To date, few studies have focused on PM air quality in offices, despite the fact that a lot of people spend many working hours a day in such offices. The aim of the present study is to investigate PM1 and PM2.5 in offices in Milan (Northern Italy) and in the air outside those offices. The PM samples were analyzed to determine the entity of certain compounds with possible direct or indirect adverse effects on human health: PAHs, BpA, and water soluble inorganic ions.A good correlation between outdoor and indoor PM mass concentrations emerged (R2 ∼0.87). The maximum I/O concentration ratio was 0.92, suggesting that the indoor PM level was always lower than the outdoor level. The average infiltration factor, FINF, was 0.55, showing that about a half of the outdoor PM had come indoors. The indoor-generated particles, Cig, had values ranging from 0 to 4.4 μg m-3 (<25% of the indoor PM), showing that PM indoor sources had only made a limited contribution to total indoor PM. The results of the indoor-to-outdoor comparisons for the aforementioned chemical compounds demonstrate that the offices were characterized by the absence of effective indoor sources of particulate-bound PAHs and inorganic ions, whereas Cig was around 58% of the indoor concentration for BpA. Our analysis of the FINF data pointed to the presence of a volatilization effect from PM for semi-volatile compounds like ammonium nitrate and 4- or 5-ring PAHs, which affected the measurement of their FINF. We propose the introduction of a new and simple parameter, called volatilization correction, to take account of this effect

Sangiorgi, G., Ferrero, L., Ferrini, B., Lo Porto, C., Perrone, M., Zangrando, R., et al. (2013). Indoor airborne particle sources and semi-volatile partitioning effect of outdoor fine PM in offices. ATMOSPHERIC ENVIRONMENT, 65, 205-214 [10.1016/j.atmosenv.2012.10.050].

Indoor airborne particle sources and semi-volatile partitioning effect of outdoor fine PM in offices

SANGIORGI, GIORGIA MAURA LUISA
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FERRERO, LUCA
Secondo
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FERRINI, BARBARA SARA;PERRONE, MARIA GRAZIA;LAZZATI, ZELDA;BOLZACCHINI, EZIO
Ultimo
2013

Abstract

To date, few studies have focused on PM air quality in offices, despite the fact that a lot of people spend many working hours a day in such offices. The aim of the present study is to investigate PM1 and PM2.5 in offices in Milan (Northern Italy) and in the air outside those offices. The PM samples were analyzed to determine the entity of certain compounds with possible direct or indirect adverse effects on human health: PAHs, BpA, and water soluble inorganic ions.A good correlation between outdoor and indoor PM mass concentrations emerged (R2 ∼0.87). The maximum I/O concentration ratio was 0.92, suggesting that the indoor PM level was always lower than the outdoor level. The average infiltration factor, FINF, was 0.55, showing that about a half of the outdoor PM had come indoors. The indoor-generated particles, Cig, had values ranging from 0 to 4.4 μg m-3 (<25% of the indoor PM), showing that PM indoor sources had only made a limited contribution to total indoor PM. The results of the indoor-to-outdoor comparisons for the aforementioned chemical compounds demonstrate that the offices were characterized by the absence of effective indoor sources of particulate-bound PAHs and inorganic ions, whereas Cig was around 58% of the indoor concentration for BpA. Our analysis of the FINF data pointed to the presence of a volatilization effect from PM for semi-volatile compounds like ammonium nitrate and 4- or 5-ring PAHs, which affected the measurement of their FINF. We propose the introduction of a new and simple parameter, called volatilization correction, to take account of this effect
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Bisphenol A; Indoor air quality; Indoor-to-outdoor ratio; Inorganic ions; Particulate matter; Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons
English
2013
65
205
214
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Sangiorgi, G., Ferrero, L., Ferrini, B., Lo Porto, C., Perrone, M., Zangrando, R., et al. (2013). Indoor airborne particle sources and semi-volatile partitioning effect of outdoor fine PM in offices. ATMOSPHERIC ENVIRONMENT, 65, 205-214 [10.1016/j.atmosenv.2012.10.050].
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