Indoor Air Quality
The Environmental Health & Safety office evaluates indoor air quality concerns. The EH&S office provides the initial response and tries to determine the cause. Basic air monitoring may be conducted at this phase and building occupants may be interviewed. If the problem can be identified and involves adjustments to the building air handling systems, EH&S will convey the concerns to Facilities Management for correction where applicable. Other issues will be addressed and a list of recommendations will be provided.
Some indoor air quality problems result from occupant or outside contractor activities. If you are experiencing discomfort as a result of indoor air quality, report it to EH&S at 3-4495 for evaluation.
Scheduling an IAQ Investigation
If you feel the quality of the air in your workspace is poor or making you ill, you should first notify your supervisor. If your supervisor cannot resolve the issue through Facilities Management, or by other means, the EH&S office should be notified by your supervisor at 683-4495. An IAQ investigation can be scheduled to find the source of the problem.
Be sure to take note of important information regarding any health effects you experience. This may include; what time of day you experience symptoms, odors, visible contamination, water damage, etc. to assure that the investigation is as accurate as possible.
What Does an IAQ Investigation Entail?
A typical IAQ survey may consist of an investigation into the following indoor air parameters. However, each IAQ survey poses a unique set of circumstances that will dictate which of the following areas are addressed.
- Building Ventilation System
- Carbon Dioxide Concentrations
- Microbiological Contamination
- Relative Humidity
- Dust Concentrations
- Other: formaldehyde, ozone, tobacco smoke, carbon monoxide, or acid gases
The IAQ investigation report will summarize results of any air testing conducted and any other observations based on interviews and a visual inspection of the affected area. Based on the findings of the IAQ survey, recommendations as to how to resolve any potential or existing IAQ problems will be provided.
Copies of the IAQ report will go to all effected parties, which may include the employee's supervisor or the involved Departments Director. It will be the responsibility of the employee´s supervisor to relay the results of the investigation to the employees. The EH&S office will maintain files for each IAQ investigation.