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Assessment of PM2.5, TVOCs, comfort parameters, and volatile organic solvents of paint at carpenter workshop and exposure to residential houses in Deir Ballout in Palestine

Abstract

Volatile organic compounds emitted from their manufacturing have a high recycling value but contribute negatively to the environment. Paints as a significant source of volatile organic compounds could largely contribute to their emissions. This study employed four different locations close to a carpenter workshop where they make furniture and spray them with paint. The four locations (H1, H2, H3 and S1) are within a short distance from the workshop. Several analyses were performed including comfortable parameters (temperature, relative humidity, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, ozone and nitrogen dioxide) from a paint packaging workshop. Besides that some selected volatile organic compounds in paint which was used for spraying the furniture were measured. Total volatile organic compounds for both indoor and outdoor were determined. The particulate matter at indoor and outdoor was also determined for the whole locations. Gas chromatography mass spectrometry and portable devices were used for our study. Both total volatile organic compounds and particulate matter gave very high results above the allowable concentrations. Some comfortable parameters also detected with unacceptable concentrations.

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Abbreviations

VOCs:

Volatile organic compounds

TVOCs:

Total volatile organic compounds

CO2 :

Carbon dioxide

CO:

Carbon monoxide

NO2 :

Nitrogen dioxide

RH:

Relative humidity

HCHO:

Formaldehyde

O3:

Ozone

PM2.5 :

Particulate matter

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This project was financially supported by Al Maqdesi CAMPUS FRANCE 2018–2020 and the Palestine Ministry of High Education. The authors would like to thank both the department of chemistry at An-Najah National University and University of Reims in France.

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Jodeh, S., Chakir, A., Massad, Y. et al. Assessment of PM2.5, TVOCs, comfort parameters, and volatile organic solvents of paint at carpenter workshop and exposure to residential houses in Deir Ballout in Palestine. Int. J. Environ. Sci. Technol. (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s13762-020-02877-9

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Keyword

  • Carpenter workshop
  • Volatile organic compound
  • Comfortable parameters
  • Particulate matters and paint