MATEC Web Conf.
Volume 343, 202110th International Conference on Manufacturing Science and Education – MSE 2021
|Number of page(s)||14|
|Section||Safety and Health at Work|
|Published online||04 August 2021|
Indoor air quality monitoring and human perception survey on air quality in public buildings in Timisoara
Politehnica University of Timisoara, Faculty of Management in Production and Transportation, 14 Remus str., 300191 Timisoara, Romania
2 The City Hall of Timisoara, Environmental Directorate, 1 Constantin Diaconovici Loga Bd., 300030 Timisoara, Romania
3 Politehnica University of Timisoara, Faculty of Electrical and Power Engineering, 2 Vasile Parvan Bd., 300223 Timisoara, Romania
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The paper presents a study aimed at investigating the indoor air quality (IAQ) and people’s perception regarding the indoor environment of schools and public buildings in Timisoara. The indoor air quality monitoring was performed during the cold season, in the period January 2020 – February 2021. Six public buildings – schools and administrative edifices belonging to the municipality were subject of monitoring. An Andersen microbial air sampler was used to enumerate the numbers and different kinds of respirable bacteria and fungi inside of the selected classrooms and offices. The results of the specialized laboratory analyses indicate that the microbiological contaminant counts, expressed in colonyforming unit (CFU/m3), fall within the permissible limits for all monitored rooms. No beta-hemolytic streptococci or Staphylococcus aureus were identified, conditionally pathogenic bacteria for the upper respiratory tract. Most moulds were of the genus Penicillium, without having a pathogenic significance for humans. Occupants’ perception on indoor air quality, thermal comfort, health complaints and symptoms such allergies or respiratory illnesses with possible connection to the Sick building syndrome were surveyed by questionnaire. The findings were analysed and a plan to improve IAQ in the public buildings was proposed, with specific measures to increase the comfort and health of the learning and working environment.
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