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Indoor Air Pollution – The Possible Symptoms, Effects, and Sources of Indoor Air Pollution at Your Industrial Facility

Indoor Air QualityIndoor air pollutants is one of the worst environmental problem we have in the United States. The effects of indoor air pollution can be short term eye and throat irritation or long term effects like respiratory disease and cancer. Some air pollution can even cause death. An Industrial Health and Safety Consultant can test your facility for indoor air quality and then create simple solutions on how to 1) reduce the indoor air pollution, 2) stop asbestos pollution, and 3) Solve mold & moisture contamination problems. 

Symptoms of Indoor Air Pollution 

  • coughing
  • sneezing
  • watery eyes
  • fatigue
  • dizziness
  • headaches
  • upper respiratory congestion

Respiratory Health Effects

  • Rhinitis, nasal congestion (inflammation of the nose, runny nose)
  • Epistaxis (nose bleeds)
  • Dyspnea (difficulty of breathing or painful breathing)
  • Pharyngitis (sore throat), cough
  • Wheezing, worsening asthma
  • Severe lung disease

More Severe Health Effects

  • Conjunctival (eye) irritation
  • Rashes
  • Fever, chills
  • Tachycardia (rapid heartbeat, sometimes leading to shortness of breath)
  • Headache or dizziness
  • Lethargy, fatigue, malaise
  • Nausea, vomiting, anorexia
  • Myalgia (muscle pain)
  • Hearing loss

Types of Contaminants and Their Sources

Contamination Sources
VOCs
(Volatile Organic Compounds)
Perfumes, hairsprays,
furniture polish
Cleaning solvents
Hobby and craft supplies
Pesticides
Carpet dyes and fibers
Glues, adhesives, sealants.
Paints, stains, varnishes, strippers
Wood preservatives
Dry cleaned clothes, moth repellents
Air fresheners
Stored fuels, and automotive products
Contaminated water
Plastics
Formaldehyde Paricleboard, interior-grade plywood
Cabinetry, furniture
Urea Formaldehyde foam insulation
Carpet, fabrics
Pesticides Insecticides, (including termiticides)
Rodenticides
Fungicides, disinfectants
Herbicides (from outdoor use)
Lead Lead-based paint Exterior dust and soil
Carbon Monoxide
carbon dioxide, nitrogen dioxide
Improperly operating gas or oil furnace/hot water heater, fireplace, wood stove Unvented gas heater/kerosene heater
Sulfur Dioxide Combustion of sulfur-containing fuels (primarily kerosene heaters)
RSP (respirable particulates) Fireplace, woodstove
Unvented gas heater
Tobacco products
Unvented kerosene heater
PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) Fireplace, woodstove
Unvented kerosene heater
Tobacco products
ETS (Environmental Tobacco Smoke) Tobacco products
Biological contaminants Plants, animals, birds, humans
Pillows, bedding, house dust
Wet or damp materials
Standing water
Humidifiers, evaporative coolers
Hot water tank
Asbestos Pipe and furnace insulation
Ceiling and floor tiles
& many others!
Decorative sprays
Shingles and siding
Radon Soil and rock
Some building materials
Water

Environmental Risk Management can help you navigate through the standards, create a remediation plan, and involved the right government entities at the appropriate times to keep your environmental remediation plan on target and in compliance.  

Contact Us (859-689-9222 – KY, 513-367-4100 – OH) to get more information about how we can help your business.

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