Indoor Air Pollution by Methylsiloxane in Household and Automobile Settings.

PloS one

PubMedID: 26280831

Meng F, Wu H. Indoor Air Pollution by Methylsiloxane in Household and Automobile Settings. PLoS ONE. 2015;10(8):e0135509.
This study examines characteristics of atmospheric methylsiloxane pollution in indoor settings where interior renovation/redecoration is being undertaken, in addition to ordinary family homes and inside family cars. Concentrations of atmospheric methylsiloxane in these locations were approximately one order of magnitude higher than that in outdoor areas. The average indoor concentration of methylsiloxane where renovation was being undertaken was 9. 4 µg/m3, which is slightly higher than that in an ordinary family home (7. 88 µg/m3), while samples from family cars showed lower concentration (3. 10 µg/m3). The indoor atmospheric concentration during renovation/redecoration work was significantly positively correlated with the duration of the work. The structure of atmospheric methylsiloxane pollution is basically the same in these three venues. The concentration of annulus siloxane was much higher than that of linear compounds (85% of the total methylsiloxane concentrations). Household dust in average family homes showed total methylsiloxane concentration of 9. 5 µg/m3 (average); the structure mainly consisted of linear siloxane (approximately 98% of total concentration), thereby differing from that of atmospheric methylsiloxane pollution. The comparatively high concentration of methylsiloxane in these three venues indicates that interior renovation and decoration work, and even travelling in cars, can involve exposure to more serious siloxane contamination during everyday activities.