Academic journal article Journal of Environmental Health

Accomplishments of a 10-Year Indoor Air Quality Program

Academic journal article Journal of Environmental Health

Accomplishments of a 10-Year Indoor Air Quality Program

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The Healthy Indoor Air for America's Homes program is a collaborative interagency effort to increase the general publics knowledge and understanding of residential IAQ issues. The objective of the program is to educate consumers about sources, health risks, and control measures related to common residential indoor air problems and to help consumers reduce their health risks from these problems.

The need for this program was established by research showing that indoor air quality can be worse than outdoor air quality. Consumers are instructed in IAQ problems involving moisture and biologicals, combustion products, formaldehyde, radon, housing products and furnishings, asbestos, lead, particulates, and tobacco smoke. Funding has been provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the USDA Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service. The program is coordinated by the Montana State University Extension Service and implemented by over 3,000 county Extension Service offices.

Accomplishments of 10 years of the program (1995-2005) are highlighted in Ten Years of Work So You Can Breathe Easier. Educational impacts have included the training of almost 170,000 individuals comprising Extension Service educators, health department officials, teachers, utility representatives, real estate professionals, and builders. …

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