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California Interagency Working Group on Indoor Air Quality

Meeting Minutes

December 9

American Lung Association of Los Angeles County

5858 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 300, Los Angeles




AGENCY REPORTS ON CURRENT IAQ ACTIVITIES

American Lung Association of Los Angeles County (ALA-LAC)

Bay Area Air Quality Management District

California Air Resources Board / IAQ & Personal Exposure Assessment Program

California Department of General Services / Real Estate Services Division (RESD)

California Department of Health Service / Environmental Health Investigations Branch

California Department of Health Service / Indoor Air Quality Section

California Department of Industrial Relations (Cal/OSHA)

Hal Levin

Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment / Indoor Air Risk Assessment Group

San Bernandino County Superintendent of Schools Office / Safety & Loss Control

San Diego County Department of Environmental Health

Southern California Environmental Health Sciences Center (SCEHSC)

U.S. EPA Region IX / Indoor Environment Team

WORKING GROUP COMMITTEES Indoor Environmental Quality of Schools

Building Design and Operations

FUTURE MEETINGS

MEMBERS PRESENT/AFFILIATIONS PRESENT AT MEETING

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American Lung Association of Los Angeles County (ALA-LAC) 

The overall goal of the K.I.C.K. Asthma L.A. campaign is to:
K.I.C.K. Asthma L.A. community-specific goals:
Currently, the partners forming the core team include the American Lung Association of Los Angeles County, City of Los Angeles Environmental Affairs Department, Southern California Environmental Health Sciences Center, and Mothers of East Los Angeles- Santa Isabel. The Community Champion Team also includes local school district representatives, representatives of the medical profession working within the community, elected government representatives, local business representatives, and other local residents, community organizations and agencies. This Team will be expanded as the campaign progresses. Go to top of page

Bay Area Air Quality Management District

Idea for Thought and Discussion. BAAQMD has several public service campaigns via radio, TV, etc. related to air pollution. The summer-season program, called Spare the Air, alerts people of upcoming days of forecasted photochemical air pollution, due to temperature inversions that prevent adequate atmospheric mixing. The program asks people to curtail polluting operations during those periods and identifies things people can do to help, e.g., not use paint, not use bbq, and not use gasoline-powered lawn and garden equipment. The idea is to limit reactive organic and NOx emissions, precursors to ozone formation. In the winter-season, the program, formerly Don't Light Tonight, is now called Spare the Air - Tonight. It alerts people of upcoming nights with temperature inversions that also prevent adequate atmospheric mixing and are likely to cause a build-up of pollutants. The program asks people to not use wood burning equipment, e.g., fireplaces.

Mike proposed starting discussions among CIWG-IAQ members about linking these established public service programs with IAQ issues and problems, e.g., molds, asthma, etc., to develop a unified outreach. Would this give an outcome like "the sum is greater than the parts", i.e., would the public become better educated and likely to follow more environmentally sound practices, if a more logical and seamless set of IAQ/OAQ information was provided to it?

One area of indoor and outdoor air pollution interface relates to activities in the house emitting pollutants that can directly affect house residents in their more concentrated state before they leave the house and add to the outdoor emission burden. Painting with organic-based paints or using solvents in a house is an example where there is a health risk to the user. Cans containing these materials have the caution to use adequate ventilation, which more quickly sends the organic vapors to the outside where they can take party in photochemical reactions. Of course even with minimal ventilation, the volatile material will eventually get to the outside, by more typical means - open doors and windows, "leaky" houses, etc.

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California Air Resources Board / Indoor Air Quality & Personal Exposure Assessment Program

ARB staff reported on recent activities, including (a) ARB's release of a public warning on indoor carbon monoxide poisoning: (b) staff's review of materials on the development of state standards for unvented gas fireplaces, and (c) participation in a National Research Council advisory panel to review methods used by the military to monitor pollutant exposures of deployed military personnel overseas. Go to top of page

California Department of General Services / Real Estate Services Division (RESD)

Green Building Charter Team. RESD has formed a charter team whose purpose is, "To develop and implement processes to incorporate green building measures and energy efficiency into project development within RESD, consistent with applicable laws, regulations, and customer requirements." One of our immediate needs is a quantifiable definition of "green building" and "sustainable building measures" and even IAQ in so far as it can be defined or measured beyond 15 CFM or 20 CFM of outside air per person in an office building per code or ASHRAE standard respectively. Our final report is targeted for early1999, and the team is open to input. Please send your comments to me by e-mail. Go to top of page

California Department of Health Service / Environ. Health Investigations Branch

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California Department of Health Service / Indoor Air Quality Section  Jed Waldman

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California Department of Industrial Relations (Cal/OSHA) Les Michael

Editors Note: Les is retiring in early -- thanks, Les, for all your help, and good luck. If you have any question about Cal/OSHA activities. Go to top of page

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Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment / Indoor Air Risk Assessment Group

  • The OEHHA's Green Building Committee for the Elihu Harris State Building is combining with the Relocation Committee to form the Oakland OEHHA Building Team. The Team main objective is to ensure a safe and healthy working environment. It will provide the liaison between employees and management on building related issues. It will work on preventive measures such as the use of less toxic cleaning products and integrated pest management and provide OEHHA Sacramento with required information on the to-be-constructed Cal/EPA building.
  • A statistical users group has recently being formed. It is meeting regularly in the Elihu Harris State Building. The scope of the user's group includes all statistical software (e.g., S Plus, SYSTAT, SPSS, STATA, BDMP, SAS). Some purposes discussed in the last meeting:

  • a forum for people to bring current statistical problems
    possible group rates for attending statistical trainings
    on-site trainings.
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    San Bernandino County Superintendent of Schools Office / Safety & Loss Control

    This office has prepared a number of training manuals addressing the school personnel. He shared a copy of Industrial Hygiene in Educational Environments, which includes background on common hazards and services provided, prepared for the Inland Empire Schools Insurance Authority. Go to top of page

    San Diego County Department of Environmental Health

    Quality Ventilation Program. Within the County of San Diego government, this program is a joint effort between the Departments of Environmental Health (DEH) and the Department of General Services(DGS). When County employees are concern about the indoor air quality (IAQ) of their facility, the first response is by a DGS Building Maintenance Engineer (BME). The BME has been trained on the basics of IAQ problems and checks out the ventilation system to make sure it is functioning properly. The BME has instrumentation to measure temperature, relative humidity, and carbon dioxide levels. If the BME can address the problem, corrective action is taken, case closed. If biological contamination (usually from water intrusion) or chemical usage are suspected, or the problem is not resolve by the BME, then DEH gets involved. We have a wide array of instrumentation to assess the situation. We quite frequently do not find excessive airborne levels of bioaerosols or chemicals. We have had the best success resolving these types of problems when the affected individuals are seen by an Allergist. Once we know what the person is sensitive to, we have been able to design control strategies to minimize the exposure below levels that cause symptoms. This is our standard IAQ practice, nothing is new. Go to top of page

    Southern California Environmental Health Sciences Center (SCEHSC)

    The Southern California Environmental Health Sciences Center (SCEHSC) is funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and is a consortium of the University of Southern California (USC), the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), and the California Institute of Technology. The Center focuses on using epidemiologic methods to study effects of the environment on human health, especially with regard to the multiethnic populations of California and the Pacific Rim. Listed below are some IAQ-related activities: Go to top of page

    U.S. EPA Region IX / Indoor Environment Team


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    WORKING GROUP COMMITTEES

    Indoor Environmental Quality of Schools Jed Waldman

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    FUTURE MEETINGS

    Upcoming meetings of the CIWG-IAQ are scheduled as follows:

    MEMBERS PRESENT/AFFILIATIONS Leon Alevantis / CA DHS IAQ Program

    David Berger / ALA of LA County

    Bret Breton / Ventura Schools Self-Funding Authority

    Ken Dudash / San Bernandino Co. Supt. of Schools

    Arlene Feingold / IH Consultant

    Cynthia Harding / LA County Tobacco Control

    Sheri Henderson / ALA of Orange County

    Robert Hupe / self

    Andrea Hricko / So. Cal Environ. Health Sci. Center

    Philip Jacobs / LA Co. Dept. Health Services - Tox. Epi. Prog.

    John Kaschak* / CA DGS Design Services

    Richard Lam* / OEHHA ATES

    Cole Landowski / LA Co. Dept. Health Services - Occ. Health

    Janet Macher* / CA DHS IAQ Program

    Sandra McNeel / CA DHS Environ. Health Investigation

    Les Michael / Cal/OSHA - Standards

    Tom Phillips / CARB Research Division IAQPEP

    Bill Redden / Riverside Co. Dept Environ. Health

    Stuart Salot / CTL Environmental Services

    Barbara Spark / U.S. EPA Region IX

    Daniel Tappen / San Diego Co. Dept. Environ. Health

    Scott Trimingham / Indoor Air Project

    Steve Uhlman / Riverside Co. Dept Environ. Health

    Jed Waldman / CA DHS IAQ Program

    * connected by phone

    Jed Waldman chaired the meeting, which lasted from 10 am to 12:30 pm

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