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									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
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
• 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.

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
• 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.
• 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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