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Document ID (ISN)110254
CIS number 09-1221
ISSN - Serial title 0340-0131 - International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 2009
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Takeda M., Saijo Y., Yuasa M., Kanazawa A., Araki A., Kishi R.
Title Relationship between sick building syndrome and indoor environmental factors in newly built Japanese dwellings
Bibliographic information Apr. 2009, Vol.82, No.5, p.583-593. 50 ref.
Abstract The aim of this study was to identify sick building syndrome (SBS) risk factors. The symptoms of 343 residents in 104 detached houses in Japan were surveyed by questionnaire, and the concentrations of formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), airborne fungi, and dust mite allergen in their living rooms were measured. Based on the presence of various dampness indicators, a dampness index was also calculated. SBS symptoms were found in 21.6% of surveyed individuals. In multivariate logistic regression analyses, the dampness index, formaldehyde and α-pinene had significantly higher odds ratios for SBS symptoms. However, no increased risks were related to VOCs, airborne fungi and dust mite allergen.
Descriptors (primary) Japan; risk factors; sick building syndrome
Descriptors (secondary) humidity; determination in air; allergens; airborne dust; subjective assessment; acetaldehyde; organic compounds; alpha-pinene; acarids; fungi; symptoms; volatile substances; questionnaire survey; statistical evaluation; formaldehyde
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceJapan
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Sick building syndrome