"Indoor Environmental Quality Standards Australia was founded with the primary purpose of effecting significant indoor environmental quality change in the built environment throughout the developed world."
"...The IEQSA mission is firmly planted in the overriding themes of indoor air quality and chemical exposure, two areas essentially constituent to indoor environmental quality."
© 2005 - 2015. Indoor Environmental Quality Standards Australia by Nicson White.
In the modern indoor environment, 96% of materials and products are made from synthetic chemicals. Between 500-1,000 new chemicals have been introduced into mass production each year since 1979 and in the United States alone, 41 kilograms of chemicals are manufactured per person every day.
Biomonitoring among the populations of developed countries has identified the presence of numerous chemicals in humans which have been established to be contributors to a range of chronic diseases and their growing incidence.
Chronic Diseases Connected with Chemical Exposure (United States):
- Hypospadias (male genital defect) has increased from 20 instances per 10,000 in
1970 to over 35 today
- Sperm counts have halved from 1930 to 1990
- Asthma rates have doubled in 30 yrs
- Autism incidence has risen 1000% between 1992 and 2001
- Rates of premature births have increased by 30% within the last two decades
- Breast cancer now occurs in 1 in 8 women
- Growing rates of Alzheimer's, Parkinson's Disease, Diabetes, obesity, cardio
vascular disease, immune disorders and learning disabilities
Without up to date laws and regulations, corporations and individuals may knowingly or otherwise, carry on actions which have a negative impact upon human health through the continual compromise of indoor environmental quality.
In addition to greater societal education in product choices and usage habits, better regulation of chemicals and indoor air quality across all sectors is needed in order to address the issues which commonly unacceptable levels of chemical exposure have been connected with.
It has been demonstrated within the direct areas of interest to IEQSA, that education can shape consumer demand and in turn bear direct influence on both laws and their regulations as they relate to health in the built environment (HBE).
The Toxic Substances Control Act in the United States is a pertinent example, with consumer demand seeing the private sector take the first steps, leading to the state level reform which has now resulted in legislative and regulatory reform on a federal level.
The IEQSA advocacy mission is committed to seeing through meaningful change on a regulatory level, within the dedicated themes of chemicals and indoor air quality.
The IEQSA agenda is determined within the following steps:
- Research and Evaluation
Before an item reaches the IEQSA agenda, there must be substantial, independently established evidence of a causative element.
- Practicable Action
The appropriate steps and the appropriate department, industry or group which must take them must both be determined in order to address the identified issue conclusively and in consideration of economic and political constraints.
Advocacy is the point at which the body of evidence used to establish the problem in addition to the practicable action is presented to the most appropriate entity. Advocacy allows for review and elevation in the event the initial action taken is insufficient.
Individuals or organisations who wish to add an action item to the IEQSA agenda are requested to contact IEQSA to identify the scope of concern in brief before making a formal written request to the IEQSA panel.