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All of us face a variety of risks to our health as we go about our day-to-day lives. Driving in cars, flying in planes, engaging in recreational activities, and being exposed to environmental pollutants all pose varying degrees of risk

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What is Indoor Air Quailty?

 

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) refers to the physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of air in the indoor environment within a building and how it relates to the occupants physical and psychological health, comfort and productivity.  A more technical definition of IAQ is related to how well indoor air satisfies the three basic requirements for human occupancy: thermal acceptability, maintenance of normal concentrations of respiratory gases, dilution and removal of contaminants to levels below health or odour discomfort thresholds.

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What are you breathing?

Feeling Sleepy

Read an article by Julie Riggs about the correlation of CO2 and IAQ.

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New Car Smell

Search for the level of VOCs in your car.

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New IOSH IAQ Course

Find out more about the latest IAQ IOSH course.

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IAQ Radio

The station where the world discusses indoor air quality, the built environment and disaster restoration issues.

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 Air pollution is not yesterday's problem

Read an article by Tim Yeo from the Guardian.

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We expect the food we eat, the air we breathe and the water we drink to be uncontaminated and safe.  As educated consumers we can control the food and drink we consume, but our most vital organs are continuing to be affected by the harmful contaminants in the air we breath every day.  Many of those sources are man made.

 

Most of the toxins in our air are at low levels but should not be disregarded as harmless because there can be a cumulative effect that must be considered. Most contaminants can build up over time and create problems after years of exposure.

   

There is no doubt, no question any longer that the extent and depth of contamination in the air we breathe is serious. There have been no studies to date that reveal what the resulting long term health effects are when the contaminants found in the air we breathe combine.

 

IAQ UK is an independent organisation with the aim of 'raising the agenda of indoor air quality within the home and work.  The objectives are achieved by working with the various agents and organisations in promoting indoor air quality and ensuring the information is accessible to enable individuals to make a choice about their environment.

  • We spend 90% of our time indoors.

 

  • There are 10 times more pollutants indoors than in outdoor air.

 

  • Ill health, poor productivity and performance are linked to indoor air quality.

 

  • EPA  recognise IAQ as one of the top 5 health hazards.

 

  • Research has demostrated a relationship between rrespiratory diseases, sensitivities, asthma and even cognitive conditions, including stress and migraines.

There are fundamental developments in the last 45 years.

 

  • The increase in the amount of time spent in indoor environments
  • The increased dependence on artificial products
  • Increased occupancy densities
  • Energy conservation techniques

 

Due to the importance of  these factors there is a need to become more aware of the air we breathe and how critical it is to our health, comfort and productivity.

Health & Wellbeing @ Work


4th - 5th March 2014 

  • 4th March - 14.35
    Improving the Quality of Indoor Air in the Workplace – The Sleeping Giant of the Future
  • Sterling Events
  • NEC Birmingham, West Midlands, B40 1NT


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