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IAQ Overview Courses
Introduction to IAQ
Goal: Understand the key, fundamental concepts of indoor air quality and identify the root causes of IAQ problems and their solutions.
Lesson 1: Definitions
Objective – Define the following concepts: air, indoor air quality, indoor environmental quality, and acceptable IAQ.
Lesson 2: History
Objective – Understand that indoor air quality is not a new phenomenon and be able to cite some historical examples of IAQ problems and their solutions.
Lesson 3: IAQ Problems
Objective – Identify four elements of IAQ problems: Source, Pathways, HVAC, and Occupants.
Lesson 4: IAQ Solutions
Objective – Identify four solutions that attack the root cause of IAQ problems and identify four additional solutions that will improve IAQ in a general way.
IAQ and Health
Goal: Understand the key ways in which indoor air quality affects human health.
Lesson 1: Categories of Health Effects
Objective – Distinguish between: acute and chronic disease; local and systemic effects; toxicity and hazard; and opportunistic and obligate pathogens.
Lesson 2: Dose-response
Objective – Describe how dose affects response and how to graphically represent the relationship.
Lesson 3: Susceptibility
Objective – Understand susceptible groups such as infants, elderly, genetically predisposed, immunocompromised, and previously exposed.
Lesson 4: Routes of exposure
Objective – Describe all the routes of entry and be able to provide examples of each. These include ingestion, cutaneous, eye contact, and inhalation.
Building Related Illness
Goal: Understand the concepts of sick building syndrome and building related illness, and both symptoms and illnesses that may occur due to time spent in buildings.
Lesson 1: Sick Building Syndrome
Objective – Define sick building syndrome, cite its common symptoms, and apply some of the conclusions from large-scale studies into its causes.
Lesson 2: Building Related Illness
Objective – Define building related illness, cite the major categories, and name examples of each.
Preventing IAQ Problems I
Goal: Understand practical steps to prevent indoor air quality problems. This course focuses on healthier alternatives to traditional cleaning, redecorating, and pest management.
Lesson 1: Cleaning
Objective – Identify healthier alternatives to traditional chemical cleaners, dusters, and vacuums. The student will also understand how healthier alternatives can improve indoor air quality.
Lesson 2: Redecorating
Objective – Identify healthier alternatives to traditional paint and furniture used in redecorating projects, and learn about several green product standards that will help in selections of healthier alternatives.
Lesson 3: Pest Management
Objective – Distinguish between traditional pest management and integrated pest management.
Preventing IAQ Problems II
Goal: Understand how to better operate and maintain buildings to ultimately prevent indoor air quality problems from happening. Also, gain an understanding of how many aspects of operation and maintenance can both improve and degrade indoor air quality.
Lesson 1: HVAC
Objective – Understand how ventilation, filtration, and humidity control plays a critical role in preventing IAQ problems. Also, understand how preventative maintenance of the HVAC system can help prevent IAQ issues.
Lesson 2: Managing Chemicals
Objective – Apply the four simple rules for managing on-site chemicals. Also, learn to better manage material safety data sheets to comply with federal laws.
Lesson 3: Entry Systems
Objective – Identify the three key elements of an effective entry system.
Lesson 4: Remodeling
Objective – Apply guidelines to ensure the student’s next remodeling project minimizes the risk of IAQ problems.
Goal: Develop an indoor air quality management plan for a building that will ensure a healthy, comfortable, and productive indoor environment.
Lesson 1: Top Management
Objective – Describe the importance of having the support of top management, along with an adequate budget to carry out activities.
Lesson 2: Management Plan
Objective – Describe the key components of an IAQ management plan and develop an IAQ Notebook specific to a building.
Lesson 3: Personnel
Objective – Identify the roles and responsibilities of personnel assigned to manage indoor air quality.
Lesson 4: IAQ Assessment
Objective – Distinguish between proactive and reactive assessments and describe their advantages and disadvantages
Handling IAQ Complaints
Goal: Implement a complaint response system to better collect, log, and respond to IAQ issues that may come up.
Lesson 1: Complaint Collection
Objective – Establish a simple method for collecting and logging IAQ complaints.
Lesson 2: Complaint Response
Objective – Describe practical steps to be followed when responding to an IAQ complaint.
Lesson 3: Outside Expertise
Objective – Identify the situations that call for the use of outside expertise.
Regulations, Standards, and Guidelines
Goal: Become familiar with the many different types of guidance documents and implement them in the student field of practice.
Lesson 1: Regulations
Objective – Distinguish regulations from other guidance, identify the main regulatory agencies in the United States, and cite some examples of state regulations.
Lesson 2: Model Building Codes
Objective – Define a model building code and determine what codes are in force in the student location.
Lesson 3: Standards
Objective – Cite the most important standards related to indoor air quality, and distinguish those that are American National Standards.
Lesson 4: Guidelines
Objective – Distinguish the relative importance of guidelines when compared to regulations and standards.
Goal: Become familiar with exposure guidelines and know when, where, why, and how to apply them.
Lesson 1: Non-cancer, Non-chronic
Objective – Identify and cite exposure guidelines for non-cancer endpoints from non-chronic exposures that apply to the general public, workers, and emergency responders.
Lesson 2: Non-cancer, Chronic
Objective – Learn to look up chemicals in multiple references to establish non-chronic exposure guidelines for non-cancer endpoints.
Lesson 3: Cancer, Chronic
Objective – Learn to look up unit risk estimates and determine the excessive cancer cases associated with a carcinogen’s concentration.