Date of Award

Spring 5-1999

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Community & Environmental Health


Environmental Health

Committee Director

A. James English

Committee Member

Evelyn Thomson-Lakey

Committee Member

Leighton Turner

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.C48 A55


Nitrous oxide is a gas often used in dental, surgical and veterinary operations as an anesthetic agent. Employees stationed in proximity of fugitive gas emissions may potentially suffer adverse health effects from chronic exposure to this agent. Passive dosimeters can be worn in the breathing zone of potentially affected personnel during exposure periods, then later analyzed to quantify nitrous oxide exposure. This study sought to establish the accuracy of several commercially available passive monitoring devices for nitrous oxide by comparison against an infra-red spectrophotometric reference method.


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