Safety Services

Indoor Air Quality

Breathe Easy

The Office of Environmental Health and Safety performs Indoor Air Quality Inspections upon request by university employees who are experiencing adverse health effects during the course of the workday which may be related to indoor air quality. These inspections include, but are not limited to:

  • Visual inspection of occupied spaces and air-handling systems serving the space;
  • Evaluation of building ventilation rates to ensure that occupants are receiving an adequate quantity of outside air and dilution ventilation;
  • Evaluation of building temperature and relative humidity to ensure occupant comfort and to prevent microbial growth and amplification;
  • Quantification of chemical contaminants that have been identified during the visual inspection;

Upon completion of the inspection, Environmental Health and Safety will work to resolve any air quality issues identified during the the inspection.

Additional indoor air quality services our office may provide include:

  • Responding to occupant reports of chemical odors to assess employee exposure and recommend remedial activities.
  • Providing consultation for the selection and installation of new building materials and furnishings that will have a minimal impact on indoor air quality.
  • Working with departments to minimize the impact on indoor air quality during renovations and demolitions of occupied buildings.
  • Providing recommendations for air-cleaning equipment when deemed necessary.

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