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Document ID (ISN)72733
CIS number 99-636
ISSN - Serial title 0340-0131 - International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 1998
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Muzi G., Abbritti. G., Accattoli M.P., Dell'Omo M.
Title Prevalence of irritative symptoms in a nonproblem air-conditioned office building
Bibliographic information Sep. 1998, Vol.71, No.6, p.372-378. Illus. 39 ref.
Abstract In a questionnaire survey of 198 employees in an air-conditioned office building and 281 controls working in naturally ventilated buildings, a significantly higher proportion of workers in the air-conditioned building reported a lack of comfort in the working environment compared with controls. The most common complaints were strong lighting, high temperature and dry, dusty and/or stuffy air. The prevalence of ocular, upper airway and cutaneous symptoms was higher among the workers in the air-conditioned building. No significant difference was observed in respiratory or general symptoms. Working with video display units and photocopiers influenced ocular symptoms; while upper airway and cutaneous symptoms were influenced by female gender and working in the air-conditioned building. Topics: air-conditioned premises; CRT display terminals; eye irritation; irritation; natural ventilation; offices; questionnaire survey; sick building syndrome; symptoms.
Descriptors (primary) air-conditioned premises; sick building syndrome; offices; irritation
Descriptors (secondary) eye irritation; symptoms; questionnaire survey; natural ventilation; visual display terminals
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceItaly
Subject(s) Heating, ventilation and climate
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Browse category(ies) Sick building syndrome
Office work
Heating and air conditioning