Many Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) guidelines are historically based on maximum allowable safety exposures for short time frames in occupational setting such as factories. Most guidelines are not created for long term exposure risk that comes from living in a certain environment constantly for months or years. The reality is that controlling long term exposure risks is a critical component of ensuring out vitality and lowering change of sickness.
For example, the focus is placed on regulating factories but not about the negative impact of moderate levels of carbon dioxide on productivity and cognitive ability in offices and classrooms. Has anyone measured your family’s bedrooms to control the ongoing nightly exposure to PM 2.5, TVOC, or formaldehyde during sleeping hours? What does the latest research show for making the best possible environment for babies growing up in their early years? In this case, we know that the IAQ standards that apply to a factory or parking garage are not the proper standards for a home where a baby or pregnant mother are continually spending their most important months and years of growth and development.