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An exposure assessment study of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in residential indoor environment using the Canadian Health Measures Survey (Cycle 2: 2009-2011) and a multi-receptors based approach

TitleAn exposure assessment study of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in residential indoor environment using the Canadian Health Measures Survey (Cycle 2: 2009-2011) and a multi-receptors based approach
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsParent, M.
UniversityDalhousie University
CityHalifax, NS
Keywordscanadian health measures survey, indoor air quality, residential indoor air, thermal desorption tube, vocs, volatile organic compounds
Abstract

Volatile organic compounds (VOC) research in the residential indoor environment has focused on respiratory conditions; additional research is necessary to understand the effects on overall health. I analyzed the Canadian Health Measures Survey (CHMS) data Cycle 2 for indoor air exposure in children (3-11 years old) and youth-adults (12-79 years old) as stratified the age and location of the dwelling. I performed multivariate linear regressions to describe the variations in log-transformed total BTEX, chloroform, naphthalene and alpha-pinene in separate analyses. I performed small laboratory studies to optimize the use of thermal desorption tubes during indoor air research. Total BTEX concentrations were associated with dwelling characteristics: type, age, number of residents and mortgage. The concentrations of naphthalene and alpha-pinene were significantly associated with the presence of a child in the dwelling. The analysis of CHMS Cycle 2 dataset and the descriptive studies allowed for new insights into VOC exposures.

URLhttps://dalspace.library.dal.ca/xmlui/handle/10222/74099
DOI
Document URLhttps://dalspace.library.dal.ca/xmlui/bitstream/handle/10222/74099/Parent-Marianne-MSc-CHE-April-2018.pdf