Whether indoor or outdoor, the air that we breathe has a continual impact on our
health. Given the large percentage of time that people spend within buildings, the
indoor environment is a very significant environmental exposure for the entire population.
Much attention has traditionally focussed on the occupational environment, but exposures
to environmental agents within the home, schools, colleges and recreational buildings
may also determine human health outcomes. The importance attached to external air
quality as a determinant of health is illustrated by public concerns and by policy
statements and actions of government. Accordingly, the issue is an important one
for HPS and its partners in local authorities and NHS boards. HPS draws advantage
from its membership in many important bodies such as the National Society for Clean
Air and its relationship with key players such as Environment and Public Health departments
and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).
Air Quality and Mortality