Indoor air quality assessment in child care and medical facilities in Korea

Ehsanul Kabir, K. H. Kim, Jong Ryeul Sohn, Bo Youn Kweon, Jong Hyun Shin

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Abstract

In order to characterize the status of indoor air pollution in some important facilities, a list of key criteria pollutants [particulate matter (PM 10), carbon dioxide (CO 2), carbon monoxide (CO), formaldehyde (HCHO), and bioaerosol] was measured from a total of 91 randomly selected sites in 18 different cities, Korea (February 2006 to December 2009). The target facilities include 43 child care facilities, 38 medical facilities, 6 elementary schools, and 4 postnatal care centers. The results showed that some air pollutants (e.g., CO and HCHO) did not exceed the recommended guideline [e.g., the Korean indoor air standard (KIAS) values of 10 ppm and 100 ppb, respectively]. However, concentration of PM 10, CO 2, and bioaerosol occasionally exceeded their respective guidelines (e.g., seven, three, and two cases). Discrete seasonalities were observed from indoor pollutants because of varying ventilation practice (e.g., summer time dominance of PM10, HCHO, and bioaerosol or winter dominance of CO 2and CO). However, as the concentrations of the indoor pollutants were scarcely above the recommended guideline level, more diversified approaches are desirable to diagnose the status of indoor pollution and to provide a realistic strategy for the improvement of IAQ.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6395-6409
Number of pages15
JournalEnvironmental Monitoring and Assessment
Volume184
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Oct

Keywords

  • Bioaerosol
  • Child care facility
  • Co
  • Co
  • Elementary school
  • HCHO
  • Indoor air quality
  • Medical facility
  • Pm
  • Postnatal care center

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Pollution
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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