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Session Number 251

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

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Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) in the COVID-19 Age

Donald Weekes, MPH, CIH

Ottawa, ON

About this program:

The presentation will focus on the differences between the three (3) areas of expertise (indoor air quality (IAQ); industrial hygiene (IH); and indoor environmental quality (IEQ). It will also discuss the relationship of these scientific areas with ventilation in buildings. Case studies will illustrate what an investigator looks for while conducting a building inspection and testing, including the investigative methods and risk assessment tools for evaluating a building for the risk of COVID-19. The presentation will provide the attendees with an innovative approach to building inspections to assess the potential for infectious transmission of viruses, including COVID-19.

About the Presenter:

Mr. Weekes has over forty-four (44) years of comprehensive consultation expertise and project experience in the implementation and management of inspections for hazardous materials in numerous buildings throughout Canada and the United States including universities, colleges, governmental offices, and commercial and residential buildings. During the course of Mr. Weekes’ career, he has served in numerous senior management positions in both the consulting and insurance industries. He has provided consultation services, including health and safety audits and environmental air sampling, to a wide variety of facilities in the utility, chemical, petroleum, petrochemical, and pharmaceutical industries. He has also worked with numerous governmental entities at local, state, provincial, and federal levels.


As a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) and a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Mr. Weekes has served as an environmental health and safety professional for various international corporations. He has worked as a consultant for firms in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Germany, France, Finland, and Switzerland. His extensive capabilities in health and safety audits have enabled him to work in facilities involved with manufacturing, warehousing and logistics.


Mr. Weekes was a Consultant to InAIR Environmental Ltd. (InAIR) in Ottawa, ON, Canada. InAIR is an occupational and environmental health and safety consultancy with a focus on indoor air quality issues in buildings. Mr. Weekes provides technical guidance on all of the technical aspects of projects involving occupational health and safety assessments, indoor air quality, asbestos, LEED IEQ credit certification, lead paint, mould, and drinking water sampling.

Program Level: Basic

Content Area(s): Occupant Health/Medical Issues, Investigations, Testing & Research, Facility Operations & Management, Cleaning & Remediation

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