Dan Tranter is the supervisor of the Indoor Air Unit at the Minnesota Department of Health. He has been with the Indoor Air Unit since 2001 and has a Master of Public Health Degree from the University of Minnesota. The Indoor Air Unit conducts research, education and outreach concerning indoor air quality, especially radon, mold and carbon monoxide. Unit staff also regulates smoking in public places, air quality in enclosed sports arenas, and radon professional licensure.
Radon in Minnesota: Data, Laws, and Outreach
Radon is a significant problem in Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has been researching radon levels and risks in the state. There are several recent laws affecting real estate, new construction, schools, and radon professionals. MDH partners with various agencies to conduct education and testing campaigns. This presentations provide an overview of radon in Minnesota and the various research, education, and outreach activities conducted by MDH.
Mold: A Public Health Perspective
The Minnesota Department of Health has been advising the public, building owners, school officials, and others about mold. MDH has developed a variety of resources and publications, and conducted mold related outreach campaigns. This presentation presents the practical approach we take to health concerns, investigating mold, and remediating mold.
Ice Arena Air Quality: Regulations and Observations
Minnesota has about 278 indoor ice arenas which must comply with state air quality regulations. The regulations pertain to carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide. Arenas must be certified, monitor air quality, have training, keep records, and follow specific steps in the case of exceedance. MDH has been inspecting every arena since 2006. This presentation will provide details of the regulation and findings from inspections.
Indoor Air Quality in School: Requirements, Best Practices and Resources
There are a variety of IAQ requirements for Minnesota schools, including a general IAQ Plan requirement. The requirements are based on the USEPA Tools for Schools program. This presentation will discuss the requirements as well as state and federal guidance and technical information.