FACT: Indoor air can be 10x worse than outdoor air
Indoor air quality can be 10 to 20 times more unhealthy then outdoor air. According to (UL) 72% of toxic chemicals and particles are found in enclosed buildings. It's also estimated that 213 millions work days are lost in the US due to poor indoor air quality (ASHRAE). The study of IAQ will continue to gain popularity and focused interest due to it's proven importance in connecting indoor environmental conditions to health and well being. It makes sense that if it's monitored in occupational settings, regulated and tested outdoors for daily emissions, why wouldn't it be just as important to monitor at home? We take air for granted, you cannot smell, taste or see dangerous or poor air quality, however that does not indicate it's absence.
Frequently testing indoor air is a smart proactive approach in identifying and preventing air quality problems that you're not aware of. If your indoor air is already good, congratulations, monitoring air quality will assure that you are keeping it that way.
[The EPA has ranked poor Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) among the top five environmental health risks...]
Science based studies, research and data in both the private and federal sectors is striving to fulfill a need for increased consumer awareness, public advocacy, and a push for EPA IAQ testing standardization formalizing acceptable test parameters. Our goal here at IAAR is to provide comprehensive indoor air information and affordable testing and monitoring when it comes to our most critical resource, the amazing Air we breath.
What's in your Air?
What is Indoor Air Quality?
Indoor Air Quality or (IAQ) is the practice of measuring and testing indoor air. This includes private homes, commercial buildings and businesses as well as schools and other public places. Essentially anywhere you spend a great amount of time indoors, should be proactively monitored and managed. The quality of indoor air has long been proven to have both short and long-term impacts on human health. Therefore frequent monitoring is an important part of air quality management. IAQ is still an emerging field of study on the consumer side and will likely grow exponentially.
Research in the past and present has been focused primarily on outdoor air quality as a result of pollution caused by industrialization. Rapid economic growth created smog and acid rain. Scientists started noticing a connection between outdoor air pollution and health effects. In 1970 Congress passed the Clean Air Act Amendments addressing outdoor air quality, which created air quality standards on allowable levels of outdoor pollutants. This was the starting point of Federal legislation resulting in governmental entities such as the EPA.
Other areas of air quality monitoring and studies have involved occupational exposure establishing OSHA which works to create standards in protecting workers from hazardous workplace conditions.
The EPA has identified 10 major indoor air pollutants. Though identified, the EPA still states on their website that " There are currently no federal government standards... (as of 1999)" except for a handful of indoor pollutants, an example of one would be radon.
Here at IAAR we believe that consumer air quality is just as critical at home, then it is outdoors and at work. Our goal here is to not only help consumers educate themselves about indoor air quality through advocacy and awareness, but to start a trend where it's standard practice to have good clean indoor air.
Love Your Lobes!
The average healthy adult takes 23,000 breaths in 24 hours and children will take 57,000 breaths! Those lungs are working hard for you! Keep them healthy by breathing clean air!
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DID YOU KNOW?
Dr. Alice Hamilton is known as the founder of industrial medicine in America. She worked tirelessly compiling data on the White Lead industry and published the first Bureau of Labor Reports in 1921. Her reports established the first Labor Laws requiring occupational safety standards and forming what is now known today as OSHA.
OHSA IS BORN
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration was enacted on April 28, 1971. The five main health hazards that were speciically targeted was lead, asbestos, carbon monoxide, silica and cotton dust. Occupational safety deals with work place breathing hazards.