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Predicting personal exposure of Windsor, Ontario residents to volatile organic compounds using indoor measurements and survey data


Stocco, C and MacNeill, M and Wang, D and Xu, X and Guay, M and Brook, J and Wheeler, AJ, Predicting personal exposure of Windsor, Ontario residents to volatile organic compounds using indoor measurements and survey data, Atmospheric Environment, 42 pp. 5905-5912. ISSN 1352-2310 (2008) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2008.03.024


As part of a multi-year personal exposure monitoring campaign, we collected personal, indoor, and outdoor levels of 188 volatile organic compounds (VOCs). In 2005, data were obtained for 48 non-smoking adults from Windsor, Ontario in order to assess their exposure to VOCs based on their daily routines and characteristics of their homes. During the 8-week winter and summer sampling sessions, five repeated 24-h measurements were obtained for each home. This paper focuses on the analysis of 18 VOCs: 11 have been declared toxic as defined under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, [1999. Statutes of Canada. Act assented to September 14, 1999. Ottawa: Queen’s Printer. Available at Canada Gazette (Part III) 22(3): (Chapter 33). g3-02203.pdf], and seven are commonly found in household and personal care products. Results of mixed effects models indicate that personal exposure to these VOCs can be largely predicted by indoor concentrations, with models including indoor concentrations found to have an r2 value for the fixed effects ranging from 58.4% to 87.2% for the CEPA toxic VOCs and from 41.7% to 90.1% for the commonly found VOCs. Given that people spend the majority of their time inside their home, characteristics of the home such as air exchange rates, type of garage, and type of stove have a greater potential to impact personal exposures.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:personal exposure, air quality, volatile organic compounds, benzene
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:100885
Year Published:2008
Web of Science® Times Cited:35
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2015-06-02
Last Modified:2015-09-14

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