Exposure to fine particulate matter (PM2.5) among highway toll station workers in Taipei: Direct and indirect exposure assessment

Ching Huang Lai, Saou Hsing Liou, Tung Sheng Shih, Perng Jy Tsai, Hsiao Lung Chen, Yue Cune Chang, Timothy J. Buckley, Paul Strickland, Jouni J.K. Jaakkola

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Abstract

In this study, the authors assessed occupational exposure to PM 2.5 among 47 highway toll station workers in Taipei, Taiwan. The subjects were monitored for 10 days to assess integrated 8-hr fine particulate matter (PM2.5) breathing zone concentration. Researchers constructed a microenvironment-time-concentration matrix and applied direct and indirect approaches to assess cumulative exposure. Mean PM2.5 concentration for workers in the truck and bus lanes was 308 μg/m3 (SD = 115.5 μg/m3), substantially higher compared with cash-payment car lanes (mean 115, SD = 41.8, p < 0.001) and ticket-payment car lanes (mean 109, SD = 48.7, p < 0.001). Concentration per vehicle in the truck and bus lanes was 6.4 and 3.7 times higher, respectively, than that of ticket- or cash-payment car lanes. Mean cumulative exposure for the 10-day period was 4,900-13,407 μg/m3 · hr, with a mean of 8,019 μg/m3 · hr (SD = 2,375.3). Indirect and direct concentrations were strongly correlated (r2 = .61, F(1, 125); p = 0.000). The results of this study show that personal exposure to PM2.5 can be reliably estimated using indirect approaches.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)138-148
Number of pages11
JournalArchives of Environmental Health
Volume59
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2004

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Keywords

  • Exposure assessment
  • PM
  • Toll worker
  • Traffic density
  • Traffic exhaust

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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