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ICOH Scientific Committee: INDOOR AIR QUALITY AND HEALTH  

ICOH

Chair: Prof. Paolo CARRER, Occupational Health, University of Milan (Italy) – paolo.carrer@unimi.it

Secretary: Peder WOLKOFF, National Research Centre for the Working Environment, Copenhagen (Denmark) - pwo@nrcwe.dk

 

The occupational health services are increasingly requested in non-industrial building sector (offices, banks, schools, etc.). Workers employed in such environments account for the major part of the labour force in many countries. Effects on health, well-being, and productivity have been increasingly reported during the last decades. The indoor air quality (IAQ) in non-industrial buildings is an issue of creasing concern and, synergies with psychosocial stress may potentially be important. IAQ in office buildings is an issue of increasing interest also because it deals with workers providing services of the highest relevance for the companies/communities. The office type could play a role in the prevalence of symptoms and sickness absence. The concern regarding productivity is not only related to absenteeism and associated diseases due to the work environment (IAQ), but it may also result from less comfortable working conditions.

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