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Advances in Environmental Research   Volume 1, Number 4, December 2012, pages 277-288
Indoor exposure to hazardous air pollutants and volatile organic compounds in low-income houses in Lagos, Nigeria
Azeez Luqmon, Olaogun Musa, Adeoye Mariam, Lawal Abdulazeez, Agbaogun Babatunde, Abdulsalami Ibrahim and Majolagbe Adija

Abstract     [Full Text]
    This study investigated exposure to air pollutants in rooms in low-income houses at Shomolu (R1), Mafoluku (R2) and Mushin (R3) in Lagos state. The concentrations of most measured exceeded limits of Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) for indoor air quality. Air quality index (AQI) in rooms studied was unhealthy for sensitive people in terms of CO, unhealthy in terms of SO2 and very unhealthy in terms of NO2 while moderate air quality was obtained in terms of PM10 in most rooms. High concentrations of carbontetrachloride, formaldehyde and xylene measured could have been responsible for some of the health complaints of the occupants. Factor analysis shows that cooking with kerosene, use of gasoline generator and insecticide were the major contributors to indoor air pollution in these rooms. Therefore, there is need to urgently tackle poverty as all affected by these pollutants were poor who live in substandard houses without kitchens.
Key Words
    air quality index; indoor air pollution; hazard quotient; cancer risk; factor analysis
Azeez Luqmon, Adeoye Mariam, Lawal Abdulazeez, Abdulsalami Ibrahim and Majolagbe Adija: Industrial and Environmental Chemistry Unit, Chemical Sciences Department, Fountain University, Osogbo, Osun State, Nigeria; Olaogun Musa: Environmental Chemistry Unit, Environmental Accord Nigeria, Limited, Gbagada, Lagos State, Nigeria; Agbaogun Babatunde: Department of Chemistry, University of Ibadan, Oyo state, Nigeria

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