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Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

Links and Resources Related to Indoor Air Quality


U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission protects the public from the unreasonable risk of injury or death from 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction.

To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, you can go to:

  • CPSC's File a Report
  • Or, you can call CPSC's Product Safety Hotline at:
    • (800) 638-CPSC | (800) 638-2772
    • Maryland only – (800) 492-8104
    • CPSC's teletypewriter – (800) 638-8270
    • or send the information to CPSC at info@cpsc.gov.

Recorded information is available 24 hours a day when calling from a touch-tone phone. Operators are on duty Monday to Friday from 10:30 to 4 EST to take complaints about unsafe consumer products. For further information, State Offices.

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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

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U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) invests in clean energy technologies that strengthen the economy, protect the environment and reduce dependence on foreign oil.

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Indoor Environments Department, IAQ Scientific Findings Resource Bank

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U.S. Public Health Service

The Division of Federal Occupational Health, Office of Environmental Hygiene provides indoor air quality consultative services to federal agency managers.

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

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Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

  • Office of Information and Consumer Affairs:
    • (800) 321-6742
    • Local – (202) 219-8151
  • OSHA's Safety and Health topics page on Health Hazards in Nail Salons
    The more than 375,000 nail technicians working in salons across the U.S. face possible health hazards every day. The hazards include:
    • exposure to chemicals from glues, polishes, removers and other salon products
    • muscle strains from awkward positions or repetitive motions
    • and risk of infection from contact with client skin, nails or blood
    OSHA's Safety and Health topics page on Health Hazards in Nail Salons gives important information about these hazards and the steps that nail salon workers and employers can take to prevent injuries and illnesses.

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Radon Hotlines

EPA supports the following hotlines to best serve consumers with radon-related questions and concerns:

  • (800) SOS-RADON (767-7236)* Purchase radon test kits by phone.
  • (800) 55RADON (557-2366)* Get live help for your radon questions.
  • Radon Fit-It Hotline – (800) 644-6999* For general information on fixing or reducing the radon level in your home.
  • Safe Drinking Water Hotline – (800) 426-4791

For general information on drinking water, radon in water, testing and treatment and standards for radon drinking water. Operated under a contract with EPA

* Operated by Kansas State University in partnership with EPA

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National Lead Information Center Hotline

  • (800) 424-LEAD | (800) 424-5323

The National Lead Information Center (NLIC) provides the general public and professionals with information about lead hazards and their prevention. NLIC operates under a contract with the EPA, with funding from the EPA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

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National Pesticides Telecommunications Network

  • National toll-free number – (800) 858-PEST
  • In Oregon – (800) 858-7378

Operates Monday to Friday from 6:30a.m. to 4:30p.m. Pacific Time. Provides information about pesticides to the general public and the medical, veterinary, and professional communities.

Medical and government personnel may call 800-858-7377.

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RCRA/SUPERFUND Hotline

National toll-free number – (800) 424-9346
In Washington, DC area – (703) 412-9810
Operates Monday to Friday from 8:30a.m. to 7:30p.m. EST. Provides information on regulations under both the Resources Conservation and Recovery Act (including solid and hazardous waste issues) and the Superfund law.

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Safe Drinking Water Hotline

  • (800) 426-4791

Operates Monday to Friday from 8:30a.m. to 5p.m. EST. Provides information on regulations under the Safe Drinking Water Act, lead and radon in drinking water, filter information, and a list of state drinking water offices.

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TSCA Assistance Information Service

  • (202) 554-1404

Operates Monday to Friday from 8:30a.m. to 5p.m. EST. Provides information on regulations under the Toxic Substances Control Act and on EPA's asbestos program

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Information on Indoor Air Quality and Remodeling

EPA's Indoor Environments Division maintains a complete list EPA publications on indoor air quality, including many available online. Most of these publications are available free to the public. EPA publications and websites of special interest to those considering a home remodeling or renovation project are listed below.


EPA Publications and Resources

Radon

Lead Documents and Outreach Materials

Asthma Publications and Resources

Publications about Indoor Air Quality

Mold Resources

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Consumer Product Safety Commission

Biological Pollutants in Your Home. This document explains indoor biological pollution, health effects of biological pollutants and how to control their growth and buildup. One third to one half of all structures have damp conditions that may encourage development of pollutants such as molds and bacteria, which can cause allergic reactions — including asthma — and spread infectious diseases. Describes corrective measures for achieving moisture control and cleanliness. This brochure was prepared by the American Lung Association and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Healthy Indoor Painting Practices (EPA 744-F-00-011), May 2000. This brochure by EPA and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission discusses safety practices for residents, property managers and painters.

What You Should Know About Using Paint Strippers (CPSC-F-747-F-95-002), February 1995. Paint strippers contain chemicals that loosen paint from surfaces. These chemicals can harm you if not used properly.

  • Some paint stripping chemicals can irritate the skin and eyes, or cause headaches, drowsiness, nausea, dizziness, or loss of coordination.
  • Some may cause cancer, reproductive problems or damage of the liver, kidney or brain.
  • Others catch fire easily.

Proper handling and use of paint strippers will reduce your exposure to these chemicals and lessen your health risk.

An Update on Formaldehyde: 1997 Revision (CPSC publication #725) The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, with assistance of EPA, developed this brochure to provide information about formaldehyde in indoor air. The brochure tells consumers where they may come in contact with formaldehyde, how it may affect their health and how their exposure to formaldehyde might be reduced.

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In addition to information available from EPA, there are a variety of other resources available which may be of interest to those considering a home remodeling project. Note that, since the following documents are not published nor maintained by EPA, there may be some differences EPA's recommendations.

Remodeling

  • Builder's Guide - Mixed Climate; Builder's Guide - Cold Climate; Builder's Guide - Hot-Dry & Mixed Dry Climates. By Joseph Lstiburek. 1998. Energy Efficient Building Association

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    Guides are well-illustrated and contain recommendations for:
    • foundations
    • framing
    • heating and cooling
    • insulation
    • drywall
    • plumbing
    • electrical systems
    • painting
    • sheathings and windows all with respect to moisture control
    • energy efficiency
    • ventilation

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Lead

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Ventilation

  • Understanding Ventilation: How to design, select and install residential ventilation systems. By John Bower. 1995. The Healthy House Institute. Broad and extensive overview of ventilation with illustrations.
  • U.S. Dept. of Energy, Energy, Efficiency & Renewable Energy's "Guide to Home Ventilation"

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Moisture Control

  • Moisture Control Handbook: Principles and Practices for Residential and Small Commercial Buildings. By Joseph Lstiburek and John Carmody. 1995. John Wiley & Sons. Extensively addresses:
    • moisture and water management, including moisture movement
    • wall construction in various climates
    • moisture control practices in various climates
    • case studies/moisture problems that create mold, odor, roof decay and condensation
    • peeling paint

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Windows

  • Residential Windows: A Guide to New Technologies and Energy Performance by John Carmody, Stephen Selkowitz, Lisa Heschong. 1996. W.W. Norton & Company. A comprehensive look at windows, window technology and window selection for homes.

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Combustion

  • Combustion Gases in Your Home by the Canada Housing and Mortgage Corporation (CHMC). This online publication provides a good, easy- to-understand discussion of combustion spillage. The site also contains other publication from the CHMC's "About Your House" series.

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Other

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General

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Dust Storms

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Wildfires and Agricultural Fires

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Volcanic Eruptions

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Supply Kit Recommendations

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