Associate Level Material
Indoor Air Pollution
Resources: Chapter 19 of Environmental Science and the EPA web site, “Introduction to Air Quality”. Retrieved from, http://www.epa.gov/iaq/ia-intro.html
Complete the following chart:
Is Your Risk Level Acceptable?
Sustainable Replacements, when appropriate
Natural decay of uranium found in almost all soils.
Radon leaks into homes through walls, floors, and water.
Seal cracks and build vent system.
Can form anywhere and on anything. Warm and humid conditions are a factor. Lung disease, nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, wheezing, or skin irritation unknown
Control humidity levels and ventilation
New furniture, particleboard, plywood, chipboard, and wood paneling Irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat; nasal cancer and lung cancer unknown
Reduce humidity levels and increase ventilation
Use exterior grade pressed wood products
Lead-based paint, contaminated soil, dust, and drinking water Convulsions, coma, death, delays in physical and mental development, lower IQ levels, shortened attention spans, and increased behavioral problems yes
Keep environment dust free, balanced diet rich in calcium and iron Avoid the use of lead based paint
Construction materials, manufactured goods
Lung disease, mesothelioma, asbestosis, lung cancer
Use protective masks or other equipment when doing construction work Not applicable
Products used to kill household pests
Damage to central nervous system, cancer
Avoid the use of them entirely
Pulmonary edema, vomiting or coma
Avoid swallowing and body contact
(Petrochemicals, Di-ethyl phthalate, Benzyl...
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