Session: Built Environment Institute IV. Characterizing the impact of the indoor built environment on human health
3345.1: Monday, November 17, 2003: 4:30 PM-6:00 PM
Built Environment Institute IV. Characterizing the impact of the indoor built environment on human health
Americans spend 80-90% of their time indoors. Specific health hazards related to housing and the indoor environment include unintentional injuries, exposure to lead, exposure to allergens that may cause or worsen asthma, moisture and fungi (mold), rodent and insect pests, pesticide residues, indoor air pollution and others. A number of these specific hazards share underlying causes - excess moisture, inadequate ventilation, poor maintenance - and all may be influenced by factors in the community environment and/or by occupant behaviors. Occupational exposures, exposures from daycare facilities and schools, and building codes and safety standards all have biological, psychological and social health implications.
Learning Objectives: (1) understand how human-modified places - homes, schools, workplaces - impact our health; and (2) become aware of how improvements in the design and construction of these places can result in improvements in health.
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Organizer(s):Neal L. Rosenblatt, MS, MSC
Susie Shimek
Paul Locke, DrPH, JD
Claire L. Barnett, MBA
Jake Pauls, CPE
Moderator(s):Jake Pauls, CPE
4:30 PMWho controls the indoor built environment? An overview
Susie Shimek
4:50 PMHow Building Codes Assure Healthful Indoor Environments
John LaTorra
5:10 PMIndoor air sciences and the art of healthy indoor environments: Reseach, policy and practice issues
Michael G Apte, MPH, PhD, Al Hodgson
5:30 PMBuilding for good indoor air quality and long term health: An Architect's perspective
Anthony Bernheim, FAIA
Organized by:Environment
Endorsed by:Community-Based Public Health Caucus; International Health; Medical Care; Occupational Health and Safety; Public Health Education and Health Promotion; Public Health Nursing; Public Health Student Caucus
CE Credits:CME, Environmental Health, Nursing, Pharmacy

The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA