Presentation on theme: "National Environmental Health Association Indoor Air Quality Workshop February 18 – 20,2004 Washington, DC Montgomery County, Maryland Indoor Air Quality."— Presentation transcript:
National Environmental Health Association Indoor Air Quality Workshop February 18 – 20,2004 Washington, DC Montgomery County, Maryland Indoor Air Quality Program
DEP – Division of Environmental Policy and Compliance (DEPC) Field Indoor Environments Noise Air Pollution Prevention & Brownfields Stormwater Energy
Indoor Environments Program Compliance Public Outreach and Education
Program Inititiatives RADON Pesticides Integrated Pest Management Carbon Monoxide Environmental Asthma Triggers Indoor Mold Indoor Painting Practices
Compliance Local Executive Ordinances Chapter 3 Air/Indoor Air Quality Chapter 33-B Pesticides
Basic Language of Chapter 3 Section 3.10 Control and prohibition of indoor air pollution. (a)A person must not cause or allow the emission of indoor air pollutants beyond the person’s property line in a manner that creates indoor air pollution. (b) subsection (a) does not apply to: The residential use of personal hygiene products; Smoking in non-restricted areas; or Residential cooking odors.
Slide 5 of 12 Chapter 3 Continued - Property Line Defined: “Property line” means the boundary of a residential or non-residential area that a person legally uses or owns. For a property divided into more than one legal unit, such as multi-family housing or a multi-tenant commercial property, “property line” also includes any boundary between a unit and a common area or between units.
A Common IAQ Occurrence
Slide 5 of 12 Some Examples: A car repair shop is next to a day care enter and fumes from the paint spray booth are entering the day care center. A nail salon is next to an office and fumes from the nail salon are entering the neighboring offices. A tenant in an apartment building is concerned with visible mold growth on the interior surfaces of the unit caused by water damage due to a roof leak. Who Would be Affected?
Montgomery County’s Indoor Air Quality Strategy … Typical examples Slide 7 of 12
Strategy Continued- DEPs IAQ enforcement is complaint driven. Therefore, when we receive a complaint that falls within our jurisdiction, DEP will: Perform a preliminary investigation that includes, interviews, IAQ testing with appropriate meters, and ventilation testing. If DEPs preliminary investigation reveals a problem, we will require that the facility perform further monitoring, utilizing a professional industrial hygiene firm, and submit a corrective action plan to DEP for approval. If the facility fails to comply, DEP has the ability to issue citations and proceed with enforcement actions.
Mold … Instrumentation Tramex Survey Encounter SURVEY ENCOUNTER METER FOR MEASURING MOISTURE IN WOOD, DRY- WALL, PLASTER, BRICK, ROOFING, SIDING AND OTHER CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS
Additional Tools … Indoor Air Quality Building Education and Assessment Model (I-BEAM) Software What is I-BEAM? I-BEAM is computer software for use by building professionals and others interested in indoor air quality in commercial buildings.
The Second Aspect of Our Program and the MOST EMPHASIZED is Public Outreach MOLD Developing a Local Community Program
Why Develop a Public Outreach Program for Indoor Mold? To Educate the Public on Sane Approaches to Handling Mold.
Developing a Successful Public Outreach Program Things to Consider … A.Conduct information needs analysis Who is most at risk? What do they need to know? B.Determine Goals/Objectives Determine what you are trying to accomplish. C.Identify an intended or “target” audience Who needs this information? What public outreach materials will be needed to reach your target audience? D.Identify partnerships Are there other agencies and organizations with similar interests? E.Develop overall theme/message The theme will be the overall approach that sets the tone for the outreach program. Example: Mold – The Fungus Among Us! Slide 12 of 12
DEP receives over 3,000 indoor air related inquiries per year. Over half are mold related. Determine Goals/Objectives Educate our Residents on Sane Approaches to Mold. Identify an intended or “target” audience Residents, Property Mangers, Business Owners and Operators Conduct information needs analysis Sept. 17 th 2002 edition of the Washington Post
Child Care Resource Center, Public Schools,Health Department, Housing Authority, Building Officials, Park and Recreational Centers, Community and Homeowner Associations, Realtors, Property Managers, EPA and NACo. D. Identify partnerships
Aspects of DEP’s Public Outreach Campaign- Mold –Development of fact sheets –Responding to telephone inquiries
Dissemination of the information… Mass Mailings to County Agencies Colorful Newspaper Ads Health Fairs
Use of DEP’s Website Potential Sources of Water Intrusion Slide 6 of 12
DEP’s County Cable Station
Additional Ideas Create a Healthy Indoor Air Action Kit using FREE EPA Documents
Lessons Learned Be prepared! We didn’t anticipate the volume of calls and requests for information concerning mold. We Need to Focus More Activities on Mold Prevention.
A Few Things to Remember… Educate your residents. Network! Partner with County Agencies and other interested parties. Use EPA Documents Make information easily accessible to your residents And finally, Develop a Website
Indoor Air Quality and Mold Resources Montgomery County, MD Department of Environmental Protection Montgomery County Executive Ordinance Search for Chapter 3 and Chapter 33-B md/ U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Indoor Air Quality – Mold/Moisture/Mildew
Slide 12 of 12 Parting Thoughts…Mushrooms Should Not Grow in Your Buildings