Advisor(s) - Committee Chair
Dr. Bryan Reaka (Director), Shahnaz Aly, and Dr. Mark Doggett
Department of Architectural and Manufacturing Sciences
Master of Science
Concentration levels of PM2.5 and PM10 paper dust were measured in a book production facility using a quantitative single subject study. Dust concentration data was collected in three processes of a book manufacturing facility; paper recycling, the digital pressroom and the digital bindery. Data was collected using the DustTrak DRX 8533 Aerosol Monitor, focusing on particulate sizes of PM2.5 and PM10. The data was used to determine if paper dust in the book production industry reached concentration levels that could have negative respiratory health effects on surrounding employees and to determine which process within the studied facility had the highest concentrations of paper dust. The study revealed that the paper recycling warehouse had the highest concentrations of paper dust. It was also determined that the paper recycling warehouse could cause negative respiratory health effects on surrounding employees. Further research is needed to determine the extent of those effects and potential remediation.
Environmental Public Health | Epidemiology | Occupational Health and Industrial Hygiene | Public Health
Cvengros, Blake J., "Concentration Levels of PM2.S and PM 10 Paper Dust in a Book Production Facility" (2017). Masters Theses & Specialist Projects. Paper 1972.