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An Introduction to Indoor Air Pollution

Randall W. Whitesides, P.E.

The subject of indoor air pollution is not without some controversy. Indoor air quality is an evolving issue; it is important to keep informed about continuing developments in this area. This short course is not a detailed technical treatise on indoor air pollution; it is intended for Architects and Engineers who are interested in a general introductory overview of IAP, its various categories, probable causes, and suggested remedial actions. A substantial portion of this course content is based on, and reproduced with permission from, U.S. GPO Publication No. 1994-523-217/81322 Indoor Air Pollution: An Introduction for Health Professionals, 1994. The publication was co-sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the American Medical Association (AMA), the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), and the American Lung Association (ALA). The overwhelming majority of the medical aspects, i.e. physiology, etiology, symptomology, and human physical diagnosis, contained in the GPO publication have been selectively and purposely excluded, again with permission, from this course content. This was done to limit the scope and focus to those aspects of IAP of greater interest to Engineers and Architects. Those students interested in viewing the unmodified original document should point their browser to: http://www.epa.gov/iedweb00/pubs/hpguide.html. Important references and additional health resources can be found at this URL. This course includes a multiple choice quiz at the end.

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