FACILITY MANAGERS Your Role on the Indoor Air Quality Team Indoor Air Quality “The surveys and checklists in the IAQ Tools for Schools Kit really helped me build a team. There are many other people who want to help with IAQ and it’s great to be able to provide them with specific tasks to guide their efforts.” — Gregg Smith, P.E., Facilities Manager, Salt Lake City School District, Utah Tools for Sch o o l s FOR FACILITY MANAGERS, Create a Healthy Indoor Environment THE IAQ TOOLS FOR SCHOOLS KIT INCLUDES Facility Managers in K-12 schools work hard every day to ensure a healthy, THE FOLLOWING high-quality learning and teaching environment for students and staff. Your CHECKLISTS: goal is to provide energy-efficient facilities that have quality lighting, comfortable temperature, and good indoor air quality (IAQ)—all within a tight budget. Ventilation The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Indoor Environments • Outdoor air intakes, air Division provides technical guidance on how to maintain and operate your school distribution, adequacy of facility by using integrated, whole-building approaches which are designed to outdoor air supply protect occupant health while saving energy and money. • System controls According to the U.S. Department of Education, the average school building is • Exhaust systems 42 years old. After 40 years a school building begins to rapidly deteriorate if it is • Walkthrough inspection not properly maintained. EPA’s IAQ Tools for Schools Kit is designed to provide Building & Grounds you with the tools and information needed to fix and prevent IAQ problems Maintenance and maintain a healthy indoor environment with minimal effort and cost. • Maintenance supplies The IAQ Tools for Schools Kit helps your school develop a comprehensive IAQ • Dust control management plan. With its checklists for teachers, administrators, facilities staff, • Drain traps health professionals, and others, the Kit provides step-by-step, practical guidance • Moisture, leaks, spills for sharing IAQ duties. Taking a proactive approach to preventing IAQ problems • Combustion appliances • Pest control will save your school significant costs in the long run. With everyone working together, you may also be able to reduce the amount of time you currently spend Renovation and Repairs on IAQ issues. • General repairs • Painting, flooring, roofing Poor IAQ can . . . Waste Management • Accelerate deterioration and reduce efficiency of the school’s physical plant • Food waste and equipment. • Recycling bins, dumpsters, • Affect student comfort, the learning environment, and attendance. waste containers • Increase the likelihood that schools will have to be closed temporarily (for Integrated Pest repairs) or permanently. Management • Lead to costly repairs if maintenance and proactive measures are deferred. • Policy statement, pest Preventative measures will save money over time. management roles and objectives • Reduce the productivity of teachers and staff due to discomfort, sickness, • Inspecting, identifying, or absenteeism. monitoring • Increase the potential for long-term health problems among students and staff. • Thresholds, preventive strategies • Pesticide use and storage • Strain the relationship between administrators and facilities staff. • Evaluating results The IAQ Tools for Schools Kit should be an Walkthrough • Ground level essential part of every Facility Manager’s library, • Roof, attic, restrooms serving as a daily reference guide and • Maintenance supplies, combustion appliances management tool. USE THE ENCLOSED CARD TO ORDER THE INDOOR AIR QUALITY TOOLS FOR SCHOOLS KIT TODAY V I S I T O U R W E B S I T E AT w w w. e p a . g o v / i a q / s c h o o l s INDOOR AIR QUALITY IN SCHOOLS Maintaining good The Issues indoor air quality in your school means: Indoor levels of air pollutants can be 2-5 times higher, and occasionally 100 times higher, than outdoor levels. Nearly 56 million people, approximately • Controlling airborne pollutants 20 percent of the U.S. population, spend their days inside elementary and • Bringing in and distributing secondary schools. In 1999, the National Center for Education Statistics of adequate outside air the U.S. Department of Education reported that approximately 25 percent of • Controlling moisture and mold public schools described unsatisfactory ventilation, while IAQ was reported • Maintaining acceptable to be unsatisfactory in about 20 percent of schools. IAQ problems can cause temperature and humidity discomfort and contribute to short- and long-term health • Integrating whole-building problems for students and staff. approaches and practices into the design, construction, The Solution renovation, operation and maintenance of school IAQ problems can be much less expensive and time- facilities. This includes consuming to prevent than to fix. The U.S. Environmental embracing the concept of Protection Agency’s IAQ Tools for Schools Kit provides you high performance with resources and checklists to help evaluate your schools, including energy school’s indoor air quality and prevent IAQ problems. efficiency, indoor air The Kit also offers easy steps for identifying and quality, daylighting, correcting current IAQ problems. materials, efficiency, and safety. The Team Sources of pollutants The awareness and effort of a team of individuals will in and around schools: help ensure that your school improves its indoor air INDOOR SOURCES • Radon quality. The checklists in the IAQ Tools for Schools Kit provide a • Classroom pets thorough but simple means for all IAQ Team members to • Excess moisture and mold participate, including the IAQ coordinator, administrators, • Dry-erase markers and similar teachers and staff, facility managers, health professionals, pens maintenance crews, and others. • Dust and chalk • Cleaning materials The Rewards (in addition to good indoor air quality!) • Personal care products By using the Kit successfully, your school will have the • Odors and volatile organic opportunity to: compounds from paint, caulk, adhesives • Receive public recognition • Insects and other pests for outstanding • Odors from trash environmental • Students and staff with leadership through communicable diseases EPA’s National Potential high-pollution areas Awards Program. • Science laboratories • Serve as a role model • Vocational arts areas or mentor to other schools. • Copy/print areas • Smoking lounges • Work with EPA to • Food preparation areas communicate success through case studies. OUTDOOR SOURCES • Pollen, dust, and fungal spores • Include your Web site carried inside on shoes and link on EPA’s IAQ clothing page so other • Vehicle emissions or unsanitary schools can learn debris near building air intakes from your IAQ efforts. • Pesticides used on school grounds • Dumpster odors • Leakage from underground storage tanks Order the IAQ Tools for Schools Kit today!
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