Workshop Focuses on Indoor Air Quality
Most people are aware that outdoor air pollution can damage their health, but many do not know that indoor air pollution can also do harm. Children, particularly those with asthma, are especially susceptible to indoor air pollution, and because children spend the majority of their day in a school building, air quality in schools is of particular concern.
Krista Conrad, a licensed environmental health practitioner with the McHenry County Department of Health, recently completed a training workshop on identifying and fixing indoor air quality problems in schools by utilizing the Indoor Air Quality for Schools Action Kit.
The June training, held in Washington, D.C., was sponsored by the American Lung Association, the National Environmental Health Association, the National PTA and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Participants from the sponsoring organizations learned that poor indoor air quality in schools may increase the chances for long term and short term health problems among students and staff. …