Healthy people in healthy premises : the Finnish Indoor Air and Health Programme 2018–2028

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Clinical and Translational Allergy. 2020 Jan 17;10(1):4

Title: Healthy people in healthy premises : the Finnish Indoor Air and Health Programme 2018–2028
Author: Lampi, Jussi; Hyvärinen, Anne; Erhola, Marina; Haahtela, Tari; Haukipuro, Kyösti; Haverinen-Shaughnessy, Ulla; Jalkanen, Kaisa; Karvala, Kirsi; Lappalainen, Sanna; Reijula, Kari; Rämö, Hannele; Sainio, Markku; Salmela, Anniina; Salminen, Mika; Vasankari, Tuula; Pekkanen, Juha
Publisher: BioMed Central
Date: 2020-01-17
Language: en
Abstract: Abstract Clean and fresh indoor air supports health and well-being. However, indoor air can contain pollutants that can cause a variety of symptoms and reduce well-being. Individual exposure agents can also increase the risk of certain diseases. Finns have taken major steps to improve the quality of indoor air for several decades. The primary focus of these activities has been the prevention and reduction of exposure to poor indoor air quality through guidance and regulation directing remediation of damaged buildings. Nevertheless, reported symptoms related to poor indoor air quality are common in Finland. In addition to exposure to indoor air pollutants, this may be partly due to the lively public discussion on the health risks caused by poor indoor air quality, conflicting views between experts, and mistrust towards public authorities, building owners and builders. Because of the scale of the indoor air problems in Finland, people’s needs for reliable information and support, and the major costs involved, there is a call for new evidence-based methods, perspectives and solutions. Therefore, the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare initiated the Finnish Indoor Air and Health Programme 2018–2028 together with a number of collaborators and stakeholders. The primary, long-term objective of the programme is to reduce hazards to health and well-being linked to indoor environments in Finland. To fulfill this objective, the programme will focus on the promotion of human health and well-being, the prevention of hazards, improved communication and engage the whole health-care sector to manage better patients´ symptoms and complaints. The 10-year Finnish Indoor Air and Health Programme consists of four areas that aim (1) to increase understanding of the effects of indoor environments on health and well-being; (2) to develop the management of problems linked to indoor environments; (3) to improve the treatment and working and functional capacity of people with symptoms and illnesses; and (4) to strengthen the competence in matters related to indoor environments. The progress of the programme and reaching the predefined, quantitative goals will be monitored throughout the programme.

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