The following is a straight forward analytical method for sampling for the presence of aromatic amines on surfaces:
R.W. Weeks, Jr. et al., “Detection Limits of Chemical Spot Tests Toward Certain Carcinogens on Metal, Painted, and Concrete Surfaces”, Anal. Chem., 48, 2227 (1976)
Also, a Google search gives quite a few sources of determining the airborne concentration of aromatic amines.
A very good friend of mine sent me this email. Her son lives and works in Seattle, WA and my training is all NY based so I'm at a little bit of a loss.. My initial reaction was to have to speak with the safety officers at the warehouse and then ask EPA about people who can test for this sort of thing but I'm not sure if I'm missing something. Please let me know what you think.
This is a copy of the email she sent me:
Where can I find information about environmental testing for aromatic amines or aryl amines? I do not know very much about them except that they are considered the cause of bladder cancer (even the carcinogen in cigarettes is supposed to be the aromatic amine).
The reason for this inquiry into things I know nothing about is that [my son] has bladder cancer and the cause is usually environmental. I would like to figure out a way to test his current environment so that his cancer does not recur. It is a low grade urothelial papilloma with a high chance of recurrence but almost no chance of invasion or metatasis. There is a mechanism that the body has for processing (N-acetytransferase) and there are fast and slow genetic types and obviousy the slow type has a higher incidence of cancer.
Where he currently works and lives is an old warehouse with a machine ship. If there is an on going exposure, it would be good to know now.
Queens College, CUNY
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