PCDD/PCDF levels in the blood of workers at a pulp and paper mill

C. Rosenberg, H. Kontsas, J. Tornaeus, P. Mutanen, P. Jäppinen, H. Vainio, D. G. Patterson, L. L. Needham

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Blood samples from 34 workers at a pulp and paper mill and from 14 control persons were analysed for 2,3,7,8-substituted PCDDs and PCDFs. There were no statistically significant differences in total lipid-adjusted PCDD/PCDF concentrations, expressed as toxic equivalents, in blood plasma between the potentially exposed bleaching plant or paper mill workers and the controls. The mean level was 61 pg/g I-TEQ in bleaching plant workers, 60 pg/g I-TEQ in paper mill workers and 49 I-TEQ pg/g in controls. Regarding the concentrations of individual isomers, however, there was an indication that the blood plasma concentrations might be affected by the living and working environment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3933-3944
Number of pages12
Issue number8
StatePublished - Oct 1995

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • General Chemistry
  • Pollution
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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