on Indoor Air Quality
Agency Reports for
American Lung Association of California
Bay Area Air Quality Management District
California Air Resources Board / IAQ & Personal Exposure Assessment Program
California Department of Education / School Facility and Planning Division
California Department of Public Health / Environmental Health Investigations Branch
California Department of Public Health / Indoor Air Quality Section
California Department of Public Health / Occupational Health Branch
California Department of Public Health / Radon Program
California Department of Public Health / Tobacco Control Program
California Department of Industrial Relations (Cal/OSHA)
California Energy Commission
California Integrated Waste Management Board / Sustainable Building Program
California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (Indoor Air Risk Assessment)
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory / Indoor Environments Program
San Francisco Department of the Environment
Southern California Environmental Health Sciences/Children's Environmental Health Center
UC Berkeley Faculty
U.S. EPA Region IX / Indoor Environment Team
U.S. Federal Interagency Committee on IAQ
March 12, 2008
Discussion led by Toni Stein, PhD, CDPH.
discussion/recap of the INDOOR AIR Conference
Special panel discussion on California Green Building Codes including Jane Taylor, California Building Standards Commission. See CGBC summary.
Building Standards Commission Review see
Building Energy Efficiency Standards -- Rulemaking Proceeding
The Green Action Team
December 18, 2008
Climate Change & Public Health Adaptation Strategies
Linda Rudolph, MD, MPH, Deputy Director, Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, California Department of Public Health
Public Health Climate Change Adaptation Strategy Workgroup
For past notes, click on Meetings, Agendas, Documents, and Presentations
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AGENCY REPORTS ON CURRENT IAQ ACTIVITIES
Bonnie Holmes-Gen ()
Check their web site (above).
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Check their web site (above).
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Peggy Jenkins ()
New Staff. Ms. Stephanie Parent joined the Indoor
Exposure Assessment Section on June 16,. Stephanie has a Masters degree in
Environmental Science and Policy from
at the ISEE - ISEA JOINT Conference.
Division staff presented results from several in-house projects at the joint
annual conference of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology
(ISEE) and the International Society of Exposure Analysis (ISEA), held in
Regulation Paper Presented at INDOOR AIR in
Indoor Air Cleaner Regulation. This regulation, which limits ozone emissions from portable air cleaning devices and requires electrical safety testing, became final on October 18, (see Manufacturers, distributors, and retailers are required to be in full compliance with notification, testing, certification, labeling, and sales requirements by October 18,. Underwriters Laboratory, Inc. (UL) and Air Quality Sciences (AQS) have joined together to provide testing services for Section 37 (the ozone emissions test) of UL Standard 867, and successfully completed ARBs audit process in late. Intertek (ETL) is expected to have their test chamber ready in Spring,. The certification application form and instructions have been made available on ARBs website at , and a set of Frequently Asked Questions has been posted at .
Ventilation and Indoor Air Study. The New Home Study draft final report
was reviewed and approved, with comments that need to be addressed, in March,
by the Research Screening Committee (RSC) meeting. The final report is undergoing revision
by the Principal Investigator (PI), Bud Offermann, to address the RSCs
comments. Delivery has been
delayed, but a final report is expected to be available in late spring,
. The PI presented findings
from the study at an ARB Chairmans Seminar and at a meeting of CEC staff (see
slides at The key study results are that
formaldehyde concentration levels are too high and air exchange rates (AER) are
too low in new
Composite Wood Formaldehyde Regulation. The composite wood product regulation, which established two phases of increasingly stringent formaldehyde emission limits for composite wood products (hardwood plywood, particleboard, and medium density fiberboard), became effective on April 18, . The compliance date for most of the Phase I standards was January 1,. Phase II compliance dates for the different types of composite wood materials vary from January to January . Presently, over 250 mills have been certified to manufacture ARB compliant composite wood products worldwide. ARB staff continues to work with industry, test organizations, and others to finalize test methods, approve third party certifiers for mill certifications, promote the availability of ultra-low formaldehyde emitting products and to facilitate the availability of certified products.
Green Buildings. Staff met with the State Building Standards Commission (BSC) and Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) staff regarding various drafts of the Green Building Standards Code (GBSC) and offered a number of measures for inclusion in the standards. Some measures were included in the new GBSC approved by BSC in July, but others remain to be incorporated. ARB plans to work with BSC and HCD to refine and update the measures currently in the GBSC and to include new measures targeted toward reducing greenhouse gases. Indoor Program staff also have been actively involved in other green building programs, including the revisions to Build It Greens ratings related to indoor air quality in new single family homes, and the revisions to the CHPS criteria for school construction and renovation and for new portable and modular classrooms.
In-Vehicle Study of New Cars. During summer, , we conducted a pilot study of emissions from materials inside vehicles in a small number of new cars borrowed from ARB employees. This in-house study measured CO2 (primary source is exhaled breath of vehicle occupants), volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and ozone. In several of the vehicles, CO2 levels rapidly exceeded 5000 ppm, the Cal/OSHA Personal Exposure Limit (PEL), in 8 of 11 cars, after periods of driving with windows and vents closed. The maximum value measured was 8163 ppm. Levels rapidly decreased when a vent was again opened. While the levels measured do not pose a health risk from commutes of average duration, periodic opening of vents during longer drives may help prevent excessively high CO2 levels and the possibility of drowsiness. VOC results are still undergoing analysis. In early, semi-volatile compounds (SVOCs) such as phthalates and PBDEs (fire retardants) will be measured using wipes to sample from dashboards and the inside of windshields.
Quantifying Pollutant Emissions from Office Equipment. Investigators from UC Berkeley and LBNL have completed measurements for a study of the relationship between energy consumption and emissions for PCs and printers. The investigators also are examining the primary temporal and operational factors that influence emissions from this equipment, and identify mitigation measures that operators can take to reduce emissions and exposures from PCs and printers. The slides from the Chairmans seminar presented by the PI, Dr. Tom McKone, in early January, are available at and provide the preliminary results. The final report is expected to be available in summer,.
Revisions to EPAs Energy Star
Program. Staff discussed
EPA's revised Energy Star-IAQ Package program requirements with EPAs leadperson
for the Program and relevant Region 9 staff, and submitted written comments to
press for stronger IAQ Package requirements, especially for low emitting
building materials. The IAQ Package
is a set of provisions that builders of Energy Star homes can use to assure
healthier indoor air quality. EPA
has conducted a few pilot programs for the IAQ Program, but the provisions
remain more focused on eastern problems such as radon, and do not include, for
example, ARBs recent limits on formaldehyde emissions from composite wood
materials. We encouraged EPA to adapt the IAQ Package for
Review of Federal Guidance Draft on
Preventing Environmental Health Problems in Manufactured Homes, Schools and
Offices. On October 17,
, ARB staff participated in a meeting convened by the Centers for Disease
Control (CDC) in
Scientific Review Panel Approves Noncancer RELs. At their December 5, meeting, the Scientific Review Panel approved OEHHAs recommendations for proposed Reference Exposure Levels (RELs) for acetaldehyde, acrolein, arsenic, formaldehyde, manganese, and mercury. The RELs provide health protective guidance levels for acute, 8-hour, and chronic exposures to chemicals that have non-cancer health impacts. Reference exposure levels are concentrations of a chemical at or below which adverse non-cancer health effects are not anticipated to occur for a specified exposure duration. Although developed for the purpose of meeting outdoor Air Toxics Hot Spots Program needs, OEHHAs RELs provide good guidance for health-protective indoor concentrations of air pollutants in non-occupational indoor settings for the stated exposure times.
For more information on the SRPs actions, see For information on the new RELS, see .
Wildfire Smoke Guide
Staff assisted with updating a guide to help local officials cope with smoke from wildfires. Various ARB staff worked with staff from the Department of Public Health, the lead agency, as well as Cal/OSHA and other agencies. A major improvement to the guideline included a policy regarding the operation and management of ventilation systems in commercial and public buildings to protect workers during periods of especially high PM levels. Other noteworthy additions include an extended section on respiratory masks (e.g., N95s, P100s), improved discussion of home air cleaning options, and sample public advisories from local communities. For further information see the revised guideline and Appendix A at ).
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Michael ONeil ()
Check their web site (above).
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New Asthma Report and Strategic Plan. The Strategic Plan for Asthma in California,
20082012 (SPAC) was released in April. Five major Goals are identified in the
SPAC: Implementation, Monitoring and
Evaluation; Surveillance and Research; Health Care; Indoor Environments,
and; Outdoor Environments.
Recommendations in the Plan are intended to mobilize individuals, organizations,
communities, and state and local agencies to collectively take clearly defined,
comprehensive, and coordinated action on asthma over the next five
years. To learn
more about asthma in
CB completed its Mini-Grants Program to address asthma disparities, with several grantees working on IAQ issues:
San Francisco Dept. of Environment - Analysis of asthmagens in cleaning products found in stores near a housing development in Bayview Hunters Point area. Trained community health workers to interview residents, provide alternative cleaning products, and then conducted another interview to evaluate changes.
EarthTeam - Reached over 500 students in
INMED/Mothernet Conducted home assessments as part of case management
for 25 African American children in
(NEW!) In, CB
also initiated a second grant program, Strategic Plan Implementation Grants (SPIG), with higher funding
amounts, aimed at a broader audience and intended to further implementation of
the CA Strategic Plan for Asthma in
Californians for Pesticide Reform Working with partner organization Physicians for Social Responsibility/LA on implementation of Integrated Pest Management strategies in MUH. Using a combination of tenant education, organizing negotiation with managers of non-profit housing developments.
(NEW!) California Breathing has launched a new recognition program called AIR Health (Achievements in Respiratory Health), that is being piloted in San Francisco Bay Area elementary schools. The AIR Health Awards recognize schools that are working to create healthy environments for children and school personnel and challenge schools that have not yet addressed key environmental issues to get started. Schools that qualify must meet a list of criteria that are focused on reducing common air pollutants and other contaminants that exist in the school environment, both inside buildings and in adjacent outdoor spaces. By addressing these criteria, schools create a healthier atmosphere for learning, not just for staff and students with asthma, but for everyone at the school site. Based on the number of criteria achieved, schools will receive both an plaque and a monetary stipend. After evaluation of the pilot, we hope to broaden eligibility to schools statewide.
Healthy Homes & Schools.
CB staff hosted an
Essentials for Healthy Homes Practitioners Course in
CB has also convened two meetings of an Intra-Divisional DEODC Work Group on healthy housing, which includes representatives from IAQ (Environmental Health Labs), California Breathing Asthma Program (Env. Health Investigations Branch), Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Branch (CLPPB), Occ Health (OHB) and the Environmental Exposures Section (EHIB.) The group is looking into possible collaboration on healthy homes issues.
CB staff provided a presentation on Healthy Homes and Asthma at Cal Environmental Health Association symposium in March and APHA in Oct.
CDPHs Tobacco Control Program put on a 3-day conference on Second-Hand Smoke in December. Half the conference was devoted entirely to SHS and Multi-Unit Housing. (Cal Breathing was on planning committee)
With the SF Asthma Task Force, and the Green Purchasing Institute, CB held a kick-off meeting in SF on developing a pilot project to promote less toxic products and safer cleaning practices in childcare centers.
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Composite Wood. California Air Resource Board (CARB) funded CDPH-IAQ under an Interagency Agreement for technical assistance in development and evaluation of methods to be used in the enforcement of their Composite Wood Airborne Toxic Control Measure (ATCM 93120) regulation. The project includes several sub-tasks which continue through June (and possible longer). The project tasks include:
Evaluation of a field protocol for formaldehyde emission testing of composite wood. To facilitate the enforcement of this regulation, CDPH-IAQ staff developed a field protocol for use of the Field and Laboratory Emission Cell (FLEC) emissions chamber and a real-time formaldehyde monitor (INTERSCAN 4000 formaldehyde analyzer). The performance of the field set was evaluated for its precision and correlation with ASTM (D 6007) and ISO (16000-10) small chamber test methods over a range in temperature and relative humidity. Sampling conditions, e.g., sampling air flow rate and equilibration time and the wood product properties were examined for their effects on the performance of the field set. We compared the averaged response of the INTERSCAN monitor to time-integrated cartridge (DNPH) measurements. In the formaldehyde range of 50~300 μg/m3, measurements of these two methods correlated well (r2~0.97) with a 10% bias (Interscan lower than DNPH) in this concentration range. We also found that sampling from small chamber was equivalent to that of FLEC method, although the FLEC/INTERSCAN underestimated formaldehyde levels compared to the small chamber/DNPH set.
Establishment of equivalence between large and small chamber tests. CDPH-IAQ staff conducted large chamber and small chamber emission tests on composite wood samples provide by ARB staff. The wood samples included panels made of industrial hardwood plywood (HWPW), industrial particleboard (PB), and medium density fiberboard (MDF). ARB staff cut the panels into 4x4 and 5x5 pieces and developed them to the CDPH Lab prior to each test. Emission tests were conducted in CDPHs large and small chambers, following ASTM E 1333 and D 6007 methods, respectively. For small chamber tests, the ATCM 93120 requires testing nine specimens per sample in groups of three pieces per chamberParallel small chamber tests were conducted in the ARB test facility. Formaldehyde concentrations were determined using DNPH cartridges and HPLC-UV analysis, and corrected for temperature and relative humidity per ASTM methods. In each large chamber test, duplicate DNPH samples were collected. Sample concentrations fell into the three different ranges defined under ATCM (as measured by the large chamber method).
Comparison of laminated board to raw board emissions is the next task that is beginning in early.
More to follow
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Liz Katz ()
Report Supports Improved
Workplace Standard Setting for Cancer and Reproductive Hazards.
and the complete report is at :
For more information on OHBs work in this area, see
Understanding Toxic Substances (Nov edition) now available. This popular booklet from HESIS is an introductory guide to the terminology and concepts needed to discuss toxic chemicals. Rich in examples drawn from workplace settings, the 38-page guide is useful as a classroom text and reference. Topics include: the physical forms of materials; the ways chemicals can be absorbed by the body; acute vs. chronic exposures; chemical exposure limits; locating further information about chemicals; reducing worker exposures; and using Material Safety Data Sheets. The booklet can be downloaded at:
Asthma Update: OHB Activities and Publications.
Revised Consensus Standard for Safer Cleaning Products. OHBs Work-Related Asthma Prevention Program submitted comments and vote on revision of GS-37, the Green Seal standard on institutional cleaners. CDPHs Indoor Air Quality section was also involved. This new version of GS-37 has stronger health and environmental protections including a prohibition of ingredients known to cause allergic-type asthma, strengthened toxicity and corrosivity limits, tighter limits on ingredients that can cause indoor air pollution, and strengthened limits on chemicals that can be absorbed through the skin. Employers should purchase products using guidelines such as GS-37. See information posted at
OHB shared occupational asthma data in discussions with stakeholders for Green Cleaning for Childcare and in the National Disinfectants Work Group.
Work-Related Asthma in the Educational
Primary prevention of occupational asthma: identifying and controlling exposures to asthma-causing agents. American Journal of Industrial Medicine May 5;51(7):477-491. Quint J, Beckett WS, Campleman SL, Sutton P, Prudhomme J, Flattery J, Harrison R, Cowan B, Kreutzer R.
Strategic Plan for Asthma in California . See Goal 4, Section D, which addresses asthma in the workplace.
of Asthma in
OHB Environmental Initiative. OHB is increasing its activities that promote safer chemicals policies, including eliminating or reducing the use of toxic chemicals that are harmful to workers, the general public, and the environment. Some current topic areas are reducing toxic pesticide use and identifying safer cleaning practices. These efforts may also include new or improved chemical regulation policies, ensuring that green chemistry approaches do not adversely affect workers, and partnering with environmental agencies and organizations that share similar concerns.
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George Faggella ()
Radon Potential Maps. Maps for
Radon Resistant Construction.
Presentations were made to LEED for Homes (green building program) on Radon Resistant New Construction, Engineering Geologists, and high school students and Realty Associations.
We participated in the development of the new State Green Building Standards and was unsuccessful in getting RRNC incorporated into the new standards.
Responded to approximately 150 phone calls and 150 emails relating to radon and granite as a result of the national news articles about the topic.
Distributed approximately 700 test kits through our discount ($5.00) test kit program.
Conducted Indoor radon screening in Amador,
Partnered with EarthTeam (an environmental education network) to conduct a statewide video PSA contest for High School students.
The Indoor Radon Program webpage has been averaging approximately 40 hits per day.
Donated test kits to the
Donated test kits to One Breath Away from the Cure Lung Cancer foundation.
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Christine Richter ()
Name Change. The Tobacco Control Section has begun to take steps to become a Branch in the California Department of Public Health. One of the first steps is a name change; we are now called the California Tobacco Control Program (CTCP).
Secondhand Smoke in Cars. CTCP was awarded a NPHIC Gold Award (National Public Health Information Council) for its Smoke-free Cars with Minors Law implementation educational campaign. To see portions of the award winning campaign go to and click on 'smoke-free cars'.
Secondhand Smoke Workgroup. The workgroup continues to meet bi-monthly to assist in the development and implementation of strategies to increase the number of voluntary and legislative policies that eliminate exposure to SHS. In, the workgroup developed various educational materials that addressed SHS messaging as well as held quarterly Technical Assistance calls to assist the field in their efforts. The majority of was spent planning the statewide conference as well as providing technical assistance to the California Air Resources Board as they gathered information for their soon to be released report Environmental Tobacco Smoke Risk Reduction Plan.
Housing Workgroup. This workgroup continues to meet
monthly to assist in the development and implementation of strategies to
increase the number of voluntary and legislative policies related to smoke-free
multi-unit housing in
Tribal Casinos/Workplaces. CTCP-funded agencies provided technical assistance to the National Conference of Legislators from Gaming States as they drafted and adopted a smoke-free gaming resolution. The NCLGS resolution encourages lawmakers to include casinos and other gaming venues in smoke-free workplace laws. In addition, it recommends that smoke-free air be included in state-tribal gaming compact agreement. The resolution is on-line at .
Smoke Research. CTCP-funded agencies have begun
to work with the WinRiver Casino, in
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Bob Nakamura ()
Wildfire Information. During the unprecedented wildfires that occurred in, Cal/OSHA issued a guidance document about protection of employees working indoors from the windborne smoke in terms of advisable approaches to modifying HVAC systems to cope with the problem. The document discusses the problems posed by turning off HVAC systems or attempting to operate them in a full recirculation mode, and other issues that can be important in these situations.
Indoor Air/Energy Code Review. The Division was involved in reviewing the proposals for the California Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Energy Code). Division personnel identified several concerns that were conveyed to the California Energy Commission.
Heat Illness Prevention in Indoor Workplaces. The Division has produced a guidance document for some indoor environments where heat illness can be a problem. This can be found at
Permissible Exposure Limit Revision Process. The Division has convened a number of Health Expert Advisory Committee meetings to assess the need for adopting Threshold Limit Values recently issued by the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists for specific substances. The next meeting has been scheduled for March 25, at 930 AM at the Elihu Harris State Building 1515 Clay Street, Room 1304 Oakland. Some substances have recently been noticed for possible PEL setting by the Standards Board, docuemtation for this can be found at:
A complete list of current activities relating to specific substances can be found at
Aerosol Transmissible Diseases. The Division is in the process of formal rulemaking for an Aerosol Transmissible Disease Standard. The proposal also addresses zoonotic diseases. The first proposal was noticed the comment period ended on August 21, at the Standards Board hearing. Division staff are in the process of modifying the proposal in response to comments, and this revision will be noticed by the Standards Board this spring. The Board documentation for the proposed standards can be found at
Information about proposed CalOSHA standards can be accessed at
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Obed Odoemelam ()
The California Energy Commission is required to develop cost-effective building energy efficiency standards that include both mandatory and performance requirements. The Commissions Building Energy Efficiency Standards are specified in the California Code of Regulations (CCR), Title 24, Part 6 (also known as the California Energy Code). These standards are required to be revised periodically to allow consideration and possible incorporation of new energy efficiency technologies and methods. One of the most important aspects of the Commissions building energy efficiency standards involves specific ventilation to ensure energy efficiency while maintaining healthy indoor air quality and thermal comfort. The Commission modified the ventilation requirements in its revisions of the standards through a process that allows for input from the industry, the general public, governmental agencies and specific stakeholders. These revisions were adopted on April 23, and will become effective on July 1,.
The Commission supported and continues to support and sponsor research or investigations on ventilation system effectiveness, demand-controlled ventilation, and effectiveness of building envelopes, indoor lighting, ventilation rate measurement and adequacy, air filtration, spot exhaust systems, pollutant level measurements, activity-specific indoor pollution, and building related health and comfort impacts. These research or investigative activities are funded mainly through the Commissions Building End-Use Energy Efficiency Program and the Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) Program.
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Kathy Frevert ()
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Richard Lam ()
Reference Exposure Levels
Health Criteria for School Site Risk Assessment for Chlorpyrifos.
Green Chemistry at OEHHA.
Unit Risk Value For Ethylbenzene.
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Mike Apte ()
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Adrea Hricko ()
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Professor William Nazaroff
Journal articles and editorials.
Nazaroff WW, Inhalation intake fraction of pollutants from episodic indoor emissions, Building and Environment 43, 267-277, .
Coleman BK, Destaillats H, Hodgson AT, Nazaroff WW, Ozone consumption and volatile byproduct formation from surface reactions with aircraft cabin materials and clothing fabrics, Atmospheric Environment 42, 642-654,.
Bhangar S, Cowlin SC, Singer BC, Sextro RG, Nazaroff WW, Ozone levels in passenger cabins of commercial aircraft on North American and transoceanic routes, Environmental Science & Technology 42, 3938-3943,.
Chan WR, Nazaroff WW, Price PN, Gadgil AJ, Effectiveness of urban shelter-in-place. III. Commercial districts, Building Simulation 1, 144-157,.
Shehabi A, Horvath A, Tschudi W, Gadgil AJ, Nazaroff WW, Particle concentrations in data centers, Atmospheric Environment 42, 5978-5990,.
Coleman BK, Lunden MM, Destaillats H, Nazaroff WW, Secondary organic aerosol from ozone-initiated reactions with terpene-rich household products, Atmospheric Environment 42, 8234-8245,.
Weschler CJ, Nazaroff WW, Semivolatile organic compounds in indoor environments, Atmospheric Environment 42, 9018-9040, .
Nazaroff WW, Climate change, building energy use, and indoor environmental quality, Indoor Air 18, 259-260,.
Nazaroff WW, New directions: It's time to put the human receptor into air pollution control policy, Atmospheric Environment 42, 6565-6566,.
New PhD and Student Prizes
Priya Sreedharan. Dissertation title: Bayesian based design of real-time sensor systems for high-risk indoor contaminants.
Beverly Coleman and Seema Bhangar were co-recipients of the inaugural Joan M. Daisey Indoor Air Quality Research Award granted by UC Berkeley's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Coleman won first prize for Student Achievement from the International
Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate (ISIAQ), awarded at Indoor Air in
Professor Kirk Smith See
Comparative Environmental Health Assessments: A brief introduction and application in China, Annals of the NY Academy of Sciences 1140: 31-39,
Low-cost temperature loggers as stove use monitors (SUMs), Boiling Point, 55:16-19,.
WHO Air Quality Guidelines: Moving indoors, Air Quality, Atmosphere, and Health, 1:17-18,.
Self-rated health among Mayan women participating in a randomized intervention trial reducing indoor air pollution in Guatemala, BMC International Health and Human Rights, 8-7,.
Symposium on Climate
Change and Health in the Annual Review of Public Health,. Read the guest
editorial by KR Smith "Mitigation,
Adaptation, and Suffering: How Much of Each? and his article with
Wood, the Fuel that Warms You Thrice, Human Health and Forests: A Global Overview of Issues, Practice, and Policy,.
Indoor air pollution from unprocessed solid fuel use and pneumonia risk in children aged under 5 years: A systematic review and meta-analysis, Bulletin of the WHO,.
Temperature Predicts Sex Ratios and Male Longevity" Proceedings of
"Climate Change and Global Health: Quantifying a Growing Ethical Crisis" EcoHealth,.
Human Health, Ch 8, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, 4th Assessment Report, WGII, Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability.
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Barbara Spark ()
Shelly Rosenblum ()
Katie Stewart ()
Region 9 Personnel Change. Radon Coordinator, Louise Hill, retired in May,. Kathleen (Katie) Stewart, formerly in the Air Division's Permits Office, was hired for the new position of Indoor Air Risk Coordinator. Katie coordinates indoor air risk issues and provides technical support on indoor air issues for our community-based risk reduction projects. She also works in the indoor air quality, radon, asthma, and Tools for Schools programs as a grants project officer.
NEW/PENDING NATIONAL RESOURCES
Formaldehyde Emissions from Pressed Wood Products: Updates on the EPA Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) and notice of public meetings can be found at:
New CO fact sheet: EPA has released a new fact sheet: Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: Information for Older Adults and Their Caregivers
This supplements the CO information at on the IED page:
IAQ Tools for Schools Connector: EPA will soon announce a "school and community-driven" Listserve to provide a forum for nation-wide interactivity on IAQ between school stakeholders. This will be part of the "IAQ Connector," a consolidated source for school IAQ updates, Webinars, and new resources. Check the website in early February for a full announcement. To subscribe, send an e-mail to , and include the following in the subject line: "Subscribe to EPA's IAQ TfS Updates."
HealthySEAT (School Environmental Assessment Tool): Past webinars/trainings on HealthSEAT Version 2 can be downloaded at
Techs:" The University of Connecticut Health Centers Occupational
Action for Asthma Friendly Environments (CAAFE):
374 organizations have signed up
for this EPA-sponsored network, of which 47 are in
NEA developing video IAQ training video modules: The National Education Association (NEA) Health Improvement Network (HIN) is creating modules which will be available on the NEA HIN website when completed. The modules will cover indoor air quality in general, specific topics (mold; ventilation; IAQ management plans; the utility of indoor air quality testing; air cleaning devices and ozone) and the EPA IAQ Tools for Schools program. Shelly Rosenblum is one of the interviewees.
EPA REGION 9-SPECIFIC ACTIVITIES
Environments Request for Proposals (RFP): Our RFP closing date was September 10,. A total of
$115,000 was available. Two
Conference: Barbara Spark attended "Indoor Air:
the 11th International Conference on Indoor Air and Climate" in
IAQ Tools for Schools (TfS) Activities:
The EPA Region 9 Indoor Environments Team has been working
with a variety of new and continuing partners on often multi-partner activities
to advance implementation of IAQ management plans in
Tools For Schools
Annual Meeting: Barbara Spark and
Kathleen Stewart attended the 9th National IAQ Tools for Schools Symposium in
TfS Training and
Presentations: Shelly Rosenblum provided "Tools for Schools" (IAQ
TfS) trainings for members of the
presentations: Shelly Rosenblum gave
lessons on indoor air quality to two AP science classes at
IAQ Tools for
In an extension of union leadership at FSUSD, Fairfield-Suisun Teachers Union president Melanie Driver brought together teachers' union leaders from the Vacaville, Vallejo, Dixon, Travis and Benicia school districts to learn about IAQ Tools for Schools and opportunities for collaboration on Tools for Schools with us, the Solano County Asthma Coalition, and the CTA "Healthy Air, Healthy Kids" project. Shelly and Barbara gave presentations.
CTA/San Juan USD: A TfS "pilot" project is underway at San Juan USD. The Indoor Environments Team met with Steve Duditch, President of the San Juan Teachers Association, and Don Myers, San Juan USD Facilities Director, to develop a plan for the union/district/EPA collaboration to implement IAQ Tools for Schools at this 78 school, 47,000 student district in Sacramento County. Janis Nielsen of CTA is assisting in this effort. The hope is to create a "model," very high profile TfS program, with a district IAQ team incorporating representatives from every stakeholder from the PTA to the School Board. We provided a five hour IAQ TfS training workshop for 31 members of the San Juan Teachers Association on Saturday, November 15, with the participation of Bob Davis, the district's Director of Maintenance and Operations.
CTA Outreach Video: CTA is creating a DVD on the "Healthy Schools/Healthy Kids" IAQ/asthma project for internal distribution. Shelly Rosenblum was interviewed about IAQ TfS.
IAQ Tools for
IAQ Tools for Schools at San Francisco USD: The IET has been supporting the efforts of Jacqueline Chan, the Indoor Air Quality Coordinator hired by the San Francisco Department of Public Health to assist SFUSD with implementation of Tools for Schools. This position was funded partly by a grant from our program. In particular, Shelly Rosenblum has provided coaching, walkthrough assistance, and training for site-based Coordinators.
IAQ Tools for Schools at Santa Ana USD: Promising initial conversations on IAQ TfS were held with Camille Boden, Risk Manager for SAUSD, and Dr. Dave Barton, President of the SAUSD teachers' union.
IAQ Tools for
Schools (TfS) in
IAQ Tools for
Asthma Forum: Barbara Spark participated in EPA's 3rd
national Asthma Forum, May 1-2, in
RAMP/CAFA: Barbara Spark continues to serve on the Advisory Group for RAMP, the Regional Asthma Management and Prevention Initiative, which serves as the statewide coordinator of CAFA, Community Action to Fight Asthma. Barbara also participates in the Schools and Environment committees. RAMP has greatly increased the scale and scope of its activities, thanks for a major grant from CDC.
"Radon Leaders Saving Lives" campaign: , EPA launched a new program which seeks to double effective actions taken by stakeholders to reduce radon risk in the next five years.
EPA Audit of the
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Philip P. Jalbert ()
CIAQ has posted a factsheet summarizing their presentations from with author contact information at Minutes of their quarterly meetings can be found at The next meeting is scheduled for February 18,.
To join the CIAQ listserve and receive meeting notices, minutes and other CIAQ news; send an email with a blank 'subject' line to: .
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Upcoming meetings of the CIWG-IAQ are scheduled as follows:
March 11, 2009
June 10, 2009
September 9, 2009
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