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Air Quality Program
NEHA administers this program to identify
and train environmental health professionals (EHPs) to implement community
action plans regarding indoor air quality (IAQ) and radon problems,
through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency, Indoor Environments Division (USEPA/IED). This cooperative
agreement has been recently renewed through 2014. Throughout each
year, EHPs participate in various three-day workshops designed by NEHA to
teach both risk assessment and risk communication information about the
health effects of long-term exposure to elevated levels of radon gas,
asthma triggers, and other indoor air contaminants. This program is a
significant component of the national
radon risk effort. To date, NEHA has trained a network of well over 1,000 EHPs to work on radon and other IAQ issues, and
continues to produce impressive results.
Through this program, NEHA:
Coordinates the IAQ Asthma Triggers
Workshop. This 2-day course is designed to reflect national
priorities in addressing indoor air quality and the health impacts
resulting from IAQ contaminants. Specifically, material on asthma
triggers, environmental tobacco smoke, mold spores, and radon are
presented along with supporting resource material. Applicants selected
for this opportunity receive education and training about identifying
and reducing exposure to potential asthma triggers in an indoor
environment. For more information on asthma in our environment, visit www.epa.gov/asthma/.
Coordinates the Radon Resistant New
Construction training. This workshop is designed to allow
participants to gain more knowledge in the technical components of
radon resistant new construction (RRNC) and building code processes.
Participants also learn the dynamics of implementing community-wide
action plans that encourage residential testing and mitigation.
Actively promotes improved
Sponsors a large number of
participants to attend IAQ Tools for Schools National Symposium. This
symposium, sponsored by USEPA, features innovative sessions that
address various topics associated with implementing an IAQ program in
a school setting including. These topics include communication
strategies, mold remediation, facilities management, integrated pest
management, new school construction, student performance, advocacy,
financing, asthma management, and more. An awards ceremony is held
each year to honor schools with exemplary IAQ programs. For more
Radon/Indoor Air Quality Program
Resources & Opportunities
Questions OR Comments? For
information about the National Radon Proficiency Program, please visit www.radongas.org.
For all other questions about NEHA's Radon/IAQ program, please
contact Larry Marcum, Radon/IAQ
Program Manager, or 303.756.9090, ext. 303, or Elizabeth Landeen, IAQ
Assistant Manager, or
Radon and Indoor Air
Quality Information Links
Nearly 300,000 individuals were reached
through education presentations on radon and indoor air quality given
by NEHA field partners.
428 real estate presentations were
8,076 minority or low income individuals
27,886 homes were tested.
766 homes were mitigated.
64,056 radon test kits were sold or
33 communities now require testing or
disclosure as part of a real estate transaction.
51 real estate companies now voluntarily
include testing and/or disclosure as part of their services.
109 communities now implement IAQ Tools