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Symptoms and the microenvironment in non-problem buildings.
Hodgson-MJ; Traven-ND; Permar-E; Karpf-M; Frohliger-J; Tidwell-C; Olenchock-SA
Indoor Air '90, The 5th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate, Toronto, July 29 - August 3, 1990, 1990 Jul; :549-554
This study considered whether specific environmental exposures, specifically lighting level and respirable suspended particulates in the working environment of 147 office employees in five buildings, might be related to the level of complaints. Ten indoor air quality characteristics were measured at each workstation. Questionnaires were used to collect information, including demographic data, the magnitude of ten complaints, work characteristics, and personal issues. The findings suggested that nonspecific symptoms in indoor environments may not be as independent of environmental exposure as had been assumed. Factors which were implicated included aspects of the building such as perimeter units and number of smokers in the building, aspects of work and personal practices such as hours spent at desks and layers of clothing worn, and specific pollutants present in the working atmosphere. An attempt was made to identify causes of symptoms in nonproblem buildings. A major weakness noted by the authors was the lack of precision in the measuring instruments used.
Office-workers; Indoor-air-pollution; Air-quality; Closed-building-syndrome; Ventilation-systems; Respiratory-system-disorders; Work-environment; Indoor-environmental-quality
Indoor Air '90, The 5th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate, Toronto, July 29 - August 3, 1990
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