Relationship between indoor chemical concentrations and subjective symptoms associated with sick building syndrome in newly built houses in Japan

Tomoko Takigawa, Bing Ling Wang, Yasuaki Saijo, Kanehsa Morimoto, Kunio Nakayama, Masatoshi Tanaka, Eiji Shibata, Takesumi Yoshimura, Hisao Chikara, Keiki Ogino, Reiko Kishi

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Abstract

Objectives This study explored possible associations between chemical substances and sick building syndrome (SBS)-type symptoms of residents living in new houses in Japan. Methods We randomly sampled 5,709 newly built conventional homes. In the end, 1,479 residents in 425 households completed a questionnaire survey and agreed to environmental monitoring for indoor aldehydes and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) to be conducted in their homes. If the residents had complained about at least one SBS-related symptom, they were classified as suffering from SBS. Multiple logistic regression analysis was used to select predictive chemical factors of SBS symptoms. Results About 14% of the subjects suffered from SBS. Many aldehydes and VOCs were associated factors of optical, nasal, and gular symptoms in univariate analysis. After adjustment for other possible risk factors, formaldehyde dose-dependently showed to be a significant risk factor for SBS. Several chemicals had tendency to be associated with SBS symptoms. Conclusions Chemicals detected in Japanese newly built houses tend to increase the risk of subjective symptoms in residents suffering from SBS.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)225-235
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
Volume83
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2010

Keywords

  • Aldehydes
  • Indoor air
  • Sick building syndrome
  • Subjective symptoms
  • Volatile organic compounds

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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    Takigawa, T., Wang, B. L., Saijo, Y., Morimoto, K., Nakayama, K., Tanaka, M., Shibata, E., Yoshimura, T., Chikara, H., Ogino, K., & Kishi, R. (2010). Relationship between indoor chemical concentrations and subjective symptoms associated with sick building syndrome in newly built houses in Japan. International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health, 83(2), 225-235. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00420-009-0475-9