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Protocol - Home and Workplace Exposures to Floor and Wall Materials

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Protocol Name from Source:

Finnish Environment and Asthma Study, 1997-2000

Availability:

Publicly available

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.

Personnel and Training Required

None

Equipment Needs

None

Requirements

Requirement CategoryRequired
Average time of greater than 15 minutes in an unaffected individualNo
Major equipmentNo
Specialized requirements for biospecimen collectionNo
Specialized trainingNo

Mode of Administration

Self-administered

Life Stage:

Adult

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.

Research Domain Information

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.

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 Text3005240CDE Browser
Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC)Environ expo plastic work home proto62540-0LOINC

Process and Review

The [link[phenx.org/Default.aspx?tabid=1010|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[phenxtoolkitdev.rti.org/index.php?pageLink=browse.archive.protocols&id=60000|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_Workspace_Renovation_MoisturePX061401010000Has there been renovation or repairs in your workspace because of moisture damage?4N/A
PX061401_Workspace_Floor_MaterialPX061401020000What is the floor material in your workspace?4N/A
PX061401_Workspace_Floor_Material_OtherPX061401020100What is the floor material in your workspace?4N/A
PX061401_Textile_Wall_MaterialPX061401030000Is the wall material of your work space textile (cloth, jute, etc.)4N/A
PX061401_Plastic_Wall_MaterialPX061401040000Is the wall material of your work space plastic?4N/A
PX061401_Home_Renovation_MoisturePX061401050000Has there been renovation or repairs in your home due to moisture damage?4N/A
PX061401_Home_RenovationPX061401060000Has there been renovation in your home during the past 12 months?4N/A
PX061401_Home_Repairs_EnumeratedPX061401060100Which of the following repairs was done in your home during the past 12 months? (You may circle more than one alternative):4N/A
PX061401_Home_Repairs_Enumerated_OtherPX061401060101Which of the following repairs was done in your home during the past 12 months? (You may circle more than one alternative):4N/A
PX061401_Wall_To_Wall_CarpetingPX061401070000Do you have wall-to-wall carpeting in your home?4Variable Mapping
PX061401_Vinyl_Plastic_FloorPX061401080000Is the floor material in your home plastic/vinyl? (excluding the bathroom)4N/A
PX061401_Textile_Wall_Material_HomePX061401090000Is the wall material in your home textile (cloth, jute, etc.)?4N/A
PX061401_Plastic_Wall_Material_HomePX061401100000Is the wall material in your home plastic? (excluding the bathroom)4N/A