EEOP: Resources

Alaska – Indoor Air Quality:

Environmental Protection Agency:       [top]

U.S. EPA Region 10 - Indoor Air Quality
This website provides indoor air quality information specifically for Alaska. There are contacts for various federal and state programs.

Industrial Hygiene Services:       [top]

Alaska Incorporate Environmental Health and Safety Consultants (EHS)
The EHS-Alaska EHS-Alaska is an engineering and industrial hygiene firm specializing in workplace health and safety, workplace hazards removal design, and employee training. EHS-Alaska uses state-of-the art equipment and approved methods and techniques to provide accurate and legally defensible monitoring in the workplace for potential hazards

Alaska Industrial Hygiene Services
This company profile is for the private company Alaska Industrial Hygiene Services, located in Anchorage, AK. Alaska Industrial Hygiene Services's line of business is management consulting services.

Housing and Building Resources:       [top]

Cooperative Extension Service-Alaska Energy and Housing Resources
Cooperative Extension Service is an outreach educational delivery system supported by a partnership between the US Department of Agriculture and the University of Alaska Fairbanks and College of Rural Alaska. This website provides informational links to Indoor Air Quality, Polar Living, Manuals, Energy Links, Housing links, Radon links, Alaska Weather and permafrost.

Alaska Building Science Network (ABSN)
The Alaska Building Science Network (ABSN) is a member supported association of individuals, businesses, and organizations dedicated to promoting energy efficiency as an essential component of durable, safe and affordable housing in Alaska. ABSN's main programmatic areas are building science education, village energy efficiency upgrades and training, civic engagement and technical assistance.

Cold Climate Housing Research Center (CCHRC)
The Cold Climate Housing Research Center (CCHRC) is unique in the world; they are dedicated to research that improves the durability, health, and affordability of shelter for people living in circumpolar regions around the globe.

The Healthy Indoor Air for America's Homes Program- Training and Reference Manual
The Healthy Indoor Air for America's Homes Program was developed to provide basic but comprehensive information to consumers on how to get a handle on indoor air quality (IAQ) in their homes. The goal of the Program is to educate consumers about sources, health risks, and control measures related to common residential indoor air problems and to help consumers reduce their health risks from these problems. This website provides the Training manual and Reference manual. The revised manual also includes three new instructional modules dealing with: Building Science and Indoor Air Quality, Secondhand Smoke and Asthma.

Asthma/Allergies:       [top]

Rutgers Cooperative Research & Extension
This link directs you to an online, narrated slide presentation about ashthma, asthma triggers, asthma behaviors, beliefs and attitudes.

The Ad Council
This website was developed under a cooperative agreement with the U.S. EPA and is managed by the Ad Council. It contains information pertaining to asthma, asthma triggers, and solutions to decrease the frequency of asthma episodes.

Allergy and Asthma Network - Mothers of Asthmatics, Inc
This site has program and publication information to help all people affected by allergies and asthma.

American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology
This site has educational information about allergies and asthma.

Ozone in Alaska:       [top]

State of Alaska Epidemiology - Bulletin Ozone Generators
Not all indoor air cleaning devices are alike, and certain types could cause health problems. Machines that purposefully produce ozone as an indoor air cleansing agent are currently on the market for residential use - these products should be avoided.

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Educational Resources:       [top]

NEA HIN IAQ Lesson Plans
The indoor or "built" environment is as fascinating and complex as the outdoor environment and since we spend 90% of our day indoors, the quality of the air indoors becomes crucial to our health and productivity. Are you looking for creative ways to teach students about this important topic? Discover how you can promote awareness around indoor air quality (IAQ) and teach your curriculum standards at the same time by checking out these hands-on, interactive lesson plans. Through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) NEA HIN has created a series of K-12 lesson plans that supplement the U.S. EPA’s IAQ Tools for Schools program and kit. All of the lesson plans are tied to standards and can be easily integrated with your school district’s curriculum. Many of the lessons can be adapted to any grade level and can be used as independent activities or put together to build an IAQ unit.

Hydroville Curriculum Project
Curriculum developed at Oregon State University. The curriculum introduces students to several career areas that address Indoor Air Quality (IAQ). The Problem Based Learning (PBL) format lends itself to inquiry based educational approach. The curriculum starts by introducing the town of Hydroville, which passed a bond issue to create a middle school by renovating and adding on to its historic library. Students, teachers, and staff attending the newly remodeled school have been complaining of odors and feeling sick.
High school or middle school students participating in this problem act as a team of environmental consults to determine if there really is an indoor air quality problem in the school. Student teams present their findings at the next school board meeting.

Project A.I.R.E.
Project A.I.R.E (Air Information Resources for Educators) was developed by EPA to focus the attention of elementary, junior high, and high school students on air pollution issues. The units in this package encourage students to think more critically and creatively about air pollution problems and the alternatives for resolving them. Topics covered include: air quality, rainforests, radon, the creation of environmental laws, the greenhouse effect and ozone.

Air Quality
Breathing clean air helps us stay healthy. On this page, you can learn about things that cause air pollution and what you can do to keep the air clean. Includes a link to "Dusty the Asthma Goldfish and his Asthma Triggers Funbook."

Native American Asthma Radio Campaign
The purpose of the radio campaign is to motivate parents of children with asthma to learn about specific asthma triggers and how they can help eliminate them. Since 1980, the number of people with asthma has more than doubled. Last year, almost four million children suffered from asthma attacks. The CDC estimates that children miss 14 million school days each year due to asthma. Although there is no known cure for the disease, experts agree that there are a variety of ways to reduce the number of attacks. One way is to reduce exposure to the environmental factors -- asthma triggers -- that make asthma worse. These PSAs provide parents and caregivers with new and simple tips on how to eliminate specific asthma triggers in order to reduce symptoms and help prevent asthma attacks.

American Lung Association
Air pollution contributes to lung disease, including respiratory tract infections, asthma, and lung cancer. Lung disease claims close to 335,000 lives in America every year and is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Over the last decade, the death rate for lung disease has risen faster than for almost any other major disease. Poor indoor air quality can cause or contribute to the development of chronic respiratory diseases such as asthma and hypersensitivity pneumonitis. In addition, it can cause headaches, dry eyes, nasal congestion, nausea and fatigue. People who already have respiratory diseases are at greater risk.

An Introduction to Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)
Indoor pollution sources that release gases or particles into the air are the primary cause of indoor air quality problems in homes. Inadequate ventilation can increase indoor pollutant levels by not bringing in enough outdoor air to dilute emissions from indoor sources and by not carrying indoor air pollutants out of the home. High temperature and humidity levels can also increase concentrations of some pollutants. There are many sources of indoor air pollution in any home. These include combustion sources such as oil, gas, kerosene, coal, wood, and tobacco products; building materials and furnishings as diverse as deteriorated, asbestos-containing insulation, wet or damp carpet, and cabinetry or furniture made of certain pressed wood products; products for household cleaning and maintenance, personal care, or hobbies; central heating and cooling systems and humidification devices; and outdoor sources such as radon, pesticides, and outdoor air pollution. The relative importance of any single source depends on how much of a given pollutant it emits and how hazardous those emissions are. In some cases, factors such as how old the source is and whether it is properly maintained are significant. For example, an improperly adjusted gas stove can emit significantly more carbon monoxide than one that is properly adjusted.

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Mansel Nelson