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Ocena percepcji zagrożeń związanych z narażeniem na zanieczyszczenie powietrza wnętrz w grupie mieszkańców województwa śląskiego
 
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PdD Studies at the Faculty of Pharmacy with the Division of Laboratory Medicine, Medical University of Silesia
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Department of Environmental Health, Faculty of Public Health, Medical University of Silesia Head of Department: MD, PhD Renata Złotkowska
CORRESPONDING AUTHOR
Agata Piekut   

Department of Environmental Health Faculty of Public Health Medical University of Silesia Piekarska 18 Street, 41-902 Bytom
 
Med Srod. 2012;15(3)
 
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Introduction:
Population increasingly draws attention to the issues concerning the environment degraded by the progress of civilization and the impact of this process on health. However, public awareness of the risk exposure to indoor contaminants is lagging a long way behind knowledge regarding outdoor environmental hazards. The aim of the study was to assess the risk perception related to exposure to indoor environmental factors in the population of Silesia.

Material and Methods:
In this study the electronic version of a questionnaire survey – downloaded on the website www.moja-ankiety.pl. was used. During the 3-months duration of the project 552 subjects participated in the survey. In the study participated the Silesian Voivodeship inhabitants such as chat rooms users, newsgroups and online forum participants. Data analysis was performed by using statistical program – STATA Version 8 SE [9], where the Kruskall-Wallis test and χ2 test were applied. Statistical significance was assessed at p value <0.05.

Results:
Despite the low perception of environmental health hazards inside the dwellings, the majority of respondents were able to indentify health effects and ways to reduce exposure to indoor air pollution. Both gender, place of residence, education level and age significantly affected the level of perception of respondents on the risk connected with exposure to indoor air pollution.

Conclusions:
It is necessary to continuously work on raising public awareness of environmental health hazards in confined spaces, the causes of their occurrence, types, effects and above all the ways to counter these threats.

FUNDING
Study financed of allocations for research of Medical University of Silesia
 
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