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European Parliament pilot project on exposure to indoor air chemicals and possible health risks

Funded under: FP7-JRC

Abstract

This report outlines the results of the 2-year pilot project on indoor air quality and potential health effects executed by the Joint Research Centre and funded by the European Parliament via the Directorate-General Health and Consumer Protection. It had four distinct objectives as follows: 1) to identify and quantify the main air pollutants present in public buildings, including indoor environments where children frequently stay, like schools and kindergartens, 2) to identify the main sources of these pollutants, applying source apportionment analyses, 3) to estimate people's exposure to these pollutants while working and/or living in these areas and combined with micro-environmental activity patterns during the day, 4) to evaluate possible health risks due to (chronic) exposure to air pollutants, in particular, for children. The results indicate that indoor air pollution concentrations are consistently higher than the respective outdoor ones for the chemical families this study focused on. Differences attributable to variation in consumer behaviour, climate and type of building materials used, have been identified in the indoor:outdoor ratio of primary pollutants across Europe. These differences account for small variance in the corresponding health risk to the local population across the EU.

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Authors: GEISS O, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Health and Consumer Protection, Ispra (IT);TIRENDI S, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Health and Consumer Protection, Ispra (IT);BERNASCONI C, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Health and Consumer Protection, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 23087 EN (2008), 35 pp. Free of Charge
Availability: http://bookshop.europa.eu/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/WFS/EU-Bookshop-Site/en_GB/-/EUR/ViewPublication-Start?PublicationKey=LBNA23087 (Catalogue Number: LB-NA-23087-EN-C)
ISBN: ISBN: 978-92-79-08184-2
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