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A Breath of Fresh Air

2017

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Canada has some of the cleanest outdoor air in the world.1 However, outdoor air quality is not the only air that matters. [...] Indoor air quality standards are intended to safeguard the health and safety of employees; they can also impact worker productivity and economic output. [...] The presence of chemicals in the air is most often attributed to flooring and furniture. [...] Indoor air quality was lowest in the conventional office, higher in the green office, and highest in the green+ office. [...] Analysis from the United States has found that air quality regulations – which include standards – have resulted in annual net benefits to the American economy estimated at $157 billion to $778 billion.21 The benefits are primarily realized 21 Office of Management and Budget, 2015 Report to Congress on the Benefits and Costs of Federal Regulations and Agency Compliance with the Unfunded Mandates R

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health environment air pollution indoor air quality ventilation coal chemicals disability employers employment labour environmental pollution productivity sick leave standardization green building employee health and safety occupational safety and health presenteeism standards council of canada

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