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IAQAA Response to Targeted Call for Research into Biotoxin-related Illnesses in Australia (Biotoxin TCR)

The National Health and Medical Research Council is currently designing a Targeted Call for Research into Biotoxin-related illnesses in Australia, with the aim of assisting in the diagnosis, treatment and management of patients. Research questions will be designed to examine any links between mould and biotoxins and complex symptoms most commonly reported as typifying Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS). IAQAA were invited to respond to the survey which was completed by members and submitted in January 2021. You can read…

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Lunch & Learn #8 Dr Normand Brais – The Role of UV in Safer Buildings

Many mistakenly assume that by following applicable building code and guidelines such as ASHRAE, they are providing properly decontaminated air. And, although the HEPA filter remains the best filter available for ventilation systems, like all filters there exists a determinable inefficiency zone that belies the myth that HEPA is the ultimate answer for air decontamination. To complete the air decontamination process initiated by filtration, Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation (UVGI) needs to be added. UVGI has a long history of being used for…

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Lunch & Learn #7 Dr. Joe Spurgeon – Testing Buildings after Wild Fires

https://vimeo.com/512128601 Testing Buildings after Wild Fires / Bush Fires The first step in an assessment strategy is to know the objective.  Is it assessing contaminants associated with wildfire smoke that are indicators of site contamination, building contamination, occupant exposure, or all three?  Will you just assess products of combustion or also include contaminants resulting from water damage?  The second step is to select contaminants that can be associated with “condition”.  Will the assessment be able to conclude if the building,…

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Lunch & Learn #6 Indoor Air Quality and Occupational Hygiene

Overview Our chairpersons from across the globe from two of our most significant professional bodies will meet and discuss the skills we need to assess Indoor Air Quality risks in built environments! There is a distinct difference between the Indoor Environmental Professional and the Occupational Hygienist in the way we approach and assess Indoor Air Quality and Mould. Our presenters will be speaking on the background to these assessments, how we assess exposure and how we look at the bigger…

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