Workgroup report: indoor chemistry and health.
Weschler-CJ; Wells-JR; Poppendieck-D; Hubbard-H; Pearce-TA
Environ Health Perspect 2006 Mar; 114(3):442-446
Chemicals present in indoor air can react with one another, either in the gas phase or on surfaces, altering the concentrations of both reactants and products. Such chemistry is often the major source of free radicals and other short-lived reactive species in indoor environments. To what extent do the products of indoor chemistry affect human health? To address this question, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health sponsored a workshop titled "Indoor Chemistry and Health" on 12-15 July 2004 at the University of California-Santa Cruz. Approximately 70 experts from eight countries participated. Objectives included enhancing communications between researchers in indoor chemistry and health professionals, as well as defining a list of priority research needs related to the topic of the workshop. The ultimate challenges in this emerging field are defining exposures to the products of indoor chemistry and developing an understanding of the links between these exposures and various health outcomes. The workshop was a step toward meeting these challenges. This summary presents the issues discussed at the workshop and the priority research needs identified by the attendees.
Indoor-air-pollution; Free-radicals; Environmental-factors; Occupational-exposure; Occupational-health; Environmental-exposure; Environmental-health; Allergies; Bronchial-asthma; Biomarkers; Cancer; Inhalation-studies; Lung-cancer; Hydroperoxides; Indoor-environmental-quality
C.J. Weschler, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute, 170 Frelinghuysen Rd., Piscataway, NJ 08854 USA
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Environmental Health Perspectives