Envirolab Group is proud to announce a research paper exploring the effects of air fresheners on air quality has been published in the international journal, Air Quality, Atmosphere & Health.
The research paper, focuses on D-limonene, a colourless liquid or oil with a citrus odour, which is a prevalent and dominant compound found in air fresheners that can generate hazardous air pollutants. Using workplace environments, the study analysed and compared D-limonene concentrations in bathrooms that use air fresheners, discontinue the use of air fresheners, and do not use air fresheners.
We would like to congratulate all the co-authors, which included senior member of our Research and Development Team, Giovanni Agosti.
The complete article with citation details can be https://doi.org/10.1007/s11869-019-00759-9
Air Fresheners and Their Effect on Indoor Air Quality
Fragranced consumer products, such as personal care products, cleaning supplies and air fresheners are extensively used in a range of indoor environments including workplaces, households, school and educational institutions, transportation, hospitals, care facilities, hotels and various commercial premises, as well as a range of private and public buildings. Air fresheners are designed by manufactures to impart an aroma to the air environment or to mask odours, with the intent of creating a pleasant indoor space.
Despite their intent and popularity, there are concerns that air fresheners can emit and generate a range of potentially hazardous air pollutants. Air fresheners release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the air. A VOC is a type of chemical that turns into a vapour or gas easily at room temperature. Adverse Health effects are believed to result from the chemicals in the air fresheners and from their secondary pollutants. Secondary pollutants occur when a product’s chemicals combine with the ozone already in the air.
Testing Indoor air quality
Whether you want your home or office restroom to smell like ‘summer ocean breeze’ or ‘lavender and peach blossom,’ is that sweet-smelling aerosol spray, electric plug-in, diffuser or cleaning product damaging your health?
Indoor air quality contamination can be stronger than outdoor environments. Managing pollutants in your office environment or home will give you a better quality of life.
As a leading laboratory in air and soil gas testing, Envirolab is NATA Accredited for a range of VOCs, sulphur compounds, dust and silica, fixed and permanent gases and other compounds. If you cannot find the compound you are wanting to analyse, please contact Giovanni and the team for further technical advice.
About Air Quality, Atmosphere & Health Journal
By its very name, Air Quality, Atmosphere & Health offers research papers, critical literature reviews and commentaries and special issues about topical subjects or themes relating to atmospheric consequences of human activities and their implications for human and ecological health. Topics include acid precipitation; airborne particulate matter; air quality monitoring and management; exposure assessment; risk assessment; indoor air quality; atmospheric chemistry; atmospheric modelling and prediction; air pollution climatology; climate change and air quality; air pollution measurement; atmospheric impact assessment; forest-fire emissions; atmospheric science; greenhouse gases; health and ecological effects; clean air technology; regional and global change and satellite measurements.
More information about this scientific journal can be found at: https://www.springer.com/journal/11869
As an inspiring leader with technical know-how that has earned his recognition and involvement in various industry related committees and associations, Giovanni’s expertise includes the development of new analysis techniques across the Group's operations in Australia and New Zealand for air quality testing, illicit drug analysis and emerging contaminants.
Recently, Giovanni has been extensively involved as an industry member of ALGA (Australasian Land & Groundwater Association) Methamphetamine and Other Illicit Drugs Interest Group Committee (2019) and industry events including CASANZ 2019.
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