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Protocol for a comprehensive investigation of building related complaints.

Leaderer B; Wilcox T; Fidler A; Selfridge J; Hurrel J; Kollanander M; Clickner R; Fine L; Teichman K
Indoor Air '90, Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate, Toronto, July 29 - August 3, 1990. 1990 Jul; 4:609-614
The protocol for a comprehensive investigation of building related complaints was presented. The study was designed to better elucidate the nature of building related occupant complaint syndrome and factors which impact on it. In addition, the study attempted to address many of the methodological weaknesses of previous studies. The focus of this particular study was four large office buildings in the Washington, DC area where many concerns had been expressed by employees about the indoor air quality and work environment discomforts. The four major objectives of the study were to: survey the nature, magnitude and spatial distribution of health symptoms and comfort concerns; characterize the selected physical, chemical, and biological aspects of the buildings; generate hypotheses from any associations observed between health and comfort effects, and environmental factors; and identify areas not in compliance with relevant standards or guidelines. The first stage of the study consisted of a self administered questionnaire to obtain information from building occupants on topics such as workstation characteristics, acute health symptoms, other health effects and risk factors, level of comfort at work, perceived sources of irritants, job stressors, education level, and job classification. The second stage of the study, which was based on preliminary analysis of data from the first stage, consisted of selection of sampling sites, environmental monitoring at those sites, and administration of a supplemental questionnaire to occupants near the selected sites. Extensive data was collected; findings were to be addressed in subsequent papers.
Closed-building-syndrome; Indoor-air-pollution; Occupational-health; Analytical-processes; Worker-health; Work-environment; Industrial-design; Employee-health; Environmental-health-monitoring; Air-quality; Indoor-environmental-quality
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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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