Knowledge Gaps and Recommendations for Future Research of Indoor Particulate Matter in Poland
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Faculty of Civil Safety Engineering, The Main School of Fire Service, Warsaw, Poland
Faculty of Fire Safety Engineering, The Main School of Fire Service, Warsaw, Poland
Institute of Environmental Engineering, Polish Academy of Sciences, Zabrze, Poland
Karolina Kuskowska   

Szkoła Główna Służby Pożarniczej, Słowackiego, 52/54, 01-629 Warszawa, Poland
Submission date: 2018-04-18
Final revision date: 2018-07-10
Acceptance date: 2018-07-23
Online publication date: 2019-03-24
Publication date: 2019-05-28
Pol. J. Environ. Stud. 2019;28(5):3043–3062
Research concerning the ambient particulate matter (PM) in the indoor environment has attracted much interest lately. Most often, studies concern some aspect of PM mass concentrations for the PM10 and PM2.5 fractions and less often the chemical composition of the indoor PM. In the framework of this study, an overview of the existing data in the literature concerning PM in the indoor environment of non-residential buildings has been compiled. An in-depth literature review indicates a lack of comprehensive research data regarding the state and quality of atmospheric air in non-residential buildings. It also highlights an emerging need for more knowledge on the indoor/outdoor air pollution relationships in such facilities. Although several studies underline the topics connected to the concentrations and chemical properties of PM in public utility environments, like offices, kindergartens, schools, churches, libraries, or in occupational environments, only a limited number of those are concerned with its presence inside sports facilities. The concentration of PM in the indoor air of closed sports venues is an important parameter for the users of these facilities due to the potentially harmful effects associated with PM inhalation. This negative influence includes the loss of athletic performance and health reflected by, among other factors, the loss of lung capacity and decreased lung function.