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Physical and chemical pollutants of indoor air: Sources and health effects Volume 7, issue 6, novembre-décembre 2008

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Laboratoire d’hygiène de la ville de Paris (LHVP) 11, rue George Eastman 75013 Paris France
  • Key words: air pollution, indoor, construction materials, organic chemicals, ventilation
  • DOI : 10.1684/ers.2008.0179
  • Page(s) : 425-30
  • Published in: 2008

Indoor air includes a mixture of physical, chemical and biological pollutants, which come from outdoor air, building materials, such as volatile organic compounds emissions, lead-based paints and fibres, and human activities. These activities include the use of combustion equipment and domestic products; they can also cause passive smoke exposure and moulds (contamination of materials by microorganisms). Various types of illness and discomfort have been associated with indoor air pollutants. Recommendations to prevent indoor pollution include: adequate ventilation, elimination of domestic dust, maintenance of combustion equipment, reduction of exposure to volatile organic compounds, and monitoring the wear of fibre materials.