Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Access Spanish IAQ Management Resources Online

Promote Hispanic Heritage Month at Your School by Using Free Resources Available in Spanish

October is Hispanic Heritage Month. Take action to communicate your school’s IAQ management plan with your community. According to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, nearly 2 million Hispanics across America have asthma. EPA offers many resources in Spanish to help promote healthy indoor school environments, including information on asthma management. Encourage Spanish-speaking students and staff at your school to visit EPA’s Spanish indoor air quality website to learn more about the importance of IAQ management.

Spanish Resources

· IAQ Tools for Schools Checklists: These checklists can be used by facilities and maintenance staff, food services staff, and others during school walkthrough assessments. Checklists may be downloaded in PDF formats or MS Word formats, which can be tailored for individual schools. The following checklists are available in Spanish:

- Building and Grounds Maintenance.

- Food Service.

- Integrated Pest Management (IPM).

- Waste Management.

· Asthma Fact Sheet: The Asthma Fact Sheet highlights the most up-to-date asthma statistics that can be used to educate school community members and promote asthma outreach.

· Dusty The Asthma Goldfish and His Asthma Triggers Funbook: This funbook is filled with activities for children such as connect-the-dots and coloring. These activities help children learn about asthma triggers and how to avoid them.

· Help Your Child Gain Control Over Asthma: This brochure offers tips on how to manage asthma and simple steps to minimize exposure to asthma triggers found indoors and out.

Media Campaigns

Interested in sharing IAQ management messages that focus on asthma and radon with your school community? Visit EPA’s Indoor Environments Media Campaigns website to access public service announcements in both English and Spanish for radio, television and print.

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