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health friendly air advise Asthma Society members on how to improve indoor air quality

airdemonshealth friendly air were asked by the Asthma Society of Ireland to contribute to the cover story "Air Demons" in the Spring/Summer Edition of their publication magazine "Asthma News". As providers of specialist indoor air testing and consultancy services for workplaces, retail outlets, hospitals, schools and homes we were delighted assist the Society and their members.

The article provided advice on how to tackle and control indoor air pollutants such as mould, volatile organic compounds, dust mites, radon and carbon monoxide. It advised members on how to control these exposures and advised if they suspected indoor air quality problems, that testing can be carried out to identify contaminants, determine their levels and to provide advice on how to erase or minimise these pollutants.

 

health friendly air’s lead Occupational Hygienist is awarded bursury from the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS)

Ruairí Ward, lead occupational hygienist for the health friendly air programme in Ireland has been awarded a bursury from the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) to fund his MSc research on office air in Ireland. This is much needed research as the World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that greater than one building in four has indoor air quality problems and 20-60% of office occupants suffer from symptoms associated with unhealthy indoor air.

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Ruairi has responsibility for the occupational hygiene and workplace environmental monitoring for the health friendly air™ programme. With his team, he develops and delivers tailored quality sampling strategies for the occupational setting. Ruairí is a science graduate from the National University of Ireland Galway, with a further Higher Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety. He has also completed postgraduate study in the U.K. by completing a postgraduate diploma in Occupational Hygiene from the University of Manchester and is now completing an MSc.

   

health friendly air invited to attend New Asthma Society Initiative launch by the Minister for Health

health friendly air™ management recently attended the launch of the Asthma Society’s new initiative to facilitate the implementation of best practice asthma guidelines in Irish healthcare. The launch by Minister Mary Harney in the Royal College of Physicians has been developed by the Asthma Society of Ireland to improve asthma management in Ireland and it is being implemented in partnership with the Dept of Health and Children (DOHC) and the Health Service Executive (HSE). The project is modelled on the Finnish Asthma Programme which demonstrated that it is possible to deliver better healthcare outcomes for asthma with a reduction in healthcare costs.

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The project will initially involve approximately 25 primary care sites nationwide to focus on bringing evidence-based asthma guidelines into real-life practice. Participating healthcare professionals – GPs, practice nurses and community pharmacists – will complete both on-line and practical education modules based on current international best practice. Following the initial demonstration project which will reach up to 5,000 asthma patients, the hope is for it to be rolled out on a national level, in line with the roll out of the Primary Care Strategy. The demonstration project has been developed to mirror the principles of the Dept. of Health Policy Framework for the Management of Chronic Disease.

health friendly air welcome and support the introduction of this initiative to improve asthma management in Ireland and wish the Asthma Society every success.

   

Environment Minister John Gormley visiting our laboratory

Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, John Gormley TD, visiting the state of the art Health Friendly Air Laboratory developed specifically to measure indoor air pollutants.The laboratory, based in Dublin's Docklands, will analyse samples collected as part of Allergy Standard Consultings health friendly air programme which tests indoor environments for levels of the most commonly found air contaminants that cause ill health and ensures these levels meet international standards and best practice. By having health friendly air certification, businesses will ensure that wellbeing at work amongst employees is a top priority.

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HFA on About The House

video_icon Watch the HFA team carry out an indoor air survey on RTE’s About The House

HFA on RTE Drivetime

audio_iconListen to health friendly air programme founder, Dr Bruce Mitchell, being interviewed on RTÉ about indoor air issues in offices.