International Journal of Environmental Health Research (INT J ENVIRON HEAL R)

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Journal description

The International Journal of Environmental Health Research (IJEHR) is an international quarterly devoted to rapid publication of research in environmental health, acting as a link between the diverse research communities and practitioners in environmental health. Original research papers, technical notes and review articles, both invited and submitted, will be included. The International Editorial Board and strict refereeing procedures ensure that the Journal will maintain high scientific standards and international coverage. IJEHR publishes articles on all aspects of the interaction of the environment with human health. This interaction can broadly be divided into three areas. The natural environment and health (health implications and monitoring of air, water and soil pollutants and pollution and health improvements and air, water and soil quality standards). The built environment and health (occupational health and safety, exposure limits, monitoring and control of pollutants in the workplace, and standards of health). Communicable diseases (disease spread, control and prevention, food hygiene and control, and health aspects of rodents and insects). IJEHR is published in association with the International Federation of Environmental Health and includes news from the Federation of international meetings, courses and environmental health issues. The Journal is available to members of the IFEH for personal use at a special reduced rate.

Current impact factor: 1.51

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2015
2013 / 2014 Impact Factor 1.513
2012 Impact Factor 1.203
2011 Impact Factor 0.864
2010 Impact Factor 1.09
2009 Impact Factor 1.066
2008 Impact Factor 0.965
2007 Impact Factor 0.75
2006 Impact Factor 0.621
2005 Impact Factor 0.442
2004 Impact Factor 0.341
2003 Impact Factor 0.588
2002 Impact Factor 0.603
2001 Impact Factor 0.397
2000 Impact Factor 0.172
1999 Impact Factor 0.333

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 1.48
Cited half-life 6.80
Immediacy index 0.39
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.46
Website International Journal of Environmental Health Research website
Other titles International journal of environmental health research (Online)
ISSN 0960-3123
OCLC 49657477
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

Publisher details

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    • STM: Science, Technology and Medicine
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  • Classification
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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to assess Taiwanese fruit farm workers' knowledge, attitudes, behaviours, and clothing practices regarding pesticide activities. Seventy-seven fruit farm workers from four districts of Tainan City, Taiwan completed the questionnaire. Results indicated that farmer workers had a good overall level of knowledge of the adverse effects of pesticides on human health and most had experienced symptoms of pesticide poisoning. Farm workers' attitudes toward pesticide use and handling indicated that they saw pesticides useful in controlling pests. Farm workers indicated the limited availability of comfortable clothing designed for a hot and humid climate while still providing sufficient protection was the main reason for not wearing personal protective clothing (PPC) and personal protective equipment (PPE). Emphasis on safety precautions is needed when using pesticides, and the importance of PPC and PPE is essential for the health of farm workers.
    International Journal of Environmental Health Research 03/2015; DOI:10.1080/09603123.2015.1020415
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    ABSTRACT: This study presents the analyses of urinary biomarkers (1-OHPyr, α- and β-naphthols) of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) exposure and biomarkers of effect (i.e. Blood parameters) in petroleum refinery workers (RFs) and auto-repair workers (MCs). Exposed subjects had higher concentrations of WBC count than CN subjects (5.31×103 µL-1 exposed versus 5.15×103 µL-1 in CN subjects), while the biomarker of oxidative DNA damage (8-OHdG) was significantly higher in MCs. The exposure among these two cohorts could be influenced by the ambience of the workplaces; in fact, MCs shops are relatively damp and enclosed workplaces in comparison to the indoor environment of refineries. PAHs in the dust samples from mechanical workshops probably originated from mixed sources (traffic exhaust and petroleum spills), while the incremental lifetime cancer risk (ILCR) for MCs showed moderate to low cancer risk from exposure to dust-bound PAHs. The study shows that increasing PAH exposure can be traced in MC workstations and needs to be investigated for the safety of public health.
    International Journal of Environmental Health Research 03/2015; DOI:10.1080/09603123.2015.1007843.
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    ABSTRACT: The inadequate provision of sanitation in informal urban settlements, also known as slums, continues to be an important issue. New technologies and services are being designed to solve this problem. However, the history of failed sanitation programmes and projects highlights a lack of understanding of how slum inhabitants decide on investing in such products and services. In this paper, we gather perspectives from potential clients and investigate how slum inhabitants (1) perceive the current situation and whether they desire improvements of sanitation, (2) how they evaluate a new toilet that is still in development, and how (3) social processes and (4) constraints affect decisions. Data were collected through interviewing 1538 people within a general household survey. People using shared and public latrines desire an improvement of their sanitation facilities. The lack of water for washing is perceived by residents as a the biggest problem when accessing current latrines. The new toilet was mostly evaluated positively: people like it, expect large health benefits from it and it complies with cultural norms. However, people also expect some problems with the functioning of the toilet and expect opposition to pay for the service, due to the high costs and a lack of space to set up new toilets.
    International Journal of Environmental Health Research 02/2015; DOI:10.1080/09603123.2015.1007842
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    ABSTRACT: The case-crossover design is frequently used for analyzing the acute health effects of air pollution. Nevertheless, only a few studies compared different methods for selecting control periods. In this study, the bidirectional method and three time-stratified methods were used to estimate the association between air pollution and acute myocardial infarction (AMI) in Charleroi, Belgium, during 1999-2008. The strongest associations between air pollution and AMI were observed for PM10 and NO2 during the warm period, OR = 1.095 (95 % CI: 1.003-1.169) and OR = 1.120 (95 % CI: 1.001-1.255), respectively. The results of this study reinforce the evidence of the acute effects of air pollution on AMI, especially during the warm season. This study suggests that the different methods of case-crossover study design are suitable to studying the association between acute events and air pollution. The temperature-stratified design is useful to exclude temperature as a potential confounder.
    International Journal of Environmental Health Research 02/2015; DOI:10.1080/09603123.2014.1003037
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    ABSTRACT: This article presents the results of spatial analysis of gastric cancer and its relation to environmental conditions in Shenqiu County, China. Retrospective data on gastric cancer mortality (GCM) were analysed at various spatial scales, with its relation to environmental factors explored at an appropriate scale. The results considered 2 ? 2 km2 grid as the optimal level for characterising GCM due to the highest Moran?s I (I = 0.68, p < 0.01). Then, three clustering regions were clearly identified. Meanwhile, GCM was obviously associated with topography (r = ?0.11, p < 0.10), farmland (r = 0.11, p < 0.10), population density (r = 0.10, p < 0.10) and river density (r = 0.11, p < 0.10) in the buffered zones. It indicates that spatial grid technique is suitable for characterising GCM in Shenqiu County, and that GCM was geographically associated with environmental conditions. We suggest that preventive measures for controlling the environment-related malignant neoplasm should not be limited in the regions suffering from this disease but be reasonably extended to surrounding areas.
    International Journal of Environmental Health Research 01/2015;
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    ABSTRACT: Limited data exist on exposures of young children to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in the United States (US). The urinary metabolite of pyrene, 1-hydroxypyrene (1-OHPyr), is widely used as a biomarker of total PAH exposure. Our objectives were to quantify urinary 1-OHPyr levels in 126 preschool children over a 48-h period and to examine associations between selected sociodemographic/lifestyle factors and urinary 1-OHPyr levels. Monitoring was performed at 126 homes and 16 daycares in Ohio in 2001, and questionnaires and urine samples were collected. The median urinary 1-OHPyr level was 0.33 ng/mL. In a multiple regression model, sampling season (p = 0.0001) and natural log (ln)-transformed creatinine concentration (p = 0.0006) were highly significant predictors of ln-transformed 1-OH-Pyr concentration; cooking appliance type (p = 0.096) was a marginally significant predictor of ln(1-OHPyr). These children had higher median urinary 1-OHPyr levels compared to other US children (≤ 0.15 ng/mL) in previously published studies, which suggests possible geographical differences in PAH exposure.
    International Journal of Environmental Health Research 01/2015; DOI:10.1080/09603123.2014.1003039
  • International Journal of Environmental Health Research 01/2015; DOI:10.1080/09603123.2014.1003040
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    ABSTRACT: This study focuses on the development of a methodology for the determination of the contribution of fugitive dust emissions from landfill sites to ambient PM10 concentrations and the subsequent exposure to working personnel. Fugitive dust emissions in landfills mainly originate from resuspension due to truck traffic on paved and unpaved roads and from wind-blown dust from landfill cover soil. The results revealed that exposure to PM10, originating from fugitive dust emissions in the landfill site, was exceeding the health protection standards (50 μg m(-3)). The higher average daily PM10 concentration (average value) for weekdays was equal to 275 μg m(-3) and was computed for the areas nearby the unpaved road located inside the landfill facilities that lead to the landfill cell. The percentage contributions of road and wind-blown dust to the PM10 concentrations on weekdays were equal to 76 and 1 %, respectively. The influence of the background concentration is estimated close to 23 %.
    International Journal of Environmental Health Research 01/2015; DOI:10.1080/09603123.2014.989491
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    ABSTRACT: This paper examines the importance of various social factors for the prevalence of "sick building syndrome" (SBS) in residential buildings. A survey has been conducted in Malmö, Sweden, resulting in 1131 randomly selected residents participating in the study (response rate 57 %). Two clusters of social factors were examined: the socio-structural position of the individual and psychosocial aspects of the housing situation. The results show that country of birth, in particular, and also education and employment status are important predictors of "domestic SBS". "Housing satisfaction" turns out to be an important psychosocial predictor of SBS, explaining, for example, why immigrants report more symptoms than natives.
    International Journal of Environmental Health Research 11/2014; DOI:10.1080/09603123.2014.979776
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    ABSTRACT: Methods of uncertainty analysis are being included increasingly in regulatory chemical risk assessment. Although best practices have been established by several safety agencies in Europe and the United States, they exist only in the grey literature - there has been no comprehensive analysis of the scientific, peer-reviewed literature on these methods. We therefore conducted a systematic review of the recent peer-reviewed literature (2007-2013) on uncertainty analysis relevant to chemical risks. The main objective was to determine whether current methods are robust enough for regulatory use, because the methods used to protect public health must meet the most stringent scientific standards. Based on 297 papers, we concluded that the peer-reviewed literature is much more critical about the disadvantages of those methods, compared to the grey literature. Furthermore, uncertainty analyses can be influenced significantly by subjective expert judgment. As a suggested improvement, we developed guidelines for transparent reporting of uncertainty assessment results.
    International Journal of Environmental Health Research 11/2014; DOI:10.1080/09603123.2014.980782
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    ABSTRACT: The aim was to investigate respiratory symptoms, lung function and nasal airflow development among a cohort of children who were exposed to particulate air pollution. We used questionnaires, spirometry and rhinomanometry, while central-monitored PM10 concentrations were used for exposure assessment. We initially examined 1046 children (10-12 year old) in the heavily polluted town of Ptolemaida, Greece, and 379 children in the cleaner town of Grevena (control group). We re-evaluated 312 of the former and 119 of the latter after 19 years. PM10 concentrations were above permissible levels in Ptolemaida during all study period. At both visits, nasal flow was significantly lower in the study sample. At the follow-up visit, 34.3 % had severe nasal obstruction (< 500 ml/s) and 38.5 % reported chronic nasal symptoms. Spirometric parameters did not differ compared to the control group. Particulate air pollution had significant and negative effects on nasal but not on lung function development.
    International Journal of Environmental Health Research 11/2014; DOI:10.1080/09603123.2014.979775
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    ABSTRACT: Occupational exposure to pesticides and resultant health problems were assessed among 318 randomly selected cotton farmers from the two districts of Punjab, Pakistan. Heavy dependence of farmers on pesticides for pest control was reported. A large part (23.3 %) of the pesticides belonged to the category highly hazardous, whereas the largest part (54.7 %) belonged to the category moderately hazardous. Some of them (8 %) were reported to be used on vegetables. Common working practices of high exposure risk were: the confrontation of pesticide spills in the stage of spray solution preparation (76.4 %), the use of low-technology and faulty sprayers (67.9 %), and spraying under inappropriate weather (46.5 %). A large proportion (34 %) of the farmers reported multiple intoxication symptoms by pesticide use; the most common were irritation of skin and eyes, headache, and dizziness. Nevertheless, most farmers thought these symptoms were usual; only few reported visiting the doctor. Findings clearly indicated a high level of risk exposure to pesticides among farmers of the study area, calling upon immediate interventions toward increasing awareness about alternative pest control practices with less pesticide use.
    International Journal of Environmental Health Research 11/2014; DOI:10.1080/09603123.2014.980781