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close this bookAir Quality Guidelines for Europe - Second Edition (WHO; 2000; 288 pages) View the PDF document
View the documentFOREWORD
View the documentPREFACE
open this folder and view contentsPART I: GENERAL
open this folder and view contentsPART II: EVALUATION OF RISKS TO HUMAN HEALTH
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Air Quality Guidelines for Europe - Second Edition

World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe Copenhagen

WHO Regional Publications, European Series, No. 91

Air quality guidelines for Europe, 2nd edition, 2000


On page 98, under Health risk evaluation, the second paragraph should read as follows.

In Germany a TDI for PCB of 1-3 µg/kg BW has been suggested. It was also recommended that, for precautionary reasons, the proportional daily intake via indoor air should not exceed 10% of the TDI for long periods. On this basis an action level for source removal of 3000 ng/m3 has been derived. For concentrations between 3000 ng/m3 and 10 000 ng/m3 (that is, between 3 µg/m3 and 10 µg/m) a concrete health risk is not assumed. However, mitigation measures should be undertaken as soon as possible to reduce the level to 300 ng/m3, below which concentrations are thought to be of no concern. Source removal should also be undertaken if levels are found to be between 300 and 3000 ng/m3 (8).

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Air quality guidelines for Europe; second edition

(WHO regional publications. European series; No. 91)

1.Air pollution - prevention and control
2.Air pollutants - adverse effects - toxicity
3.Air pollution, Indoor - prevention and control
4.Environmental exposure 5.Guidelines 6.Europe I. Series

ISBN 92 890 1358 3 (NLM Classification: WA 754)
ISSN 0378-2255

Text editing: Frank Theakston

Cover design: G. Gudmundsson

ISBN 1358 3
ISSN 0378-2255

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