In recent years there has been increasing interest on studies concerning indoor air quality and focusing on risk factors for exposed subjects. Particularly, airborne chemicals, whose adverse effects are well known, have been identified and determined in means of transport as in other indoor places. As concerns chemical air concentrations in submarines, only a limited number of studies have been published. This paper reports measured concentration data for organic compounds (total volatile organic compounds, substances with a chemical bond S-O, nitrogen compounds, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, and different organic solvents) in the air sampled during an 8-h period in an Italian Military submarine, under routine operations. We observed that a periodical fresh-air intake operation (snorkel) might cause temporary increase of contaminants levels in indoor air. Moreover, we could find that pollutants sometimes reach notable peak concentrations being potentially able to induce adverse health effects in crewmembers. Our data highlight the need to promote further investigations.
|Translated title of the contribution||Indoor air quality in an Italian military submarine|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Giornale Italiano di Medicina del Lavoro ed Ergonomia|
|Publication status||Published - Jul 2005|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health