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New organization to focus on indoor air quality

A group of government, private sector and non-governmental organizations has bonded together to form a new organiza...

September 30, 2003   Canadian Consulting Engineer

A group of government, private sector and non-governmental organizations has bonded together to form a new organization devoted to healthy indoor environments. The Healthy Indoors Partnership is Canada’s first national, not-for-profit organization focused exclusively on this public health area. It was launched in Vancouver at the International Conference on Indoor Envioronment held on September 28-30.
Formed after five years of research and consultation, the Healthy Indoors Partnership has three main focus areas: to consolidate research, promote guidelines and best practices, and foster outreach programs.
In the announcement about the launch, the organization says that leading authorities in Canada and the U.S. have “consistently identified indoor pullution as one of the most serious risks to human health…. In the U.S., indoor pollution is estimated to cause thousands of cancer deaths and hundreds of thousands of respiratory health problems each year.”
The partnership will have a free quarterly newsletter and is organizing a series of events, including a workshop of experts to be held by invitation in Montreal in October.
The Healthy Indoors Patnership includes Health Canada, the National Research Council, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Natural Resources Canada, Pollution Probe, the Atlantic Health Promotion Research Centre, National Air Technologies, the Canadian Carpet Institute, Broan Nutone Canada, and others.
See www.healthyindoors.com


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