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PDC 602: From Disaster to Recovery – How VOCs Can Ruin Your Day - New!

Alice Delia, PhD Lead Instructor
Prism Analytical Technologies
Mt. Pleasant , MI  
United States of America
Sun, 5/20: 1:00 PM  - 5:00 PM 
Professional Development Course 
Philadelphia Convention Center 
CM Credit Hours: 3.5 


The extent and frequency of large-scale disasters is increasing at an alarming pace. As our understanding of the hazards and concerns associated with these disasters improves, so does the need for additional tools to assess these hazards. One of the greatest unknowns is volatile organic compounds (VOCs). They are difficult to assess, but have significant impacts on health and comfort in the built environment. The key to assessing their potential effects is identifying key indicators that tell the story of where they came from and the possible interactions with other VOCs and indoor pollutants. This PDC will cover the application of VOC assessment to address these disaster concerns, especially in assessing long-term hazards. Many possible toxic pollutants can be remediated or addressed with traditional cleaning techniques, but others are more complicated and require a different approach. In addition, many remediation techniques may leave secondary pollutants behind that can affect occupant health and comfort.

*Please note: Only participants registering for two (2) half-day PDCs on the same day will receive a box lunch.

** Please note: power strips will not be provided at each attendee's seat; however charging stations for laptops will be provided in each course room.

Course Outline

• Overview of VOCs and IAQ
• Types of Disaster
• Types of Damage
• Critical Concerns
• Value of Before and After Assessments
• What is Safe? 

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

• Describe the basic attributes of VOCs and their effect on indoor air quality.
• Evaluate different disaster scenarios for the relevant hazards and concerns.
• Address each hazard or concern in terms of the impact or influence of VOCs.
• Dtermine various strategies to remove or reduce the effects of contaminant sources. 


Working knowledge of chemical processes and the complexities of the built environment. 

Value Added

Participants will receive information on assessing complex post-disaster chemical situations with resources and references to assist in developing the strategy to address a specific situation. 

Course Level


Learning Aids


Learning Level(s)



Emerging Issues
Indoor Environmental Quality/Indoor Air Quality
Sampling and Analysis

Transfer of Knowledge

Hands-on demonstrations and practicum
Post course test


Date of Event: 
Monday, May 21, 2018 - 12:00 to Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 12:00
Event Location: 
Pennsylvania Convention Center Philadelphia , PA
United States
Pennsylvania US