Skip to main content

Sensitization and the Built Environment - Connecting Research and Practice (AIHce EXP 2020 OnDemand)

Course Description:
Recorded at Virtual AIHce EXP 2020

Sensitization to contaminants that can be found in the built environment (occupational and residential) is a common problem, but frequently not well-understood. This session is designed to help attendees understand biological principles behind the sensitization issues commonly encountered by IH/IEQ professionals. The presenters will use a combination of scientific publications and examples from actual consulting projects to explain the process of sensitization and reactivity to specific contaminants that can be found in the built environment. Topics will include: a) biological contaminants (fungi, allergens, pests, laboratory animal allergens, industrial enzymes), and b) a variety of chemicals that can cause sensitization, and influence the way the human body interacts with biological compounds.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion, the participant will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of the biological process of allergic sensitization.
  • Identify the allergenic compounds typically encountered in built environments.
  • Use sampling techniques for occupational allergen exposure assessments.
  • Describe the options and limitations of common sampling methods for fungi.
  • Anticipate co-exposures to other contaminants can influence reactivity and health outcomes.
  • Implement a holistic approach to investigating complaints in the built environment.

Contact Hours:

Presentation Date:

Dr Eva King, MSc, PhD, CIEC
AURA EnviroScience LLC
Keswick, VA United States of America

Michael Amster, PE, CIH, CSP, FAIHA
M.B. Amster & Associates, Inc.
Concord, MA United States of America