Date of Award
Master of Science
Department of Systems Engineering and Management
Peter T. LaPuma, PhD
Air Force aircraft-painting operations create clouds of paint overspray that contain strontium chromate, a confirmed carcinogen, which poses an exposure hazard to painters. It is often assumed that all particles in paint overspray have the same chemical composition as the original paint mixture, however differences in composition may occur in various particle sizes. Because particle size affects where in the respiratory system a particle deposits, actual exposures to a specific chemical may vary. Paint particles greater than 2.5 µm are deposited in the upper respiratory system and will be eliminated by physiological removal mechanisms. Particles less than 2.5 µm will deposit in the pulmonary region of the lungs where removal processes are slower. Currently it is assumed for the purposes of industrial hygiene evaluations that there is an equal distribution of chromate across all paint particle sizes.
DTIC Accession Number
Fox, Joseph M., "Chromium Concentration Bias in the Particle Size Distribution of Primer Overspray" (2000). Theses and Dissertations. 4787.