Indoor air quality in schools: two-thirds of parents are concerned, Veolia offers solutions

An Elabe survey for Veolia conducted at the start of the school year for National Air Quality Day on 18 September, reveals that indoor air quality in schools and nurseries is a concern for nearly 6 out of 10 parents.


Parents want an assessment of air quality in schools 

According to an Elabe survey 91% of parents think the quality of the air that children breathe in school has an impact on their health. And nearly 8 out of 10 parents believe it impacts on children's learning.

According to France’s national institutes, indoor air quality impacts children's health (headaches, irritations, effects on allergies, asthma and chronic bronchitis) in the majority of schools. And indoor air also has negative effects on their cognitive abilities.

With this in mind, 83% of parents would like access to an assessment of the quality of the air their children breathe.


Breathing good quality indoor air is a major health issue

1 in 2 French people are unaware that possible sources of indoor air pollution are cleaning products, paint, and wall and floor coverings. The World Health Organization (WHO) points out that indoor air can be up to 8 times more polluted than outdoor air, and that air pollution is the 4th largest risk factor in mortality across the world.

Given that at rest human beings breathe around 15,000 litres of air a day, an average of 16 times per minute, and up to 40 times for a child, breathing good quality indoor air is a major health issue.


Veolia deploys its solutions for better indoor air quality in schools

Today, opening windows does not solve the problems of clean air in the long term. Which is why Veolia has transposed its technologies for hospital operating theatres and clean rooms and adapted them to schools.

Veolia is the first major global leader in resource management to offer solutions that guarantee indoor air quality in buildings and schools: its range of services - Air Control, Air Performance and Air Human - allows customers to both control the entire air quality chain and inform occupants.

In the same way that Veolia has used access to drinking water to leverage public health and quality of life for more than 160 years, the Group employs its expertise and deploys its solutions for better quality indoor air in schools.

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