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BUMAC database

The BUMAC database is a well-designed consumer product emission database created within the framework of the EPHECT Project.

The EPHECT Project focuses its efforts on European use and use patterns of relevant consumer products and contributes to a better understanding of multiple exposures to air pollutants emitted by typical household products. The specific objective of the BUMAC database is the creation of a database on the state-of-the-art of emissions and health end points from consumer products. The primary purposes of the database development were to:

  • Create an overview of the available consumer products emission data.
  • Create an overview of the existing data gaps.

The BUMAC interface was inspired by the BUMA database (http://www.uowm.gr/bumaproject/). These two databases use a similar format logic and were created in order to be able to be combined with the Building Material and Consumer Product Database. The BUMAC database was set-up as a compilation of data on the current state-of-the-art on consumer product compositions and emissions, on test chamber experimental results, exposures, risks and health end points. Qualitative data were assured by using only data outcomes from procedures derived from standardized emission test protocols. The key indoor air pollutants and emerging pollutants studied constitute of (1) compounds prioritized by relevant international concerted actions or international organizations, such as INDEX, BUMA and WHO and (2) compounds reported in open literature as (potential) hazardous and occurring in this type of consumer products. They include gaseous and particulate matter emissions, secondary reactions and degradations of coated surfaces. The database allowed a clear view on current research gaps. The application of the six (6) following pre-defined verification criteria on the listed products in BUMAC allowed the selection of fifteen (15) relevant consumer product classes for further research.

The product should:

  1. be used in households;
  2. cause an exposure related to the use;
  3. emit key or emerging pollutants;
  4. have a considerable indicative household use frequency;
  5. mainly cause inhalation exposure

To obtain access to the BUMAC database, download the BUMAC Database License Agreement and read it carefully. Send a signed License Agreement to Prof. John Bartzis and receive a password and username to login to the database.

For more information on the use of the BUMAC database, download the BUMAC Database Users’ Manual.


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