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Table 4 Distribution of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in the farms

From: Indoor exposure to particulate matter and volatile organic compounds in dwellings and workplaces and respiratory health in French farmers

VOCsa Place Mean (μg/m3) Min (μg/m3) Median (μg/m3) 3rd quartile (μg/m3) Max (μg/m3)
Acetaldehyde L 18.60 1.53 16.64 23.76 66.70
S 10.83 0.33 5.86 14.47 62.85
G 14.95 1.26 8.97 18.97 74.28
Acrolein L 0.66 0.00 0.51 0.77 3.80
S 0.07 0.00 0.00 0.00 1.63
G 0.08 0.00 0.00 0.00 1.26
Formaldehyde L 15.01 0.39 13.04 19.32 59.52
S 2.53 0.25 0.83 1.24 22.16
G 3.04 0.26 1.18 2.27 24.15
Benzene L 1.54 0.52 1.17 1.92 4.86
S 1.29 0.62 1.12 1.52 2.66
G 1.72 0.77 1.17 1.62 10.56
1,4-Dichlorobenzene L 2.80 0.00 0.19 3.16 43.94
S 0.09 0.00 0.03 0.06 1.26
G 0.13 0.00 0.06 0.13 1.64
Etylbenzene L 3.76 0.14 1.55 5.12 25.11
S 0.77 0.14 0.25 0.43 6.47
G 1.34 0.14 0.74 1.82 5.66
n-Decane L 35.39 2.26 14.66 38.26 252.89
S 10.59 2.20 5.03 6.84 96.93
G 10.34 2.95 8.99 12.41 30.73
n-Undecane L 42.35 3.51 24.34 47.03 248.53
S 14.58 1.66 8.02 10.80 132.33
G 12.47 1.89 9.88 16.59 33.60
Styrene L 0.90 0.14 0.70 1.11 3.93
S 0.39 0.14 0.29 0.39 1.32
G 0.72 0.14 0.55 0.91 2.29
Tetrachloroethylene L 0.08 0.00 0.05 0.05 0.55
S 0.07 0.05 0.05 0.05 0.16
G 0.09 0.05 0.05 0.11 0.22
Air Pollutant Place Mean Min Median 3rd quartile Max
Toluene L 12.09 0.45 6.10 13.41 105.82
S 2.13 0.45 1.30 2.16 11.19
G 5.89 0.54 3.23 5.26 28.64
Trichloroethylene L 0.10 0.00 0.00 0.00 2.05
S 0.03 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.72
G 0.28 0.00 0.00 0.00 3.23
1, 2,4-Trimethylbenzene L 25.16 0.89 8.43 20.04 172.69
S 4.78 0.57 1.24 2.25 58.73
G 6.88 0.76 4.19 9.07 24.10
m/p-Xylene L 11.24 0.26 3.76 13.94 81.82
S 2.24 0.16 0.47 0.89 29.19
G 3.69 0.16 1.83 4.96 17.34
o-Xylene L 4.82 0.17 1.69 5.31 30.77
S 1.12 0.11 0.28 0.40 15.47
G 1.53 0.11 0.79 2.09 6.44
2-Butoxyethanol L 2.00 0.00 0.43 1.07 87.20
S 0.27 0.00 0.00 0.07 3.94
G 0.18 0.00 0.00 0.50 0.72
2-Butoxyetylacetate L 0.14 0.00 0.00 0.27 1.08
S 0.09 0.00 0.00 0.18 0.72
G 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
1-Metoxy-2-Propanol L 1.33 0.00 0.42 0.84 13.68
S 0.05 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.68
G 0.54 0.00 0.10 1.36 2.04
1-Metoxy-2-propylacetate L 0.19 0.00 0.00 0.00 2.02
S 0.02 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.59
G 0.15 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.98
Global VOCs score    1 5 7 13
  1. Min minimum, Max Maximum, L Living room, S Stable, G Granary
  2. aFor each VOC, 79 measurements were in the Living room for 50 farms 48 measurements in stables of 33 farms and 23 measurements in the granary of 19 farms