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Indoor Air Pollution
What is indoor air pollution? PDF Print E-mail

Most of us are familiar with outdoor air pollution because we can often see it as a brown haze hanging in the sky, especially if you live in the city. Outdoor air pollution is measured by a ‘pollution index’ and on high pollution days people are advised to ‘stay indoors’, especially if they have asthma or other respiratory diseases.

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Health effects of indoor pollution PDF Print E-mail

Exposure to chemical pollution indoors impacts our health and wellbeing with children, pregnant and breastfeeding women at greatest risk.

It’s known that exposure to certain indoor pollutants can cause short-term health problems such as headache, fatigue, coughing, sneezing, dizziness, and eye, nose, throat and skin irritation.

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Priority chemical pollutants PDF Print E-mail

Many untested synthetic chemicals are commonly found in everyday building materials and products and the impact they may have on our health and the environment is largely unknown.

According to the Commonwealth Department of Health and Aging: “There are over 38,000 chemicals in use, the majority of which have not been assessed for health, safety and environmental risks. Indeed, recent analysis by the European Union has estimated that some 75% of all industrial chemicals traded globally lack adequate health, safety and/or environmental information”.

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Keeping inside air healthy PDF Print E-mail

Reducing pollution at the source

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Researchers and professionals working in the area of indoor air pollution agree that it is more desirable and efficient to control chemical pollutants at their source by not creating them in the first place.

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Indoor Air Quality Guidelines for Sydney Olympic Facilities PDF Print E-mail
Read the report here [PDF 246Kb]