NIOSH testimony on indoor air quality by L. Rosenstock, September 28, 1994.
NIOSH 1994 Sep; :1-17
This testimony summarized the information provided by NIOSH regarding the notice of informal public hearing on indoor air quality. NIOSH states that the proposed standard to protect worker health in nonindustrial workplaces reflects the best available knowledge from building related research. NIOSH accepts that environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) has been shown to be a cause of lung cancer and possibly a cause of heart disease as well. NIOSH supports the work of OSHA to control ETS in the workplace. In its many studies of worker complaints about buildings, NIOSH has often identified deficiencies in the design, operation, and maintenance of these buildings, which can be remedied by improving the deficiencies. Tobacco smoke is one contaminant with clearly documented health risks that is brought voluntarily into the workplace and is not needed in the work process. The best and least expensive method to eliminate exposure to tobacco smoke is to implement smoking cessation programs and prohibit smoking in the workplace. The second best method is to protect nonsmokers by establishing separately ventilated smoking areas.
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