Investigation of air quality at Lithgow Correctional Centre

Morawska, Lidia, He, Congrong, Tran, Quang Huy, Wang, Hao, & Knibbs, Luke D. (2013) Investigation of air quality at Lithgow Correctional Centre. Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, QLD.

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Abstract

This project was conducted at Lithgow Correctional Centre (LCC), NSW, Australia. Air quality field measurements were conducted on two occasions (23-27 May 2012, and 3-8 December 2012), just before and six months after the introduction of smoke free buildings policies (28 May 2012) at the LCC, respectively. The main aims of this project were to:

(1) investigate the indoor air quality;

(2) quantify the level of exposure to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS);

(3) identify the main indoor particle sources;

(4) distinguish between PM2.5 / particle number from ETS, as opposed to other sources; and

(5) provide recommendations for improving indoor air quality and/or minimising exposure at the LCC.

The measurements were conducted in Unit 5.2A, Unit 5.2B, Unit 1.1 and Unit 3.1, together with personal exposure measurements, based on the following parameters:

-Indoor and outdoor particle number (PN) concentration in the size range 0.005-3 µm

-Indoor and outdoor PM2.5 particle mass concentration

-Indoor and outdoor VOC concentrations

-Personal particle number exposure levels (in the size range 0.01-0.3 µm)

-Indoor and outdoor CO and CO2 concentrations, temperature and relative humidity

In order to enhance the outcomes of this project, the indoor and outdoor particle number (PN) concentrations were measured by two additional instruments (CPC 3787) which were not listed in the original proposal.

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ID Code: 71085
Item Type: Report
Refereed: No
Keywords: Carbon monoxide, Carbon dioxide, Cigarette smoke, Indoor Air, Indoor Air Quality, Particle number concentration, Outdoor Air, Particulate Matter, Volatile organic compounds
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EARTH SCIENCES (040000) > ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES (040100) > Atmospheric Aerosols (040101)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (050000) > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT (050200) > Environmental Monitoring (050206)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING (090700) > Environmental Engineering not elsewhere classified (090799)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (111705)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Queensland University of Technology
Copyright Statement: No part of this report may be quoted out of context or used in a manner which may not be consistent with the report's overall results. The name or logo of the Queensland University of Technology may not be used in any form on publicity material that may be generated as a result of this report.
Deposited On: 06 May 2014 22:26
Last Modified: 13 May 2014 04:33

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