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State of the Science Conference
September 15-16, 2005

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Improving Workplace Access and Accommodations for Chemically & Electromagnetically Sensitive Employees

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  1. Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) Project
  2. Barriers to Access for People with Chemical and Electromagnetic Sensitivities
  3. Eliminating or Minimizing Access Barriers through Building Design & Construction, Furnishings, and Operations & Maintenance Practices
  4. Barrier: Pesticides - Eliminate or Minimize their Use
  5. Barrier: Pesticides Operations & Maintenance (cont.)
  6. Barrier: Poor Air Quality & Inadequate Ventilation
  7. Barrier: Poor Air Quality & Inadequate Ventilation (cont.)
  8. Barrier: Poor Air Quality & Inadequate Ventilation (cont.)
  9. Workplace Policies
  10. Cleaner Air Logo
  11. Cleaner Air Rooms & Paths of Travel
  12. Cleaner Air Rooms & Paths of Travel (cont.)
  13. Assistive Technology
  14. Assistive Technology (cont.)
  15. Additional Accommodations
  16. Mary Lamielle, Executive Director

Slide 16 of 31

Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) Project

Design & Construction
Building Products & Materials
Operations & Maintenance
Designated Cleaner Air Rooms

How to accomplish recommendations:

  • Voluntary programs
  • Regulatory guidelines
  • Changes in codes and standards
  • Research on safer/alternative products and practices

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    Barriers to Access for People with Chemical and Electromagnetic Sensitivities


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    Eliminating or Minimizing Access Barriers through Building Design & Construction, Furnishings, and Operations & Maintenance Practices


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    Barrier: Pesticides - Eliminate or Minimize their Use

    Design and Construct for pest prevention:
  • Select building sites away from golf courses or farms, if possible.
  • Use inert, pest-resistant building materials.
  • Use non-chemical barriers to prevent termites.
  • Direct lighting away from building to keep insects away.
  • Use window screens and bird screens.

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    Barrier: Pesticides Operations & Maintenance (cont.)

  • Practice IPM (Integrated Pest Management):
  • Prevent pest problems by reducing or eliminating source of food, water, and shelter.
  • Use non-chemical controls such as baits and sticky traps, sealing cracks and crevices, vacuums, screens, fly swatters, etc.
  • If pesticides are necessary, spot treat using a least toxic product with prenotification and posting.
  • Maintain healthy lawns and landscape.
  • Pull weeds and use mechanical cutters.

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    Barrier: Poor Air Quality & Inadequate Ventilation

    Design and construct for optimum air quality:

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    Barrier: Poor Air Quality & Inadequate Ventilation (cont.)


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    Barrier: Poor Air Quality & Inadequate Ventilation (cont.)

    Operations & Maintenance:
  • An efficient ventilation system will eliminate a perceived need for fragrance emission devices, air fresheners, or deodorizers.
  • To reduce odors, increase ventilation or open windows.
  • Use vacuum with HEPA filter.
  • Avoid the use of cleaners containing chlorine, ammonia, phenol, and alcohols.
  • Do not use fragranced, citrus, or pine-based cleaning products.

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    Workplace Policies


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    Cleaner Air Logo


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    Cleaner Air Rooms & Paths of Travel


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    Cleaner Air Rooms & Paths of Travel (cont.)


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    Assistive Technology


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    Assistive Technology (cont.)


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    Additional Accommodations


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    Mary Lamielle, Executive Director

    National Center for Environmental Health Strategies, Inc.
    1100 Rural Avenue
    Voorhees, New Jersey 08043
    (856)429-5358
    ncehs@ncehs.org


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