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UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Schofield Hall 218
Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004
UW-Eau Claire to Offer Indoor Air
Quality Workshop Nov. 10
phone (715) 836-4741
fax (715) 836-2900

MAILED: Oct. 25, 1999

EAU CLAIRE — A workshop titled "Indoor Air Quality: Practical Approaches for Resolving Concerns" will be offered Nov. 10 in Eau Claire.
The session will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Midway Hotel, 2851 Hendrickson Drive, Eau Claire.
Program sponsors include the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Human Sciences and Services Outreach and UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education in Nursing in cooperation with University of Wisconsin Extension.
Indoor air quality problems range from complaints of discomfort to life threatening emergencies. While most concerns are not life threatening, it is essential to have the tools to rapidly identify those issues that must be handled as an emergency. Rapid and aggressive response also is essential to minimize the psychological and social effects of an indoor air quality investigation on the building population.
This workshop will present a practical approach to identifying and responding to indoor air quality concerns. Numerous case studies will illustrate the broad range of problems that can occur as well as the appropriate type of intervention for each situation. Techniques that can be used to evaluate buildings for the most common problem sources will be demonstrated. A reference manual will include checklists and forms for investigating and documenting concerns.
Sharon J. Bessa, who has been investigating building complaints since 1980, will be the workshop presenter. Bessa began her consulting career as an industrial hygienist with the Wisconsin OSHA Consultation Program. After seven years with OSHA, she incorporated as Sharon J. Bessa & Associates Inc. For the last 12 years she has practiced as a private consultant. Investigating indoor air quality complaints now makes up about 50 percent of her projects. She is a member of American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists Inc., the American Industrial Hygiene Association and the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses. Bessa is a full member of the AIHA Indoor Environmental Quality Committee. In 1990, Bessa developed and presented the EPA's Tools for Schools program on indoor air quality in Wisconsin.
The program will include information on the following topics:
  • How to conduct an investigation

  • Identifying and responding to life-threatening situations

  • Distinguishing 'building related illness' from 'sick building syndrome'

  • Data collection from occupants

  • Identifying sources for problems: Using a systematic approach

  • Identifying and evaluating sources for IAQ problems, case studies

  • Organizational dynamics: Psychological and social factors influencing the resolution of IAQ problems

  • Five stages of an IAQ investigation

  • Communication principles

  • Indoor air quality management plan

  • Update of regulations and guidelines

The cost for the workshop is $89 per person or $79 for graduates of UW-Eau Claire's environmental and public health program.
If you have questions or would like a workshop brochure, call the Human Sciences and Services Outreach office at (715) 836 3990.

UWEC [Administrative Offices] [News Bureau]

Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Schofield 218
(715) 836-4741

Updated: Oct. 25, 1999