Personal exposure to nitrogen dioxide in the Los Angeles Basin

Air Waste. 1994 Jan;44(1):39-47. doi: 10.1080/1073161x.1994.10467236.


A large scale study of human exposure to nitrogen dioxide (NO2) was conducted in the Los Angeles Basin, the only metropolitan area in the United States that exceeds the NO2 NAAQS. Data are available for a population representative sample of 482 households and 682 individuals. Personal exposures, as well as indoor and outdoor home levels, were monitored using passive time-integrating filter badges. Monitoring extended over a one-year period (May 1987 to May 1988), with each individual providing two consecutive days of data. Information was also collected on activity patterns, household and personal characteristics, and spatial and temporal variables. This paper describes the study design, summarizes the sample characteristics and representativeness, and presents the distribution of personal, indoor, and outdoor NO2 concentrations recorded by the monitors. Over the entire sample, median personal and outdoor levels were 35 ppb; median indoor levels were 24 ppb. Personal exposures for those in homes with gas ranges with pilot lights average 10 ppb greater than those with electric ranges, and 4 ppb greater than those with gas ranges without pilot lights. Forty percent of the variation in indoor concentrations is explained by outdoor levels; 59 percent of the variation in personal exposures is explained by indoor levels; and 48 percent of the variation in personal exposures is explained by outdoor levels.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Air Pollution / statistics & numerical data*
  • Air Pollution, Indoor / statistics & numerical data*
  • Child
  • Environmental Exposure*
  • Humans
  • Los Angeles
  • Middle Aged
  • Nitric Oxide / analysis*


  • Nitric Oxide