Assessing the impact of chemical treatments on the health of buildings and their occupants

Watt, David and Colston, Belinda and Spalding, Duncan (2000) Assessing the impact of chemical treatments on the health of buildings and their occupants. RICS Research Papers Series, 3 (13). RICS, London. ISBN 1842190415

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Abstract

The subject of this paper – chemical treatments and treatment residues in buildings – has become a topic of growing concern for members of the surveying profession who have to make decisions relating to the treatment of fungal infections and insect infestations in buildings. This might include assessing buildings that have already been treated and advising clients who are either already sensitive to chemicals or concerned with the potential effects to their health.
Such concerns are also of relevance to other related practitioners, including those in the environmental health, medical, health care and legal professions.
The use of chemical treatments for the control or eradication of fungal or insect decay in buildings,
and the effects that such treatments and their residues might have on the health of those treating or living in treated buildings, are issues that need to be considered carefully by those responsible for specifying or implementing such works.
Although such a potentially emotive subject can easily become the focus for misinformed prejudice, it
is the intention of the authors to present this work in an informed and informative manner. This paper is intended to raise awareness of the subject, rather than offer conclusive answers to the many questions that it poses. It is sufficient that there is a genuine level of ignorance and misunderstanding to be addressed without imposing additional, and often unsupported, anxieties upon the discussion.

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Additional Information:The subject of this paper – chemical treatments and treatment residues in buildings – has become a topic of growing concern for members of the surveying profession who have to make decisions relating to the treatment of fungal infections and insect infestations in buildings. This might include assessing buildings that have already been treated and advising clients who are either already sensitive to chemicals or concerned with the potential effects to their health. Such concerns are also of relevance to other related practitioners, including those in the environmental health, medical, health care and legal professions. The use of chemical treatments for the control or eradication of fungal or insect decay in buildings, and the effects that such treatments and their residues might have on the health of those treating or living in treated buildings, are issues that need to be considered carefully by those responsible for specifying or implementing such works. Although such a potentially emotive subject can easily become the focus for misinformed prejudice, it is the intention of the authors to present this work in an informed and informative manner. This paper is intended to raise awareness of the subject, rather than offer conclusive answers to the many questions that it poses. It is sufficient that there is a genuine level of ignorance and misunderstanding to be addressed without imposing additional, and often unsupported, anxieties upon the discussion.
Keywords:chemical treatments, biocides, historic buildings, pesticides, chemical treatment residues, bmjtype
Subjects:F Physical Sciences > F140 Environmental Chemistry
B Subjects allied to Medicine > B920 Occupational Health
F Physical Sciences > F110 Applied Chemistry
Divisions:College of Science > School of Life Sciences
ID Code:5103
Deposited By: Belinda Colston
Deposited On:26 Apr 2012 15:52
Last Modified:26 Apr 2012 15:52

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