OHSU Joins DEQ In Kicking Off Air Pollution Prevention Season on World Asthma Day, May 3
05/01/01 Portland, Ore.
Employees asked to keep emissions down on high-smog Clean Air Action Days
- Andy Ginsburg, Air Quality Division Administrator, DEQ
- Molly Osborne, M.D., Associate Dean for Student Affairs, OHSU
- John Burnham, Director, Environmental Health & Radiation Safety, OHSU
11:00 a.m., Thursday, May 3 (World Asthma Day)
Outdoor gazebo east of OHSU HospitalBackground: On hot summer days, pollution from cars and other gas-powered engines, and smog-producing chemicals from household products can create unhealthy smog. On those days, a moderate- or high-Clean Air Action Day pollution prevention advisory urges people to drive less, use alternatives to driving such as taking transit or riding a bike, postpone mowing with a gas-powered mower, and switch to low-solvent consumer products like non-aerosol deodorant or hair gel.
There will be two types of advisories this summer:
- A "Moderate" advisory will be called when air pollution levels may affect "ozone sensitive" individuals, such as those who suffer from asthma or emphysema.
- A "High" advisory will be called when ozone levels may actually exceed the federal standard for ozone.