As reported by SINPHONIE (Schools Indoor Pollution and Health: Observatory Network in Europe) the indoor air condition in European schools is far from acceptance level. Such poor air quality is often associated with headaches, nausea, fatigue, problems with concentration, sneezing, mucous tissue irritation but also with more acute health effects such as allergies or asthma symptoms.
Indoor air quality (IAQ) in school can directly affect children’s health and learning efficiency. Moreover, children are at high risk of developing respiratory diseases due to prolong exposure time to numerous pollutants, particles, chemicals, allergens and odours. Both students and teachers are often aware of the problems but so far little is done to improve this situation. Often mention causes of poor IAQ are faulty ventilation systems like also bad hygiene and cleaning routines.
The SINPHONIE project performed analysis in European schools and kindergartens. In addition to report, the project has laid grounds to the international platform where EU countries will collaborate on improving the air quality and preventing related respiratory diseases.