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Vent-Axia supports landmark report by Royal Colleges on Indoor Air Quality

Leading British ventilation manufacturer Vent-Axia welcomed the latest joint report by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) and the Royal College of Physicians on the health impact of indoor air quality (IAQ) on children and young people.

The report explains that there is growing evidence that respiratory problems among children may be exacerbated by indoor air pollution in homes, schools and
nurseries, with evidence linking indoor air pollution to a number of childhood health problems including asthma, wheezing, conjunctivitis, dermatitis, and eczema.

Leading British ventilation manufacturer Vent- Axia welcomed the latest joint report by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) and the Royal College of Physicians on the health impact of indoor air quality (IAQ) on children and young people.

The report explains that there is growing evidence that respiratory problems among children may be exacerbated by indoor air pollution in homes, schools and nurseries, with evidence linking indoor air pollution to a number of childhood health problems including asthma, wheezing, conjunctivitis, dermatitis, and eczema.

Within the report sources of indoor air pollution are cited as including smoking, damp, the burning of fossil fuels and wood, dust, chemicals from building
materials, furnishings, aerosol sprays, and cleaning products. The document also warns that IAQ tends to be worse in low quality housing where properties are poorly ventilated.

Report recommendations include that local authorities should have the power to require improvements in local authority schools and houses where air quality fails to meet minimum standards. To do this it advises revising the Building Regulations by: setting robust legally binding performance standards for IAQ including ventilation rates, maximum concentration levels for specific pollutants, labelling materials and testing appliances; introducing air quality tests
when local authority construction is complete and before building sign-off; checking compliance tests after the construction stages and assessment of buildings once occupied and in use.

“At Vent-Axia we are committed to improving indoor air quality and so public health,” explains Jenny Smith, head of marketing at Vent-Axia. “With Public Health England attributing between 28,000 and 36,000 deaths a year from long-term exposure to air pollution, it is the biggest environmental threat to health in the UK. Until now outdoor air pollution has been at the forefront of air pollution debates but this report confirms the vital importance of IAQ to health. It therefore advises an urgent step change with a number of recommendations designed to radically help improve the indoor air we breathe.”

Confirming the significance of IAQ’s impact on health the Royal Colleges’ report calls for a cross-governmental committee to co-ordinate working in health, environment, education and homes for indoor air quality and recommends developing a national strategy and policy for IAQ. The strategy should designate a Government Cabinet lead on the issue of IAQ and there should be steps to raise public awareness and understanding. There is also a recommendation for the inclusion of IAQ within Air Quality plans mandated by Government.

For further information contact Vent-Axia on 0844 856 0590 or visit www.vent-axia.com.

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