Study on air quality in school located near the former landfill site and its influences on student's respiratory health

Anuar Ithnin, Mohd Safri Abd Rahman, Normah Awang, Nurhudayanti Mohd Yusuf, Ridzuan Abdullah, FarahDiyana D. Ariffin

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Former landfill site although no longer in use, may produce landfill gas (LFG), which can be harmful to human health. The aim of this study was to determine the effects of air quality on student (respiratory) health at SK Taman Dato Harun 1 (SKTDH1), located near the former landfill site compared to the SK Wangsa Maju Seksyen 1 (SKWMS1) as a control. Respondents were 289 students in SKTDH1 and 245 students in SKWMS1. Air sampling (PM10 , cadmium, lead) was done by using the 10 High Volume Sampler (HVS) while the sampling of gases (CH4, O3, NO, H2S, CO) was carried out by using Aeroqual and Multilog Gas Detector. Respondents' socio-demographic data were obtained through questionnaires, while the value of PEFR (L/min) the respondent was measured by using the Mini-Wright peak flow meter. The results showed that there is a significant difference (p=0.00) on the concentration of lead (μg/m3) between the location of the case study (1.127×10-4±1.136×10-3) and control (0.386×10-4±3.452×10-3). Only a group of students aged 8 years differed significantly (p=0.00) on the reading of PEFR (L/min) between respondents in the study area (193.10±32.01) and control (236.54±31.61). Respiratory symptom scores showed significant differences (p=0.012) among students aged 9 years in the study area (14.55±2.83) and controls (13.15±2.49). Similarly, there was a significant difference (p=0.036) of respiratory symptom scores of respondents aged 12 years in the study area (13.58±2.03) and control (14.46±2.66). There was a significant relationship (p=0.01) between respiratory symptom score by the value of PEFR (L/min) among the students in the study area. In conclusion, in terms of respiratory symptoms, the difference only involved groups of students aged 9 and 12 years of the study and control schools. In terms of PEFR reading (L/min), only the group of students aged 8 years varied between study and control schools. The study also found that there is a relationship between respiratory symptom score with PEFR (L/min) reading among students in a school near the former landfill site.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)371-374
Number of pages4
JournalMiddle East Journal of Scientific Research
Volume14
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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Keywords

  • Air quality
  • Children
  • Landfill
  • Peak expiratory flow rate (PEFR)
  • Respiratory

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Study on air quality in school located near the former landfill site and its influences on student's respiratory health. / Ithnin, Anuar; Rahman, Mohd Safri Abd; Awang, Normah; Yusuf, Nurhudayanti Mohd; Abdullah, Ridzuan; Ariffin, FarahDiyana D.

In: Middle East Journal of Scientific Research, Vol. 14, No. 3, 2013, p. 371-374.

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Ithnin, Anuar ; Rahman, Mohd Safri Abd ; Awang, Normah ; Yusuf, Nurhudayanti Mohd ; Abdullah, Ridzuan ; Ariffin, FarahDiyana D. / Study on air quality in school located near the former landfill site and its influences on student's respiratory health. In: Middle East Journal of Scientific Research. 2013 ; Vol. 14, No. 3. pp. 371-374.
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