Risks and risk perception in an industrial area

Arnold Bergstra

Research output: Types of ThesisDoctoral ThesisInternal

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Abstract

People living in the immediate vicinity of industrial activities can be exposed to air pollution, such as particular matter (PM2.5 and PM10), nitrogen oxide (NOX), sulphur dioxide (SO2) and volatile organic compounds (VOC), which can cause different health effects (e.g. asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and mortality). The release of air pollution can take place under stable conditions (average exposure) and during accidents in plants, disruption of production, or during transportation of hazardous materials (peak exposure possible). Despite that the impact of localised air pollution from industry activities is a major concern in some areas, the influence of air pollution from industrial activities on health has been understudied. The same applies to studies about the influence of risk perception on the association between industrial pollution and self-reported health symptoms, and studies about the influence of risk perception on protective behaviour of bystanders during accidents involving hazardous materials.

Therefore, the following research objectives were addressed in this thesis:

1. To investigate the influence of air pollution from industrial activities on health.

2. To investigate the influence of citizens’ risk perception, related to industrial activities (including incidents), on (protective) behaviour.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Erasmus University Rotterdam
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Burdorf, A, Supervisor
  • Brunekreef, B, Supervisor, External person
Award date3 Jun 2022
Place of PublicationRotterdam
Print ISBNs978-94-6361-687-4
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jun 2022

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