Indoor Air Quality
It is generally recognised that Australians spend 90% or more of their time indoors. Despite this, relatively little research has been done on the quality of air in our homes, schools, recreational buildings,restaurants, public buildings, offices, or inside cars.
Poor indoor air quality can result in significant adverse impacts on our health and environment. Moreover, these impacts carry a significant cost burden to the economy. The CSIRO estimates that the cost of poor indoor air quality in Australia may be as high as $12 billion per year (Brown, 1998). In recent years, comparative risk studies performed by the US EPA and its Science Advisory Board have consistently ranked indoor air pollution among the top five environmental risks to public health (US EPA, 1993).
Indoor Air Quality – Health Effects as a Result of Exposure to Pollutants
The health impacts of many chemical components in building materials are not well understood. Many chemicals present in indoor air environments have not been thoroughly tested and little is known about their long-term health effects (Meek 1991).
Even less understood are the health effects from constant exposure to mixtures of these chemicals (Pollak, 1993). Common health problems that result from exposure to poor indoor air quality include: sensory and skin irritation; neurotoxic symptoms; hypersensitivity and odour and taste symptoms (Berry, 1994).
The term ‘sick building syndrome’ (SBS) is used to describe an excess of chronic symptoms. Some short term symptoms may be described as irritation of the skin, eyes and throat. Headache, drowsiness and general irritancy are also indicators of SBS. Long term symptoms such as cancer and respiratory disease may be caused by long term, periodic exposure to chemicals such as formaldehyde and microscopic fibres such as asbestos.
Weis Contractors can help you with your indoor air quality. How can we help you with your air Quality.
- Weis Contractors can arrange Air Test of your property.
- What is fogging- When we refers to fogging, it is the process by which we apply our product within your dwelling. The product is misted by use of a spray device and so gains greater and more consistent coverage of an entire dwelling, similar to the steam created when you have a hot shower.
- Why fog your property– This will help maintain the airborne mould spores. We have a number of products that can be fogged into the property including air conditioner duct work. These products will reduce Mould Spores within the property and in same cases depending on the product it will leave behind a protective coating which can last months. This method can also help reduce particals within the air .
Let us put the Health into OH&S
Berry, M.A. (1994) Protecting the built environment: Cleaning for health. Chapel Hill:USA
Brown, S.K. (1998) Beating the $12 Billion Cost of Polluted Air. CSIRO Press Release, Ref 98/55.
Meek, S.L. (1991) ‘Health Issues’ in Indoor Air Quality in Homes: Synthesising the Issues and Educating Consumers. J. Laquatra & S.A. Zaslow [Ed.] American Association of Housing Educators and Building Research Council, Small Homes Council, University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign. pp. 12-16.
Pollak, J.K. (1993) The Toxicity of Chemical Mixtures: An introduction to recent developments in toxicology. Centre of Human Aspects of Science and Technology and the Public Interest Advocacy Centre. Sydney:NSW.
US EPA (1993) ‘EPA‘s Approach & Progress’ in Targeting Indoor Air Pollution.