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J Environ Monit. 2012 Oct 26;14(10):2659-62. Epub 2012 Aug 16.

2-Butoxyethanol from cleaning products responsible for complaints in workplaces: a case study.

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Institute for the Dynamics of Environmental Processes, C. N. R., Stati Uniti 4, 35127 Padua, Italy.


Indoor air quality is important because people are spending an increasing amount of time in the workplace. They are exposed to outdoor pollutants as well as pollutants emitted from products used indoors. Some chemicals, belonging to the category of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), easily release vapors at room temperature by evaporation. These accumulated vapors are often toxic and irritating. They may be alcohols, glycols, ketones, esters, etc., frequently present in the composition of many products for personal care or household purposes. This study suggests that the exposure levels of 2-butoxyethanol play an important role in the level of complaints of people at work. This study has emphasized the necessity of using different active and passive sampling methods for indoor air to avoid evaluation errors.

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