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Document ID (ISN)55914
CIS number 91-891
ISSN - Serial title 0002-8894 - American Industrial Hygiene Association Journal
Year 1990
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Goyer N.
Title Chemical contaminants in office buildings
Bibliographic information Dec. 1990, Vol.51, No.12, p.615-619. Illus. 22 ref.
Abstract Air quality measurements were made in 17 buildings in Quebec. Contaminants measured included airborne dust, nicotine, volatile organic compounds, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, ozone and radon. The feasibility of using carbon dioxide as an air quality indicator of other airborne contaminants was also evaluted. Chemical contaminant levels were found to be low, but the presence of these chemicals in indoor air is of concern because of their possible synergistic effects. Airborne concentrations of dust, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide were found to be higher than the values recommended for nonindustrial air. Carbon dioxide can be used as an air quality indicator for contaminants related to occupant activity.
Descriptors (primary) Canada; harmful substances; determination in air; exposure evaluation; offices
Descriptors (secondary) formaldehyde; airborne dust; Quebec; carbon monoxide; air sampling; radon; organic compounds; ozone; nicotine; carbon dioxide
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceCanada
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Exposure evaluation
Office work
Radon