The main aim of this study is to quantitatively evaluate the differences, in terms of exposure to PM (particulate matter), between WFO (working-from-office) and WFH (working-from-home) conditions. Two measurement surveys were performed: a long-term and a short-term campaign, focused on the monitoring of personal exposure to size-fractionated PM in these different working conditions. Results of the long-term campaign show that the WFH subject is exposed to higher (up to 4 times) PM concentration, compared to the WFO subject. Specific activities performed by the subjects impacted their exposure concentrations, even if the most relevant contribution to total exposure was made by desk work. Results of the short-term campaign indicate that the subjects can be divided into two groups: subjects most exposed during the WFH mode (HE_H - Higher_Exposure_Home) and subjects most exposed during the WFO mode (HE_O - Higher_Exposure_Office). HE_H group is exposed to levels of pollutants up to 4 times higher in the domestic than in the office environment, during the moment of desk work. The HE_O group is exposed to higher (double) concentration levels during desk work during the WFO day. Considering the possible growing trend towards remote work it is important to evaluate these "new domestic offices" comprehensively.

Exposure to airborne particulate matter in working from office and working from home employees

Spinazzè, Andrea
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Fanti, Giacomo;Campagnolo, Davide;Carminati, Alessio;Keller, Marta;Rovelli, Sabrina;Zellino, Carolina;Giovanni, De Vito;Cattaneo, Andrea
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Cavallo, Domenico Maria
Ultimo
2024-01-01

Abstract

The main aim of this study is to quantitatively evaluate the differences, in terms of exposure to PM (particulate matter), between WFO (working-from-office) and WFH (working-from-home) conditions. Two measurement surveys were performed: a long-term and a short-term campaign, focused on the monitoring of personal exposure to size-fractionated PM in these different working conditions. Results of the long-term campaign show that the WFH subject is exposed to higher (up to 4 times) PM concentration, compared to the WFO subject. Specific activities performed by the subjects impacted their exposure concentrations, even if the most relevant contribution to total exposure was made by desk work. Results of the short-term campaign indicate that the subjects can be divided into two groups: subjects most exposed during the WFH mode (HE_H - Higher_Exposure_Home) and subjects most exposed during the WFO mode (HE_O - Higher_Exposure_Office). HE_H group is exposed to levels of pollutants up to 4 times higher in the domestic than in the office environment, during the moment of desk work. The HE_O group is exposed to higher (double) concentration levels during desk work during the WFO day. Considering the possible growing trend towards remote work it is important to evaluate these "new domestic offices" comprehensively.
2024
2024
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09603123.2024.2352608
Agile working; human health; non-occupational exposure; remote working; risk factors
Borghi, Francesca; Spinazzè, Andrea; Fanti, Giacomo; Albareda, Angelica; Ghiraldini, Jacopo; Campagnolo, Davide; Carminati, Alessio; Keller, Marta; Rovelli, Sabrina; Zellino, Carolina; DE VITO, Giovanni; Cattaneo, Andrea; Cavallo, Domenico Maria
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