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  1. Measured exposures by personal monitoring for respirable suspended particles and environmental tobacco smoke of housewives and office workers resident in Bremen, Germany.

    Article - En anglais


    Exposures to respirable suspended particles (RSP) and environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) were assessed in Bremen, Germany, as part of a European air quality study.

    The range and level of personal exposures were assessed for housewives and office workers.


    Nonsmokers were randomly selected from a representative sample of the population of Bremen.

    Housewives were recruited into one group primarily for assessment of exposures in the home and office workers, into a second group for assessment of the contribution of the workplace to overall exposure.


    A total of 190 subjects collected air samples from areas close to their breathing zone by wearing personal monitors for 24 h. Samples collected were analysed for RSP, ultraviolet-absorbing particulate matter (UVPM), fluorescing particulate matter (FPM), solanesol-related particulate matter (SolPM), nicotine and 3-ethenylpyridine (3-EP).

    Saliva cotinine levels for all subjects were also established.


    Overall the levels found were quite low, with the majority of results being below the limit of quantification.

    Workers both living and working with smokers were exposed to the highest 24-h median quantities of RSP (789 mug) and ETS particles (128 mug) measured by FPM.

    The highest nicotine levels, based on median 24-h time-weighted average concentrations, were experienced by office workers working with smokers (0.69 mug m-3). (...)

    Mots-clés Pascal : Pollution intérieur, Particule en suspension, Tabagisme passif, Qualité air, Pollution air, Mesure, Teneur air ambiant, Bureau, Lieu travail, Logement habitation, Conjoint, Femme, Homme, Femelle, Exposition, Allemagne, Europe

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Indoor pollution, Suspended particle, Passive smoking, Air quality, Air pollution, Measurement, Ambient air concentration, Office, Work place, Housing, Spouse, Woman, Human, Female, Exposure, Germany, Europe

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 98-0247582

    Code Inist : 002B03M02. Création : 11/09/1998.