Indoor Air Quality

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One of The Office of Environmental Health & Safety roles is to ensure a safe and healthy working environment by identifying and mitigating conditions that negatively impact indoor air quality.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines indoor air quality (IAQ) as the air quality within and around buildings and structures, especially as it relates to the health and comfort of building occupants.

 Indoor air quality problems generally fall into three categories:

  • Heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) operations;
  • Indoor microbial growth;
  • Indoor/outdoor sources of respiratory irritants/vapors/gases/particulates.”

 The Office of Environmental Health & Safety is dedicated to:

  • Prevent illness and adverse health symptoms associated with poor indoor air quality
  • Respond to indoor air quality complaints effectively and make recommendations for improvement;
  • Maintain indoor air quality within acceptable levels according to regulatory & consensus guidelines.

All employees and students who have a concern about the quality of their indoor environment, or who wish to have indoor air quality monitoring performed should complete the Indoor Air Quality Questionnaire.