Q: What are the major causes of indoor air quality problems or sick building syndrome?
A: According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, major causes of sick building syndrome include: lack of sufficient fresh outdoor air, chemical contamination from indoor or outdoor sources, microbiological growth from indoor or outdoor sources, and lack of adequate temperature or humidity control. See our Air Quality page.

Q: What are methods for improving energy efficiency in sustainable buildings while maintaining excellent indoor environmental quality for employees and visitors in schools and commercial facilities?
A:  The U.S. Green Building Council has developed a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification program to encourage energy conservation, and environmental sustainability in homes, schools, healthcare facilities and retail establishments. See our Energy Conservation page.

Q: What stragegies can home owners use to make their homes more energy efficient?
A:  The Rutgers’ Center for Green Buildings released the New Jersey Green Home Remodeling Guidelines. Dr. Lynch was part of the expert panel who developed these guidelines. The document details green building practices homeowners or remodeling professionals can incorporate into common home remodeling projects. See our Energy Conservation page.

Q: What are the most important ergonomic risks to US workers in industrial, commercial, and healthcare facilities, and how strong is the evidence supporting causation?
A: Ergonomic risks of back injuries and cumulative trauma disorders of the extremities are the most prominent and expensive injuries and illnesses in the workplace, which combined may comprise 60% of the funds spent in workers compensation by the average employer. Healthcare workers suffer among the highest rates of back injuries of all occupations in the U.S. NIOSH has recently published a report summarizing evidence of occupational causation of these disorders, indicating convincing evidence of occupational origin. See our Ergonomics page.

Q: Where can I get information on the health effects and remediation strategies for mold in my business or home?
See our Mold Testing page

Q: Who should I contact to get first class assistance on all of my air quality, ergonomics and OSHA compliance problems?
A: Richard Lynch, Ph.D., CIH, CEA, CMC, CMRS
President, Environmental Safety Management Corporation
21 Scott Street, Riverside, NJ 08075