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Occupational Health - IEQ

Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ)

Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ), as the name implies, refers to the quality of the air in an office or other building environment. A healthy indoor environment is one in which the surroundings contribute to productivity, comfort, and a sense of health and well being, according to the National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH).

People spend about 90 percent of their time indoors, either in offices, homes or other buildings. The air within buildings can sometimes be polluted with contaminants originating from within the building or drawn into the indoor environment from the outdoor environment. Poor indoor environment quality can result in physical discomfort, psychological symptoms, or overt health problems, particularly among hypersensitive individuals.

Common indoor air pollutants and factors that can contribute to complaints, symptoms and sometime illnesses includes: Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) such as paint, sprays; Bioaerosols which includes, pollen, mold spores, and other microbes; Particulates including tobacco smoke, dust, mist, combustion exhaust; Building Factors such as  temperature, moisture, air movement and noise, among others.

Kennesaw State University is committed to maintaining a healthy and comfortable indoor environment for its students, faculty, staff and visitors. If you experience an Indoor Environmental Quality problem, please complete the online Indoor Air Quality Complaint Form describing the problem and any potential causes. The information you provide will help Environmental Health and Safety Department quickly respond to and resolve your complaint.


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