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Good indoor air quality contributes to a favorable learning environment for students, productivity for students and staff, and a sense of comfort, health and well being for all school occupants. 

Studies show that one-half of our nation's schools have problems linked to indoor air quality.  Students and staff are at a greater risk because of the hours spent in school facilities.

There are many sources of indoor air pollution in homes and schools, such as:

A child does not have to eat paint chips to become lead poisoned.  It is more common for a child to swallow lead dust or soil that contains lead from paint. Children ages six (6) and younger are at  higher risk of lead poisoning.  Their bodies are developing at a faster rate and they tend to put things other than food in their mouths.

The most common sources of lead hazards are deteriorated lead-based paint, lead dust and contaminated soil.  Less common sources are fishing weights, ammunition, old plumbing fixtures, imported vinyl mini-blinds, cosmetics, lead-glazed ceramic ware, pottery and leaded crystal.





Carbon Monoxide


If your home was built before 1978, your children ages six (6) and younger could be at risk for lead exposure. Contact your physician and have your child's blood lead level tested.

Quick Links

EPA/OPPT: Lead in Paint, Dust, and Soil
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Tools for Schools (TfS) Program


  "Disclaimer".......The links identified above are  NOT maintained by the
Bureau  for Public Health and we cannot be responsible for either
 their information content or their maintenance.   




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The WV Bureau for Public Health welcomes your comments and suggestions.  Send them to:

WV Bureau for Public Health
Office of Environmental Health Services
Radiation, Toxics & Indoor Air Division
350 Capitol Street, Room 313
Charleston, West Virginia  25301
304-558-2981 /  800-922-1255

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