Indoor Air Quality Council Recommendations
Adopted by the MIAQC Board of Directors on July 22, 2002
Unless properly designed, constructed, and managed, indoor environments may present serious health and safety risks to building occupants. With regard to indoor air quality, these risks include: 1) respiratory tract infections, 2) aggravation of asthma and allergies, 3) acute poisonings and injuries, 3) cancer, 4) chronic effects on organ systems, 5) occupational lung diseases, and 6) and a variety of symptom complaints (see Table).
Summary of Health and Safety Risks Associated with Indoor Air Environments
Risks arise from a wide variety of stressors, and individuals may vary greatly in their responses to them. Furthermore, there are significant gaps in the knowledge base concerning the health impacts. The health risks of some pollutants, such as lead and radon, are known in great detail. For others, however, such as mold and many volatile chemicals, our knowledge of the exposure patterns and health effects is inadequate. As a general principle, therefore, the Maine Indoor Air Quality Council supports building practices that are based on pollution prevention and on the minimal use of toxic or irritating substances.