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GLRPPR Sector Resource: WHO Guidelines for Indoor Air Quality: Dampness and Mould

Title:
WHO Guidelines for Indoor Air Quality: Dampness and Mould

Abstract:
This publication is the World Health Organization's (WHO) first guidelines on indoor air quality, addressing dampness and mold. They are the result of a rigorous two-year review of the currently available science by 36 leading experts worldwide, coordinated by the WHO Regional Office for Europe. The authors conclude that occupants of damp or moldy buildings, both private and public, have up to a 75% greater risk of respiratory symptoms and asthma. The guidelines recommend the prevention or remediation of dampness- and mold-related problems to significantly reduce harm to health. The book is the first in a series of WHO guidelines on indoor air quality. They are intended for worldwide use, to protect health under various environmental, social and economic conditions. Future publications addressing selected chemicals and combustion products are being prepared. Together, the guidelines will comprise the first-ever comprehensive evidence-based recommendations to tackle indoor air pollution, one of the major causes of death and disease worldwide. (PDF Format; Length: 248 pages)

URL:
http://www.euro.who.int/document/E92645.pdf

Source:
World Health Organization Europe

Resource Type:
Article/report

Date of Publication:
July 2009

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