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Protocol - Home and Workplace Exposures to Floor and Wall Materials

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Description:

The respondent answers questions about the interior surfaces in his or her residence and workplace.

Protocol:

WORK ENVIRONMENT

1. Has there been renovation or repairs in your workspace because of moisture damage?

[ ] 1 no

[ ] 2 yes, during the past 12 months

[ ] 3 yes, 1-3 years ago

[ ] 4 yes, more than 3 years ago

[ ] 5 I don’t know

2. What is the floor material in your workspace?

[ ] 1 concrete

[ ] 2 wood

[ ] 3 cork

[ ] 4 vinyl

[ ] 5 wall-to-wall carpet

[ ] 6 other, what? _____________

[ ] 7 I don’t know

3. Is the wall material of your work space textile (cloth, jute, etc.)

[ ] 1 no

[ ] 2 yes, less than half of the wall surfaces

[ ] 3 yes, at least half of the wall surfaces

4. Is the wall material of your work space plastic?

[ ] 1 no

[ ] 2 yes, less than half of the wall surfaces

[ ] 3 yes, at least half of the wall surfaces

HOME ENVIRONMENT

5. Has there been renovation or repairs in your home due to moisture damage?

[ ] 1 no

[ ] 2 yes, during the past 12 months

[ ] 3 yes, 1-3 years ago

[ ] 4 yes, more than 3 years ago

6. Has there been renovation in your home during the past 12 months?

[ ] 1 yes

[ ] 2 no

If you answered yes, answer also 6B, otherwise go straight to 7.

6B. Which of the following repairs was done in your home during the past 12 months? (You may circle more than one alternative):

[ ] 1 Painting, less than half of the wall area

[ ] 2 Painting, at least half of the wall area

[ ] 3 Wall-papering, less than half of the wall area

[ ] 4 Wall-papering, at least half of the wall area

[ ] 5 Lacquering of the floor

[ ] 6 Use of floor putty

[ ] 7 Other, what? ______________

7. Do you have wall-to-wall carpeting in your home?

[ ] 1 no

[ ] 2 yes, less than half of the floor area

[ ] 3 yes, at least half of the floor area

8. Is the floor material in your home plastic/vinyl? (excluding the bathroom)

[ ] 1 no

[ ] 2 yes, less than half of the floor area

[ ] 3 yes, at least half of the floor area

9. Is the wall material in your home textile (cloth, jute, etc.)?

[ ] 1 no

[ ] 2 yes, less than half of the wall surface area

[ ] 3 yes, at least half of the wall surface area

10. Is the wall material in your home plastic? (excluding the bathroom)

[ ] 1 no

[ ] 2 yes, less than half of the wall surface area

[ ] 3 yes, at least half of the wall surface area

Obtained with permission from M. S. Jaakkola and J. J. K. Jaakkola. The original questionnaire was only available in Finnish and was translated to English by Dr. Jaakkola.

Protocol Name from Source:

Finnish Environment and Asthma Study, 1997-2000

Availability:

Publicly available

Personnel and Training Required

None

Equipment Needs

None

Requirements
Requirement CategoryRequired
Major equipment No
Specialized training No
Specialized requirements for biospecimen collection No
Average time of greater than 15 minutes in an unaffected individual No
Mode of Administration

Self-administered questionnaire

Life Stage:

Adult

Participants:

Age 18+

Specific Instructions:

With regard to Question 6B, it would be valuable to know if new vinyl floors had been installed in the residence. Respondents are not likely to know if there is plastic in their walls (Question 10). Vinyl-covered wall panels are common, and many wallpapers are vinyl.

Selection Rationale

A low-burden method to assess human exposure to building materials.

Language

English, Finnish

Standards
StandardNameIDSource
Common Data Elements (CDE) Person Plastic Exposure Text 3005240 CDE Browser
Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC) Environ expo plastic work home proto 62540-0 LOINC
Derived Variables

None

Process and Review

The Expert Review Panel #2 (ERP 2) reviewed the measures in the Demographics, Environmental Exposures, and Social Environments domains.

Guidance from ERP 2 includes:

· Changed the name of the measure

· Revised descriptions of the measure

Back-compatible: no changes to Data Dictionary

Previous version in Toolkit archive (link)

Source

Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, University of Helsinki, Department of Public Health. The Finnish Environment and Asthma Study. 1997–2000. Question numbers T22–T25, K15, K16, K16B, K20, K21–K23 (questions 1–10).

Jaakkola, J., J., Ieromnimon A., & Jaakkola, M. S. (2006). Interior surface materials and asthma in adults: A population-based incident case-control study. American Journal of Epidemiology, 164, 742–749.

General References

Jaakkola, J. J., Oie, L., Nafstad, P., Botten, G., Samuelsen, S. O., & Magnus, P. (1999). Interior surface materials in the home and the development of bronchial obstruction in young children in Oslo, Norway. American Journal of Public Health, 89, 188-192.

Protocol ID:

61401

Variables:
Export Variables
Variable NameVariable IDVariable DescriptionVersiondbGaP Mapping
PX061401_Home_Renovation PX061401060000 Has there been renovation in your home during the past 12 months? 4 N/A
PX061401_Home_Renovation_Moisture PX061401050000 Has there been renovation or repairs in your home due to moisture damage? 4 N/A
PX061401_Home_Repairs_Enumerated PX061401060100 Which of the following repairs was done in your home during the past 12 months? (You may circle more than one alternative): 4 N/A
PX061401_Home_Repairs_Enumerated_Other PX061401060101 Which of the following repairs was done in your home during the past 12 months? (You may circle more than one alternative): 4 N/A
PX061401_Plastic_Wall_Material PX061401040000 Is the wall material of your work space plastic? 4 N/A
PX061401_Plastic_Wall_Material_Home PX061401100000 Is the wall material in your home plastic? (excluding the bathroom) 4 N/A
PX061401_Textile_Wall_Material PX061401030000 Is the wall material of your work space textile (cloth, jute, etc.) 4 N/A
PX061401_Textile_Wall_Material_Home PX061401090000 Is the wall material in your home textile (cloth, jute, etc.)? 4 N/A
PX061401_Vinyl_Plastic_Floor PX061401080000 Is the floor material in your home plastic/vinyl? (excluding the bathroom) 4 N/A
PX061401_Wall_To_Wall_Carpeting PX061401070000 Do you have wall-to-wall carpeting in your home? 4 Variable Mapping
PX061401_Workspace_Floor_Material PX061401020000 What is the floor material in your workspace? 4 N/A
PX061401_Workspace_Floor_Material_Other PX061401020100 What is the floor material in your workspace? 4 N/A
PX061401_Workspace_Renovation_Moisture PX061401010000 Has there been renovation or repairs in your workspace because of moisture damage? 4 N/A
Research Domain Information
Measure Name:

Home and Workplace Exposures to Floor and Wall Materials

Release Date:

May 31, 2016

Definition

Questions about recent renovations and the type of flooring and walls in the person’s work environment and residence.

Purpose

Plasticized materials are often found in many building materials, such as walls, flooring, tabletops, and furniture. These materials can emit chemicals (e.g., phthalates) that may cause allergic reactions, respiratory problems, and may be associated with other adverse health outcomes.

Keywords

Environmental exposures, plastic exposures, endocrine disruptors, indoor air quality, home renovations, phthalates, building materials, plasticized materials