Airborne Contaminants and Their Health Effects
An airborne contaminant is any substance which is accidentally or unknowingly introduced into the air, making the air we breathe toxic or harmful to some degree. Through inhalation, airborne dust, fumes, vapors, mists, and gases may all be taken into the body. These contaminants can irritate the skin, eyes, nose, throat, and lungs, or they may be absorbed.
IAQ and Seasonal Asthma
During allergy season our workplaces and homes should serve as a refuge from airborne allergens such as pollen in the air outside. Unfortunately, that is not always the case and IAQ can become an issue for those suffering from seasonal asthma. A recent study by Johns Hopkins University found that increased levels of indoor air pollutants often heighten the severity of asthma symptoms.
The Impact of IAQ on the Bottom Line
Indoor air pollution is among the top five environmental health risks people face today, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Poor IAQ can cause a host of problems for businesses including employee illness, absenteeism and lost productivity. The EPA estimates that poor indoor air quality may cost the nation tens of billions of dollars each year in lost productivity and medical care.
What You Need to Know About Sick Building Syndrome
It’s the dirty little office secret that no one likes to talk about – is your building making you sick?
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