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Indoor air health risk perceptions in Australia

Dingle, P. and Lalla, F. (2002) Indoor air health risk perceptions in Australia. Indoor and Built Environment, 11 (5). pp. 275-284.

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A survey of 1,462 people was carried out in Perth, Western Australia to develop an understanding of the public perception and attitude towards the risk posed by indoor air pollutants. It was found that the public had a limited awareness of the issues involving the health risk posed by indoor air pollutants. The risk was perceived to be low, and a high proportion of the population (90.5%) indicated that they found the risk to be worse but acceptable. The sample population indicated that they were not prepared to reduce the risk they perceived by spending money. Whilst the population perceived the health risk of indoor air pollutants to be low, they exhibited a high level of concern over the health risks of three specific indoor air pollutants, i.e. asbestos, pesticides and environmental tobacco smoke. The public perceived universities and research institutes to be the most credible sources of health-related information although the media was seen as the most important source of information on the health risks of indoor air pollutants.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Environmental Science
Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd
Copyright: © 2002 S. Karger AG, Basel
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