Chapter 9. The Nature and Properties of Workplace Airborne Contaminants

  1. Kerry Gardiner BSc, PhD, Dip. Occup. Hyg., FFOH1,2 and
  2. J. Malcolm Harrington CBE, BSc, MSc, MD, FRCP, FFOMI, MFPH, FMedSci3
  1. Lisa M. Brosseau and
  2. Claudiu T. Lungu

Published Online: 14 JAN 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470755075.ch9

Occupational Hygiene, Third Edition

Occupational Hygiene, Third Edition

How to Cite

Brosseau, L. M. and Lungu, C. T. (2005) The Nature and Properties of Workplace Airborne Contaminants, in Occupational Hygiene, Third Edition (eds K. Gardiner and J. M. Harrington), Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470755075.ch9

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Professor of Occupational Health, the Medical School, the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

  2. 2

    International Occupational Health Ltd, Edgbaston, Birmingham, UK

  3. 3

    Emeritus Professor of Occupational Medicine, the University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 JAN 2008
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 2005

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405106214

Online ISBN: 9780470755075



  • properties;
  • gases;
  • vapours;
  • density;
  • humidity


The prelims comprise:

  • Introduction

  • Physical properties of matter

  • Basic properties of gases and vapours

  • Basic properties of aerosols

  • The motion of airborne particles

  • Interactions of airborne pollutants with electromagnetic radiation

  • Summary

  • Further reading