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Chlorodiphenyl (42%)

Related Information: Chemical Sampling - Chlorodiphenyl (42% Cl)
Method no.: PV2089

Control no.: T-PV2089-01-8812-CH

Matrix: Air

Target Concentration: 0.5 mg/m (Skin) is the OSHA PEL.

Procedure: Samples are collected by drawing known volumes of air through OSHA versatile sampler (OVS-2) tubes, containing a glass fiber filter and two sections of XAD-2 adsorbent. Samples are extracted with toluene and analyzed by gas chromatography (GC) using an electron capture detector (ECD).

Recommended air volume and sampling rate: 60 L at 1.0 L/min

Detection limit of the overall procedure (based on the recommended air volume and the analytical detection limit): 18 g/m

Status of method: Stopgap method. This method has been partially evaluated and is presented for information and trial use only.

Date: December 1988 Chemist: George F. Lewis

Carcinogen And Pesticide Branch 
OSHA Analytical Laboratory 
Salt Lake City, Utah

1. General Discussion
1.1 Background 
1.1.1 History of procedure 

The OSHA Lab has received numerous requests for a collection procedure for chlorodiphenyls, also known as polychlorobiphenyls (PCBs). Since there are many different varieties, the acronym PCBs will be used to represent all chlorodiphenyls. This paper was written specifically for chlorodiphenyl (42%). The collection devices sent out by the lab were OVS-F (Florisil) and OVS-2 tubes. Originally the Florisil was used in place of XAD-2 adsorbent. Brovnlov and Que Hee showed Chromosorb 102 and Florisil have the same percent recovery for chlorodiphenyl (42%) (Ref. 5.1). Chromosorb 102 and XAD-2 adsorbent are made from styrene-divinylbenzene adsorbent with only small differences in surface area and pore size. Thus it was felt that XAD-2 adsorbent would be a good substitute for Florisil since this laboratory was already using OVS-2 samplers for other compounds. 

This evaluation was undertaken to determine the effectiveness of the OVS-2 tube as a sampling device for chlorodiphenyl (42%). It follows the procedure developed for several organophosphorus pesticides (Ref. 5.2). 

1.1.2 Toxic effects (This section is for information only and should not be taken as the basis of OSHA policy). 

It has been recognized for a long time that PCBs in humans cause yellow atrophy of the liver, dermatitis, and fatty degeneration of the liver in chronic exposure. PCBs are poorly metabolized and accumulate in living tissues and organs rich in lipids. The penta- and more highly chlorinated biphenyls appear to accumulate in greater amounts since the tetra and less chlorinated biphenyls are hydroxylated and excreted. PCB toxicities vary greatly from species to species due to differences in metabolic rates and physiology (Ref. 5.3). Signs and symptoms include eye and skin irritation along with acneform dermatitis (Ref. 5.4). 

1.1.3 Potential workplace exposure 

PCBs are synthetic chlorinated diphenyls which have a wide variety of application due to their general stability, inertness and their dielectric properties. This makes them suitable for the electrical industry and in coolant systems. PCBs are used as sealants for wood and cement surfaces. Other uses are in hydraulic fluids, cutting oils and vapor suppressant for insecticide preparations. 

PCBs have been prepared industrially since 1929. Monsanto is the major producer in the U.S.A and Great Britain. 

Exposure is due to inhalation and skin absorption. PCBs may enter the air during the destructive burning or gradual wear and weathering of manufactured articles containing chlorodiphenyls. An estimated 0.4 million Kg of PCBs were released into the atmosphere by waste-disposal burners in the U.S. in 1970 (Ref. 5.5) and 1-2 million Kg of PCBs entered the air from the vaporization of plasticizers (Ref. 5.6). 

It appears that PCBs can be found everywhere; not only in the air and rain but also in the soil and surface water as well as in animals and plants. (Ref. 5.6

1.1.4 Physical properties (Ref. 5.3, 5.7)

Average Molecular weight: 261
Empirical formula: C12H5CL3 (Percent chlorine 42)
CAS #: 53469-21-9
Specific gravity: 1.381 - 1.392 (25/15.5C) 
Vaporization rate: 0.000338 g/cm/hr at 100C
Appearance: clear, mobile oil
Solubility: Insoluble in water, very soluble in most of the common organic solvents: hexane, toluene, benzene, xylene; soluble in amyl alcohol, n-butyl alcohol, carbon disulfide, and nitrobenzene 
Chlorinated biphenyl, chlorinated diphenyl, chlorinated diphenylene, chlorobiphenyl, chloro 1, 1-biphenyl, polychlorinated polypheryls, polychlorobiphenyl
Trade names:
Aroclor, Clophen, Chlophen, Chloextol, Dykanol, Funicular, Inerteen, Kanechlor, Mentor, Norflamol, Phenochlor, Funicular, Pyralene, Pyranol, Santotherm FR, Sovol, Therminol, Therminol, Therminol FR-1

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X represents either a chlorine or a hydrogen 
1.2 Limit defining parameters 

The detection limit of the analytical procedure is 0.0068 ng per injection which takes a split ratio of 32:1 into account. This is the amount of analyte which will give a unique pattern distinguishable from other PCB patterns. 
2. Sampling procedure
2.1 Apparatus 
2.1.1 A personal sampling pump that can be calibrated to within 5% of the recommended flow rate with the sampling device in line. 

2.1.2 OVS-2 tubes, which are specially made 13-mm o.d. glass tubes that are tapered to 6-mm o.d. These tubes are packed with a 140-mg backup section and a 270-mg sampling section of cleaned XAD-2 adsorbent. The backup section is retained by two foam plugs and the sampling section is between one foam plug and a 13-mm diameter glass fiber filter. The glass fiber filter is held next to the sampling section by a polytetrafluoroe1hylene (PTFE) retainer. (Figure 1 below)

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2.2 Reagents 

No sampling reagents are required. 

2.3 Sampling technique 
2.3.1 Attach the small end of the OVS-2 sampling tube to the sampling pump with flexible, plastic tubing such that the large, front section of the sampling tube is exposed directly to the atmosphere. Do not place any tubing in front of the sampler. Attach the tube vertically (large end down) in the worker's breathing zone in a manner that does not impede work performance. 

2.3.2 After sampling for the recommended time, remove the sampling device and seal the tube with plastic end caps. 

2.3.3 Wrap each sample end-to-end with an OSHA seal (Form 21). 

2.3.4 Submit at least one blank with each set of samples. Handle the blank the same as the other samples except no air is drawn through it. 

2.3.5 Submit bulk samples for analysis in a separate container. Do not ship them with the air samples. 
2.4 Extraction efficiency 

A 13-mm glass fiber filter and an amount of XAD-2 adsorbent equal to the sampling section (270 mg) of an OVS-2 tube were placed in each of six scintillation vials which were then capped with PTFE-lined septa after liquid spiking. 

These glass fiber filters were each liquid spiked using a 1.660 mg/mL solution of chlorodiphenyl (42%). The first pair of within filters were each spiked with 18 L of solution. The second pair of filters were each spiked with 36 L and thelast pair of filters were each spiked with 72 L of solution. These vials were allowed to sit overnight at ambient temperature and then extracted with 5.0 mL of toluene containing mirex as an internal standard and analyzed according to Sections 3.4 and 3.5.

Table 2.4
OVS-2 Extraction Study
.5 PEL 1 PEL 2 PEL
0.964 0.953 0.988
0.974 0.956 0.990
average recovery 0.969 0.955 0.989

2.5 Retention efficiency  Four OVS-2 tubes were each liquid spiked with 72 L of a 1.660 mg/mL solution of chlorodiphenyl (42%) in toluene by placing it on the glass fiber filter. Sixty liters of humid air were drawn through three tubes and 120 liters of humid air were drawn through the fourth tube. They were stored overnight in a drawer at ambient temperature then extracted and analyzed as in Sections 3.4 and 3.5. The results of the fourth tube showed no breakthrough and a recovery of 0.956. 

Table 2.5
Retention Efficiency Study
Tube # 2 PEL
RET 1 0.950
RET 2 0.951
RET 3 0.935
Average recovery 0.945

2.6 Sample storage  Sixteen OVS-2 tubes were each liquid spiked with 36 L (1 PEL) of a 1.660 mg/mL solution of chlorodiphenyl (42%). The next day, 6 liters of humidified air were drawn through each tube. Half of the tubes were stored in a drawer at ambient temperature, and the other half were stored in a freezer (-5C). They were stored according to Table 2.6 and extracted and analyzed as in Sections 3.4 and 3.5.

Table 2.6
Storage Study
Days Ambient Averages Freezer Averages
0 0.973 0.930
0.965 0.969 0.907 0.919
6 0.935 0.920
0.912 0.924 0.957 0.938
11 0.921 0.893
0.900 0.911 0.918 0.906
15 0.951 0.949
0.955 0.953 0.945 0.947
Average recovery (Ambient) 0.939
Average recovery (Freezer) 0.927

2.7 Recommended air volume and sampling rate
2.7.1 The recommended air volume is 60 L. 

2.7.2 The recommended flow rate is 1.0 L/min. 
2.8 Interferences (sampling)  There are no known compounds which will interfere with the collection of chlorodiphenyl (42%). Suspected interferences should be reported to the laboratory with submitted samples. 

2.9 Safety precautions (sampling) 
2.9.1 Attach the sampling equipment in such a manner that it will not interfere with employee's work performance or safety. 

2.9.2 Follow all safety practices that apply to the work area being sampled. 
3. Analytical procedure
3.1 Apparatus
3.1.1 A GC with an ECD. A Hewlett-Packard 5890A GC equipped with both an ECD and a Hewlett-Packard 7671A automatic sampler was used in this evaluation.

3.1.2 A GC column capable of resolving PCB components into a distinguishable pattern. A 60 m 0.32 mm i.d. SE-30 capillary GC column with a 0.25 m film thickness was used in this evaluation.

3.1.3 An electronic integrator or other suitable means of measuring peak areas. A Hewlett-Packard 3357 data system was used in this evaluation.

3.1.4 Vials, 2-mL and 20-mL glass capped with PTFE-lined septa.

3.1.5 Volumetric flasks, pipets, and syringes.

3.2 Reagents 
3.2.1 Hydrogen, air, oxygen, and nitrogen, GC grade.

3.2.2 Toluene, Pesticide grade.

3.2.3 Chlorodiphenyl (42%). A 100% pure standard from EPA was

3.2.4 Desorbing solution. If an internal standard method is used, the desorbing solution is prepared by adding the internal standard to the toluene. A 0.25 ug/mL solution of endosulfan II, 100% pure from EPA, was used as the internal standard in this evaluation. Otherwise, toluene is used to desorb the samples.
3.3 Standard preparation

Prepare standard stock solutions by adding toluene or desorbing solution (if an internal standard is used) to preweighed amounts of chlorodiphenyl (42%). Prepare working standards from stock standards by diluting with toluene or desorbing solution. Store stock and dilute standards in a freezer.

3.4 Sample preparation 
3.4.1 Transfer the 13-mm glass fiber filter and the 270-mg section of the sampling tube to a scintillation vial.  Place the first foam plug and the 140-mg section in a separate vial. A small glass funnel can be used to facilitate the transfer of the adsorbent. Discard the rear foam plug. Do not discard the glass sampling tube; it can be reused.

3.4.2 Add 5.0 mL of toluene or desorbing solution to each vial.

3.4.3 Seal the vials with PTFE-lined septa and desorb them for 1/2 hour on a mechanical shaker.
3.5 Analysis
3.5.1 GC conditions 
Column temperature: 200C (isothermal) 
Injector temperature: 250C
Carrier gas: hydrogen
Flow rate: 1.97 L/min
Injection volume: 1 L 
GC column: 60 m 0.32 mm i.d. SE-30, 0.25 m film
Column head pressure: 15 psi 
Split ratio: 32 to 1 
 ECD conditions 
Makeup gas: nitrogen
Flow rate: 20 mL/min
Detector temperature: 300C

3.5.2 Chromatogram 
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3.6 Interferences (analytical) 
3.6.1 Any compound appearing in the same retention time window as chlorodiphenyl (42%) and capable of causing an ECD response is a potential interference. Generally, chromatographic conditions can be altered to separate an interference from an individual component peak.

3.6.2 The retention time pattern on a single column is not proof of chemical identity. Analysis using an alternate GC column or by mass spectrometry are additional means of confirmation.
3.7 Calculations 
3.7.1 If necessary, delete the areas of interfering peaks from the sum total peak area using the appropriate computer commands and programs. NACLOR, ESTcje for external standard, and ISTcje for internal standard are such OSHA programs.

3.7.2 Construct a calibration curve by plotting the sum total area of the chlordiphenyl (42%) peaks versus its standard concentration.

3.7.3 Determine the concentration of chlorodiphenyl (42%) in a sample from the calibration curve. If chlorodiphenyl (42%) is found on the backup section, make blank corrections for each section separately before adding the results together.

3.7.4 Determine the air concentration by the following formula.

mg/m3 = (µg/mL in sample) × (extraction volume, mL)
(air volume, L) × (extraction efficiency, decimal)
3.8 Safety precautions (analytical)
3.8.1 Avoid exposure to all standards.

3.8.2 Avoid exposure to all solvents.

3.8.3 Avoid exposure to endosulfan II. It is a central nervous system stimulant. No specific antidote is available.

3.8.4 Wear safety glasses and latex gloves at all times.
4. Recommendations for further study
4.1 This method should be fully validated.

4.2 A better internal standard might be found.

4.3 The XAD-2 adsorbent could be replaced in the OVS-2 sampler with Florisil, 30-60 mesh. Preliminary data indicates this may be a good alternate solid adsorbent.
5. References
5.1 Brownlow, Colin S.; Que Hue, Shanes S., "Comparison of Solid Sampling Media for Aroclor 1254 Vapor Under Dry and Humid Conditions", Am. Ind. Hyg. Assoc. J., 1985; 46(8):421-426.

5.2 Burright, D., Method #62, "Chlorpyrifos, DDVP, Diazinon, Malathion, and Parathion", OSHA Analytical Laboratory, unpublished, 1986.

5.3 Hutzinger, 0.; Safe, S.; Zitko, V., "The Chemistry of PCB", CRC press: Cleveland, Ohio, 1974; pp 1-2.

5.4 Proctor, Nick H.; Hughes, James P., "Chemical Hazards of the Workplace", J.B. Lippincott Co., 1978; pp 166-167.

5.5 Nisbet, I.C.T.; Sarofim, A.F., "Rates and Routes of Transport of PCB'S in the Environment", Environm. Hlth. Perspect., 1, 1972; 21-38.

5.6 The Panel on Hazardous Trace Substances: "Polychlorinated biphenyls Environmental Impact", Environm. Res., 5, 1972; 249-362.

5.7 "IARC Monographs on the Evaluation of the Carcinogenic Risk of Chemicals to Humans", International Agency For Research on Cancer: Lyon, 1978; Vol. 18, pp 50-51.