situ derivatization and thermal desorption-gas chromatography-mass spectrometry

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    Kawaguchi, M.; Ishii, Y.; Okanouchi, N.; Sakui, N.; Ito, R.; Inoue, K.; Nakazawa, H. [Hoshi Univ., Tokyo (Japan). Dept. of Analytical Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences; Saito, K. [Saitama Institute of Public Health, Saitama (Japan). Dioxin Research Group

    2004-09-15

    Many analytical methods for the determination of chlorophenols in water samples have been reported including gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). However, GC-MS was initially used for the determination of phenol compounds even though derivatization was required. The derivatization leads to sharper peaks and hence to better separation and higher sensitivity for the phenols. However, the derivatization faces the risk of contamination and hence an overestimation of chlorophenols concentration. In order to overcome these problems, in situ derivatization has been developed, which involves the simple addition of a reagent to a liquid sample. Recently, a new sorptive extraction technique that uses a stir bar coated with polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) was developed. The technique is known as stir bar sorptive extraction (SBSE). We already reported that determination of 4-tert-octylphenol (OP) and 4-nonylphenol (NP) in river water4 and body fluid samples by using SBSE. In addition, SBSE with in situ derivatization has been successfully used in the determination of bisphenol A (BPA) in human body fluid samples6 and phenolic xenoestrogens in river water samples. The aim of this study is to determine trace amounts of chlorophenols in water samples by SBSE with in situ derivatization, followed by thermal desorption (TD)-GC-MS. The developed method was applied to determination of chlorophenols in river water samples.

  5. Fabrication of a novel hydrophobic/ion-exchange mixed-mode adsorbent for the dispersive solid-phase extraction of chlorophenols from environmental water samples.

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    Gao, Li; Wei, Yinmao

    2016-08-01

    A novel mixed-mode adsorbent was prepared by functionalizing silica with tris(2-aminoethyl)amine and 3-phenoxybenzaldehyde as the main mixed-mode scaffold due to the presence of the plentiful amino groups and benzene rings in their molecules. The adsorption mechanism was probed with acidic, natural and basic compounds, and the mixed hydrophobic and ion-exchange interactions were found to be responsible for the adsorption of analytes. The suitability of dispersive solid-phase extraction was demonstrated in the determination of chlorophenols in environmental water. Several parameters, including sample pH, desorption solvent, ionic strength, adsorbent dose, and extraction time were optimized. Under the optimal extraction conditions, the proposed dispersive solid-phase extraction coupled with high-performance liquid chromatography showed good linearity range and acceptable limits of detection (0.22∽0.54 ng/mL) for five chlorophenols. Notably, the higher extraction recoveries (88.7∽109.7%) for five chlorophenols were obtained with smaller adsorbent dose (10 mg) and shorter extraction time (15 min) compared with the reported methods. The proposed method might be potentially applied in the determination of trace chlorophenols in real water samples. PMID:27420911

  6. The role of CuCl on the mechanism of dibenzo-p-dioxin formation from poly-chlorophenol precursors: A computational study.

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    Fernández Pulido, Yoana; Suárez, Ernesto; López, Ramón; Menéndez, M Isabel

    2016-02-01

    A computational study is performed for the elucidation of the role played by CuCl in the condensation of two polychlorophenol molecules to yield PCDDs. The mechanism found consists of six sequential steps, which allow the final recuperation of the CuCl molecule, and applies for phenol molecules with an ortho chlorine. In the temperature range of 453-473 K (previously reported as adequate to diminish PCDDs formation in the post-combustion area), CuCl is able to softly retain chlorophenol molecules, mainly those less chlorinated. After a first HCl release, Cu(I) remains bonded to phenol oxygen atom, thus avoiding the formation of phenoxy radicals and the subsequent radical processes. A temperature raise up to 1200 K destabilizes the initial CuCl-chlorophenol complexes and causes that the rate limiting step change from the formation of the first oxygen bridge to HCl elimination. It has been checked that tetra and penta-chlorophenols undergo essentially the same reaction process of 2-chlorophenol. In view of our results and trying to arrive at a practical way to diminish the rate of formation of PCDDs, we propose that an extra addition of powdered CuCl to the post-combustion zone, cooled down to temperatures lower than 473 K, could act as an inhibitor in the formation of these pollutants. PMID:26684925

  7. FORMATION OF POLYCHLORINATED DIBENZO-P-DIOXINS AND DIBENZOFURANS FROM A MIXTURE OF CHLOROPHENOLS OVER FLY ASH: INFLUENCE OF WATER VAPOR

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    To offer a polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins (PCDDs) and dibenzofurans (PCDFs) parameter for plant operation control, the on-line estimation of PCDD/Fs emissions by surrogates like chlorophenols is useful. Formation of PCDD/Fs over fly ash was studied in an isothermal (310 degree...

  8. Effect of Sb dopant amount on the structure and electrocatalytic capability of Ti/Sb-SnO2 electrodes in the oxidation of 4-chlorophenol

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    2007-01-01

    Ti/Sb-SnO2 anodes were prepared by thermal decomposition to examine the influence of the amount of Sb dopant on the structure and electrocatalytic capability of the electrodes in the oxidation of 4-chlorophenol. The physicochemical properties of the Sb-SnO2 coating were markedly influenced by different amounts of Sb dopant. The electrodes, which contained 5% Sb dopant in the coating, presented a much more homogenous surface and much smaller mud-cracks, compared with Ti/Sb-SnO2 electrodes containing 10% or 15% Sb dopant, which exibited larger mud cracks and pores on the surface. However, the main microstructure remained unchanged with the addition of the Sb dopant. No new crystal phase was observed by X-ray diffraction (XRD). The electrochemical oxidation of 4-chlorophenol on the Ti/SnO2 electrode with 5% Sb dopant was inclined to electrochemical combustion; while for those containing more Sb dopant, intermediate species were accumulated. The electrodes with 5% Sb dopant showed the highest efficiency in the bulk electrolysis of 4-chlorophenol at a current density of 20 mA/cm2 for 180 min; and the removal rates of 4-chlorophenol and COD were 51.0% and 48.9%, respectively.

  9. Application of multicriteria decision analysis in solvent type optimization for chlorophenols determination with a dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction.

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    Bigus, Paulina; Namieśnik, Jacek; Tobiszewski, Marek

    2016-05-13

    This study presents a novel support tool for the optimization and development of analytical methods. The tool is based on multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA), namely the Technique for Order of Preference by Similarity to the Ideal Solution (TOPSIS), that allows users to rank possible solutions according to their requirements. In this study, we performed rankings of pairs of eight extraction and three dispersive solvents used in DLLME for chlorophenols extraction from water samples. The first ranking involved sensitivity and precision of the method for each of the nine chlorophenols. The tool is a quantitative solution to the common analytical problem that the change of analytical performance results in better performance for some analytes and worse for others. The second ranking included the assessment of the greenness of each pair of solvents, based on toxicological, ecotoxicological and environmental persistence criteria. The third ranking was based on a combination of sensitivity, precision and greenness criteria. Heptane as an extraction solvent and acetone as a dispersive solvent were selected as the most appropriate ones. The TOPSIS tool is a successful, easy to implement, incorporation of green analytical chemistry values to analytical method optimization. PMID:27083262

  10. Partitioning of chloroaromatic compounds between the aqueous phase and dissolved and particulate soil organic matter at chlorophenol contaminated sites

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    Frankki, Sofia [Department of Forest Ecology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, SE-901 83 Umea (Sweden); Persson, Ylva [Environmental Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Umea University, SE-901 87 Umea (Sweden); Shchukarev, Andrei [Inorganic Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Umea University, SE-901 87 Umea (Sweden); Tysklind, Mats [Environmental Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Umea University, SE-901 87 Umea (Sweden); Skyllberg, Ulf [Department of Forest Ecology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, SE-901 83 Umea (Sweden)]. E-mail: ulf.skyllberg@sek.slu.se

    2007-07-15

    The retention and mobility of hydrophobic organic contaminants (HOCs) in soil is mainly determined by hydrophobic partitioning to dissolved and particulate organic matter (DOM and POM, respectively). The aqueous phase, DOM, and POM fractions were extracted and separated from soils at three sites contaminated with technical chlorophenol formulations. Concentrations of chlorophenols (CP), polychlorinated phenoxyphenols (PCPP), polychlorinated diphenyl ethers (PCDE) and polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and furans (PCDD/F) were determined. The partitioning to POM, in relation to DOM, increased in all three soils with increasing hydrophobicity in the order CP < PCPP {approx} PCDE {approx} PCDF < PCDD. Differences in partitioning to DOM (log K {sub DOC}) and POM (log K {sub POC}) could not be explained by differences in gross organic C chemistry. Black carbon did not contribute significantly to the sorption of PCDDs, whereas >70% wood fibre in one soil resulted in a decrease of log K {sub POC} of 0.5 units for CPs and PCDDs. We conclude that log K {sub OC} for both DOM and POM need to be explicitly determined when the retention and mobility of HOCs is described and modelled in soils. - Increasing hydrophobicity of organic compounds increases the partitioning to particulate natural organic matter relative to dissolved natural organic matter.

  11. Partitioning of chloroaromatic compounds between the aqueous phase and dissolved and particulate soil organic matter at chlorophenol contaminated sites

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    The retention and mobility of hydrophobic organic contaminants (HOCs) in soil is mainly determined by hydrophobic partitioning to dissolved and particulate organic matter (DOM and POM, respectively). The aqueous phase, DOM, and POM fractions were extracted and separated from soils at three sites contaminated with technical chlorophenol formulations. Concentrations of chlorophenols (CP), polychlorinated phenoxyphenols (PCPP), polychlorinated diphenyl ethers (PCDE) and polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and furans (PCDD/F) were determined. The partitioning to POM, in relation to DOM, increased in all three soils with increasing hydrophobicity in the order CP DOC) and POM (log K POC) could not be explained by differences in gross organic C chemistry. Black carbon did not contribute significantly to the sorption of PCDDs, whereas >70% wood fibre in one soil resulted in a decrease of log K POC of 0.5 units for CPs and PCDDs. We conclude that log K OC for both DOM and POM need to be explicitly determined when the retention and mobility of HOCs is described and modelled in soils. - Increasing hydrophobicity of organic compounds increases the partitioning to particulate natural organic matter relative to dissolved natural organic matter

  12. Visible light responsive N-F-codoped TiO2 photocatalysts for the degradation of 4-chlorophenol

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    Xiaohong Li; Haidong Zhang; Xuxu Zheng; Zhongyi Yin; Le Wei

    2011-01-01

    N-F-codoped TiO2 (NFTO) photocatalysts were synthesized by a simple sol-gel process with tetrabutyl titanate (Ti(OBu)4) as the precursor of TiO2 and ammonium fluoride (NH4F) as the source of N and F.The synthesized photocatalysts were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD),X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS),ultraviolet-visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (UV-Vis DRS) and photodegradation reaction tests of 4-chlorophenol under visible light irradiation to understand the relationship between the structure of NFTO catalyst and corresponding photocatalytic activity.The crystal phase and particle size of catalysts were found to be largely affected by the calcination temperature.In addition,N-F-codoping could inhibit phase transition of TiO2 from anatase to rutile.The presence of N and F atoms in the lattice of TiO2 is responsible for the visible light catalytic activity.In UV-Vis DRS tests,the spectrum of NFTO exhibited red shift compared with Degussa P25 and the band gap was reduced to around 2.92 eV.Under optimal calcination temperature and dopant concentration conditions,the NFTO photocatalyst exhibited the highest activity in the photodegradation reaction tests of 4-chlorophenol under visible light irradiation with a degradation rate of 75.84%.Besides,the 5-recycle test showed that NFTO photocatalyst could be reused and its activity kept stable under visible light irradiation.

  13. O processo de reestruturação produtiva e o jovem trabalhador: conhecimento e participação The process of productive restructuring and the young worker: knowledge and participation

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    Heloisa Helena T. de Souza Martins

    2001-11-01

    Full Text Available O artigo tem como objetivo analisar as percepções de jovens trabalhadores metálurgicos, entre 18 a 25 anos, sobre as mudanças organizacionais e tecnológicas que estão sendo introduzidas no processo produtivo de oito indústrias dos setores metalúrgico e eletroeletrônico do município de Osasco. Considerando que essas mudanças no trabalho redefinem o perfil do trabalhador e colocam novas exigências quanto à escolaridade, formação profissional, participação e compromisso com os objetivos da empresa, o texto discute a relação dos jovens com a escola, o trabalho, a empresa e o sindicato. Na análise do jovem trabalhador é retomada a perspectiva de autores europeus que acentua a heterogeneidade da juventude. Portanto, mesmo com identidade comum definida pela condição operária, os jovens entrevistados avaliam e interpretam de diversas maneiras as condições de trabalho e situam-se diferentemente diante das modificações feitas.The aim of this article is to analyze the perceptions of young metal workers, between 18 and 25 years of age, of organizational and technological changes being introduced in the productive process in eight industries of the metal works and electro-electronic sectors in the Osasco area. Considering that these changes in labor redefine the profile of the worker and bring about new demands as to schooling, professional development, participation and commitment to the companies' objectives, the text discusses the young workers' relationship with school, work, industry and union. In the analysis of the young laborer, the perspective of European authors that accentuate youth heterogeneity is taken up. Thus, in spite of the common identity defined by the condition of being a worker, the young workers interviewed evaluate and interpret differently working conditions and situate themselves in a diverse manner in face of the changes.

  14. ADAPTATION OF NEW WORKER IN THE COMPANY

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    Sekou K.

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Adaptation of a new worker of the company will be considered in this article. For many companies adaption of a new worker to his or her new job does not have much value. But this is a big mistake that many managers are committing. In this article we will have some more effective ways of adaptation of new workers, and how this can be profitable financially to companies by making the new worker efficient in a short period of time. This would be a winning strategy for modern companies. I noticed that in Mali and almost all developing countries they do not even care about this fact. In public or private services the new comers are not welcomed by stuff and managers. And that is why the productivity is not high during the first two or three years of new colleagues in the company. This article can permit managers to understand the theoretical process of adaptation; also it will give them an exact program to follow. Induction of new worker is an essential part of motivation theory of Human resource management. And the first days are very important for the new workers in the company. So to avoid stress and minimize the risk of mistakes and accidents a good and understandable adaptation program is needed. This article is essential in understanding how to increase a new worker motivation in the company

  15. A worker perspective on nuclear safety

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    The majority of the 15,000 members of the Power Workers Union (PWU) are employed in electricity production at Ontario Power Generation's nuclear generating stations and in nuclear technology research at the Chalk River Laboratories of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited. Our members therefore have an obvious vested interest in any discussion related to their jobs. Workers in nuclear power plants have a clearly defined responsibility to ensure a safe working environment for themselves and their fellow workers. They have an overwhelming vested interest in ensuring that the plants are constructed, maintained, and operated safely. As will be detailed in the presentation to the CNS, all workers are required to learn and demonstrate knowledge of the hazards as an integral part of employment initiation and subsequent training. As their union, the PWU has a responsibility to ensure conditions of employment that not only permit workers to refuse work they perceive to be unsafe but require them to bring safety concerns forward for resolution to the satisfaction of both management and workers' representatives. The PWU has accomplished this through the development of workplace structures to ensure worker input is sought and acted on. The paper will describe the next steps required to improve workplace safety at Ontario Power Generation, which could be adapted to other facilities and workgroups. (author)

  16. What makes workers happy?

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    van der Meer, P.H.; Wielers, R.J.J.

    2013-01-01

    This article answers the question what makes workers happy? It does so by combining insights from micro-economics, sociology and psychology. Basis is the standard utility function of a worker that includes income and hours of work and is elaborated with job characteristics. In this way it is possibl

  17. A produção de serviços de saúde mental: a concepção de trabalhadores The production of mental health services: the conception of the workers

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    Célia Maria Sivalli Campos

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo trata da produção de serviços de saúde mental. O objetivo foi descrever as concepções de serviços de saúde mental de trabalhadores de diferentes serviços de saúde mental do município de São Paulo, que fizeram o curso de especialização em tecnologias em saúde mental. No âmbito hospitalar, ambulatorial e da unidade básica de saúde, a concepção de saúde-doença é multifatorial e centrada no indivíduo. Já no centro de atenção em saúde mental (CAPS, a concepção aproximou-se da teoria da determinação social. Quanto ao processo de trabalho, o objeto recortado foi predominantemente o indivíduo doente e até mesmo o sintoma da doença, distinguindo-se no CAPS uma concepção que relaciona o usuário à sua "rede social". O desafio é avançar o entendimento da concepção do processo saúde-doença e redefinir processos de trabalho, pautados no âmbito dos determinantes e não somente no dos resultados do processo saúde-doença.The object of this study is the production of mental health service. It is composed by working processes organized to improve the object of the health care, through institutions and knowledge, technology and health practices. The aim of this study was to describe the conceptions of the workers of different mental health services on the production of these services. The workers took a specialization course in mental health technologies, financed by the Brazilian Ministry of Health. Data were collected during a class period, with previous participant’s authorization. Among the workers of the Psychiatry Hospitals, Mental Health Ambulatories and Health Care Units, the conception of the health illness-process was multifactorial and individual centred. At the Psychosocial Attention Center (PAC the conception appeared to be similar to the theory of the social determination. The object of the assistance was the sick person or even the illness symptom, but PAC workers linked the sick person to

  18. Assessment of Cold Stress and Its Effects on Workers in a Cold-Storage Warehouse

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    Farhang Akbar-Khanzadeh; Mohammad–Hossein Sajadi; Keramat Nouri Jelyani; Farideh Golbabaei

    2009-01-01

    Exposure to cold work environment is an occupational health hazard and poses adverse effect on workers health, performance and productivity. This study was performed in a cold food-storage warehouse complex in Tehran-Iran in order to evaluate the workers' exposure to cold stress. Twenty nine exposed workers and 33 non-exposed workers as control subject were included in this study. Climatic factors were measured based on ISO 7996 at the three levels of workers height. Physiological factor...

  19. Hearing Survey of Noise Exposed Workers in A Steel Cord Products Factory in Jiangyin City%江阴市某钢帘线制品厂噪声作业人员听力调查

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    张捷; 冯鸿义; 徐秀芬; 陈婷; 金宇星

    2011-01-01

    目的 了解某钢帘线制品厂噪声作业人员听力损失状况,为采取有效的职业病危害防护措施提供依据.方法 测试某钢帘线制品厂噪声作业人员双耳气导听阈,结果按GB/T 7582标准对听阈作年龄和性别修正,按年龄、接害工龄分组分析听力损失状况.结果该厂79个噪声监测点中,除7个点合格外,其余均不同程度超过GBZ 2.2 - 2007的要求;调查对象1 040人中,23人双耳高频平均听阈≥40 dB(HL)为观察对象,占总调查人数的2.21%;疑似职业性听力损伤18人.在同一年龄组,随接害工龄增长职业性听力损伤检出率有增高的趋势.结论 钢帘线制品行业中,生产性噪声对作业人员听力损害较大,应控制生产环境噪声强度,做好作业人员个体防护及职业健康检查.%[Objective]To understand the hearing loss of noise exposed workers in a steel cord products factory, and provide evidence for adopting effective protection measures against occupational hazards. [ Methods ] Binaural air conduction audiometry was performed on noise exposed workers,hearing results were modified according to age and sex with CB/T 7582 standard,analysis of hearing loss was based on age groups and service length groups. [ Results]7 out of 79 noise monitoring sites points were qualified,the other exceeded national health standards CBZ 2.2 -2007. Of 1 040 noise exposed workers,23 workers' binaural high frequency average hearing threshold ≥40dB( HL),occupied 2.21% of total workers. 18 were detected suspected occupational hearing loss. Occupational hearing loss showed a growing trend in detection rates increasing with the service length in the same age group. [ Conclusion] It is important to control noise intensity in workplace and strengthen the personal protection of workers and occupational health examination, because great degree of hearing loss for noise is found in the steel cord products industry.

  20. Developing positive worker attitudes toward radiation protection

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    Teamwork, productivity, and reducing exposure are admirable goals presented to the workers in a nuclear power plant. A common thread to achievement in these areas resides in worker attitudes toward the tasks presented. A positive, alert, and cooperative attitude is an element in a worker's mind that must be created and maintained by good leadership and management practices. At the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant, management has used certain strategies to foster good positive worker attitudes toward radiation protection and quality workmanship in all tasks. Strategies differ from management by objectives in that they have no deadlines or timetables in and of themselves. Rather, strategies are preplanned methods that can be called upon when the opportunity arises to improve worker attitudes. A series of five strategies for positive attitude development are described in the full paper. The strategies are identified with buzz words to allow the user a recall mechanism (as with the acronyms abounding in the nuclear industry). They cover the range of management techniques from example setting to reward/recognition. Although not unique to radiation exposure management, nor all inclusive, the strategies provide some though stimulation in creating productive worker attitudes

  1. Russian oil workers seek employment abroad

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    This paper reports that American oil workers discouraged by bleak employment opportunities in the U.S. petroleum industry face increasing competition abroad from Russians seeking a living wage. Moscow's Zagrantrud (Foreign Labor) firm believes millions of Russian skilled and unskilled workers in many occupations will try to find jobs in other countries. The Russian enterprise says it is selecting a group of construction workers to build a refinery in Columbia. Kuwait also wants Russian construction personnel. Russia is especially eager to find overseas work for petroleum industry workers who have lost their jobs in Viet Nam and Cuba. The number of specialists from the former U.S.S.R. in Cuba, many of them engaged in oil exploration and production or pipeline and refinery construction, has fallen from several thousand 2 years ago to 250 at present as Moscow's relations with Havana cooled

  2. Associations of prenatal exposure to five chlorophenols with adverse birth outcomes.

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    Guo, Jianqiu; Wu, Chunhua; Lv, Shenliang; Lu, Dasheng; Feng, Chao; Qi, Xiaojuan; Liang, Weijiu; Chang, Xiuli; Xu, Hao; Wang, Guoquan; Zhou, Zhijun

    2016-07-01

    Exposures to chlorophenols (CPs) have been linked with adverse health effects on wildlife and humans. This study aimed to evaluate prenatal exposure to five CP compounds using maternal urinary concentrations during pregnancy and the potential associations with birth outcomes of their infants at birth. A total of 1100 mother-newborn pairs were recruited during June 2009 to January 2010 in an agricultural region, China. Urinary concentrations of five CPs from dichlorophenol (DCP) to pentachlorophenol (PCP), namely, 2,5-DCP, 2,4-DCP, 2,4,5-trichlorophenol (2,4,5-TCP), 2,4,6-TCP and PCP, were measured using large-volume-injection gas chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LVI-GC-MS-MS), and associations between CP levels and weight, length as well as head circumference at birth were examined. Median urinary creatinine-adjusted concentrations of 2,5-DCP, 2,4-DCP, 2,4,5-TCP, 2,4,6-TCP and PCP were 3.34 μg/g, 1.03 μg/g, < LOD, 1.78 μg/g and 0.39 μg/g creatinine, respectively. We found lower birth weight 30 g [95% confidence interval (CI): -57, -3; p = 0.03] for per SD increase in log10-transformed concentrations of 2,4,6-TCP and lower birth weight 37 g (95% CI: -64, -10; p = 0.04) for PCP, respectively. Similarly, head circumference decrease in associations with creatinine-corrected 2,4,6-TCP and PCP concentrations were also achieved. Considering sex difference, the associations of lower birth weight were only found among male neonates, while head circumference was associated with 2,4-DCP and 2,5-DCP only found among female neonates. This study showed significant negative associations between CPs exposure and reduction in neonatal anthropometric measures. The biological mechanisms concerning CPs exposure on fetal growth deserved further investigations. PMID:27131805

  3. Fate of alkylphenols, chlorophenols and bisphenol A in the Lake Shihwa, Korea

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    Full text: Surface water, suspended particles in surface water and sediment samples from the brackish lake, Shihwa, and its surrounding creeks were collected during Aug. 2001 to May 2004 in Korea. Representative endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) such as alkylphenols, chlorophenols and bisphenol A, were determined from each matrix by GC/MS. Among them, alkylphenol compounds were recorded as the major pollutants affecting Lake Shihwa water quality. High concentration of alkylphenols were measured in those matrices in and around industrial complexes. The levels decreased gradually with distance from the industrial areas. Though alkylphenols concentration in sediment varied from that of water and suspended particle, high concentrations were generally found in industrial area and in central part of the Lake Shihwa. Concentrations of nonylphenol from industrial area were similar or higher than US and EU regulatory value which is 1 μg/L. Spatial and seasonal variation of alkylphenol in dissolved water and suspended particulate were similar but not in the sediment. The alkylphenol concentration was the highest in summer and the lowest in winter. There is no annual correlation on the levels of alkylphenol in water and particulate. Phenolic compounds are continuously discharged into Lake Shihwa from surrounding industries and hence the input of alkylphenols increases in time. Alkylphenol compound s were continuously produced by biodegradation of alkylphenol polyethoxylate and it was accumulated in the sediments by adsorption. Nonylphenol and bisphenol A were the major endocrine disrupting chemicals determined in the Lake Shihwa. The contents of nonylphenol and bisphenol A in dissolved water, suspended particle and sediment are 60, 70, 90% and 35, 25, 8%, respectively. The levels of these chemicals measured in creeks were about 25 times higher than those in Lake Shihwa. In order to identify the source and behavior of alkylphenols in the environment, the relationship

  4. The worker profile autocontrolled

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    Jairo Omar Delgado Mora

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available This document is part of two deliveries. In this first paper is to make an approach to the concept of self-control from the very beginning with Sakichi Toyoda, founder of what the industry Toyota Motor Company, additionally taking some excerpts of the concept issued by teachers and the psychologist Henry Murray, a professor at the university Harvard precursor test TAT personality test creator, pen applied world wide by psychologists David McCllelan, also a psychologist and a pioneer in the study of human needs and the concept of competence; Professor Jeffrey Pfeffer of Stanford University organizational behavior and theory, Frederick Hertzberg, Psychologist and strong influential in business management, Kronfly Cruz, lawyer and investigator of social and administrative sciences, Charles Perrow, a sociologist at Yale University and Stanford , who studies the impact of large organizations in society, among others. The study reflects the need to meet organizational objectives related to the physicochemical characteristics of the finished product in a plant of the company’s main beers in the country. In this paper, we intend to make an approximation of worker self -controlled, which when compared with the powers, generic, specific and technical area established by the brewery, will allow generating a methodology to adjust these competencies and to obtain the target profile drawn. This comparison and development of the methodology proposed is the subject of the second work planned.

  5. Evaluation of exposure to organophosphate, carbamate, phenoxy acid, and chlorophenol pesticides in pregnant women from 10 Caribbean countries.

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    Forde, Martin S; Robertson, Lyndon; Laouan Sidi, Elhadji A; Côté, Suzanne; Gaudreau, Eric; Drescher, Olivia; Ayotte, Pierre

    2015-09-01

    Pesticides are commonly used in tropical regions such as the Caribbean for both household and agricultural purposes. Of particular concern is exposure during pregnancy, as these compounds can cross the placental barrier and interfere with fetal development. The objective of this study was to evaluate exposure of pregnant women residing in 10 Caribbean countries to the following commonly used classes of pesticides in the Caribbean: organophosphates (OPs), carbamates, phenoxy acids, and chlorophenols. Out of 438 urine samples collected, 15 samples were randomly selected from each Caribbean country giving a total of 150 samples. Samples were analyzed for the following metabolites: six OP dialkylphosphate metabolites [dimethylphosphate (DMP), dimethylthiophosphate (DMTP), dimethyldithiophosphate (DMDTP), diethylphosphate (DEP), diethylthiophosphate (DETP) and diethyldithiophosphate (DEDTP)]; two carbamate metabolites [2-isopropoxyphenol (2-IPP) and carbofuranphenol]; one phenoxy acid 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D); and five chlorophenols [2,4-dichlorophenol (DCP), 2,5-dichlorophenol (2,5-DCP), 2,4,5-trichlorophenol (TCP), 2,4,6-trichlorophenol (2,4,6-TCP), and pentachlorophenol (PCP)]. OP metabolites were consistently detected in ≥60% of the samples from Antigua and Barbuda, Bermuda, and Jamaica. Of the carbamate metabolites, 2-IPP was detected in seven of the 10 Caribbean countries with a detection frequency around 30%, whereas carbofuranphenol was detected in only one sample. The detection frequency for the phenoxy acid 2,4-D ranged from 20% in Grenada to a maximum of 67% in Belize. Evidence of exposure to chlorophenol pesticides was also established with 2,4-DCP by geometric means ranging from 0.52 μg L(-1) in St Lucia to a maximum of 1.68 μg L(-1) in Bermuda. Several extreme concentrations of 2,5-DCP were detected in four Caribbean countries-Belize (1100 μg L(-1)), Bermuda (870 μg L(-1)), Jamaica (1300 μg L(-1)), and St Kitts and Nevis (1400 μg L(-1

  6. A sensitive electrochemical chlorophenols sensor based on nanocomposite of ZnSe quantum dots and cetyltrimethylammonium bromide

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    Li, Jianjun; Li, Xiao [The College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou 450001 (China); Yang, Ran, E-mail: yangran@zzu.edu.cn [The College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou 450001 (China); Qu, Lingbo, E-mail: qulingbo@zzu.edu.cn [The College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou 450001 (China); School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Henan University of Technology, Zhengzhou 450001 (China); Harrington, Peter de B. [Center for Intelligent Chemical Instrumentation, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Clippinger Laboratories, OHIO University, Athens, OH 45701-2979 (United States)

    2013-12-04

    Graphical abstract: A very sensitive and simple electrochemical sensor for chlorophenols (CPs) based on nanocomposite of cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) and ZnSe quantum dots (ZnSe–CTAB) through electrostatic self-assembly technology was built for the first time. The nanocomposite of ZnSe–CTAB introduced a favorable access for the electron transfer and showed excellent electrocatalytic activity for the oxidation of CPs. -- Highlights: •Nanocomposite based ZnSe QDs and CTAB was prepared and characterized. •A novel electrochemical sensor for the determination of CPs was built. •The proposed sensor was more sensitive, simple and environment-friendly. -- Abstract: In this work, a very sensitive and simple electrochemical sensor for chlorophenols (CPs) based on a nanocomposite of cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) and ZnSe quantum dots (ZnSe–CTAB) through electrostatic self-assembly technology was built for the first time. The composite of ZnSe–CTAB introduced a favorable access for the electron transfer and gave superior electrocatalytic activity for the oxidation of CPs than ZnSe QDs and CTAB alone. Differential pulse voltammetry (DPV) was used for the quantitative determination of the CPs including 2-chlorophenol (2-CP), 2,4-dichlorophenol (2,4-DCP) and pentachlorophenol (PCP). Under the optimum conditions, the peak currents of the CPs were proportional to their concentrations in the range from 0.02 to 10.0 μM for 2-CP, 0.006 to 9.0 μM for 2,4-DCP, and 0.06 to 8.0 for PCP. The detection limits were 0.008 μM for 2-CP, 0.002 μM for 2,4-DCP, and 0.01 μM for PCP, respectively. The method was successfully applied for the determination of CPs in waste water with satisfactory recoveries. This ZnSe–CTAB electrode system provides operational access to design environment-friendly CPs sensors.

  7. Asthma among mink workers

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    Grøntved, Berit; Carstensen, Ole; Petersen, Rolf;

    2014-01-01

    We report two cases of asthma among mink workers. The first case is about a mink farmer who had asthma that was difficult to treat. In the medical history there was no clear relation to work, and no conclusive work relation with peak flow monitoring. He had a positive histamine release test to mink...... urine. The second case is about a mink farm worker, who had an asthma attack when handling mink furs. Peak flow monitoring showed a clear relation to this work, but there were no signs of allergy. We conclude that these two cases suggest an increased risk of asthma among mink workers....

  8. Assessment of the occupational exposure of the workers involved in the {sup 123}I production at the IEN/CNEN-RJ; Avaliacao da exposicao ocupacional dos trabalhadores envolvidos na producao de {sup 123}I no IEN

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    {sup 123}I is a gamma emitter used for diagnosis in Nuclear Medicine. Since 1998 it is produced in the Institute of Nuclear Energy (IEN) and supplied to the Clinics and Hospitals located in the city of Rio de Janeiro. The annual production is in the approximately of 0,74 TBq (20 Ci), which represents a risk of external and internal exposure to the workers involved in this activity. A survey of external doses in the period of 1994 to 2004 was carried out based on the individual registries available in the CONEXO Data Base operated by the Institute of Radiation Protection and Dosimetry (IRD). It was verified an increase of the external exposure associated to the production curve. However, the individual doses are all bellow the annual limits established by the regulatory board. On the other hand, the variation of doses among individuals involved in the same tasks suggests the possibility of optimization of procedures. Regarding internal exposure it was calculated a decision factor above 1mSv for the practice, which justifies the need for internal monitoring. An evaluation of the process based on the results of in vivo thyroid monitoring in the period of 2000 to 2004 was carried out to identify the steps which represent higher risk of internal exposure. The available data indicate that the laboratory of quality control is the critical step in terms of internal contamination. This conclusion can be justified by the high volatility of iodine which is manipulated in the form of a liquid open source during this step. With the aim of optimizing monitoring procedures for the control of occupationally exposed workers in the production of {sup 123}I, in vivo and in vitro bioassay methods were developed to identify and quantify internal contamination by such radionuclide, using the detection systems available at the Bioassay Laboratory and at the In Vivo Measurements Laboratory. The techniques developed present sensitivity compatible with the derived registry level associated

  9. Reducing Friction for Knowledge Workers with Task Context

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    2015-01-01

    Knowledge workers perform work on many tasks per day and often switch between tasks. When performing work on a task, a knowledge worker must typically search, navigate and dig through file systems, documents and emails, all of which introduce friction into the flow of work. This friction can be reduced, and productivity improved, by capturing and modeling the context of a knowledge worker’s task based on how the knowledge worker interacts with an information space. Captured task contexts can ...

  10. Respiratory tract mortality in cement workers: a proportionate mortality study

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    Rachiotis George; Drivas Spyros; Kostikas Konstantinos; Makropoulos Vasilios; Hadjichristodoulou Christos

    2012-01-01

    Abstract Background The evidence regarding the association between lung cancer and occupational exposure to cement is controversial. This study investigated causes of deaths from cancer of respiratory tract among cement workers. Methods The deaths of the Greek Cement Workers Compensation Scheme were analyzed covering the period 1969-1998. All respiratory, lung, laryngeal and urinary bladder cancer proportionate mortality were calculated for cement production, maintenance, and office workers i...

  11. Determination of chlorophenols in landfill leachate using headspace sampling with ionic liquid-coated solid-phase microextraction fibers combined with gas chromatography-mass spectrometry

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    Ho, Tse-Tsung; Chen, Chung-Yu [Department of Chemistry, National Chung Hsing University, Taichung 40227, Taiwan (China); Li Zuguang [Department of Chemistry, National Chung Hsing University, Taichung 40227, Taiwan (China); College of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Zhejiang University of Technology, Hangzhou 310014, Zhejiang (China); Yang, Thomas Ching-Cherng [Department of Chemistry, National Kaohsiung Normal University, Kaohsiung 82444, Taiwan (China); Lee, Maw-Rong, E-mail: mrlee@dragon.nchu.edu.tw [Department of Chemistry, National Chung Hsing University, Taichung 40227, Taiwan (China)

    2012-01-27

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Ionic liquid (IL), ([C{sub 4}MIM][PF{sub 6}]), was rapid synthesized by microwave radiation. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Trace chlorophenols in landfill leachate were extract by SPME coated IL. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The IL-coated SPME-GC/MS method is low-cost, solvent-free and sensitive. - Abstract: A new microextraction technique based on ionic liquid solid-phase microextraction (IL-SPME) was developed for determination of trace chlorophenols (CPs) in landfill leachate. The synthesized ionic liquid, 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate ([C{sub 4}MIM][PF{sub 6}]), was coated onto the spent fiber of SPME for extraction of trace CPs. After extraction, the absorbed analytes were desorbed and quantified using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC/MS). The term of the proposed method is as ionic liquid-coated of solid-phase microextraction combined with gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (IL-SPME-GC/MS). No carryover effect was found, and every laboratory-made ionic liquids-coated-fiber could be used for extraction at least eighty times without degradation of efficiency. The chlorophenols studied were 2,4-dichlorophenol (2,4-DP), 2,4,6-trichlorophenol (2,4,6-TCP), 2,3,4,6-tetrachlorophenol (2,3,4,6-TeCP), and pentachlorophenol (PCP). The best results of chlorophenols analysis were obtained with landfill leachate at pH 2, headspace extraction for 4 min, and thermal desorption with the gas chromatograph injector at 240 Degree-Sign C for 4 min. Linearity was observed from 0.1 to 1000 {mu}g L{sup -1} with relative standard deviations (RSD) less than 7% and recoveries were over 87%. The limit of detection (LOD) for pentachlorophenol was 0.008 {mu}g L{sup -1}. The proposed method was tested by analyzing landfill leachate from a sewage farm. The concentrations of chlorophenols were detected to range from 1.1 to 1.4 {mu}g L{sup -1}. The results demonstrate that the IL-SPME-GC/MS method is highly effective in

  12. The workers radiation protection

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    This file gathers contributions and points of view from different actors of the workers radiation protection, included two foreign contributions making reference to Spanish and British practices. (N.C.)

  13. Health of radiation workers

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    Radiation workers are healthier than the average person in the general population and appear to be as healthy as workers in other ΣsafeΣ industries. It is, however, assumed that there is no safe dose of radiation and that any exposure to radiation will cause a small increase in the incidence of cancer, this increase being directly proportional to the total radiation dose. On the basis of the risk estimates given by ICRP, radiation exposures up to 1 rem per year for 47 years are predicted to cause fewer work-related deaths than expected for the average worker in Canadian industry. Radiation exposures of 5 rem per year from age 18 to 65 would result in predicted risk which is about four times higher than that for most workers in Canada and might increase the chances of death before age 75 to nearly the same level as for the average member of the general public. (auth)

  14. Electrocatalytic oxidation of chlorophenols by electropolymerised nickel(II) tetrakis benzylmercapto and dodecylmercapto metallophthalocyanines complexes on gold electrodes

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    Agboola, Bolade [Chemistry Department, Rhodes University, Grahamstown 6140 (South Africa); Nyokong, Tebello [Chemistry Department, Rhodes University, Grahamstown 6140 (South Africa)]. E-mail: t.nyokong@ru.ac.za

    2007-04-20

    This work reports on the use of nickel(II) tetrakis benzylmercapto (NiTBMPc) and dodecylmercapto (NiTDMPc) metallophthalocyanine complexes films on gold electrodes for the electrochemical oxidation of 4-chlorophenol (4-CP) and 2,4,5-trichlorophenol (TCP). Both NiTBMPc and NiTDMPc complexes were successfully deposited on gold electrodes by electropolymerisation. The films were electro-transformed in aqueous 0.1 M NaOH solution to the 'O-Ni-O oxo' bridged form. For both complexes, films with different thickness were prepared and characterised by electrochemical impedance and UV-vis (on indium tin oxide) spectroscopies and the results showed typical behaviour for modified electrodes with increasing charge transfer resistance values (R {sub p}) with polymer thickness. The poly-Ni(OH)NiPcs showed better catalytic activity than their poly-NiPcs counterparts.

  15. Determination of Chlorophenols in Water Samples Using Solid-Phase Extraction Enrichment Procedure and Gas Chromatography Analysis.

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    Ben Hassine, S; Hammami, B; Touil, S; Driss, M R

    2015-11-01

    Solid-phase extraction (SPE) procedure followed by derivatization and gas chromatography electron capture detection was evaluated for the determination of trace amounts of chlorophenols (CPs) in waters samples. Different parameters affecting extraction efficiency such as, volume of elution solvent, volume and pH of water sample, quantity of sorbent phase were studied and optimized. SPE was carried out on polystyrene-divinylbenzene (Bond Elut ENV) and high recoveries were obtained using 1000 mg of this cartridge for the treatment of 500 mL of acidified water sample. The described method was then tested on spiked tap, mineral, ground and surface water samples. The overall procedure provided limits of detection lower than 20 ng L(-1), recoveries of 70%-106% and an enrichment factor of 500 for the examined CPs in 500 mL water samples. Among the studied compounds, pentachlorophenol was detected in tap water at a concentration level of 0.06 µg L(-1). PMID:26067701

  16. Chlorophenols in tap water from wells and surface sources in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: method validation and analysis

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Two analytical methods were validated for determination of trichlorophenols, tetrachlorophenols and pentachlorophenol in drinking water. Limits of quantification were at least ten times lower than maximum permissible levels set by the Brazilian legislation, which are 200 ng mL-1 for 2,4,6-trichlorophenol and 9 ng mL-1 for pentachlorophenol. Chlorophenol levels were determined in tap water collected in the Municipality of Rio de Janeiro. 2,4,6-Trichlorophenol residues were detected in 36% of the samples, varying from 0.008 to 0.238 ng mL-1. All other analytes were below the limit of quantification. The validated methods showed to be suitable for application in routine quality control.

  17. DFT-B3LYP computations of electro and thermo molecular characteristics and mode of action of fungicides (chlorophenols).

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    Dixit, V; Yadav, R A

    2015-08-01

    Density functional theoretical (DFT) calculations of the pesticides; 2-chlorophenol (2-CP), 2,4,6-trichlorophenol (TCP) and pentachlorophenol (PCP) have been carried out using 6-311++G** basis set available on Gaussian-09 software in order to optimize the molecular structures. The optimized geometry of the molecules has been found to possess Cs symmetry. The charge transfer phenomena occurring in the molecules have been exhibited by (HOMO-LUMO) analysis. The molecular ESP values and mappings of electron density iso-surface with the molecular electrostatic potential (MEP), have been carried out to achieve the information of the size, shape, charge density distribution and site of chemical reactivity of the molecules. Thermo molecular characteristics have been computed to achieve essential environmental influence on the activities of fungicides. PMID:26144387

  18. Correlation between microbial diversity and toxicity of sludge treating synthetic wastewater containing 4-chlorophenol in sequencing batch reactors.

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    Zhao, Jianguo; Chen, Xiurong; Bao, Linlin; Bao, Zheng; He, Yixuan; Zhang, Yuying; Li, Jiahui

    2016-06-01

    The relationship between microbial diversity and sludge toxicity in the biotreatment of refractory wastewater was investigated. Synthetic wastewater containing 4-chlorophenol (4-CP) was treated by an activated sludge using a sequencing batch bioreactor (SBR). At the end of a single SBR cycle, a stable operation stage was reached when the 4-CP was not detected both in aqueous and sludge phases and the effluent COD was maintained at approximately 70 mg L(-1) for the blank and control sludge groups. Then, the diversity of the microorganisms and the sludge toxicity were measured. The results showed that the Microtox acute toxicity of the control sludge was higher than those of the blank sludge. The difference analysis of the microbial diversity between the blank and control sludge indicated that the sludge toxicity was closely related to microbial diversity. PMID:27016808

  19. Advanced worker protection system. Topical report, Phase I

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    Myers, J.

    1995-07-01

    The Department of Energy (DOE) is in the process of defining the magnitude and diversity of Decontamination and Decommissioning (D&D) obligations at its numerous sites. The DOE believes that existing technologies are inadequate to solve many challenging problems such as how to decontaminate structures and equipment cost effectively, what to do with materials and wastes generated, and how to adequately protect workers and the environment. Preliminary estimates show a tremendous need for effective use of resources over a relatively long period (over 30 years). Several technologies are being investigated which can potentially reduce D&D costs while providing appropriate protection to DOE workers. The DOE recognizes that traditional methods used by the EPA in hazardous waste site clean up activities are insufficient to provide the needed protection and worker productivity demanded by DOE D&D programs. As a consequence, new clothing and equipment which can adequately protect workers while providing increases in worker productivity are being sought for implementation at DOE sites. This project will result in the development of an Advanced Worker Protection System (AWPS). The AWPS will be built around a life support backpack that uses liquid air to provide cooling as well as breathing gas to the worker. The backpack will be combined with advanced protective garments, advanced liquid cooling garment, respirator, communications, and support equipment to provide improved worker protection, simplified system, maintenance, and dramatically improve worker productivity through longer duration work cycles.

  20. Chlorobenzenes, chlorophenols, PAHs and low chlorinated dioxin/furan as post-boiler toxicity indicators in municipal solid waste incinerators

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    Oh, J.E.; Gullett, B.; Ryan, S. [Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC (United States); Touati, A. [AICADIS, Research Triangle Park, NC (United States)

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    Numerous research studies have been conducted to establish indicator compounds for fast and less costly predictive monitoring of polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxin and furan (PCDD/F) toxic equivalent concentrations (TEQs). Many studies have shown that chlorobenzenes and chlorophenols had a good correlation with TEQ, suggesting that these compounds could be used as PCDD/F TEQ indicators. Good correlation results were reported between some low mono- to trichlorinated PCDD/F isomers and TEQ. Resonance enhanced multi-photon ionization (REMPI) with time of flight mass spectrometry (TOFMS) has shown the ability to monitor certain low chlorinated PCDD/F isomers and is, therefore, considered a promising on-line TEQ monitoring technique. However, there is still uncertainty in using these compounds as universal indicators because their relationships with TEQ may be plant- and operating-condition specific. Indeed, one study has shown that different correlations between low chlorinated dioxin/furan and TEQ existed in two incinerators. Given that indicator/TEQ relationships may be plant- and location (temperature) specific, past efforts to determine indicators using combined data from multiple facilities and multiple locations within a single facility that are limited in number of samples and species may be insufficient to determine robust indicators. The objective of this study is to determine indicator compounds based on intra-facility measurements under different operating conditions and to examine the effect of sampling position on potential indicator/TEQ relationships. An expanded indicator set, including chlorobenzenes (ClBzs), chlorophenols (ClPhs), polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and low chlorinated dioxin/furan were analyzed to identify the relationship between these compounds and TEQ.

  1. Foreign construction workers in Singapore.

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    Ofori G

    1997-01-01

    Provides an overview of the construction industry in Singapore. Studies the structure of the construction workforce, the terms of employment, policies towards worker, the effects of employment of foreign workers on local industry, the reducing reliance on foreign construction workers, and the future trends in Singapore's requirements for construction workers.

  2. CHLOROPHENOL DEGRADATION BY ELECTROCATALYSIS COMBINED WITH UV RADIATION%电催化与紫外光辐射降解氯酚

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    吴祖成; 叶倩; 周明华; 丛燕青

    2002-01-01

    @@ Chlorinated organic compounds, especially chlorophenols are well-known water priority pollutant family due to their toxicity and potential health hazard. As biological treatment processes for the degradation of chlorinated phenols have not been effective, various technologies and processes such as activated carbon adsorption[1], chemical oxidation[2], have been conventionally attempted for phenolic waster treatment. Recently, advanced oxidation processes (AOPs) have attracted a great deal of attention for treatment of phenolic wastewater, among these chemical oxidation ultraviolet (UV) oxidation system[3], anodic oxidation and indirect electro-oxidation have been widely studied[4]. Though a number of researchers worked on the degradation of chlorophenol by UV radiation or electrochemical processes, there are few reports on both methods for organic wastewater treatment. If these two processes can operate in harmony, the degradation efficiency would be enhanced.

  3. The Pd-catalyzed hydrodechlorination of chlorophenols in aqueous solutions under mild conditions: A promising approach to practical use in wastewater

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    Xia Chuanhai, E-mail: chuanhaixia@gmail.com [Yantai Institute of Coastal Zone Research for Sustainable Development, CAS, Yantai 264003 (China); Liu Ying; Zhou Shiwei; Yang Cuiyun; Liu Sujing [Yantai Institute of Coastal Zone Research for Sustainable Development, CAS, Yantai 264003 (China); Xu Jie [Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, CAS, Dalian, 116021 (China); Yu Junbao [Yantai Institute of Coastal Zone Research for Sustainable Development, CAS, Yantai 264003 (China); Chen Jiping; Liang Xinmiao [Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, CAS, Dalian, 116021 (China)

    2009-09-30

    Catalytic hydrotreating of chlorophenols was carried out in water with Pd/C at 25 deg. C under atmospheric pressure. 1.0% (w/w) monocholophenols was completely dechlorinated within 60 min. Phenol, cyclohexanone and cyclohexanol were formed. In contrast to the dechlorination of monochlorophenols, the hydrogenation reaction of polychlorinated phenols became difficult and reaction rates were strongly dependent upon the number of the chlorine atoms. The solvent property had a considerably important influence on the dechlorination reaction. Water as a solvent showed more advantages than organic solvents. It was much easier to be hydrodechlorinated for chlorophenols in aqueous solutions. However, the presence of THF, dioxane, DMSO or DMF in water was disadvantageous to the reaction and easily to cause Pd/C deactivation. Additionally, when different halogenated organic compounds were present in aqueous solution, the dehalogenation reaction was the competitive hydrogenation process.

  4. Optimisation of the derivatisation reaction and subsequent headspace solid-phase microextraction method for the direct determination of chlorophenols in red wine.

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    Martínez-Uruñuela, Almudena; González-Sáiz, José María; Pizarro, Consuelo

    2004-09-10

    An acetylation reaction for the derivatisation of the three chlorophenols involved in cork taint was optimised using a Doehlert design for direct application in wine samples. In this first step, the optimum reaction pH, by adding different amounts of KHCO3, and the required quantity of derivatisation reagent were fixed. Then a series of parameters relevant for the headspace solid-phase microextraction process, such as desorption conditions, salt addition and agitation sample were evaluated. A simultaneous study of the type of fibre and extraction temperature was performed at five levels and based on the results obtained the rest of factors (sample volume and exposition time) that could potentially affect the extraction yields were optimised by a central composite design. According to the validation of the method, we propose here, to our knowledge, the first application of solid-phase microextraction for the direct analysis of chlorophenols in red wine samples. PMID:15481251

  5. The Pd-catalyzed hydrodechlorination of chlorophenols in aqueous solutions under mild conditions: A promising approach to practical use in wastewater

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    Catalytic hydrotreating of chlorophenols was carried out in water with Pd/C at 25 deg. C under atmospheric pressure. 1.0% (w/w) monocholophenols was completely dechlorinated within 60 min. Phenol, cyclohexanone and cyclohexanol were formed. In contrast to the dechlorination of monochlorophenols, the hydrogenation reaction of polychlorinated phenols became difficult and reaction rates were strongly dependent upon the number of the chlorine atoms. The solvent property had a considerably important influence on the dechlorination reaction. Water as a solvent showed more advantages than organic solvents. It was much easier to be hydrodechlorinated for chlorophenols in aqueous solutions. However, the presence of THF, dioxane, DMSO or DMF in water was disadvantageous to the reaction and easily to cause Pd/C deactivation. Additionally, when different halogenated organic compounds were present in aqueous solution, the dehalogenation reaction was the competitive hydrogenation process.

  6. Personal exposure to inhalable cement dust among construction workers.

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    Peters, S.M.; Thomassen, Y.; Fechter-Rink, E.; Kromhout, H.

    2009-01-01

    Objective- A case study was carried out to assess cement dust exposure and its determinants among construction workers and for comparison among workers in cement and concrete production.Methods- Full-shift personal exposure measurements were performed and samples were analysed for inhalable dust and

  7. Effects of office innovation on office workers' health and performance

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    E.M. Meijer; M.H.W. Frings-Dresen; J.K. Sluiter

    2009-01-01

    The implementation of an innovative office concept (e.g. open-plan, flexible workplaces and a paperless office concept) on health and productivity among office workers was evaluated with questionnaires of 138 workers at baseline and 6 and 15 months afterwards. Work-related fatigue, general health, c

  8. Wage Premia in Employment Clusters: How Important is Worker Heterogeneity?

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    This paper tests whether the correlation between wages and the spatial concentration of employment can be explained by unobserved worker productivity differences. Residential location is used as a proxy for a worker's unobserved productivity, and average workplace commute time is used to test whether location-based productivity differences are compensated away by longer commutes. Analyses using confidential data from the 2000 Decennial Census Long Form find that the agglomeration estimates ar...

  9. Wage Premia in Employment Clusters: Does Worker Sorting Bias Estimates?

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    2007-01-01

    This paper tests whether the correlation between wages and the spatial concentration of employment can be explained by unobserved worker productivity differences. Residential location is used as a proxy for a worker's unobserved productivity, and average workplace commute time is used to test whether location based productivity differences are compensated away by longer commutes. Analyses using confidential data from the 2000 Decennial Census Long Form find that the agglomeration estimates ar...

  10. Investigating The Molecular Formation Ppoperties of 2-Acetylamino-6-Benzoyl-4-Chlorophenol Using The Semi Emprical Molecular Orbital Methods (PM3, AM1, MNDO)

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    Fatma BAYSEN

    2004-01-01

    In this study in order to the geometry optimization of the 2-acetylamino-6-benzoyl-4-chlorophenol crystal, which is used for forming analgesic and antienflamatuar medicine and of which crystal structure was determined using x-ray diffraction method, PM3, AM1 and MNDO semi emprical molecular orbital methods found in the HyperChem program were used. By the geometry optimization geometric parameters of the molecules having the minimum energy were found.These values which were theoretically obtai...

  11. Characterization of an Inducible Chlorophenol O-Methyltransferase from Trichoderma longibrachiatum Involved in the Formation of Chloroanisoles and Determination of Its Role in Cork Taint of Wines

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    Coque, Juan-José R.; Álvarez-Rodríguez, María Luisa; Larriba, Germán

    2003-01-01

    A novel S-adenosyl-l-methionine (SAM)-dependent methyltransferase catalyzing the O methylation of several chlorophenols and other halogenated phenols was purified 220-fold to apparent homogeneity from mycelia of Trichoderma longibrachiatum CECT 20431. The enzyme could be identified in partially purified protein preparations by direct photolabeling with [methyl-3H]SAM, and this reaction was prevented by previous incubation with S-adenosylhomocysteine. Gel filtration indicated that the Mr was 1...

  12. Study of the relationship between the structure and the relative mobility of chlorophenols in different buffers modified by different organic additives by capillary zone electrophoresis

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    The relationship was studied between the relative mobility of a group of 19 chlorophenols in different buffers modified by eight kinds of different organic additives in capillary zone electrophoresis and a set of 10 molecular descriptors calculated by semi-empirical quantum chemical method PM3 implemented in HyperChem. Using multiple linear regression (MLR), we obtained an empirical function which included five descriptors. The performance of radial basis function neural network (RBFNN) was evaluated and proved better than MLR

  13. Vulnerable workers and labour standards (non-)compliance in global production networks: home-based child labour in Delhi’s garment sector

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    Resmi Bhaskaran; Dev Nathan; Nicola Phillips; C. Upendranadh

    2013-01-01

    Abstract Child labour in apparel value chains is not as central a focus of civil society and organized labour movements as it was a decade ago, a tendency that reflects the successes of public and private initiatives in this regard. However while the incidence of child labour has certainly gone down, it still persists in some segments of the industry and in production for international markets. This working paper assesses the nature of child labour in segments of global garment production in ...

  14. Cold Incineration of Chlorophenols in Aqueous Solution by Advanced Electrochemical Process Electro-Fenton. Effect of Number and Position of Chlorine Atoms on the Degradation Kinetics

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    Oturan, Nihal; Panizza, Marco; Oturan, Mehmet A.

    2009-09-01

    This study reports the kinetics of the degradation of several chlorophenols (CPs), such as monochlorophenols (2-chlorophenol and 4-chlorophenol), dichlorophenols (2,4-dichlorophenol and 2,6- dichlorophenol), trichlorophenols (2,3,5- trichlorophenol and 2,4,5-trichlorophenol), 2,3,5,6-tetrachlorophenol, and pentachlorophenol, by the electro-Fenton process using a carbon felt cathode and a Pt anode. The effect of number and the position of the chlorine atoms in the aromatic ring on the oxidative degradation rate was evaluated and discussed. The oxidation reaction of all the CPs with hydroxyl radicals evidenced a pseudo-first-order kinetics and the rate constant decreased with increasing the number of chlorine atoms. The absolute rate constant of second-order reaction kinetics between CPs and •OH was determined by the competition kinetics method in the range of (3.56-7.75) × 109 M-1 s-1 and follows the same sequence of the apparent rate constants. The mineralization of several CPs and of a mixture of all CPs under study was monitored by the total organic carbon (TOC) removal and the chlorine release during mineralization was followed by ion chromatography. Our results demonstrated that more chlorinated phenols are more difficult to mineralize; however for all the tested CPs, almost quantitative release of chloride ions was obtained after 6 h of treatment.

  15. Ethanol/Water extraction combined with solid-phase extraction and solid-phase microextraction concentration for the determination of chlorophenols in cork stoppers.

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    Insa, Sara; Besalú, Emili; Iglesias, Cristina; Salvadó, Victoria; Anticó, Enriqueta

    2006-02-01

    The appearance of 2,4,6-trichloroanisole (TCA) in cork stoppers is of great concern because it can cause off-flavors in bottled wine. To prevent this sensorial defect, there should not be any traces of 2,4,6-trichlorophenol (TCP), 2,3,4,6-tetrachlorophenol (TeCP), or pentachlorophenol (PCP) in the finished corks, because they are the direct precursors of TCA. In the course of this study two methodologies based upon an extraction with ethanol/water mixtures to determine the chlorophenolic content in cork matrices were developed. The cork extract is preconcentrated using both solid-phase extraction and solid-phase microextraction methodologies. The latter was optimized by applying a full two-level factorial design. Finally, spiked ground corks at nanogram per gram levels of each chlorophenol were analyzed under optimal conditions and by applying both procedures. The obtained results demonstrate that chlorophenols can be detected in corks contaminated at the nanogram per gram level and, thus, these approaches can be successfully applied as quality control measures in the cork industry. PMID:16448159

  16. Sintomas respiratórios em trabalhadores de carvoarias nos municípios de Lindolfo Collor, Ivoti e Presidente Lucena, RS Respiratory symptoms in charcoal production workers in the cities of Lindolfo Collor, Ivoti and Presidente Lucena, Brazil

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    Rafael Machado de Souza

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Determinar a ocorrência de sintomas respiratórios e tabagismo, assim como parâmetros de função pulmonar, em trabalhadores da produção de carvão vegetal em três municípios do sul do Brasil. MÉTODOS: Estudo do tipo observacional com 67 indivíduos, no qual os dados foram obtidos através de entrevistas e espirometria. RESULTADOS: Do total de 67 trabalhadores, 50 (75,0% eram homens; média de idade = 46,52 ± 13,25 anos; média de IMC = 25,7 ± 3,85 kg/m²; VEF1 = 3,24 ± 0,82 L (93,2 ± 16,0% do previsto; CVF = 4,02 ± 0,92 L (95,5 ± 14,3% do previsto; e VEF1/CVF = 80,31 ± 9,82. Os sintomas de vias aéreas superiores mais frequentes foram espirros e secreção nasal, em 24 trabalhadores (35,82%, enquanto o das vias aéreas inferiores foi tosse, em 15 (22,38%. Dos 67 trabalhadores, 21 (31,34% eram tabagistas. Os tabagistas apresentaram mais tosse (OR = 5,00; p = 0,01, obstrução nasal (OR = 3,50; p = 0,03, prurido nasal (OR = 8,80; p = 0,01 e sibilância (OR = 10,0; p = 0,03, assim como menor VEF1 (2,93 ± 0,80 L vs. 3,38 ± 0,80 L; p = 0,04 que os não tabagistas. Rinite ocupacional foi detectada em 14 trabalhadores (20,85%, asma brônquica em 4 (5,97% e DPOC em 4 (5,97%. CONCLUSÕES: A ocorrência dos sintomas respiratórios e a redução do fluxo aéreo foram maiores nos trabalhadores tabagistas. O controle da pirólise não aumentou a ocorrência de sintomas respiratórios nos trabalhadores de carvoarias.OBJECTIVE: To determine the prevalence of respiratory symptoms and smoking, as well as pulmonary function parameters among charcoal production workers in three cities in southern Brazil. METHODS: This was an observational study including 67 individuals. Data were obtained by means of interviews and spirometry. RESULTS: Of the 67 workers, 50 (75.0% were male; mean age, 46.52 ± 13.25 years; mean BMI, 25.7 ± 3.85 kg/m²; FEV1, 3.24 ± 0.82 L (93.2 ± 16.0% of predicted; FVC, 4.02 ± 0.92 L (95.5 ± 14.3% of predicted; and

  17. Evolution of worker policing.

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    Olejarz, Jason W; Allen, Benjamin; Veller, Carl; Gadagkar, Raghavendra; Nowak, Martin A

    2016-06-21

    Workers in insect societies are sometimes observed to kill male eggs of other workers, a phenomenon known as worker policing. We perform a mathematical analysis of the evolutionary dynamics of policing. We investigate the selective forces behind policing for both dominant and recessive mutations for different numbers of matings of the queen. The traditional, relatedness-based argument suggests that policing evolves if the queen mates with more than two males, but does not evolve if the queen mates with a single male. We derive precise conditions for the invasion and stability of policing alleles. We find that the relatedness-based argument is not robust with respect to small changes in colony efficiency caused by policing. We also calculate evolutionarily singular strategies and determine when they are evolutionarily stable. We use a population genetics approach that applies to dominant or recessive mutations of any effect size. PMID:26976051

  18. Migration of health workers.

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    Buchan, James

    2008-01-01

    The discussion and debate stimulated by these papers focused across a range of issues but there were four main areas of questioning: "measuring" and monitoring migration (issues related to comparability, completeness and accuracy of data sets on human resources); the impact of migration of health workers on health systems; the motivations of individual health workers to migrate (the "push" and "pull" factors) and the effect of policies designed either to reduce migration (e.g "self ufficiency") or to stimulate it (e.g active international recruitment). It was recognised that there was a critical need to examine migratory flows within the broader context of all health care labour market dynamics within a country, that increasing migration of health workers was an inevitable consequence of globalisation, and that there was a critical need to improve monitoring so as to better inform policy formulation and policy testing in this area. PMID:18561695

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    ... Employment and Training Administration Notice of Determinations Regarding Eligibility To Apply for Worker... firm and a certification issued regarding eligibility to apply for worker adjustment assistance, each... a shift in production by such workers' firm or subdivision to a foreign country of articles like...

  7. 75 FR 62425 - Notice of Determinations Regarding Eligibility To Apply for Worker Adjustment Assistance

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    2010-10-08

    ... Employment and Training Administration Notice of Determinations Regarding Eligibility To Apply for Worker... firm and a certification issued regarding eligibility to apply for worker adjustment assistance, each... the workers' firm to a foreign country in the production of articles or supply of services like...

  8. 77 FR 43123 - Notice of Determinations Regarding Eligibility To Apply for Worker Adjustment Assistance

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    2012-07-23

    ... percent of the production or sales of the workers' firm; or (B) A loss of business by the workers' firm... Company, ICT- Atlanta, GA June 4, 2011. Infrastructure, Database Administration, Remote Workers Lake... May 23, 2011. Acquisitions, Shelley Investments, d/b/a Salem Business Center. The...

  9. Training "Expendable" Workers: Temporary Foreign Workers in Nursing

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    Taylor, Alison; Foster, Jason; Cambre, Carolina

    2012-01-01

    The purpose of this article is to explore the experiences of Temporary Foreign Workers in health care in Alberta, Canada. In 2007-2008, one of the regional health authorities in the province responded to a shortage of workers by recruiting 510 health-care workers internationally; most were trained as Registered Nurses (RNs) in the Philippines.…

  10. Chinese Workers' Real Demand

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    Li Zhen

    2010-01-01

    @@ A new generation different from their elders Cheap labor has built Chinas economic miracle.As China's economy has bounced back,wages have followed suit.But,for the new generation of Chinese migrant workers,wages are not enough to meet their needs.

  11. Healthy radiation workers

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    A recent study of health records of the workforce at the Lucas Heights Science and Technology Centre, operated by the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), has shown that radiation workers have lower mortality rates from all causes and from all cancers than the general population. The Lucas Heights data cover more than 7000 past and present employees, from 1957-1998. This study was part of a research programme being carried out in conjunction with the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in France and its results add to the much larger pool of data already held by IARC. This finding of the Australian study is similar to the findings of epidemiological studies of the health of workers who have been exposed to low levels of ionising radiation in the course of their occupations elsewhere in the world, and has often been explained as the healthy worker effect. According to this argument, it is reasonable to expect that any group of workers should be more healthy than an average group (with the same age and sex distribution) from the general population. After all, they must at least be healthy enough to get out of bed regularly and go to work. The purpose of the present paper is to ask whether this is the whole story

  12. WORKERS FINDING A VOICE

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    2007-01-01

    The recent cases of U.S. fast-food giants McDonald’s and KFC, accused of underpaying and exploiting part-time workers in their Chinese branches, have put labor relations under the spotlight. With deepening market-oriented economic reforms and an increasi

  13. Radiation protection of workers

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    Niu, Shengli

    2011-01-01

    Provides information about the size of the workforce affected by, and the occupational activities associated with, exposure to radiation and the relevant ILO instruments on the protection of workers. Mentions the ILO Convention on Radiation Protection, 1960 (No. 115), and its accompanying Recommendation (No. 114).

  14. Coal worker's pneumoconiosis

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    ... people with this disease are older than 50. Smoking does not increase your risk of developing this disease, but it may have an added harmful effect on the lungs. If coal worker's pneumoconiosis occurs with rheumatoid arthritis , it is called Caplan syndrome .

  15. 热活化过硫酸盐降解水中的2-氯苯酚%Degradation of o-chlorophenol by heat activated persulfate

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    刘国强; 王斌楠; 廖云燕; 邵娟; 武瑾玮; 孔德洋; 陆隽鹤

    2014-01-01

    Degradation of o-chlorophenol by sulfate radicals generated by heat activation of persulfate was investigated. This research focused on the influence of temperature, pH, humic acid (HA), inorganic ions to the degradation efficiency. The results indicated that the high temperature and persulfate concerntration promoted the degradation of o-chlorophenol. Degradation of o-chlorophenol exhibited a second-order kinetics and the activation energy was 4. 32 kJ·mol-1 . Acidic condition is more beneficial for the o-chlorophenol degradation than alkaline condition. Both HA and CO2-3 inhibited the o-chlorophenol degradation. Cl- also inhibited the reaction at acidic and neutral conditions. However, at basic condition, such inhibition was not significant. It was presumed that o-chlorophenol was eventually mineralized. However, chlorophenol dimers as intermediates were detected during this process.%利用加入活化K2 S2 O8产生的硫酸根自由基( SO-4·)降解水中2-氯苯酚( o-chlorophenol),探讨了温度、pH、腐殖酸( HA)、无机离子对2-氯苯酚降解的影响.结果表明,增加溶液中过硫酸盐的浓度或提高溶液反应温度,可促进2-氯苯酚的降解,而且2-氯苯酚的降解符合准一级反应动力学规律,其反应表观活化能为4.32 kJ·mol-1.酸性条件下2-氯苯酚的降解效果明显好于碱性条件.2-氯苯酚的降解受到Cl-、CO2-3和腐殖酸的影响.其中,腐殖酸和CO2-3都对反应有明显的抑制作用.Cl-在酸性和中性条件下也会抑制2-氯苯酚降解,但在碱性条件对反应影响不大.2-氯苯酚在SO-4·的作用下会最终降解为乙酸等小分子有机物并最终矿化,有时会伴随有中间产物二聚物的生成.

  16. Return Migration and Geography of Innovation in MNEs: A Natural Experiment of On-the-job Learning of Knowledge Production by Local Workers Reporting to Return Migrants

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    Choudhury, Prithwiraj

    2016-01-01

    I study whether return migrants facilitate knowledge production by local employees working for them at geographically distant R&D locations. Using unique personnel and patenting data for 1,315 employees at the Indian R&D center of a Fortune 500 technology firm, I exploit a natural experiment where the assignment of managers for newly hired college graduates is mandated by rigid HR rules and is uncorrelated to observable characteristics of the graduates. Given this assignment protocol, I find ...

  17. Adaptation of the older worker to occupational challenges.

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    Moyers, Penelope A; Coleman, Shelley D

    2004-01-01

    The occupational adaptation practice model guided the search for and the analysis of the literature on the older worker. The purpose of this literature review was to: identify the occupational challenges that older workers experience, determine ways in which the occupational therapist can promote the occupational adaptation of older workers, and articulate the research and policy changes implied in the model related to health and improved productivity. The analysis of the worker's personal characteristics, work tasks, and environments highlighted the types of occupational challenges that may overwhelm the older worker's adaptive capacity. Straining adaptive capacity of the older worker leads to degradation in levels of mastery. The occupational therapist and others could assist the older worker to achieve relative mastery in response to occupational challenges through ergonomic solutions, training, assistive devices, management policy, and health promotion. Combined efforts of the employer, of the occupational therapist, and of the older work to capitalize on the older worker's years of experience, existing skills, and knowledge facilitates higher job satisfaction, better performance, and an increased sense of well-being in the older worker. PMID:15004340

  18. Parasitic Cape honeybee workers, Apis mellifera capensis, evade policing

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    Martin, Stephen J.; Beekman, Madeleine; Wossler, Theresa C.; Ratnieks, Francis L. W.

    2002-01-01

    Relocation of the Cape honeybee, Apis mellifera capensis, by bee-keepers from southern to northern South Africa in 1990 has caused widespread death of managed African honeybee, A. m. scutellata, colonies. Apis mellifera capensis worker bees are able to lay diploid, female eggs without mating by means of automictic thelytoky (meiosis followed by fusion of two meiotic products to restore egg diploidy), whereas workers of other honeybee subspecies are able to lay only haploid, male eggs. The A. m. capensis workers, which are parasitizing and killing A. m. scutellata colonies in northern South Africa, are the asexual offspring of a single, original worker in which the small amount of genetic variation observed is due to crossing over during meiosis (P. Kryger, personal communication). Here we elucidate two principal mechanisms underlying this parasitism. Parasitic A. m. capensis workers activate their ovaries in host colonies that have a queen present (queenright colonies), and they lay eggs that evade being killed by other workers (worker policing)-the normal fate of worker-laid eggs in colonies with a queen. This unique parasitism by workers is an instance in which a society is unable to control the selfish actions of its members.

  19. Another Look at Women Workers.

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    Goodson, R.

    1986-01-01

    Women now comprise 30 percent of trade union membership worldwide. The International Labour Organisation's Workers' Education Branch is attempting to improve the status of women workers and increase their participation in union activities and labor education. (SK)

  20. Nuclear worker and ionizing radiation

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    Research on medical X-ray exposure sheds light on the health effects expected for workers exposed to ionizing radiation. Factual information confirming this relationship and also demonstrating the need for reviewing permissible exposure levels for workers is given. Suggestions for more sophisticated health monitoring of workers exposed to hazardous technologies are made, and the question of occupational hazards which threaten the worker's family is raised