The solid-phase microextraction (SPME) device was used as a time-weighted average (TWA) sampler for ethylene oxide. Carboxen/polydimethylsiloxane (CAR/PDMS) fiber was used and hydrogen bromide (HBr) was loaded onto the fiber. The SPME fiber assembly was then inserted into PTFE tubing to improve the wearer's acceptance as a diffusive sampler. Known concentrations of ethylene oxide around the threshold limit values (TLVs)/time-weighted average and specific relative humidities (RHs) were generated by syringe pumps in a dynamic generation system. Ethylene oxide in gas bags were also generated. An exposure chamber was designed to allow measurement of face velocities, temperatures, exposing vapor concentrations, and RHs. Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) was used for sample analysis. The appropriate adsorption time for SPME coating HBr was found to be 30 s and the desorption time for 2-bromothanol formed after sampling was determined to be 5 min. The experimental sampling constant of the sampler was found to be (2.96 +/- 0.09) x 10(-2) cm3/min, while face velocity (0-0.25 m/s) as well as RHs (10-80%) were not expected to have effects on the sampler.
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