Helena – October is Children’s Health Month – dedicated to creating healthy places where children and adults live, learn, work, and play. Later this month, the Montana Children’s Environmental Health Network will offer a one and a half day Indoor Air Quality Training & Hands-On Skills Practice.
Participants will learn how to identify indoor air quality problems as well as simple, cost-effective solutions. The training will be held in Helena, Tuesday, October 27 – 28 at the Holiday Inn. Optional half-day, on-site facility walkthroughs will also be offered.
The training will be conducted by Rich Prill, a Building Science and Indoor Air Quality Specialist who worked for many years with the Washington State University Extension Energy Program and is now a private consultant. Prill is a nationally recognized expert in indoor air quality for residential, commercial, and institutional buildings. His focus has included indoor air quality in schools, tribal buildings, ventilation, radon, and mold/moisture.
Children are especially susceptible to indoor air quality issues having higher breathing rates, activity levels, and developing lungs. Asthma is a leading cause of young student absenteeism. Considering that only 36 percent of Montana schools have a process to recognize and reduce asthma triggers, poor air quality is a concerning issue that can ultimately affect student performance.
The Montana Children’s Environmental Health Network promotes initiatives that protect the health of children and young people. The Network is a consortium of the Lewis & Clark County Health Department, Montana Department of Environmental Quality, Department of Public Health & Human Services, Office of Public Instruction, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the University of Montana, Montana State University, and other organizations.
The target audiences for this training are school district personnel, sanitarians, building and facility managers, maintenance staff, daycare providers, nurses, property managers, and others interested in creating – and maintaining – good indoor air quality and health. Topics covered will include mold and moisture, ventilation, radon, lead, asthma triggers, pesticides, safer cleaning, and best management practices.
Cost is $55 per person and includes lunch and all training and site visits. A live broadcast online version of the training is available for $30. To register, visit: http://1.usa.gov/1jRG0xG Conference organizers will make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities who wish to participate in this meeting. If you require special accommodation, please contact Jenna Gilmore at JGilmore2@Mt.gov or (406) 444-4643 no later than October 14, 2015.
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