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Indoor air quality - the NIOSH experience.

Authors
Melius-J; Wallingford-K; Keenlyside-R; Carpenter-J
Source
Ann Am Conf Gov Ind Hyg 1984 Jan; 10:3-7
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00179809
Abstract
Indoor air quality investigations conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) under the Health Hazard Evaluation (HHE) Program were briefly presented and reviewed. A total of 203 HHEs involving indoor air quality (IAQ) and completed through December 1983 were included in this review. Most of the evaluations have involved government and private offices (over 75 percent), educational institutions (14.8 percent), and health care facilities (9.3 percent). Classification of the findings of the IAQ evaluations showed that the source of the problem was inadequate ventilation in 48.3 percent of the cases, environmental contamination in 31.4 percent, humidity in 4.4 percent, hypersensitivity pneumonitis in 3.0 percent, cigarette smoking in 2.0 percent, noise/illumination in 1.0 percent, and unknown in 9.4 percent. A walk through evaluation with an industrial hygienist is the current approach to evaluating office environment requests. Environmental sampling, a medical study, a ventilation assessment or some combination of these may be required. Better methods for assessing indoor air quality are currently being developed by NIOSH.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; Worker-health; Air-contamination; Chronic-exposure; Air-quality-monitoring; Airborne-particles; Respirable-dust; Microorganisms; Ventilation-systems
CODEN
ACGHD2
Publication Date
19840101
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
1984
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
ISBN No.
9780936712529
ISSN
0733-9313
Source Name
Annals of the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists
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