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Published, April 29th 2010

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Indoor air quality in primary schools

In 2008 the Dutch government ascertained that the quality of the indoor environment in primary schools could be improved. The concerns were mainly related to air quality during the heating season, temperatures in classrooms during the summer and annoying noises. Also acting on behalf of her colleagues at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Integration, the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, the Minister of the Environment and Spatial Planning asked the Health Council of the Netherlands what is known about how children’s health and cognitive performance are affected by the indoor environment in schools. The five questions the minister put to the Health Council are answered separately. Following on from the government vision on the indoor environment in primary schools, this advisory report mainly focuses on pupils in primary schools.

Committee

  • Professor J.C. de Jongste, professor of paediatric respiratory medicine , Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Chairman
  • M. van Bruggen, medical consultant in environmental health, Centre for Health and the Environment, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), Bilthoven, adviser
  • Professor B. Brunekreef, professor of environmental epidemiology, Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences, University of Utrecht
  • Professor J.J.M. Cauberg, professor of climate design and sustainability, Delft University of Technology, adviser
  • F. Duijm, medical consultant in environmental health, Municipal Health Service Groningen and environs
  • W.F. de Gids, ventilation specialist, Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) Building and Construction Research, Delft, adviser
  • Professor Dr R. Hirasing, professor of child health care, VU University Medical Centre, Amsterdam
  • Professor Dr J. Passchier, professor of medical psychology, Erasmus University Rotterdam, and professor of the psychology of physical symptoms, especially pain, VU University, Amsterdam
  • Dr M.M. Verberk, epidemiologist, toxicologist, Coronel Institute for Employment, the Environment and Health, University of Amsterdam
  • D.E.W.M. Verschuren, senior policy official of the substances and standardisation department, Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment, The Hague, official adviser (until 30 March 2009)
  • T. van Teunenbroek, senior policy official of the substances and standardisation department, Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment, The Hague, official adviser (since 30 March 2009)
  • M. Drijver, Health Council of the Netherlands, The Hague, secretary

This publication may be cited as follows

Health Council of the Netherlands. Indoor air quality in primary schools. The Hague: Health Council of the Netherlands, 2010; publication no. 2010/06E. ISBN 978-90-5549-808-6