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Environmental health and safety in buildings

P. Brimblecombe,     University of East Anglia, UK

Abstract:

A surprising range of environmental hazards are present in commercial and residential interiors. These range from issues of fire safety and the problems of combustible materials through to the hazards created by indoor air pollution. Decreased ventilation and the widening variety of indoor materials have enhanced the number of compounds to which we are exposed to indoors. Sick building syndrome and respiratory illnesses have been attributed to these exposures, so the management of occupied spaces has been an increased focus of regulation.

Key words

fire

indoor air pollution

sick building syndrome

outgassing

6.1 Introduction

The ...

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