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Subjective and physical correlates of irritation from the Library of Congress/EPA Indoor Air and Work Environment Study.
Hall-HI; Leaderer-BP; Cain-WS; Selfridge-OJ; Fidler-AT; Wilcox-T
Indoor Air '90, Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate, Toronto, July 29 - August 3, 1990. 1990 Jul; 4:641-646
The results of a study examining subjective assessments of sources of odor and mucous membrane irritation provided by workers in four office buildings occupied by the United States Federal Government including the Madison Building of the Library of Congress (LOC) were presented. Full time employees working in the buildings responded to a questionnaire examining job characteristics, symptoms, perceptions of air quality, odors, noise, lighting, demographics, and social dynamics. The most commonly reported work associated symptoms were problems with contact lens wear and eye and nose irritation. Seventy percent of the workers at the LOC reported symptoms compared with 62%, 56%, and 49% of those working in the other three buildings. Over 10% of the respondents in all buildings reported tobacco smoke, paint fumes, and "other" fumes as always causing irritation. The largest variations in reports of sources were seen relating to vapors from new carpets and drapes. The most commonly reported odors were food odors followed by cosmetics, tobacco smoke, and body odors. Over half of the respondents did not report seasonal variations in the odors.
Indoor-air-pollution; Tobacco-smoke; Odor-control; Fumes; Mucous-membranes; Eye-irritants; Respiratory-irritants; Clinical-symptoms; Indoor-environmental-quality
Indoor Air '90, Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate, Toronto, July 29 - August 3, 1990
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