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Characterisation of Particulate Matter Sampled During a Study of Children’s Personal Exposure to Airborne Particulate Matter in a UK Urban Environment


Wheeler, AJ and Williams, RA and Beaumont, RA and Hamilton, RS, Characterisation of Particulate Matter Sampled During a Study of Children's Personal Exposure to Airborne Particulate Matter in a UK Urban Environment, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 65 pp. 69-77. ISSN 0167-6369 (2000) [Refereed Article]

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copyright 2000 Kluwer Academic Publishers

DOI: doi:10.1023/A:1006447807980


The personal exposure of children aged 9 - 11 years to particulate matter (PM10 and PM2.5) was carried out between January and September 1997 in the London Borough of Barnet. Personal sampling along with home, garden and classroom microenvironmental monitoring was completed for all ten children. Each child was monitored for five days during winter, spring and summer. All children completed daily time activity diaries to provide information on any potential activities that could influence their exposure to particulate matter. Each evening a household activity questionnaire was also completed by the parents. Personal Environmental Monitors were used to sample personal exposure to PM10 and PM2.5. Harvard Impactors were used for the microenvironmental sampling of both size fractions. The children’s mean personal exposure concentrations for PM10 during winter, spring and summer were 72, 54 and 35 µg/m3 respectively and for PM2.5 22, 17 and 18 µg/m3 respectively. In order to determine the potential sources of particulate matter, analysis of the Teflon filters has been undertaken. The physical characteristics of the particles have been identified using Scanning Electron Microscopy. The relationships between personal exposure concentrations and the different microenvironments will be discussed.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Personal exposures, air quality, particulate matter
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Human resources and industrial relations
Research Field:Occupational and workplace health and safety
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Public health (excl. specific population health) not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Wheeler, AJ (Dr Amanda Wheeler)
ID Code:100837
Year Published:2000
Web of Science® Times Cited:50
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2015-06-01
Last Modified:2016-10-19

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