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Formaldehyde exposure and the indoor environment

Tibbens, Lauren (2015) Formaldehyde exposure and the indoor environment. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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The average American spends the majority of their time indoors. Most people are aware of outdoor pollutants and the impact on their health, but many are not aware of the potential dangers in their own homes. The indoor environment is not only influenced by outdoor pollutants migrating into the indoor atmosphere, but also pollutants created indoors. Once we acknowledge that indoor air is just as important as outdoor air, we can begin to look at ways to improve guidelines, detection methods, and assessments of indoor air. The purpose of this essay is to look at formaldehyde and the indoor environment. Areas to be covered are chemical properties, applications, exposure and toxicity, health affects, indoor sources, detections methods, indoor concentrations, guidelines and remediation process of formaldehyde in the indoor environment. The public health significance of formaldehyde in the indoor environment is to protect the public from the dangers inside their homes, to improve the way formaldehyde is detected and develop prevention methods to control formaldehyde emission into our indoor environment.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Tibbens, Lauren
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairPeterson, Jamesjimmyp@pitt.eduJIMMYPUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberBandik, Georgebandik@pitt.eduBANDIKUNSPECIFIED
Date: April 2015
Date Type: Submission
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Environmental and Occupational Health
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2015 00:39
Last Modified: 03 Jan 2024 11:56


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