Indoor Quality

Goals and Objectives

  • Assemble, evaluate, and disseminate to occupational and environmental health professionals information relevant to environmental quality in occupied indoor locations, including nonoccupational uses.
  • Actively participate in identifying and responding to indoor air quality issues.
  • Advocates for improved IEQ through appropriate regulatory and consensus voluntary standards.
  • Advocates for the application of science, technology, and evidence-based approaches to improving indoor environments for workers and the community at large.
  • Sharing scientific information through peer review and publication and using it to influence decision-makers about essential and emerging issues impacting the environment.

Current Projects

  • COVID-19
  • 4th Edition of the Odor Thresholds Book
  • Legionella outreach and guidance
  • Mold Information for Consumers
  • Mold Assessment, remediation, and post-remediation- Videos available on YouTube
  • PDC: Role of the Industrial Hygienist in a Pandemic- an update
  • PDC 404: Optimizing Ventilation Systems for Labs
  • PDC 805: Planning for Increases in Legionellosis - NEW!

Products Produced by the Group

  • Reducing the Risk of COVID-19 using Engineering Controls + Supplement
  • Employers Guide to Cleaning and Disinfection in Non-Healthcare Workplaces, Effective and Safe Practices
  • Guidance for Custodians, Cleaning & Maintenance Staff
  • Supplement for the Use of Automatic Hand Dryers
  • Recovering from COVID-19 Building Closures
  • Workplace Cleaning for COVID-19


  • Received AIHA Volunteer Group Shining Star Award- 2020
  • AIHA Outstanding Volunteer Group (2020, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008)
  • Selected as an Outstanding Volunteer Group deemed “Best in Class.”
  • Selected the winner of the Lila Albin Award for 2020 – JOEH publication
  • Endowed the Philip R. Morey Memorial Scholarship – 2015 to present

Collaboration Efforts

Members of the IEQ committee serve in multidisciplinary roles, with involvement on other AIHA committees and committees outside the organization.


Qualifications to Join

Members must be an AIHA member in good standing. If you are interested in learning more about membership, please visit

IEQ Committee Memorial Scholarships, Grant, and Awards

Philip R. Morey Memorial Scholarship

The Philip R. Morey Memorial Scholarship was endowed in 2015 through generous donations from Dr. Morey’s colleagues, friends, and family. The Philip R. Morey Memorial Scholarship fund is designed for undergraduate and graduate students that are studying a curriculum involving indoor air quality science and technology, or students who are conducting research in the indoor air quality field.

To contribute to Phil Morey Memorial Scholarship fund, please:

Stephen C. Davis Future Leadership Institute Memorial Grant

As a visionary leader, mentor and strong advocate of the Industrial Hygiene/Occupational Health (IH/OH) profession globally, Stephen C. Davis recognized the importance of investing in the next generation of IH/OH professionals. To honor his legacy and provide opportunities for the profession’s future leadership, the Stephen C. Davis Future Leadership Institute Memorial Grant has been established.

To make a donation, simply complete the donation form and return it via mail, a scanned copy attached to email, or fax to the attention of Thursa La, 703-207-3561.

The Lila Albin Award for the Best Indoor Environmental Quality Paper

Since 1997, the AIHA Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) Committee has evaluated peer-reviewed journal articles to bestow this award at the committee’s annual meeting. Papers must: (a) be peer reviewed and published during the previous year in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene; (b) provide practical information and expand knowledge base of IEQ professionals; (c) address a critical IEQ issue; and (d) present the topic clearly and engagingly. In 2012, the award was renamed in honor of the late Lila Albin, Ph.D. to honor her skills, energy and enthusiasm as Chair of the AIHA IEQ Committee, as AIHA Indiana Local Section President, and as Board Member/On-line editor for the American Institute of Chemists. Lila earned her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Health Physics, Industrial Hygiene and Indoor Air Quality at Purdue University and did her Ph.D. dissertation on the bioactivity of carpet extracts.

  • 2021:
  • 2020:
  • 2019:
  • 2018: Jaime Butler-Dawson, Kit Galvin, Peter S. Thorne & Diane S. Rohlman (2018) Organophosphorus pesticide residue levels in homes located near orchards, Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, 15:12, 847-856​
  • 2017: Aleksandr B. Stefaniak, Ryan F. LeBouf, Jinghai Yi, Jason Ham, Timothy Nurkewicz, Diane E. Schwegler-Berry, Bean T. Chen, J. Raymond Wells, Matthew G. Duling, Robert B. Lawrence, Stephen B. Martin, Jr., Alyson R. Johnson, and M. Abbas Virji for "Characterization of Chemical Contaminants Generated by a Desktop Fused Deposition Modeling 3-Dimensional Printer," Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
  • 2016: Patrick Steinle for "Characterization of Emissions from a Desktop 3D Printer and Indoor Measurements in Office Settings," Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, 2016; 13:2, 121-132
  • 2015: Paloma I. Beamer, Kevin R. Plotkin, Charles P. Gerba, Laura Y. Sifuentes, David W. Koenig, and Kelly A. Reynolds for “Modeling of Human Viruses on Hands and Risk of Infection in an Office Workplace Using Micro-Activity Data,” Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, 12:4, 266-275
  • 2014: Kee-Hean Ong, Roger D. Lewis, Anupm Dixit, Maureen MacDonald, Mingan Yang & Zhegmin Qian for "Inactivation of Dust Mites, Dust Mite Allergen, and Mold from Carpet," Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
  • 2013: John W. Martyny, Kate A. Serrano, Joshua W. Schaeffer & Mike V. Van Dyke, for "Potential Exposures Associated with Indoor Marijuana Growing Operations," Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene. 2013, 10:11, 622-639
  • 2012: Lozier MJ, Curwin B, Nishioka MG & Sanderson W. for "Determinants of Atrazine Contamination in the Homes of Commercial Pesticide Applicators Across Time," Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, 2012; 9(5):289-297
  • 2011: Pierce JS, Abelmann A, Spicer LJ, Adams RE, Glynn ME, Neier K, Finley BL, Gaffney SH. for "Characterization of Formaldehyde Exposure Resulting from the Use of Four Professional Hair Straightening Products," Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, 2011; 8(11):686-99

AIHA IEQ Committee Best IEQ Paper Award Winners (1997-2010)

  • Gloria D. Coronado; William C. Griffith; Eric M. Vigoren; Elaine M. Faustman; and Beti Thompson. Where’s the Dust? Characterizing Locations of Azinphos-Methyl Residues in House and Vehicle Dust Among Farmworkers with Young Children. J Occup Environ Hyg. 2010; 7(12): 663 – 671
  • Franzblau A, Zwica L, Knutson K, Chen Q, Lee SY, Hong B, Adriaems P, Demond A, Garabrant D, Gillespie B, Lepkowski J, Luksemburg W, Maier M, and Towey T. An Investigation of Homes with High Concentrations of PCDDs, PCDFs, and/or Dioxin-Like PCBs in House Dust. J Occup Environ Hyg. 2009; 6(3):188-199
  • McKernan LT, Hein MJ, Wallingford KM, Burge H, and Herrick R. Assessing Total Fungal Concentrations on Commercial Passenger Aircraft Using Mixed-Effects Modeling. J Occup Environ Hyg. 2008; 5(1):48–58
  • Glazer CS, Martyny JW, Lee B, Sanchez TL, Sells TM, Newman LS, Murphy J, Heifets L, and Rose CS. Nontuberculous Mycobacteria in Aerosol Droplets and Bulk Water Samples from Therapy Pools and Hot Tubs. J Occup Environ Hyg. 2007; 4(11):831-40.
  • Shaughnessy, R and R. Sextro. What Is an Effective Air Cleaning Device? J Occup Environ Hyg. 2006; 3(4):169–181
  • Nicas, M., W.W. Nazaroff, and A. Hubbard. Toward understanding the risk of secondary airborne infection: Emission of respirable pathogens. J Occup Environ Hyg. 2005; 2(3):143-154
  • Mahooti‐Brooks, N, Storey, E, Yang, CS, Simcox, NJ, Turner, W, and Hodgson, M., Characterization of Mold and Moisture Indicators in the Home. J Occup Environ Hyg. 2004; 1(12):826-39
  • Samimi, B.S. and Ross, K. Extent of Fungal Growth on Fiberglass Duct Liners With and Without Biocides Under Challenging Environmental Conditions. App Occup Env Hyg. 2003; 18(3):193-199
  • Earnest, G.S. K.H. Dunn, R.M. Hall, et al. An Evaluation of an Engineering Control to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisonings of Individuals on and Around Houseboats. Am Ind Hyg Assoc J. 2002; 63(3):361-369
  • Weber, A. and E. Page. Renovation of Contaminated Building Materials at Facility Serving Pediatric Cancer Outpatients. App Occup Env Hyg. 2001; 16(1):2-31
  • Robbins, CA, Swenson, LJ, Nealley, ML, Kelman, BJ and Gots, RE. The Health Effects of Mycotoxins in Indoor Air: A Critical Review. App. Occup Env Hyg. 2000; 15(10):773-784
  • Krake, A.M., K.A. Worthington, K.M. Wallingford, and K.F. Martinez. Evaluation of Microbiological Contamination in a Museum. App Occup Env Hyg. 1999; 14(8):499-509
  • Lewis, RD, Breysse, P, Lees, PSJ, Diener-West, M, Hamilton, R, and Eggleston, P. Factors Affecting the Retention of Dust Mite Allergen on Carpet. Am Ind Hyg Assoc J. 1998; 59(9):606-613
  • Brauer, M., J. Kostiuk and N. McNabb. Improved Ice Arena Air Quality with the Use of a Three-Way Catalytic Converter and Fuel Management System. Am Ind Hyg Assoc J. 1997; 58(8):608-612.