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January 2020 — Volume 17 No 1

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Variability of Aerosol Mass and Number Concentrations during Taconite Mining Operations

Nima Afshar-Mohajer, Rebecca Foos, John Volckens and Gurumurthy Ramachandran

1. Which of these operations within a taconite mining facility generates the steadiest concentration of nano-sized particles?

2. Which of the following operations within a taconite mining facility exhibited the greatest comparability between lung deposited surface area concentrations (as measured by Partector and DiSCmini nano aerosol techniques)?

Biocidal Spray Product Exposure: Measured Gas, Particle and Surface Concentrations Compared with Spray Model Simulations

Per Axel Clausen, Thit Aarøe Mørck, Alexander Christian Østerskov Jensen, Torben Wilde Schou, Vivi Kofoed-Sørensen, Ismo K. Koponen, Marie Frederiksen, Ann Detmer, Michael Fink, Asger W. Nørgaard and Peder Wolkoff

3. Which of the following choices best describes the ConsExpo simulation of measured concentrations of active substances among three biocides.

4. All active substances in the three biocides were measured. True or False?

Assessing Virus Infection Probability in an Office Setting Using Stochastic Simulation

R. David Contreras, Amanda Wilson, Fernanda Garavito, Jonathan D. Sexton, Kelly A. Reynolds and Robert A. Canales

5. According to the results of a sensitivity analysis of a stochastic model for viral infections, the model input with the greatest influence on the risk outcome is:

6. Results of stochastic models show that disinfection of common surfaces in office settings can significantly reduce the risk of viral infection of office employees. True or False?

Career Fire Hall Exposures to Diesel Engine Exhaust in Ontario, Canada

JuWon Chung, Paul A. Demers, Sheila Kalenge and Tracy L. Kirkham

7. The proposed Dutch occupational exposure limit (aka., target value) used in this study was:

Answer Key:
8. In this study non-detects (i.e., samples < LOD) were handled by replacing the LOD with LOD/sqrt. True or False?

Deadline for answers is January 31, 2020.

Answers will be available online on February 7, 2020.