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Document ID (ISN)110210
CIS number 09-1109
ISSN - Serial title 1545-9624 - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
Year 2009
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Salonen H.J, Pasanen A.L., Lappalainen S.K., Riuttala H.M., Tuomi T.M., Pasanen P.O., Bńck B.C., Reijula K.E.
Title Airborne concentrations of volatile organic compounds, formaldehyde and ammonia in Finnish office buildings with suspected indoor air problems
Bibliographic information Mar. 2009, Vol.6, No.3, p.200-209. Illus. 67 ref.
Abstract A database of indoor air concentrations of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), formaldehyde and ammonia in office environments was analysed to suggest interpretation guidelines for measurements in office buildings with suspected indoor air problems. Indoor air samples were collected for VOCs from 176 office buildings, 23 offices for formaldehyde, and 14 office buildings for ammonia in 2001-2006. Although the buildings had reported indoor air complaints, a walk-through inspection by indoor air specialists showed no exceptional sources of indoor air pollutants. The measurements of chemical pollutants did not indicate any clear reason for the complaints. Guidance values for various indoor air pollutants are proposed.
Descriptors (primary) threshold limit values; Finland; organic compounds; computerized data bases; office work; limitation of exposure; breathing atmosphere; volatile substances
Descriptors (secondary) acetic acid; ethoxyethoxyethanol; benzene; toluene; propylene glycol; butyl alcohol; m-xylene; statistical evaluation; p-xylene
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFinland
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Office work
Occupational exposure limits