EPA’s Inspection Checklist for Asthma

Each month we publish a newsletter titled IAQ Website of the Month.  The excerpt below was originally published in the June 2009 newsletter.

I’m sure you know someone that suffers from asthma. A key to managing asthma is curtailing exposures to triggers such as dust mites and environmental tobacco smoke.

The Environmental Protection Agency has a great list of publications related to asthma. This month’s featured website is the EPA’s Asthma Publications page.

My favorite publication on the page is the Asthma Home Environment Checklist. This is a 7-page, simplified checklist for performing a home asthma assessment. If you perform residential indoor air quality assessments, you should incorporate these checklist items into your field work.

If you would like more basic information regarding asthma, there is a 13 minute video that provides a good summary. You should also check out the 2-page Asthma Fact Sheet that was updated earlier this year. In it you’ll learn that about 23 million people, including 6.8 million children, have asthma in the US.

To visit this month’s featured website, click EPA’s Asthma Publications.

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An ounce of prevention…

Each month we publish a newsletter titled IAQ Website of the Month. The excerpt below was originally published in the August 2010 newsletter.

Have you ever asked a doctor about an indoor air quality problem? Let’s just say their knowledge is typically lacking. However, some interesting initiatives are educating healthcare providers and public health professionals on the importance of IAQ.

The American College of Preventive Medicine launched an entire website dedicated to Indoor Air Quality thanks to a grant from the EPA’s Indoor Environments Division. The site allows users to view a few free webcasts. I would recommend the following: Continue reading