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A database of research with 150+ papers are available to IAQUK members.
Think about all the things in your environment. We
are using more materials such as MDF, plywood, particleboard, foam
insulation, plastics, paints and cleaners.
Some compounds can take up to six months for vaporised
chemicals to dissipatate. Research concluded that VOCs are higher in new buildings; and 3 times higher
in buildings built after 1982, than in buildings built before 1940. With
hundreds of varied compounds, typical health effects can include eye, nose and throat irritation, headaches,
migraines, nausea and the feeling of dizziness. For
those who are chemical sensitive,
it can also exacerbate asthma. 2004 research concluded that mothers who used
air fresheners daily suffered almost 10%
more headaches than those who used them less than once a week. And that of the mothers who used air
fresheners, 16 percent suffered from depression compared with 12.7 % of those mothers
who hardly ever used air fresheners. The Toxic Substances Strategy Committee
stated that the majority if cancers (80-90%) are triggered by exposure to
substances in the environment.
It is impossible for us to understand the chemical
maze and the effects on our body and the long term implications.
Get a quick glimpse of some of the most important ways to protect the
air in your home by touring the Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) House. Room-by-room,
you'll learn about the key pollutants and how to address them.
Start your tour of the IAQ House
What positive steps can you take to turn an unhealthy
environment into a healthy one.
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