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Fume with a view: Consumer products and your indoor air quality

By Andi Horvath

Civil and environmental engineer Prof Anne Steinemann outlines the causes and consequences of poor indoor air quality, and in particular the potentially hazardous fumes generated by home cleaning and personal care products.

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I'm Dr Andi Horvath. Thanks for joining us. Today we bring you up close to investigations about our indoor air quality. Living in urban environments we're often very conscious of pollutants outdoors, yet the indoor air environment can be a greater hazard to human health. Listeners may be familiar with the term "sick building syndrome". It was coined a few decades ago. It's often used to describe unhealthy office workspaces. The combination of air conditioning ventilation systems, moulds, gases from chemicals used in building materials, office machinery and fabrics are increasingly under scrutiny. Meanwhile in the home, consumer products like air fresheners as well as cleaning, laundry and personal care products all emit a range of what are known as ‘volatile organic compounds’, or VOCs. Some of these can cause harm to human health and indoor air quality yet the ingredients are not often disclosed to the public. This is something civil and environmental engineer Anne Steinemann, our guest today on Up Close, would like to see change.

Anne is an internationally recognised expert on environmental pollutants, who's also found that current consumer products marketed as...

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