My Office Is Killing Me!: The Sick Building Survival Guide

My Office Is Killing Me!: The Sick Building Survival Guide

by Jeffrey C. May
     
 

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Bacteria and mold may lurk undetected in carpets or in the heating or cooling system of your office or school. When inhaled, the by-products of these organisms can cause allergy and asthma symptoms. Chemical vapors emitted by office furniture and equipment may also foul the air we breathe indoors, causing headaches, eye irritation, or other symptoms. Here the

Overview

Bacteria and mold may lurk undetected in carpets or in the heating or cooling system of your office or school. When inhaled, the by-products of these organisms can cause allergy and asthma symptoms. Chemical vapors emitted by office furniture and equipment may also foul the air we breathe indoors, causing headaches, eye irritation, or other symptoms. Here the author of the best-selling My House Is Killing Me! and co-author of The Mold Survival Guide turns his attention to indoor air quality in public buildings. Blending his extensive professional experience with scientific explanations, May helps us see these buildings through the eyes of a building scientist, microscopist, and organic chemist. He offers a step-by-step approach to identifying, controlling, and often eliminating the sources of indoor air pollutants and allergens. Whether it's a case of mold in an elementary school or inadequate ventilation in a high-rise office building, this valuable guide can help people cope when the air they breathe indoors is making them sick.

Editorial Reviews

Real Estate Professional
Well researched and clearly presented by a recognized expert in the field.

— Dr. Kenneth W. Edwards

Chemical and Engineering News
An interesting read and a good resource for information on indoor air quality... it offers solutions rather than blame.

— Lauren Heine, PhD

Choice

May does a good job of explaining technical information in a simple manner, using instructive photographs... Will be especially useful for libraries emphasizing legal and policy collections.

M.D. News
This book is a non-alarmist, extremely current, review of many now recognized sources of inevitable and not-so-inevitable air quality impairment... this book belongs in your reference library.

— Richard Hughes

Boston Herald
May's new book on sick buildings offers practical cures for both individuals and those in charge of such properties.

Environmental Building News
A scientific, practical, and thorough guide to indoor air quality.

Allergy & Asthma Today
Takes on very complex issues, explains them in a language we can understand, and best of all stresses that sources of indoor air pollution can be identified and removed.

Respiratory Care
This very readable, 317-page book targets the general public and office occupants.

— Janice Camp

Real Estate Professional - Dr. Kenneth W. Edwards
Well researched and clearly presented by a recognized expert in the field.

Chemical and Engineering News - Lauren Heine
An interesting read and a good resource for information on indoor air quality... it offers solutions rather than blame.

M.D. News - Richard Hughes
This book is a non-alarmist, extremely current, review of many now recognized sources of inevitable and not-so-inevitable air quality impairment... this book belongs in your reference library.

Respiratory Care - Janice Camp
This very readable, 317-page book targets the general public and office occupants.

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: J. Thomas Pierce, MBBS PhD(Navy Environmental Health Center)
Description: Jeffrey May previously authored My House Is Killing Me!, a similar self-help manual. It is somewhat surprising that self-help manuals have not become more popular in a field such as indoor air pollution. May's series is something different and one that is needed.
Purpose: This is intended to serve as a guide for people coping with air pollution problems they believe are originating with so-called indoor air. In sections where the author presents new material of a technical nature (usually chemistry concepts) he makes a special plea for the reader to be objective regarding why special terms are necessary. His blend of technical information with explanations for a broad readership is somewhat unique.
Audience: The book is a fun little read and I think a wide variety of individuals will enjoy it. Beyond its curbside appeal, it may well be a book of first resort when individuals search the Internet for a reasonably priced book in this area. Its secondary audience is the author's peer group, other indoor air pollutant consultants, who could borrow some of his protocols and explanations, both of which are really quite good.
Features: The information is organized in three major parts: basics (poor indoor air, shelter in the storm, diseased décor, and sea of air); daily life (schools, 9-to-5, infirmaries and courthouses, retail spaces and recreation); and final test (do-it-yourself, professionals, and more technical data). The conclusion is very brief but it is complemented by a resource guide, a list of abbreviations, notes, and an index.
Assessment: I liked this book and will likely spend a weekend afternoon with it again. Don't be put off by the title. This little book has a lot to offer.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801883422
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
03/15/2006
Pages:
342
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

Jay M. Portnoy

This easy-to-read book is scientifically accurate and practical for anyone and everyone concerned about the air we breathe.

Jay M. Portnoy, MD, Chief, Section of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology,Children's Mercy Hospital, Kansas City

Paul Enright
"The best source of information on sick buildings that I've ever read. If you suffer from sinusitis, asthma, or other symptoms when you go to work, buy this book."
M.D., College of Public Health, University of Arizona
John Spengler
'Millions of us experience poor indoor air quality without having any idea why, or what can be done about it. In My Office Is Killing Me! Jeff May explains how a building operates, what building materials are made of, how air circulates, and what kinds of indoor contaminants we may inhale-and more. Thank you, Jeff May, for making the complex and diverse field of indoor air quality accessible and entertaining, and for giving us the information we need to improve the air we breathe."
Department of Environmental Health, Harvard School of Public Health

Meet the Author

Jeffrey C. May is a building consultant, indoor air-quality professional, and the principal scientist of May Indoor Air Investigations LLC in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He has conducted indoor environmental investigations in thousands of buildings, including offices, schools, and homes; and he has personally analyzed over 20,000 air and dust samples. Widely published, May frequently lectures nationally about indoor air quality.

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