Indoor air pollutants and sick building syndrome are only recently gaining recognition as a public health concern.
Unfortunately, however, most nurses feel ill equipped to address such environmental health issues.
This article begins with a review of literature on indoor air pollutants and sick building syndrome, followed by a case study of occupant illness in a school since the onset of a school construction and renovation project.
Included in the case study is an in-depth analysis of Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs) and Product Data Sheets, conducted to examine the potential health effects resulting from product use in the indoor environment.
The results of the analysis indicate that a significant number of products used in the project may have induced the reported occupant symptoms.
The conclusion of the case study is that building occupants were exposed to multiple products that have numerous acute overexposure health effects and unknown long-term health effects, and thereby placed occupants at an ill-defined health risk.
The review of literature and case study findings demonstrate the imminent need for community health nurses to assume a proactive role in promoting environmental health.
Nursing implications are provided to guide the community health nurse's role in cases of sick building syndrome.
Mots-clés Pascal : Pollution air, Pollution intérieur, Toxicité, Bâtiment malsain syndrome, Homme, Santé et environnement, Personnel sanitaire, Infirmier, Rôle professionnel, Formation professionnelle, Etude cas, Etablissement scolaire, Etablissement public, Article synthèse, Prévention
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Air pollution, Indoor pollution, Toxicity, Sick building syndrome, Human, Health and environment, Health staff, Nurse, Occupational role, Occupational training, Case study, Educational facility, Public corporation, Review, Prevention
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0238306
Code Inist : 002B30A05. Création : 11/06/1997.