Epiconcept is assisting Inserm and the Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment (CSTB), in collaboration with the Ecole de Hautes Etudes en Santé Publique, in the deployment of the first epidemiological study on the quality of indoor air and the respiratory health of children in nurseries.
Named CRESPI, this innovative project is based on the setting up of a cohort of 1500 to 2500 children, from a sample of 100 day-care centres in Ile de France.
Three types of data are being studied:
– Measurements of chemical pollutants and microbiota (bacterial flora) in the air and dust on the ground
– The composition of all products used in day care centres
– Information on the health of children and staff in day care centres, via questionnaires and applications.
The innovative nature of the project concerns the assessment of exposure and respiratory health via smartphone applications. For the purpose of the study, daycare staff and parents of participating children will be asked to scan the barcodes of the cleaning products they use and document their frequency and use.
The knowledge gained from CRESPI will help to better understand the causes of respiratory diseases, such as asthma, and to develop prevention actions.
More information on the project website.