Title: The INDEX Project: Executive Summary of a European Union Project on Indoor Air Pollutants
Authors: KOISTINEN KimmoKOTZIAS DIMITRIOSKEPHALOPOULOS STYLIANOSSCHLITT ChristianCARRER PaoloJANTUNEN MattiKIRCHNER SeverineMCLAUGHLIN JamesMØLHAVE LarsOLIVEIRA FERNANDES EduardoSEIFERT Bernd
Citation: ALLERGY vol. 63 no. 7 p. 810-819
Publisher: BLACKWELL PUBLISHING
Publication Year: 2008
JRC N°: JRC45027
ISSN: 0105-4538
URI: http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/120083733/issue
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC45027
DOI: 10.1111/j.1398-9995.2008.01740.x
Type: Articles in Journals
Abstract: The prevalence of allergies, asthma, and other respiratory diseases in large populations, has increased in recent decades. Among other factors, this phenomenon has been connected to adverse health effects of air pollution. Although, some causal links between occupational exposures and their health effects are shown, still little is known about health risks of life-long exposure to indoor air pollutants. To assess health risks of indoor air pollutants at prevailing concentration levels in Europe, the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission carried out a project called ¿Critical Appraisal of the Setting and Implementation of Indoor Exposure Limits in the EU¿ (INDEX). The aims of the project were: 1) to assess health risks of indoor originated chemical pollutants that might be regulated in the EU and 2) to provide suggestions and recommendations on potential exposure limits or other risk management measures. The results of the INDEX project should contribute to the development of an EU strategy for the management of indoor air quality. The highest priority was given in this study to: formaldehyde, nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, benzene, and naphthalene. Exposure limits, recommendations and management options were also given to minimise the health risks for these compounds.
JRC Institute:Institute for Health and Consumer Protection

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