Particulate Matter Exposure in a Police Station Located near a Highway
AbstractPeople living or working near roadways have experienced an increase in cardiovascular or respiratory diseases due to vehicle emissions. Very few studies have focused on the PM exposure of highway police officers, particularly for the number concentration and size distribution of ultrafine particles (UFP). This study evaluated exposure concentrations of particulate matter (PM) in the Sinying police station near a highway located in Tainan, Taiwan, under different traffic volumes, traffic types, and shift times. We focused on periods when the wind blew from the highway toward the police station and when the wind speed was greater than or equal to 0.5 m/s. PM2.5, UFP, and PM-PAHs concentrations in the police station and an upwind reference station were measured. Results indicate that PM2.5, UFP, and PM-PAHs concentrations in the police station can be on average 1.13, 2.17, and 5.81 times more than the upwind reference station concentrations, respectively. The highest exposure level for PM2.5 and UFP was observed during the 12:00 PM–4:00 PM shift while the highest PAHs concentration was found in the 4:00 AM–8:00 AM shift. Thus, special attention needs to be given to protect police officers from exposure to high PM concentration. View Full-Text
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Chen, Y.-C.; Hsu, C.-K.; Wang, C.C.; Tsai, P.-J.; Wang, C.-Y.; Chen, M.-R.; Lin, M.-Y. Particulate Matter Exposure in a Police Station Located near a Highway. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2015, 12, 14541-14556.
Chen Y-C, Hsu C-K, Wang CC, Tsai P-J, Wang C-Y, Chen M-R, Lin M-Y. Particulate Matter Exposure in a Police Station Located near a Highway. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2015; 12(11):14541-14556.Chicago/Turabian Style
Chen, Yu-Cheng; Hsu, Chin-Kai; Wang, Chia C.; Tsai, Perng-Jy; Wang, Chun-Yuan; Chen, Mei-Ru; Lin, Ming-Yeng. 2015. "Particulate Matter Exposure in a Police Station Located near a Highway." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 12, no. 11: 14541-14556.