NIOSH testimony on indoor air quality by P. Bierbaum, July 17, 1991.
NIOSH 1991 Jul; :1-11
This testimony contains the comments of NIOSH regarding the activities of NIOSH in the area of indoor air quality and on the view of NIOSH on HR 1066. NIOSH initiated a project to improve the ability to measure air contaminants in the breathing zones of workers at the low levels encountered in indoor air pollution. NIOSH is also working to improve the simplicity of techniques for evaluating ventilation systems. Recently NIOSH expanded its investigation of other factors that may impact workers' perception of the quality of the office environment through the analysis of various stressors present in the workplace. In recent indoor environmental assessments, NIOSH has evaluated ergonomic and job related psychosocial stressors along with conducting environmental monitoring. A prospective study is also underway to collect data on indoor air in a newly renovated building occupied by the National Center for Health Statistics. NIOSH is in the process of modifying existing training courses for occupational safety and health professionals and paraprofessionals to include elements of indoor environmental assessments. NIOSH has also been involved in several interagency activities to study the associated health effects of poor air quality.
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