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Indoor air quality in cement industries and potential effect on health

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Environmental Engineering, Al-Balqa Applied University, Irbid, Jordan
  • 2Civil Engineering Department, the University of Jordan, Amman, Jorden
  • 3Chemical Engineering Department, University of Muta, Karak, Jordan

Res.J.chem.sci., Volume 9, Issue (4), Pages 8-13, October,18 (2019)

Abstract

This study aimed to assess Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) in a cement production plant in terms of Particulate Matters (PM2.5, and PM10), gaseous pollutants (SO2, NO2, CO2 and CO) and Total Volatile Organic Compounds (TVOCs). The obtained result revealed that the higher concentration of PM10, PM2.5, SO2, NO2 were measured at the clinker cooling area, while the kiln area has the higher concentration of CO2, CO and TVOCs. Concentrations of pollutants ranged from 0.05-2.65mg/m3, 0.012-0.121mg/m3, 0-21ppb, 340-430ppm, 0-3ppm, 0.065- 0.215ppm and 44-122ppb for PM10, PM2.5, SO2, CO2, CO, NO2, and VOCs respectively. Control at source strategy and housekeeping are the key points in reduction of the indoor air emissions. Further studies regarding long-term effect of cement industry on the employees\' health is recommended. Periodical medical check, PPE wearing, and site management will reduce the effect of indoor emissions on the health of workers.

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