Personal exposure of seafarers to air pollutants and perceived indoor air quality on a passenger ferry
2016 (English)In: Proceedings of Indoor Air 2016, International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate - ISIAQ , 2016Conference paper (Refereed)
The purpose of this study is to examine crew members’ personal exposure and perceived air quality on board a Swedish passenger ferry before and after a change of fuel type. Personal exposure was measured in the breathing zone of 20 crew members and quantified in terms of concentrations of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and total volatile organic compounds (TVOC) with focus on benzene. Measured concentrations are compared with international indoor air quality guidelines and occupational exposure limit values. The perceived indoor air quality was assessed through a self-reporting questionnaire. The results show that the measured personal exposure was largely below Swedish occupational exposure limit values and international guideline values. Elevated levels were found especially in the engine crew samples. The subjective assessment of the air quality showed the air to be perceived as just acceptable with a slight odour, and a sense of the air being dry and stuffy.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate - ISIAQ , 2016.
Indoor air quality, ship, fuel change, gaseous air pollutants, work environment
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics Environmental Health and Occupational Health
Research subject Shipping, Maritime Science
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-54617OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-54617DiVA: diva2:948402
The 14th International Conference of Indoor Air Quality and Climate. Ghent, Belgium 4-8 July, 2016
FunderThe Swedish Mercantile Marine Foundation