Seventy-five percent of people who are employed fulltime ranked the quality of air at work as very important, according to the results of a nationwide survey conducted July 7-9, 2000 for Chelsea Group, an indoor air quality strategic consulting company, by Market Facts, an international market research firm.

“This landmark survey, the most recent of Chelsea Group’s ongoing surveys on consumer perceptions about indoor air quality, not only shows that the majority of Americans are concerned about indoor air quality, but that they also are willing to put their money where their mouth is,” said George Benda, chairman and ceo of Chelsea Group, Ltd.

“Overall concern for indoor air quality is at an all-time high. Looking at the employed fulltime population surveyed, not only did 75% think air quality in the workplace is very important and another 20% think it is somewhat important, but only 3.1% said that it was not important,” Benda added.

“These numbers are much higher than national surveys conducted as recently as the end of 1997, when a study sponsored by Underwriters Laboratory, Inc. (UL) showed that about 34% of those surveyed thought indoor air quality was very important and about 41% said it was somewhat important,” he added.

During the July 2000 survey, 1,000 adults were interviewed by telephone over a three-day period. Participants were selected from all available residential telephone number is the contiguous United States, using a random sampling technique. Of the survey population, 585 respondents identified themselves as being employed fulltime.