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Find out if testing indoor air quality is necessary when you think there might be contaminants in the air.

Last Updated: Oct. 5, 2020
Date Published: Aug. 23, 2019
Organization: Health Canada
Formats: HTML
Keywords:  Testing, indoor air quality, contaminants in the air
Federal

The Residential Indoor Air Quality Guidelines summarize the health risks of specific indoor pollutants. The guidelines recommend exposure limits for contaminants that affect indoor air quality.

Last Updated: Oct. 5, 2020
Date Published: Feb. 5, 2018
Organization: Health Canada
Formats: HTML
Keywords:  Residential Indoor Air Quality, guidelines, health risks, indoor pollutants, exposure limits for contaminants, indoor air quality.
Federal

Poor indoor air quality can affect your health. Learn about the causes of poor indoor air quality, such as indoor activities and sources, dampness and poor ventilation.

Last Updated: Oct. 5, 2020
Date Published: Oct. 23, 2016
Organization: Health Canada
Formats: HTML
Keywords:  Poor indoor air quality, health, indoor activities, dampness, poor ventilation
Federal

As part of a residential indoor air quality study, Health Canada and Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region collected 24-hour and 5-day indoor and outdoor exposure samples for 194 polar and non-polar volatile organic compounds (VOCs). For the Regina Indoor Air Quality Study, a total of 146 homes in Regina, Saskatchewan participated in one or both of two 10-week sampling sessions in the winter and summer of 2007.

This data presents summary 24-hour and 5-day VOC statistics obtained from the study and is intended to provide relevant Canadian information on exposure to VOCs found indoors and outdoors. In addition, due to the different VOC signature produced by environmental tobacco smoke, the indoor VOC results are presented separately for homes with and without smokers.

Last Updated: May 31, 2021
Date Published: May 28, 2021
Organization: Health Canada
Formats: CSV XLS
Keywords:  Volatile organic compound, VOC, indoor air quality, indoor VOC, outdoor VOC, smoking, air quality, Regina
Federal

In an emergency situation, the indoor air quality in your home may appear to be the least of your problems. However, failure to remove standing water or water damaged materials can present serious long-term health risks.

Last Updated: Nov. 24, 2021
Date Published: Jan. 10, 2017
Organization: Health Canada
Formats: HTML
Keywords:  Flood cleanup, indoor air quality, remove standing water, remove water-damaged materials, long-term health risks
Federal

A residential indoor air quality study was conducted by Health Canada in 2010. A range of air parameters typically found in and around residences was measured for seven consecutive 24-hour periods in 50 homes during the winter and summer seasons, with 26 homes participating in both seasons. Among the different pollutants measured, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) were collected using Summa™ canisters. The sample canisters were analyzed for 193 polar and non-polar VOCs.This report presents a summary of the 24-hour VOC statistics (per season) obtained as part of this study and is intended to provide relevant Canadian information on exposure to VOCs found indoors and outdoors within non-smoking residences.

Last Updated: Apr. 27, 2021
Date Published: Jan. 12, 2021
Organization: Health Canada
Formats: XLSX CSV
Keywords:  Volatile organic compound, Indoor Air Quality
Federal

A residential indoor air quality study was conducted by Health Canada in 2009 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. A range of air parameters typically found in and around residences was measured for seven consecutive 24-hour periods in 50 homes during the winter and summer seasons, with 42 homes participating in both seasons. Among the different pollutants measured, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) were collected using Summa canisters. The sample canisters were analyzed for 193 polar and non-polar VOCs.

Last Updated: May 18, 2021
Date Published: May 10, 2021
Organization: Health Canada
Formats: CSV XLS
Keywords:  Volatile organic compound, Indoor Air Quality, VOC
Federal

Many volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are present in the indoor air of Canadian homes, some of which may pose a risk to human health at certain exposure concentrations. Health Canada has developed exposure limits for a small number of VOCs which were prioritized for full assessments because they are commonly found in Canadian homes and have the potential to cause adverse health effects. To assist public health professionals, including those involved in standards development processes, who may need to assess the possible risk from exposure to other VOCs potentially found in indoor air, Health Canada has developed screening values called Indoor Air Reference Levels (IARLs).

Last Updated: Nov. 23, 2021
Date Published: Jan. 15, 2018
Organization: Health Canada
Formats: HTML
Keywords:  indoor air, indoor-air reference levels, volatile organic compounds, VOCs, risk to human-health
Federal

Proper ventilation is another way to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Good ventilation exchanges indoor air for outdoor air, helping to reduce potentially infectious particles in the air indoors.

Last Updated: Feb. 15, 2021
Date Published: Jan. 13, 2021
Organization: Public Health Agency of Canada
Formats: HTML
Keywords:  coronavirus, COVID-19, Canada, pandemic, home ventilation, house ventilation, HVAC
Federal

Many volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are present in the indoor air of Canadian homes, some of which may pose a risk to human health at certain exposure concentrations. Health Canada has developed exposure limits for a small number of VOCs which were prioritized for full assessments because they are commonly found in Canadian homes and have the potential to cause adverse health effects.

Last Updated: Oct. 5, 2020
Date Published: Feb. 5, 2018
Organization: Health Canada
Formats: HTML
Keywords:  Indoor Air Reference Levels, volatile organic compounds, indoor air of Canadian homes, risk to human health, exposure concentrations, exposure limits, adverse health effects.
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