Researchers Study Impact of Consumer Products on Indoor Ozone Emissions

In article published in May, 2016, in Indoor Air “measured ozone emissions and impacts on indoor ozone levels and associated exposures from 17 consumer products and home appliances that could emit ozone either intentionally or as a by-product of their functions.” Since ground-level ozone can cause “serious adverse health effects and environmental impacts,” the study sought to measure whether use of the products could impact health.

The study found that 9 of the examined 17 products emitted measurable ozone, and multiple uses of the products could increase “personal exposure concentrations by an average of 2550 ppb, over 28 times higher than the level of the [one hour] California Ambient Air Quality Standard for ozone (0.09 parts per million).” The researchers concluded “the use of some products was estimated to contribute up to 87% of total daily exposures to ozone,” and the use “may result in potential health impacts.”

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