Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Absorption and Permeability of Firefighter Hoods

dc.contributor.advisorHarris, Debra
dc.contributor.authorDeitz, Ryan
dc.contributor.departmentBiochemistry.en_US
dc.contributor.otherKlaudia Kocureken_US
dc.contributor.otherBaylor Universityen_US
dc.contributor.schoolsHonors Collegeen_US
dc.date.accessioned2021-05-20T16:33:44Z
dc.date.available2021-05-20T16:33:44Z
dc.date.copyright2021
dc.date.issued2021-05-20
dc.description.abstractFirefighters face more dangers than fire and smoke. Their equipment is designed to protect them from the immediate operational hazards, but many firefighters will develop chronic illnesses such as cancer. Exposure to toxic chemical substances originating from fires affects the lives of firefighters internationally every year. One common group of potential carcinogens present in fire is polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH). Studies regarding PAH contamination in firefighters after missions highlight the neck as a potential hotspot for dermal absorption. In firefighter gear, the hood is the component which best protects the neck. This thesis scrutinizes a standard Ara-Tek FR™ Tri-Blend Hood’s ability to absorb PAHs from smoke by filtering smoke simultaneously through a hood filter and a control hoodless filter. To collect contaminants, smoke was bubbled into water and subsequently extracted through solid phase extraction (SPE) cartridges. Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GCMS) was used to separate and identify sample compounds. None of the chromatogram peaks in the control and filtered samples matched those in the PAH standard, however other chemicals of concern were identified. This preliminary experiment provided data that suggests further research on materials and methods for evaluating firefighter hood effectiveness to block chemical contaminants.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2104/11289
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
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dc.rights.accessrightsWorldwide accessen_US
dc.subjectFirefighter.en_US
dc.subjectPolycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.en_US
dc.subjectCancer.en_US
dc.subjectSmoke.en_US
dc.titlePolycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Absorption and Permeability of Firefighter Hoodsen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US

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