Clearing the Air -- The Indoor Air Quality Symposium

Before AIHCE begins, indoor air quality (IAQ) professionals will congregate to discuss, examine and debate current issues in the profession.

The Fourth Annual Indoor Air Quality Symposium -- Current IAQ Practices Worldwide will take place on Sunday, May 21 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Orange County Convention Center.

Sponsored by the American Industrial Hygiene Association Indoor Air Quality Committee, this day-long symposium aims to help professionals understand key IAQ issues, learn the latest technologies and methods of IAQ investigations and earn 1 CM Pint and 0.8 CEUs.

Renown IAQ experts will examine the newest trends in odors, ventilation costs, indoor air guidelines and standards, sick building syndrome (SBS) and indoor air quality particulates.

The morning starts off at 8:15 with a look at International trends in IAQ. John Spengler Ph.D., Harvard University School of Public Health, Boston, Mass., will present the new indoor health effects findings from the recent 8th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate in Scotland.

"Developing Action Levels for Indoor Air Contaminants" at 9:15 a.m. will be presented by Dr. Bernd Seifert from the Federal Environmental Agency in Berlin, Germany. Seifert will explain why guideline values, rather than standards, should be used in limiting and reducing indoor concentration levels.

In the afternoon, Olli Seppanen from the Helsinki University of Technology, Helsinki, Finland, will discuss "Indoor Air Quality in Finnish Buildings: Costs of Adverse Effects and Controls."

"The Role of Ergonomic and Psychosocial Complaints Related to Poor Indoor Air Quality" at 2:30 will be presented by Alan Hedge Ph.D. from Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. Hedge will describe the results from a survey of indoor environmental conditions, plus occupant comfort, ergonomic conditions and SBS syndrome among workers in office buildings.

The last presentation, "What We Know About Particles in Indoor Air," will look at production rate, airborne concentrations, and fate of particles in air on the exposure-response relationship.

A roundtable discussion will wrap up the presentations and a closing address and evaluation of the program will start at 4:30.

The registration fee of $475 for members and $575 for non-members includes lunch, break periods and all handouts.

Attendees do not need to register for AIHCE in order to attend the IAQ symposium.

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