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Title: Investigating air quality and air-related complaints in the City of Tshwane, South Africa
Authors: Wright, C
Oosthuizen, MA
Mostert, J
Mostert, L
Keywords: Air pollution
Air-related complaints
Air quality
Human health
City of Tshwane
Air-related health data
Issue Date: Dec-2011
Publisher: Sabinet Online
Citation: Wright, C, Oosthuizen, MA, Mostert, J and Mostert, L. 2011. Investigating air quality and air-related complaints in the City of Tshwane, South Africa. Clean Air Journal, vol. 20(2), pp 5-10
Series/Report no.: Workflow;8701
Abstract: To determine the impact of implemented air quality interventions beyond ambient air pollution reductions, indicators need to be identified and appropriate health data need to be routinely collected to track air-related health. Presently, the only regulated environmental health performance indicator routinely collected as part of air quality management is the air-related complaint lodged by the public. Here, five years of air-related complaints (n = 875) made by residents in the City of Tshwane (Pretoria, Gauteng) were analysed and considered in relation to ambient SO and PM concentrations monitored at 2 10 permanent air quality monitoring stations. When considering xceedances of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards, there were 17 complaint days with either an SO or PM daily average concentration 2 10 exceedance. However, it was very difficult to make meaningful conclusions about the relation between ambient AQ and air-related complaints given social, economic and data challenges and constraints. There is a real need to have local, air-related health data, for example, upper and lower respiratory tract infections, asthma, etc, generated at clinics and hospitals delivered directly and on an on-going, continuously updated basis to those responsible for implementation of air quality management plans.
Description: Published/Hosted by Sabinet Online
URI: http://search.sabinet.co.za/WebZ/Authorize?sessionid=0&bad=ejour/ejour_badsearch.html&portal=ejournal&next=images/ejour/cleanair/cleanair_v20_n2_a2.pdf
ISSN: 1017-1703
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