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Dubai pupils and teachers at risk from poor air-conditioning

Study finds that inefficient equipment could be to blame for some health conditions

Dubai pupils and teachers at risk from poor air-conditioning
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The health of pupils and teachers in Dubai schools is being harmed by poorly maintained air-conditioning, according to a report.

Headaches, tiredness, coughs and sneezes could be a result of contaminated air, said Nazanin Behzadi, who carried out a study of indoor air quality at four elementary schools in the city.

Ms Behzadi, who presented her findings to the British University in Dubai, told The National: “Poor quality indoor air can cause short or long-term health problems for pupils and teachers.”

Prolonged exposure to poor indoor air, in the classroom or at home, could lead to physiological health symptoms, the study found.

Dr Mehdi Nazarinia, assistant professor in Mechanical Engineering at Heriot Watt University-Dubai, said: “Indoor air quality is what often is forgotten and not enforced as it should by government and local regulations.”

Dr Nazarinia said high levels of Co2 and other pollutants could affect a ‘student’s academic performance and decreases staff’s working ability in office rooms’.

“Sometimes we forget that in a region like the UAE people are spending more than 80 per cent of their life indoors,” said Dr Nazarinia. “Knowledge of indoor air quality has to be made aware to people in homes, schools and offices."

Alfachemistry 3 years ago

In the summer, many of us can’t bear to live without it, but even so, cool air is a modern luxury that sometimes seems to freak people out.