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National Environmental Public Health Tracking

For more than a decade, the Environmental Public Health Tracking Program has collected, integrated, and analyzed non-infectious disease and environmental data from a nationwide network of partners. The purpose of this Program is to deliver information and data to protect the nation from health issues arising from or directly related to environmental factors. For more information click here

Indiana Department of Environmental Management

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management’s (IDEM) mission is to implement federal and state regulations to protect human health and the environment while allowing the environmentally sound operations of industrial, agricultural, commercial, and governmental activities vital to a prosperous economy.

For more information about IDEM click here.

Asthma Environmental Triggers

Information on asthma triggers, management, and prevention. 2022 Asthma Home Environment Triggers (pdf)

Environmental Protection Agency Asthma 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promotes scientific understanding of environmental asthma triggers and ways to manage asthma in community settings through research, education and outreach. With federal, state and local partners, they are building the nation's capacity to control asthma and manage exposure to indoor and outdoor pollutants linked to asthma. The EPA’s purpose is to build knowledge and awareness to improve the quality of life for millions of Americans with asthma. 

For more information related to the EPA click here.

secondhand smokedust mites 
Secondhand SmokeDust Mites
mold cockroaches and pests 
MoldsCockroaches and Pests
pet dander nitrogen dioxide 
Pet DanderNitrogen Dioxide
outdoor air pollution chemical irritants 
Outdoor Air PollutionChemical Irritants
wood smoke 
Wood Smoke 

Indiana Indoor Air Quality Rule

The IAQ Rule 410 IAC 33, was written as a means to compliment the Indiana sanitary schoolhouse rule which was passed in 2007. The IAQ rule was open for comments and passed in 2010 and was set to be implemented statewide in May 2011. The IAQ coordinator is to be the main point of contact for the school corporation when parents, teachers, other staff or state inspectors has questions concerning air related issues within the corporation. The IAQ coordinator is to implement all aspects required of the rule including idling, animals, temperature, humidity, chemical selection, cleaning, maintenance, etc. This rule covers all schools, to include public, private, magnet and parochial schools, and all state agencies statewide.  

The Indoor Air Quality program has three main functions.

1) Enforce 410 IAC 33 “Indoor Air Quality in Schools and State Agencies.” When we receive a complaint about the air quality in a school or state agency we will inspect the facility and report our findings.

2) Provide technical assistance to local health departments in support of their investigations. We have instrumentation that we can use to measure various indoor air pollutants. This information is then provided to the local health department to aid in their investigations.

3) Educate and consult with the public regarding their concerns about Indoor Air Quality. If you have questions on indoor air quality that are not answered on these web pages you can contact our office and we will be happy to answer your questions.

Beyond 410 IAC 33 for schools and state agencies, there are no laws or regulations that can be enforced for indoor air quality. There are several published guidelines from federal agencies and other organizations that can be used to make suggestions and recommendations to improve a building’s air quality.  For more information, visit the Indiana Department of Heath Indoor Air Division.

Clean Air Car Check

Clean Air Car Check is helping Indiana make steady progress toward reducing the emissions of pollutants from industry, motor vehicles and other activities that contribute to the formation of ground level ozone in Lake and Porter counties.  

Department of Housing and Urban Development: Seven Principles for a Healthy Home

The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development believes our communities should make homes available to families that are affordable and healthy. "Healthy Homes" is a century-old concept that promotes safe, decent, and sanitary housing as a means for preventing disease and injury.