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Best Practices for Indoor Air Quality

  • • Provide emergency gas shut-off valves for all laboratories.
  • • Immediately contact housekeeping staff when a spill occurs, especially a chemical spill.
  • • Clean and dry all areas immediately to prevent growth of mold.
  • • Clean ventilation system affected if fumes from spill enter the system.
  • • Dust and vacuum all rooms with wet or dust-free techniques.
  • • Remove trash from all areas on a daily basis.
  • • Inspect all pipes and plumbing fixtures for leaks on a regular basis.
  • • Inspect all fume hoods for airflow to make sure they work effectively.
  • • Train students and have them closely supervised in the use of fume hoods.
  • • Clean heating and cooling coils, handling units, and ducts on a periodic basis.
  • • Replace all air filters at appropriate times.
  • • Have the fans operate continuously when people are present in the building.
  • • Check the mechanical operation of all heating and cooling systems.
  • • Make sure that all air supply vents and return vents are open, clean, and not blocked.
  • • If moisture condensation occurs in areas, raise indoor air temperature, improve air circulation, remove any sources of water, and use dehumidifiers where appropriate.
  • • Ventilate all areas where chemicals are being used and can become air contaminants.
  • • When stripping off old paint, prevent airborne dust and lead dust.
  • • Ventilate all areas where painting is being done.
  • • All areas of construction and renovation must be physically separated from students and properly ventilated.
  • • Test for the presence of radon gas and take necessary precautions to protect against its movement into the structure.

Best Practices for Air Quality Management (See Chapter 2, “Air Quality (Outdoor [Ambient] and Indoor)”)

Best Practices for Stormwater Management (See Chapter 14, “Water Quality and Water Pollution” for Best Practices)

Best Practices for Chemical Management (See Chapter 2, “Air Quality (Outdoor [Ambient] and Indoor)” for Best Practices) (See endnote 45)

Best Practices for Septic Tank Management (See Chapter 11, “Sewage Disposal Systems”)

Best Practices for Solid Waste Management and Recycling (See Chapter 12, “Solid Wastes, Hazardous Materials, and Hazardous Waste Management”)

Pollution Prevention/Waste Reduction (See Chapter 12, “Solid Waste Management, Hazardous Materials, and Hazardous Waste Management”)

Special Equipment and Facilities in the School

Conduct preventive maintenance and monitor and/or control equipment and facilities in their specific locations based on the manufacturer’s recommended standards and the standards of the appropriate licensing authorities.

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