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Protecting building environments presents many challenges to environmental health practitioners. Maintaining a secure and healthy building environment requires an in-depth knowledge of building components and understanding the vulnerability of these components to contamination.


This section provides resources on protecting building environments as well as general links on improving indoor air quality.


CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response – how to prepare, plan, and respond to healthy building environments after disasters

Environmental Health Training in Emergency Response (EHTER) – 10 modules that focus on key environmental health issues and challenges for emergency response

Terrorism Response – Safeguarding Building Ventilation (CDC National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health [NIOSH])

Links to information from outside CDC

Advice for Safeguarding Buildings Against Chemical or Biological Attack (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)

FEMA Library (Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA]) – searchable database of guides

Flood Cleanup (Environmental Protection Agency [EPA]) – general information to help people in flooded areas recover and reduce risks caused by a flood

Indoor Air Quality (Environmental Protection Agency [EPA] Office of Air and Radiation) – guides to reduce human health risks posed by contaminants in indoor environments

Sphere Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response – project to improve the quality of assistance provided to people affected by disasters and enhance the accountability of the humanitarian system in disaster response

World Health Organization (WHO)

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