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Indoor Air Quality Inspection and Sampling

Course Cost:  $350.00

Course Value
Did you know the EPA states 90% of our lives is spent in an indoor environment? Did you also know that it is estimated that the levels of indoor air pollutants can be more than 1,000 greater than the outside air?

This course has been designed to help you identify potential concerns in your clients' residence or business.
 
This is not only a profitable business but a rewarding one as well. The National average for an IAQ consultation starts at $250.00 and if samples are needed the charge is adjusted from there. The standard air sampling equipment for identification of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC's) usually comes from the lab at no cost. Allergen sampling can be performed with the use of a standard vacuum, and bacteria samples can be taken with a $.50 swab.
 
This course will teach you how to perform assessments, sampling and who your target market is.

 

Syllabus

Understanding an HVAC System
    Heating ,Ventilation, and Cooling
    HVAC components - AHU, Duct Work, Coils, Filters
    HVAC Hygiene
    Guidelines for inspecting an HVAC system
Understanding Biological Contaminants and Allergens
    Background of biological contaminants and allergens
    Health effects
    Protein based allergens
    Inspection and sampling methods (ELISA results) for allergens
Cleaning and reduction recommendations for allergens
Overview of Mold as an Allergen
    Health concerns
    Review of testing procedures
    EPA's ERMI testing procedure for mold
    When to use the ERMI method
Bacteria Inspection and Testing Procedures
    Background of common bacteria - Legionella, Salmonella, Coliforms
    Heath effects and concerns
    Equipment needed, inspection and sampling methods for each bacteria
    Understanding MRSA
    Testing and inspection methods for MRSA in schools and other buildings
    Sewage clearance inspection and sampling methods for sewage clean-up
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC's)
    Background of VOC
    Regulatory standards for VOC's
    Origin and sources of VOC
    Identification for "Sick Building Syndrome" and "Building Related Illness"
    Investigation procedures, proper questionnaires, how to fill out forms
    Testing procedures
Overview of of IAQ Concerns
    Radon - entry points, testing procedures
    Lead - sources of lead, health effects
    Asbestos - sources, health effects


Continuing Education Credits
CEU's for this style of learning are available for the following professional and State organizations;
    AmIAQC - 16 RC's
    ASHI - 2 CE's
    NADA - 4 CEC's
    NAHI - 16 CEU's
    IICRC - 2 CEC's
    InterNACHI - 16 CEU's
    Louisianna State Board of Home Inspection - 2 CEU's
    Mississippi Home Inspection Licensing Board - 16 CEU's
    New York  State Home Inspection Licensure Board (L-0163) - 7 CEU's
    Oregon Construction Contractors Board - 16 CEU's


Extended Information

In the last several years, a growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Thus, for many people, the risks to health may be greater due to exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.
 
In addition, people who may be exposed to indoor air pollutants for the longest periods of time are often those most susceptible to the effects of indoor air pollution. Such groups include the young, the elderly, and the chronically ill, especially those suffering from respiratory or cardiovascular disease.
 
While pollutant levels from individual sources may not pose a significant health risk by themselves, most homes have more than one source that contributes to indoor air pollution. There can be a serious risk from the cumulative effects of these sources.

What causes indoor air problems?
Indoor pollution sources that release gases or particles into the air are the primary cause of indoor air quality problems in homes. Inadequate ventilation can increase indoor pollutant levels by not bringing in enough outdoor air to dilute emissions from indoor sources and by not carrying indoor air pollutants out of the home. Room temperature and humidity levels can also increase concentrations of some pollutants such as mold, mildew, bacteria and dust mites.
High Humidity Levels
Excessive humidity levels can cause significant damage to a house.  Condensation, for example, on cold surfaces (windows and outside walls) causes deterioration of paint, wallpaper, rotting of wood, and potential mold growth.  Areas of the house that can have continuous water and humidity damage include crawl spaces, attics, basements, kitchens, and bathrooms.  Besides being a major contributor to mold growth, high humidity also increases problems with bacteria, viruses, mites, VOCs and ozone.
 
Pollutant Sources
There are many sources of indoor air pollution in any home.