In the last several years, a growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Thus, for many people, the risks to health may be greater due to exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.
In addition, people who may be exposed to indoor air pollutants for the longest periods of time are often those most susceptible to the effects of indoor air pollution. Such groups include the young, the elderly, and the chronically ill, especially those suffering from respiratory or cardiovascular disease.
("The Inside Story: A Guide to Indoor Air Quality", U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA Document # 402-K-93-007, April 1995)
The goal of the Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) program at Texas State University is to help the University to maintain a safe indoor air quality environment for all employees and students.
A second goal is to identify potential hazards and have them corrected. Poor IAQ can lead to a large variety of health problems and potentially affect comfort, concentration, and staff/ student performance.
Contact Environmental Health, Safety & Risk Management at 245-3616 if you have any questions. To report an indoor air quality concern complete a Safety Hazard Report (under Online Resources on left) and submit it to the EHSRM Office.