Comparing Indoor Air Pollution Health Risks in India and the United States

J. S. Pandey
S. Mude
P. Khanna

DOI: 10.2190/1HP4-7L0T-277J-XD9B


Potential impacts of environmental pollutants on human health are evaluated on the basis of quantitative health risk assessment (HRA). Distribution, transport, human exposure, toxicology, and pharmacokinetics of pollutants are the principal element of health risk modeling. The usefulness of health risk assessment is dependent on knowledge of the possible exposure pathways and approaches available to model these exposures. In this article, cumulative human exposures (through inhalation, ingestion and dermal absorption) to volatile organic compounds have been estimated with a three-compartment model (shower, bathroom, rest of house). Results with United States data base reported in literature have been compared against those with estimated Indian data for volume of compartments and amount of water used.

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