A Study on the Standards of Volatile Organic Compounds in Indoor Air of Office

사무실 실내공기중 휘발성유기화합물의 기준설정에 관한 연구

  • Kim, Yoon-Shin (Institute of Industiral and Environmental Medicine) ;
  • Lee, Cheol-Min (Institute of Industiral and Environmental Medicine) ;
  • Roh, Young-Man (Institute of Industiral and Environmental Medicine) ;
  • Lee, So-Dam (Institute of Industiral and Environmental Medicine) ;
  • Sohn, Jong-Ryeul (Dept. of Environmental Health, College of Health Science) ;
  • Kim, Seok-Won (Korean Industrial Health Association, Institute of Occupational Environmental Health)
  • 김윤신 (한양대학교 환경 및 산업의학연구소) ;
  • 이철민 (한양대학교 환경 및 산업의학연구소) ;
  • 노영만 (한양대학교 환경 및 산업의학연구소) ;
  • 이소담 (한양대학교 환경 및 산업의학연구소) ;
  • 손종렬 (고려대학교 보건대학) ;
  • 김석원 (대한산업보건협회 산업보건환경연구원)
  • Received : 2006.04.16
  • Accepted : 2006.12.28
  • Published : 2006.12.31


It is necessary to study and develop guidelines for providing comfort and health indoor air quality for office workers since air-tight envelope system of current office building may cause poor indoor air quality. The purpose of this study is to propose guideline for volatile organic compounds in office base on the field study, human health risk assessment and cost-benefit analysis. The field study was conducted to survey the concentrations of volatile organic compounds in indoor air of 69 offices from June to September, 2005 in Seoul and Gyeonggi-do. The rate of excess to guideline of volatile organic compounds in indoor air of new apartment on the Ministry of Environment in Korea(MOE) was surveyed 37.6% for benzene, 6.8% for toluene, and 1.5% for ethylbenzene. As the result of human health risk assessment, mean cancer risk did not exceed 10-6 which is guideline of US.EPA. Also, total hazard index did not exceed 1 which is guideline of US.EPA. Through the cost-benefit analysis of angle on the social-economics to verify the necessary to establish the standards of volatile organic compounds for improvement and development of indoor air quality in office, the present value of benefit was higher than the present value of cost. With the above considerations in mind, it is suggested that the field study for indoor air quality in offices should be expanded and human health risk assessment and cost-benefit analysis be performed th offer scientific data for decision-making of policy for improvement and management of indoor air quality in office.


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