Indoor Environmental Quality. Conquer Asthma â€“ Assure Adequate Outside Air. THE BIG PICTUREâ€¦ People spend most of their time indoors The indoor environment is generally not regulated.
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Conquer Asthma – Assure Adequate Outside Air
People spend most of their time indoors
The indoor environment is generally not regulated
Exposure to indoor allergens can lead to serious illness including asthma.Asthma is a leading chronic illness among U.S. children, and a leading cause of school absenteeism.
Source: CDC: Asthma Health Topic: www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/asthma
In 2005 the asthma incidence rate among children <18 years old was 8.9%1On average, in a classroom of 30 children, about 3 are likely to have asthma2
Sources: 1. National Health Interview Survey, 2005. CDC. 2. CDC: Asthma Health Topic: www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/asthma/
Animal Dander Pollen
Mild Moderate Severe
Adapted from: Indoor Allergens: Assessing and
Controlling Adverse Health Effects, N.A.P., 1993
Adapted from: Indoor Allergens: Assessing and Controlling Adverse Health Effects, N.A.P., 1993
No to Mild
HVAC System in
Reduce the concentration of airborne contaminants such as CO2 and fine particles
Provide an adequate amount of fresh air to the occupants in the space
Effectively exchange the stale used air from the space
cover ceiling or
with books, papers
or other obstructions
Pets: Animal dander, saliva, feces, urine
Things from outside: Pollen, insect parts
Mold: Old food or wet conditions in building
Dust mites: Stuffed couches, chairs and stuffed animals and fleecy items
Increased exposure to fine particles containing allergens or chemical contaminants may lead to illness or disease, especially asthma.
By roughhousing on the donated couch
By resident animals
By walking on carpeting
By moving dust or dusty items
Dry erase pens, smelly markers
Ionizing or Ozone producing“Air Purifiers”
Advocate a policy limiting chemicals brought from home
Help your custodian to do a
great job for you!!
Before you dismiss your class, have your students clear the floor around their desks and place their chairs on their desks or stack them.This makes it easier for the custodian to vacuum and allows for cleaning of horizontal surfaces - removing dust.
Use dust free storage such as stackable plastic cubes for books and papers
Clear horizontal surfaces so these may be easily wiped down
Conduct messy projects over tiled room sections or protect carpeting with tarps
Talk to your association representative
Learn about safety committees
Learn about IEQ committees
More information is available on the WEA web site