Objectives: To compare blood toluene (TOL-B) and urinary toluene (TOL-U) as biomarkers of occupational exposure to toluene, and to set a suitable procedure for collection and handling of specimens. Method: An assay based on headspace solid-phase microextraction (SPME) was used both for the determination of toluene urine/air partition coefficient (lambda(urine/air)) and for the biological monitoring of exposure to toluene in 31 workers (group A) and in 116 non-occupationally exposed subjects (group B). Environmental toluene (TOL-A) was sampled during the work shift (group A) or during the 24 h before specimen collection (group B. Blood and urine specimens were collected at the end of the shift (group A) or in the morning (group B) and toluene was measured. Results: Toluene lambda(urine/air) was 3.3 +/- 0.9. Based on the specimen/air partition coefficient, it was calculated that the vial in which the sample is collected had to be filled up to 85% of its volume with urine and 50% with blood in order to limit the loss of toluene in the air above the specimen to less than 5%. Environmental and biological monitoring of workers showed that the median personal exposure to toluene (TOL-A) during the work-shift was 80 mg/m(3), the corresponding TOL-B was 82 mu g/l and TOL-U was 13 mu g/l Personal exposure to toluene in environmentally exposed subjects was 0.05 mg/m(3), TOL-B was 0.36 mu g/l and TOL-U was 0.20 mu g/l. A significant correlation (P < 0.05) was observed between TOL-B or TOL-U and TOL-A (Pearson's r = 0.782 and 0.754) in workers, but not in controls. A significant correlation was found between TOL-U and TOL-B both in workers and in controls (r = 0.845 and 0.681). Conclusion: The comparative evaluation of TOL-B and TOL-U showed that they can be considered to be equivalent biomarkers as regards their capacity to distinguish workers and controls and to correlate with exposure. However, considering that TOL-U does not require an invasive specimen collection, it appears to be a more convenient tool for the biological monitoring of exposure to toluene.

Comparison between blood and urinary toluene as biomarkers of exposure to toluene / S. Fustinoni, M. Buratti, R.E.P. Giampiccolo, G. Brambilla, V. Foà, A.L.P. Colombi. - In: INTERNATIONAL ARCHIVES OF OCCUPATIONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH. - ISSN 0340-0131. - 73:6(2000 Aug), pp. 389-396.

Comparison between blood and urinary toluene as biomarkers of exposure to toluene

S. Fustinoni;R.E.P. Giampiccolo;G. Brambilla;V. Foà;A.L.P. Colombi
2000-08

Abstract

Objectives: To compare blood toluene (TOL-B) and urinary toluene (TOL-U) as biomarkers of occupational exposure to toluene, and to set a suitable procedure for collection and handling of specimens. Method: An assay based on headspace solid-phase microextraction (SPME) was used both for the determination of toluene urine/air partition coefficient (lambda(urine/air)) and for the biological monitoring of exposure to toluene in 31 workers (group A) and in 116 non-occupationally exposed subjects (group B). Environmental toluene (TOL-A) was sampled during the work shift (group A) or during the 24 h before specimen collection (group B. Blood and urine specimens were collected at the end of the shift (group A) or in the morning (group B) and toluene was measured. Results: Toluene lambda(urine/air) was 3.3 +/- 0.9. Based on the specimen/air partition coefficient, it was calculated that the vial in which the sample is collected had to be filled up to 85% of its volume with urine and 50% with blood in order to limit the loss of toluene in the air above the specimen to less than 5%. Environmental and biological monitoring of workers showed that the median personal exposure to toluene (TOL-A) during the work-shift was 80 mg/m(3), the corresponding TOL-B was 82 mu g/l and TOL-U was 13 mu g/l Personal exposure to toluene in environmentally exposed subjects was 0.05 mg/m(3), TOL-B was 0.36 mu g/l and TOL-U was 0.20 mu g/l. A significant correlation (P < 0.05) was observed between TOL-B or TOL-U and TOL-A (Pearson's r = 0.782 and 0.754) in workers, but not in controls. A significant correlation was found between TOL-U and TOL-B both in workers and in controls (r = 0.845 and 0.681). Conclusion: The comparative evaluation of TOL-B and TOL-U showed that they can be considered to be equivalent biomarkers as regards their capacity to distinguish workers and controls and to correlate with exposure. However, considering that TOL-U does not require an invasive specimen collection, it appears to be a more convenient tool for the biological monitoring of exposure to toluene.
toluene; exposure; biological monitoring; urine; blood
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