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At a glance - Indoor air quality


Air pollution can have a negative impact on health; from short term effects such as eye irritation or cough, to long time effects, such as respiratory infections, cancer or death. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), ambient (outdoor) air pollution in 2012 was estimated to have caused 3.7 million premature deaths worldwide. Some 88% of those premature deaths occurred in low-to-middle-income countries, and the greatest number in the WHO Western Pacific and South-East Asia regions.

Good air quality is air in which there are no known contaminants at harmful concentrations.

In August 2016, BSRIA published a new topic guide ‘TG10/2016 At a glance - Indoor Air Quality’. This is one of a number of of BSRIA at a glance topic guides intended to introduce readers to key industry topics and suggesting further reading. The guide is aimed at those looking for introductory information about indoor air quality, including its definition, history and prevalence. It also provides information on types of contaminants and their exposure limits as well as a useful site map.

BSRIA’s Asset Performance Team Leader, Blanca Beato-Arribas said: “People spend approximately 80% of their time indoors. There is enough evidence that links poor air quality with permanent damages to health or even death. Therefore, we should be aware of the quality of the air that we breathe both at home and at work, and ensuring good indoor air quality at work should be a priority for employers.”

The new guide is available to download free from BSRIA’s website.


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