Friday, December 30, 2011

IAQ concerns at work: Even health departments can be unhealthy

Poor indoor air quality can affect workers' well-being
and productivity.
Indoor air quality has become a top public health concern, and the problems are not confined to people’s homes.

In many cases, their offices and work sites also expose them to indoor air pollutants such as VOCs, mold, chemicals and dust or smaller particles.

Long-term exposure to indoor air pollution has been linked to a wide range of health effects for some people, including respiratory issues, Sick Building Syndrome and more.

Even health departments are affected.

In the case of the Fairfield County Health Department in Connecticut, workers were exposed to moisture and mold problems as well as a flea infestation, bats and rodents, poor indoor air quality due to a lack of air circulation, lead and high radon levels.

Officials say some of the concerns have been addressed already, but humidity problems and black mold as well as other IAQ concerns have been too costly to fix.

The employees have been submitting complaints and voicing their frustration, but finding a new location may take some time, they say.

Source: Columbus Dispatch

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