Indoor Air Quality
To contact the Indoor Air Quality Program, call
Indoor Air Quality
Marion County Health Department
3838 N. Rural St.
Indianapolis, IN 46205
What is the Indoor Air Quality Program?
The main focus of the Indoor Air Quality Program is to reduce
exposure to health hazards in homes and businesses. This program offers a variety of
inspection services aimed at identifying and eliminating various contaminants,
including asbestos, radon and other indoor air health hazards.
The indoor air quality staff joined a local team of professionals
to address the incidence of pediatric asthma. The indoor air quality staff
identify and reduce the environmental triggers
which lead to the onset of pediatric asthma. Indoor air specialists concentrate
their inspection, investigation and educational efforts in the homes and
schools using both enforcement of codes and health education to control
identified environmental triggers. Indoor Air specialists also works closely with the Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) and the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) to sponsor
workshops for local school systems on how to use the "Tools for
Schools" kit designed to assess indoor air risk factors.
Reducing exposure to carbon monoxide has continued to be a major activity
of the indoor air quality staff. A coalition of public and private partners
provides education to the general public and specific
trade groups such as heating contractors (repair men). Coalition members are
trained about the dangers of carbon monoxide exposure and about
increased awareness of the resources available to reduce the public's
risk. The coalition is working with the fire departments to ensure identified
problems are corrected.
Radon is a radioactive gas that cannot be seen, smelled or tasted and
comes from the breakdown of uranium commonly found in the soil. Radon can
enter homes through any openings between the soil and the house. According
to the EPA, radon may cause up to 20,000 lung cancer deaths each year. The only
way to know what radon levels may be present in homes is to test. The indoor air
quality program offers radon samplers (at cost) to test the air in homes.
Surveys in Marion County have found that about one third of the homes tested
are above the EPA's recommended action level of 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/l).
Indoor air quality staff provide testing services as well as information
on what steps can be taken to reduce the radon level in homes.
(Listing of educational materials)