Fact Sheet: Buildings and Health


Buildings and Health

  • In 1994, there were more than 70,000 schoolrooms with high short-term radon levels in use
  • EPA ranks indoor radon as one of the most serious environmental health problems
  • More than 20,000 Americans die each year from radon-related lung cancer
  • “The number one environmental threat to the health of children in the United States.” – Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, 1991
  • Old lead-based paint is the most common source
  • Childhood exposures to lead can lead to problems such as reduced intelligence/cognitive development, ADHD, distractibility, higher drop-out rates, reading disabilities and delinquent behavior
  • here is no safe concentration of lead in the bloodstream
  • About 25% of all schools (1/3 of the oldest schools) were never renovated or renovated before limits were placed on the amount of lead in paint.

The full fact sheet is available in .pdf format below:


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