Lewes, DE, August 20th, 2012 -- Many students across Maryland, Delaware and the Mid-Atlantic region are making preparations to head back to school. Parents have been busy buying their children new cloths, schools supplies and for some, allergy and asthma medications.
Although the new school year brings relief to many parents, and a sense of adventure and excitement to students, for some it also means the return of indoor allergies and concerns over asthma.
With the recent downturn in the economy, many school districts have been forced to tighten operating budgets and have had to delay or postpone renovations and preventive maintenance. Many schools across the region are located in older buildings that require extensive maintenance to keep them operating correctly and free from indoor air quality problems.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “Poor indoor air quality can impact the comfort and health of students and staff, which, in turn, can affect concentration, attendance, and student performance. In addition, if schools fail to respond promptly to poor IAQ, students and staff are at an increased risk of short-term health problems, such as fatigue and nausea, as well as long-term problems like asthma.”
“Unfortunately, for many students and teachers back to school can also mean back to indoor allergens and potential asthma triggers from IAQ contaminants such as mold,” stated Susan White, Ph.D., CMC, President of Sussex Environmental Health Consultants (SEHC), a Delaware based environmental consulting firm. “The new school year in too many schools means a return to indoor air quality issues. At SEHC we have been involved with helping schools identify and resolve IAQ problems for years so that students and faculty can concentrate on learning, not be concerned over the quality of the air in their schools.”
SEHC supports a public outreach video about indoor air quality and student performance, it can be seen at:
About Sussex Environmental Health Consultants, LLC
SEHC is a certified woman owned business that provides environmental and health and safety consulting services. The company is located in the Mid-Atlantic and services customers nationwide. SEHC provides solutions to clients ranging from homeowners to international Fortune 500 Corporations.