Environmental and biological monitoring of formaldehyde inside a hospital setting: a combined approach to manage chemical risk in workplaces

  • Oriana Motta | omotta@unisa.it Department of Medicine, Surgery and Dentistry “Scuola Medica Salernitana”, University of Salerno, Baronissi; University Hospital “San Giovanni di Dio e Ruggi d’Aragona”, Salerno , Italy. https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1088-6741
  • Bruno Charlier Department of Medicine, Surgery and Dentistry “Scuola Medica Salernitana”, University of Salerno, Baronissi; University Hospital “San Giovanni di Dio e Ruggi d’Aragona”, Salerno , Italy.
  • Francesco De Caro Department of Medicine, Surgery and Dentistry “Scuola Medica Salernitana”, University of Salerno, Baronissi; University Hospital “San Giovanni di Dio e Ruggi d’Aragona”, Salerno , Italy. https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9659-9940
  • Albino Coglianese Department of Medicine, Surgery and Dentistry “Scuola Medica Salernitana”, University of Salerno, Baronissi , Italy. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2724-8212
  • Federica De Rosa University Hospital “San Giovanni di Dio e Ruggi d’Aragona”, Salerno, Italy. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5057-4032
  • Giuseppina Moccia Department of Medicine, Surgery and Dentistry “Scuola Medica Salernitana”, University of Salerno, Baronissi; University Hospital “San Giovanni di Dio e Ruggi d’Aragona”, Salerno , Italy.
  • Concetta Pironti University Hospital “San Giovanni di Dio e Ruggi d’Aragona”, Salerno, Italy.
  • Mario Capunzo Department of Medicine, Surgery and Dentistry “Scuola Medica Salernitana”, University of Salerno, Baronissi; University Hospital “San Giovanni di Dio e Ruggi d’Aragona”, Salerno , Italy.
  • Anna Borrelli University Hospital “San Giovanni di Dio e Ruggi d’Aragona”, Salerno, Italy.
  • Amelia Filippelli Department of Medicine, Surgery and Dentistry “Scuola Medica Salernitana”, University of Salerno, Baronissi; University Hospital “San Giovanni di Dio e Ruggi d’Aragona”, Salerno , Italy.
  • Viviana Izzo Department of Medicine, Surgery and Dentistry “Scuola Medica Salernitana”, University of Salerno, Baronissi , Italy. https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6066-7569

Abstract

Background: The safety of healthcare workers exposed to formaldehyde remains a great matter of concern for healthcare management units. This work aimed at describing the results of a combined monitoring approach (environmental and biological) to manage occupational exposure to formaldehyde in a hospital setting.
Design and Methods: Environmental monitoring of working spaces and biological monitoring of urinary formaldehyde in 16 exposed healthcare workers of the Anatomic Pathology Unit of a University Hospital in Southern Italy was performed on a four-year timescale (2016-2019).
Results: Values of aero-dispersed formaldehyde identified were on average low; although workers' urinary formaldehyde levels were also minimal, the statistical analysis highlighted a slight weekly accumulation.
Conclusions: Our data confirm that both environmental and biological monitoring are important to identify risk situations, in particular when values of hazardous compounds are below the accepted occupational exposure levels.

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Biomonitoring, environmental monitoring, formaldehyde exposure, health and safety, occupational health practice
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Motta, O., Charlier, B., De Caro, F., Coglianese, A., De Rosa, F., Moccia, G., Pironti, C., Capunzo, M., Borrelli, A., Filippelli, A., & Izzo, V. (2021). Environmental and biological monitoring of formaldehyde inside a hospital setting: a combined approach to manage chemical risk in workplaces. Journal of Public Health Research, 10(1). https://doi.org/10.4081/jphr.2021.2012

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