This title includes a number of Open Access chapters.
Recent advances have been made on the identification of pollutants in indoor environments, the health effects associated with indoor or personal exposures, and interventions that can be implemented by occupants to mitigate exposures. The focus of this book is on exposures that occur typically, but not exclusively, in residences. The contributors cover a wide selection of chemical and biological pollutants, including lead, phthalates, flame retardants, mold, infectious diseases, traffic-related particulate, pesticides, PCBs, VOCs, and asthma triggers. The book also includes a chapter on the plight of teachers working in PCB-contaminated schools.
Table of Contents
Lead Exposure of U.S. Children from Residential Dust
Teachers Working in PCB-Contaminated Schools
Flame-Retardants’ Effect on Hormone Levels and Semen Quality
Bacterial and Fungal Microbial Biomarkers in House Dust
Pollutants from Vehicle Exhaust Near Highways
Asthma Triggers in Indoor Air
Home Humidification and Influenza Virus Survival
Airborne Exposure from Common Cleaning Tasks
Phthalate Monoesters from Personal Care Products
Pesticides in House Dust
Dr. Ted Myatt is the Director of the Partners Healthcare Institutional Biosafety Committee and Research Compliance Manager at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Myatt received his Doctorate of Science in environmental health from the Harvard School of Public Health, where is research focused on evaluating exposures to respiratory viruses. He also received a Masters degree in environmental management from the Nicholas School of Environment at Duke University. Additionally, Dr. Myatt is an Instructor of environmental science at Brandeis University and is a senior scientists with Environmental Health and Engineering, Inc., where he focuses on evaluating exposures to biohazardous agents.
Dr. Joseph G. Allen is a senior scientist with Environmental Health and Engineering, Inc.. In Needham, Massachusetts and Group Manager for the Advanced Analytics and Building Science Division. He received his Doctorate of Science and Masters of Public Health degrees from Boston University. Dr. Allen concentrates his research on exposure science, statistical analysis of environmental and occupational data, and environmental epidemiology. He has directed community and occupational exposure assessments related to the broad class of environmental health topics, including persistent organic compounds, flame retardants, VOCs, heavy metals, air pollution, and infectious disease outbreaks.