[ASC-media] Media alert: indoor air pollution threat

JCA Media jcamedia at starclass.com.au
Fri Aug 13 09:25:24 EST 2004


August 13, 2004


Up to 4 million Australians may be exposed to serious indoor air pollution far above world health standards due to unflued gas heaters, a new study has found.

As part of National Science Week, Len Ferrari, Principal, Team Ferrari Environmental and Ted Pender, Pender Environmental Consulting, will present the findings of a national study on the impact of unflued gas heaters on the health of Australians. 

Their findings will be featured at a National Science Symposium on Fri 20 August, 1630-1730, in the Forestry Lecture Theatre (Building 48), Linnaeus Way, The Australian National University, Canberra, ACT.

This comprehensive study, commissioned by the Department of Environment and Heritage, measured the concentrations of nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and formaldehyde in 116 homes in the three cities during the winter and spring of 2003.  It is estimated there are 1 million unflued gas heaters in Australia potentially exposing up to 4 million people to toxic exhaust gases.

Ten different brands of heaters (8 MJ/h to over 30 MJ/h) were found in homes ranging from 1 to over 100 years old and the indoor air quality was generally much more polluted than outside.  The average level of nitrogen dioxide indoors was found to be 10 times higher than the average level outdoors.  The nitrogen dioxide concentration in two thirds of homes was found to exceed the World Health Organisation recommended level, up to an extreme case which was over 8 times the WHO level. The presentation will examine the results found in these homes and their implications.
LEN FERRARI has been measuring and managing air quality for over 40 years.  29 years with the NSW EPA. He set up his own consultancy in 1992.  He has published over 60 papers and worked throughout Australia and SE Asia for industry and government.  He is past Society President, Past Branch President and Past Society Training Activities Committee Chairman for CASANZ.  
TED PENDER has over 34 hears experience with the NSW EPA measuring outdoor and indoor air quality and then consulting in SE Asia. He is the Past Society Training Activities Committee  Chairman and now Branch Training Activities Committee Chairman for CASANZ.


Fri 20 August, 1630-1730
Forestry Lecture Theatre (Building 48)
Linnaeus Way, The Australian National University
Acton, Canberra

Media are welcome to attend and interview the authors.

More information:
Len Ferrari, 02 6566 5584, 0429 929 365 , lferrari at ozemail.com.au  

More information about Science Week:
Telephone: 02 6205 0281
Mobile: 0407 781 891
Facsimile: 02 6207 0072
E-mail: scienceweek at orac.net.au

For other  events in National Science Week 2004, please visit:
Website: http://www.scienceweek.info.au/

National Science Week is supported by the Commonwealth Government Department of Education Science and Training (DEST) and the Department of Industry Tourism and Resources (DITR).

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