The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) has released a checklist to address the growing concern over indoor environmental hazards. The checklist was written to help protect the health and safety of workers, workplaces, and environments, and focuses on asbestos, lead, combustion gases, chemicals, and other indoor hazards.
With more people spending a majority of their time indoors, whether at work or at home, they are increasingly exposed to indoor hazards. These dangers can be eliminated or controlled if the appropriate safety measures are taken.
"ACOEM’s environmental checklist provides 10 practical steps that all of us can take to improve the quality of our indoor environment," said Dr. Robert K. McLellan, author of the checklist. "Earth Day reminds us of an ancient wisdom — people are inextricably linked with their environment. The environment does not stop at the walls of our homes and buildings."
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sets enforceable permissible exposure limits (PELs) to protect workers against the health effects of exposure to hazardous airborne substances, and requires the use of appropriate personal protective equipment to keep workers safe. Protect workers from these indoor working hazards by providing appropriate safety products, including protective clothing and respiratory protection.