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Increasing focus on indoor air quality issues

24 August 2016

There has been a notable rise in awareness of the problems caused by poor indoor air quality (IAQ), following the publication of numerous studies and their results.

The latest publication is the BSRIA IAQ topic guide, available to download free of charge from its website.

This is designed to provide an overview of key industry topics, with the suggestion of further reading.

Aimed at those seeking to learn more about IAQ, the guide includes information on definition, history and prevalence, plus details of the most common types of contaminants and their exposure limits.

BSRIA Asset Performance team leader Blanca Beato-Arribas, who provides expert commentary within the guide, 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 guide also provides a summary of current legislation and guidance on which contaminants to investigate, said Ms Beato-Arribas.

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