Plea for French air policy to look indoors

Indoor air quality must be included in "integrated" air pollution policy, say experts

French air pollution experts have called for a broadening of current air quality policy to focus more on indoor air. The "high committee" on public health said in a report published last week that indoor air quality should not be ignored any longer. It called for an "integrated" approach to air pollution that would target both outdoor and indoor air quality.

The report points out that individuals spend up to 90% of their time indoors and that indoor air quality is often poorer than outdoor air, even in urban areas.

The committee acknowledges that combating poor indoor air quality will necessitate a "mobilisation" of public and private bodies that have been, thus far, largely exempt from efforts to reduce air pollution. The report also argues that a broader air pollution policy must be complemented by an increase in publicly-available data, perhaps provided by programmes that would measure air quality in people's homes and work places, as well as a coordinated research programme into the public health impacts of poor air quality.

Follow Up:
French health ministry; see also the report: Atmospheric pollution and public health: {how to achieve risk reductions}.

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