Healthy School Facility Environments

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Indoor Air Quality

Indoor Air QualityGood indoor air quality includes control of airborne pollutants, the introduction and distribution of adequate outdoor air, and maintenance of acceptable temperature and relative humidity. Good indoor air quality contributes to a favorable learning environment for students, performance of teachers and staff, and a sense of comfort, health, and well-being. These elements combine to assist a school in its core mission of educating children.

KEY RESOURCES FOR:

Parents

EPA IAQ Tools for Schools shows how to carry out a practical plan of action to improve indoor air problems at little or no cost using straightforward activities and in-house staff.

DOH Indoor Environments Program Home Page. General information, technical resources

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School Staff

Indoor Air Quality Walkthrough: Learn How to Inspect Your School or Worksite, 2007, NJEA

Indoor Air Quality Standard strengthened, 2008, NJEA

Measuring air quality in your school - March 2013

Mold in New Jersey Schools

Solving a Mold Mess

Beat the Heat; Cool our Schools

DOH PEOSH Indoor Air Quality Standard, This Web page includes the standard, Employer’s Guide, Model Written Program, as well as checklists and sample forms to help school staff and administration understand and comply with the requirements of the IAQ Standard.

EPA Home Page, IAQ Tools for Schools EPA IAQ Tools for Schools, shows how to carry out a practical plan of action to improve indoor air problems at little or no cost using straightforward activities and in-house staff.

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School Administrators

DOH PEOSH Indoor Air Quality Standard, This Web page includes the standard, Employer’s Guide, Model Written Program, as well as checklists and sample forms to help school staff and administration understand and comply with the requirements of the IAQ Standard.

EPA IAQ Tools for Schools shows how to carry out a practical plan of action to improve indoor air problems at little or no cost using straightforward activities and in-house staff.

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Architects and Engineers

ANSI/ASHRAE Standard, 62.1-2010 Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality

ASHRAE Standard 55-2010 – Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy

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Other Resources

  1. Excessive Heat
    1. NIOSH Topic Page on Heat Stress
    2. OSHA Topic Page on Heat Stress
    3. School temperature bill proposed, 2007, NJEA
  2. Mold
    1. DOH Indoor Environments Program Home Page. General information, list of consultants, laboratories and contractors.
    2. DOH PEOSH Information Bulletin, Mold in the Workplace, Prevention and Control, 2005. Intended to provide guidance to New Jersey public employees and to assist building managers, custodians, and others who are responsible for building maintenance, and who respond to mold and moisture situations in buildings.
    3. EPA Home Page on Mold in Schools
    4. Mold in New Jersey Schools
    5. National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities Resource List on Mold
  3. Outdoor Air Near Schools
    1. EPA Webpage on Assessing Outdoor Air Near Schools
  4. DOH PEOSH IAQ Information Bulletin, 2004. Provides an overview of indoor air quality, the symptoms associated with poor indoor air quality, causes of poor IAQ, how to correct poor IAQ, how to control chemical and microbial contamination and a list of resources.

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