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Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) – Tools For Schools
Thayer corporation provides solutions for preventing, diagnosing and resolving most indoor air problems. We help schools understand how IAQ problems develop, the importance of IAQ and its impact on building occupants. We take great pride in protecting the health & well-being of our Community and take IAQ seriously. Carbon dioxide (CO ), Volatile organic compounds (VOCs), Molds, Dusts, Airborne fungi, Virus,Bacteria……. We know pollutants!
Whether your school is open or closed, indoor air quality should remain a priority item. Most people are aware that outdoor air pollution can impact their health, but indoor air pollution can also have significant and harmful health effects. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) studies indicate that indoor levels of pollutants may be two to five times — and occasionally more than 100 times — higher than outdoor levels. These levels of indoor air pollutants are of concern because most students spend about 90 percent of their time indoors.
Poor indoor air quality can have a dramatic effect on human performance. Symptoms linked to poor air quality include headaches, dryness and irritation of the eyes, nose and throat; coughing and sneezing; shortness of breath; dizziness and nausea. Cognitive functions can also be adversely affected in poor indoor air environments.
There is a silent deceptive and potentially harmful problem within Dental Offices; they are mandated to use universal protocols, sterilize instruments, and disinfect surface contaminants, but indoor air quality has been ignored. Unfortunately, most dental offices have not yet taken the proactive step of purifying their indoor air due to a lack of awareness of both the issue and best practices in managing the risk.
The indoor air quality (IAQ) within many dental offices contains unhealthy and often infectious airborne particulate which results from dental procedures and high volume of public interaction. The combination can introduce viral, bacterial and fungal infections into the air. The ultrasonic instruments utilized, along with the constant cleaning and disinfection of surfaces can create bio-aerosols which also contaminate the indoor air. These contaminants are capable of reaching the deepest part of our lungs, being absorbed into the blood stream and having systemic effects to our health. The HVAC Systems can further exacerbate problems as they redistribute and recirculate thecontaminants. These systems can also affect indoor air humidity. Research shows that relative humidity of indoor air affects microbial growth. Low indoor humidity increases droplet nuclei levels, allows viruses to evaporate faster, and allows the micro droplets to stay airborne longer