Indoor Air Quality in Commercial and Institutional Buildings

Indoor Air Quality in Commercial and Institutional Buildings

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Indoor air quality (IAQ) is a major concern to businesses, schools, building managers, tenants, and workers because it can impact the health, comfort, well-being, and productivity of the building occupants. OSHA recognizes that poor IAQ can be hazardous to workersa€™ health and that it is in the best interest of everyone that building owners, managers, and employers take a proactive approach to address IAQ concerns. This OSHA guidance document on IAQ provides practical recommendations that will help prevent or minimize IAQ problems in commercial and institutional buildings, and help resolve such problems quickly if they do arise. It provides flexible guidance to employers to help them keep their buildings free of pollutants or conditions that lead to poor IAQ. It also provides information on good IAQ management, including control of airborne pollutants, introduction and distribution of adequate make-up air, and maintenance of an acceptable temperature and relative humidity. Temperature and humidity are important because thermal comfort underlies many complaints about a€œpoor air quality.a€ Some of the information presented here has been derived from the Environmental Protection Agencya€™s (EPA) report, a€œAn Office Building Occupanta€™s Guide to IAQa€ (1) and other documents listed in Appendix E, Selected Resources. The issue of environmental tobacco smoke will only be addressed in Appendix F, or indirectly in discussions of air quality relative to some possible components of tobacco smoke, e.g., carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, particulates, etc. In 1998, OSHA conducted a series of three workshops on this issue and the proceedings of these workshops were published in 1999Testing and rebalancing of HVAC systems are essential when partitions are moved in buildings. Appendix C contains an HVAC System Maintenance Checklist that can be used to assist in routine maintenance of the HVAC system. For certainanbsp;...

Title:Indoor Air Quality in Commercial and Institutional Buildings
Author: Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Publisher:Maroon Ebooks - 2015-02-01

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