Subjective perceptions, symptom intensity and performance: a comparison of two independent studies, both changing similarly the pollution load in an office

Pawel Wargocki, Love Per Lagercrantz, Thomas Witterseh, Jan Sundell, David Wyon, Povl Ole Fanger

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Abstract

The present paper shows that introducing or removing the same pollution source in an office in two independent investigations, one in Denmark and one in Sweden, using similar experimental methodology, resulted in similar and repeatable effects on subjective assessments of perceived air quality, intensity of sick building syndrome symptoms and performance of office work. Removing the pollution source improved the perceived air quality, decreased the perceived dryness of air and the severity of headaches, and increased typing performance. These effects were observed separately in each experiment and were all significant (P less than/equal to 0.05) after combining the data from both studies, indicating the advantages of pollution source strength control for health, comfort, and productivity.
Original languageEnglish
JournalIndoor Air
VolumeVol. 12
Pages (from-to)pp. 74-80
ISSN0905-6947
Publication statusPublished - 2002

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