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Indoor Air Quality – Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

Background Little is known on the quality of indoor ambient air within our office place, schools and even our own homes. As such, people take for granted that the ambient air that we breathe within our work and home environment is safe. Sources Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are chemicals that vaporise at room temperature from […]

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Mould in Buildings

Mould is an organic and active fungal growth that can develop into a health hazard within buildings under wet conditions. Mould will thrive in damp, dark environments and typically within areas with poor ventilation. These conditions are often found within ceiling spaces, kitchens, bathrooms, basements or indoor areas where moisture build up or water inundation has occurred. Mould can release allergic or even toxic irritant spores and can cause […]

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Perfluorinated Chemicals (PFCs) – A Contaminant of Emerging Concern

PFCs are now emerging as a contaminant of concern in soils. PFCs are broadly distributed and persistent in the environment and the vast majority of living people from industrialised nations have detectable concentrations of PFCs in their blood. Elevated levels of PFCs in blood have been linked to a number of health effects. These range […]

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Contaminated Land – An Introduction

Common Causes of Contaminated Land Contaminated land, at its most basic level, refers to the degradation of land surfaces as a result of human activities. As a result, the area is affected by hazardous substances (e.g. arsenic, DDT or oil) which may pose a risk to human health and/or the environment. While contaminated land can […]

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Identifying Asbestos within the Home

Given the prevalence of asbestos use in a wide-range of Australian buildings prior to its ban in December 2003, it can be difficult to know the full extent of products in which it was used. In order to ensure that all residents are better informed, this aims to better equip people to successfully identify where […]

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