Overview

We all know there are health hazards in the air outside, but this powerful new book warns that we aren't safe within our homes or offices either. The most comprehensive work available on this pressing issue covers publicized pollutants like asbestos, radon, and cigarette smoke, as well as the secret contaminants in our heating, electrical, and plumbing systems.


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Indoor Pollution

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Overview

We all know there are health hazards in the air outside, but this powerful new book warns that we aren't safe within our homes or offices either. The most comprehensive work available on this pressing issue covers publicized pollutants like asbestos, radon, and cigarette smoke, as well as the secret contaminants in our heating, electrical, and plumbing systems.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307788511
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/6/2011
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 278
  • File size: 8 MB

Table of Contents

1 An Overview 3
What Causes Indoor Pollution? 5
What Are the Health Effects? 11
Cigarette Smoking and Indoor Pollution 14
Using This Book 15
Part I At Home 19
2 The By-Products of an Industrial Age: Asbestos, Formaldehyde, and Volatile Organic Compounds 21
Asbestos 21
Formaldehyde 28
Volatile Organic Compounds 35
3 The Perils of Nature: Radon and Biological Agents 47
Radon 47
Biological Agents 65
4 The Fire Within: Combustion Contaminants 75
Carbon Monoxide 75
Nitrogen Oxides 78
Respirable Suspended Particulates 79
Testing for Combustion By-Products 83
Eliminating Combustion By-Products 85
5 A Proper Airing: The Science of Ventilation 89
Natural Ventilation 89
Mechanical Ventilation 94
Air Purifiers 107
The House of the Future 111
6 Not a Drop to Drink: Keeping Your Water Safe 114
There's No Escaping the Hazards 114
Surface Water and Its Contaminants 115
Polluted Groundwater 120
Contamination in the Treatment and Distribution Process 125
The Contaminants 133
Solutions: How to Clean Up Your Drinking Water 138
Part II At Work 149
7 On the Job: Is Your Office Making You Sick? 151
What Is a Sick Building? 154
Ventilation Systems: A Tool for Good or Evil? 155
Chemical Contamination 165
Biological Contamination 169
A Word About Asbestos 170
Other Public Spaces 172
8 A New Way to Work: Steps Toward a Healthier Office 176
Assessing the Problem 177
Implementing Solutions 187
Restricting Smoking at the Workplace 193
Employer Liability: A Growing Pressure for Change 196
Part III Public Policy 199
9 Private Lives, Public Responsibility: Forging Alliances for a Common Goal 201
Recommendations: The Public Sector 204
Recommendations: The Private Sector 213
Good Public Policy: An Alternative to Litigation 218
Appendix 221
Federal Air and Water Legislation 221
Organizations Involved with Indoor Pollution 225
Sample Letter to a Legislator 239
Testing Equipment and Laboratories 241
Sources of Supply 246
Glossary 253
Bibliography 258
Checklist to Finding Pollution Problems 268
Index 273
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