Friday, November 17, 2006

You Clean Air Solution -

President's Message

In most places in North America, November is the true beginning of what could be labeled the "indoor months". It goes without saying that during these cold months, indoor air quality becomes an even more important concern. This also means that it is a crucial season for AllerAir and our partners. Remember that AllerAir's trained support staff is in place to help you during this rush season.

These last few months have been an eventful ones for us as we exhibited at the Canadian Manufacturing Week's WeldExpo outside of Toronto. We are happy to report that we were received extremely well by welders and plant managers. Especially now with several major safety-related lawsuits by welders in the USA, there is an increasing concern for welding safety from both the welders and management. From recent industry trends and our presence at the Expo, we expect to be experiencing an increasing demand for our welding fume extractors in the immediate future.

Furthermore, we have just returned from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) Annual Meeting on November 11-13. We spoke to many frustrated medical professionals who are finding only limited success with traditional prescription medications and are looking hard to find more effective and long-lasting solutions for their patients. It was our first time exhibiting at this show, and our reception then more than met our expectations.

As things are getting busy for everyone, I have kept this month's letter brief. In the rest of the newsletter you will find a report on a study citing the dangers of poor air quality in the Houston area and a story on how the EPA is making it a goal to educate students and teachers on the dangers of poor IAQ.


Sam Teitelbaum

President, AllerAir Industries

Study: Urgent Measures Needed to Improve Houston Air Quality

Houston's decaying air quality deserves "urgent attention," and immediate steps should be taken to dramatically reduce emissions, a report released Wednesday by the Houston Endowment concludes.

The study authors, a diverse group of high-level educators and students from five area universities, say that the sprawling city's declining air quality has marred its reputation.

The study summary focuses on health risks associated with four hazardous air pollutants -- benzene, 1.3-butadiene, formaldehyde and diesel particulate matter -- and urges government and business leaders to slash emission levels from industrial plants and motor vehicles.

The study suggests that the city's long-term goal should be to match the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's benchmark of reducing excess cancer risk to less than one death in every 1 million people.

However, considering the report says that some "hot spots" -- most notably in the city's southeast quadrant -- have observed air concentrations of toxins posing a health risk of one excess cancer death in 10,000 people, that would represent a massive reduction in pollutants.

You can find the rest of the article here

EPA to do Webcasts on Air Quality in Schools

Children's Health Month is every October, and this year's theme is: "Promoting Healthy School Environments." EPA programs for schools can help improve the health, productivity and performance of 53 million children and 6 million staff in the nation's 120,000 public and private schools, as well as save energy and money.

In celebration of Children's Health Month, EPA is offering webcasts throughout October to raise awareness about protecting children from environmental risks, such as indoor air pollution, while they are in school.

Beginning Oct. 5, the webcasts will be available for parents, educators, facility managers, school administrators, architects, design engineers, school nurses, teachers, staff and healthcare practitioners.

"What better place to teach children the importance of a healthy environment than the place they do most of their learning -- at school," said EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson. "Working with our school partners, EPA is providing our future leaders a healthy, cleaner environment in which to learn and play."

You can find the rest of the article here

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