WHO Guidelines for Indoor Air Quality: Dampness and Mould

WHO Guidelines for Indoor Air Quality: Dampness and Mould

by WHO Regional Office for Europe
     
 

ISBN-10: 9289041684

ISBN-13: 9789289041683

Pub. Date: 09/28/2009

Publisher: World Health Organization

When sufficient moisture is available, hundreds of species of bacteria and fungi -- particularly mold -- pollute indoor air. The most important effects of exposure to these pollutants are the increased prevalence of respiratory symptoms, allergies and asthma as well as disturbance of the immune system. Preventing (or minimizing) persistent dampness and microbial

Overview

When sufficient moisture is available, hundreds of species of bacteria and fungi -- particularly mold -- pollute indoor air. The most important effects of exposure to these pollutants are the increased prevalence of respiratory symptoms, allergies and asthma as well as disturbance of the immune system. Preventing (or minimizing) persistent dampness and microbial growth on interior surfaces and building structures is the most important means of avoiding harmful effects on health.

This book provides a comprehensive overview of the scientific evidence on the health problems associated with this ubiquitous pollution and provides WHO guidelines to protect public health. It also describes the conditions that determine the presence of mould and provides measures to control its growth indoors.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789289041683
Publisher:
World Health Organization
Publication date:
09/28/2009
Series:
A EURO Publication Series
Pages:
247
Product dimensions:
1.50(w) x 2.60(h) x 0.30(d)

Table of Contents

Contributors
Acknowledgement
Foreword
Executive Summary
1) Introduction
2) Building Dampness and Its Effect on Indoor Exposure to Biological and Non-Biological Pollutants
3) Moisture Control and Ventilation
4) Health Effects Associated with Dampness and Mould
5) Evaluation of Human Health Risks and Guidelines
6) References
Annex 1: Summary of Epidemiological Studies
Annex 2: Summary of In Vitro and In Vivo Studies

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