|Submission Date||Feb. 27, 2015|
An indoor air quality program was developed by the UNCG Department of Environmental Health and Safety approximately 10 years ago, and is reviewed and incorporated into the investigation of IAQ concerns on the campus. The objectives of this program include:
* to prevent illness and adverse health symptoms associated with poor indoor air quality;
* to respond to indoor air quality complaints effectively and make recommendations for improvement; and
* to maintain indoor air quality within acceptable levels according to guidelines (i.e., ASHRAE).
Should building occupants suspect an IAQ issue, they may contact the EH&S Dept. to arrange an investigation. The EH&S Dept. works in collaboration with the Facilities Operations Dept. in the investigation. At that time, an initial Phase I investigation is conducted on site where an Occupant Interview Form is completed, and the details of the nature/origin of the concern are evaluated. If possible, all available resources are used to mitigate or eliminate the origins of the concern during this phase. Based on the information gathered during the Phase I evaluation, the EH&S Dept. will determine if a Phase II IAQ investigation is necessary. Common parameters tested during the Phase II assessments include an extended study of the temperature, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), relative humidity, CO and CO2 levels in the affected areas. If appropriate, a Phase III assessment may be completed. A Phase III assessment is performed when evidence of potential air quality problems have been identified, but a definitive cause for the symptoms was not determined during the Phase I or II assessments. A Phase III assessment consists of a more in-depth evaluation of the indoor environment and building envelope, which may include sampling for suspected air contaminants. The EH&S Dept. documents these investigation results and works with the Facilities Operations Dept. and outside vendors (where applicable) to implement any needed remedial measures.
Information for this credit was received from Todd Beck, Industrial Hygiene Manager at UNCG.
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