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- Studies show the impact of good indoor air quality on the health and performance of students and staff.
- How to go about a simple school walkthrough inspection and what potential IAQ problems to be on the lookout for.
- Use this checklist from EPA to make your IAQ walkthrough inspection as productive as it can be.
- After hypothesizing potential causes, you can perform simple checks to determine if the problem is obvious or if deeper investigation is required.
- Evaluating the symptoms can help narrow down possible causes and can help you determine what checks need to be done.
- The Cleaning Industry Research Institute International (CIRI) is pleased to announce that Dr. Eugene Cole will be the keynote speaker for its Fall 2011 Cleaning Science Symposium, “Cleaning and Disinfection: The Science, Practice and Controversy.”
- Searchable databases on chemical toxicity and exposure data are now available for scientists and the public.
- Without a long-term commitment to comprehensive environmental management, not even the best high performance school can hope to stay high performing for very long.
- Most chemicals in commercial use have not been tested for possible health effects. Fewer than one-third of regulated, high-production chemicals, including many found indoors, have undergone even a screening level of testing for adverse effects.
- Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are a group of over 100 different chemicals that are formed during the incomplete burning of coal, oil and gas, garbage, or other organic substances like tobacco or charbroiled meat.
- 2003 study published in Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) found 1.8% of population loses job as result.
- A clean facility is a healthy facility - most of the time - but it’s ironic that some products designed to make our buildings cleaner and healthier may contribute to asthma.
- Hazardous chemicals and products are made and used in the greatest quantities in workplaces — where they first expose workers.
- Four elements - sources, the HVAC system, pollutant pathways, and occupants - are involved in the development of IAQ problems.
- The benefits of carpet are forgotten or ignored in the face of perceived hazards.
- There is a widespread perception that carpet cannot be kept clean (sanitary) and that because of its inability to be kept clean, carpet contributes significantly to the deterioration of indoor environmental quality, especially leading to unhealthy indoor air quality. This unnecessary misconception often leads to policy decisions for removing carpet from many environments such as schools, health care facilities, and public agencies.
- Making the case for comprehensive IAQ management in schools.
- A healthy school needs to engage in a scientific and professional cleaning process to realize its health objectives.
- How to properly store and organize cleaning chemicals for health, safety, and green benefits.
- Keep your carpets green, no matter the color, by using these green-cleaning tips.
- Regardless of how efficient and effective air-cleaning devices are in removing pollutants, a question still remains about their ability to reduce adverse health effects.
- By all accounts, disinfection of drinking water is one of the major public
health triumphs of the 20th century. No human endeavor, however, is without risk.