Indoor environmental quality in a 'low allergen' school and three standard primary schools in Western Australia

G. Zhang, J. Spickett, K. Rumchev, A. H. Lee, S. Stick

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    Abstract

    To investigate indoor environmental quality in classrooms, assessments were undertaken in a 'low allergen' school and three standard primary schools in Western Australia. Dust allergens, air pollutants and physical parameters were monitored in the four schools at four times (summer school term, autumn holiday, winter school term and winter holiday) in 2002. The levels of particulate matter (PM10) and volatile organic compounds were similar between the four primary schools. Although slightly decreased levels of dust-mite and cat allergens were observed in the 'low allergen' school, the reductions were not statistically significant and the allergen levels in all schools were much lower than the recommended sensitizing thresholds. However, significantly lower levels of relative humidity and formaldehyde level during summer-term were recorded in the 'low allergen' school. In conclusion, the evidence here suggests that the 'low allergen' school did not significantly improve the indoor environmental quality in classrooms.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)74-80
    Number of pages7
    JournalINDOOR AIR
    Volume16
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 2006

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