Indoor Air Quality

Workplace IAQ

Date Added Resource Source
Fragrance Free Policies
Oct 2010

Fragrance in the Workplace is the New Second-Hand Smoke (PDF)

http://asbbs.org/files/2009/PDF/D/De%20VaderC.pdf

This article, included in the Proceedings of American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences, and written by Christy L. De Vader and Paxson Barker, address the topic of fragrance in the workplace.

(ASBBS)
Oct 2010

Accommodation and Compliance Series: Employees with Fragrance Sensitivity

http://askjan.org/media/fragrance.html

JAN’s Accommodation and Compliance Series is designed to help employers determine effective accommodations and comply with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This document discusses workplace fragrance sensitivity.

(JAN)
May 2010

OSH Answers: Scent-Free Policy for the Workplace

http://www.ccohs.ca/oshanswers/hsprograms/scent_free.html

These guidelines, provided by the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety address issues related to the wearing of scents at work.

(CCOHS)
 
General Resources
Feb 2013

Preventing worker illness from indoor pesticide exposure

http://cdph.ca.gov/programs/ohsep/Pages/IndoorPest.aspx

California Department of Public Health, Occupational Health Branch offers fact sheets and other educational materials about indoor pesticide use

(CDPH)
Dec 2012

NIOSH Alert: Preventing Occupational Respiratory Disease from Exposures Caused by Dampness in Office Buildings, Schools, and Other Nonindustrial Buildings

http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2013-102/

Office buildings, schools, and other nonindustrial buildings may develop moisture and dampness problems from roof and window leaks, high indoor humidity, and flooding events, among other things. For this Alert, we define "dampness" as the presence of unwanted and excessive moisture in buildings [AIHA 2008].

(NIOSH)
Oct 2011

Office Environment and Worker Safety & Health

http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/officeenvironment/?s_cid=3ni7d2fb101120110330pm

Maintaining a healthy office environment requires attention to chemical hazards, equipment and work station design, physical environment (temperature, humidity, light, noise, ventilation, and space), task design, psychological factors (personal interactions, work pace, job control) and sometimes, chemical or other environmental exposures.

(NIOSH)
Jun 2011

IAQ in Large Buildings: Building Assessment Survey and Evaluation (BASE) Study

http://www.epa.gov/iaq/base/

EPA conducted the Building Assessment Survey and Evaluation (BASE) study. The BASE study used a standardized protocol to collect extensive indoor air quality data from one hundred randomly selected public and commercial office buildings in thirty-seven cities and twenty-five states.

(EPA)
May 2011

OSHA Safety and Health Topics: Indoor Air Quality

http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/indoorairquality/index.html

The purpose of this webpage is to give workers and employers useful, up-to-date information to identify, correct, and prevent IAQ problems.

(OSHA)
May 2011

OSHA Safety and Health Topics: Indoor Air Quality

http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/indoorairquality/index.html

The purpose of this webpage is to give workers and employers useful, up-to-date information to identify, correct, and prevent IAQ problems

(OSHA)
May 2011

Indoor Air Quality in Commercial and Institutional Buildings (2011) (PDF)

http://www.osha.gov/Publications/3430indoor-air-quality-sm.pdf

This document addresses common topics related to indoor air quality in commercial buildings including: sources of air pollutions, prevention or control of IAQ problems, and applicable standards along with various checklists.

(OSHA)
May 2010

Indoor Air Quality - An Introduction to Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

http://www.epa.gov/iaq/voc.html

This page provided by the Environmental Protection Agency addresses sources, health effects, levels in homes, steps to reduce, standards or guidelines and additional resources that relate to VOCs.

(EPA)
Apr 2005

Indoor Air Quality

http://www.lni.wa.gov/Safety/Topics/AtoZ/IndoorAir/default.asp

Every year, WISHA receives numerous inquiries and complaints from employees and employers alike on the subject of indoor air quality (IAQ) in the workplace. This document addresses questions and answers on indoor air quality.

(Washington Department of Labor and Industries)
Apr 2005

Air Quality in the Workplace

http://www.lungusa.org/healthy-air/work/

American Lung Association Topic Page with documents on air quality in large buildings, duct cleaning, carpet, occupational hazards, air cleaning devices, smoking policies and specific indoor pollutants.

(ALA)
Apr 2005

Building Air Quality Action Plan

http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/98-123a.html

To promote the use of these straightforward practices to improve IAQ, EPA and other leaders in the IAQ field developed this 8-step Building Air Quality Action Plan (BAQ Action Plan). This additional resource meets the needs of building owners and managers who want an easy-to-understand path for taking their building from current conditions and practices to the successful institutionalization of good IAQ management practices.

(NIOSH)
Apr 2005

NIOSH Safety and Health Topic: Indoor Environmental Quality

http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/indoorenv/

"Indoor Environmental Quality," as the name implies, simply refers to the quality of the air in an office or other building environment. "Sick Building Syndrome" is a term many people use to convey a wide range of symptoms they believe can be attributed to the building itself. Workers typically implicate the workplace environment because their symptoms are alleviated when they leave the office.

(NIOSH)
Apr 2005

OSHA Safety and Health Topics: Indoor Air Quality

http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/indoorairquality/

Complaints about IAQ range from simple complaints such as the air smelling odd to more complex, where the air quality causes illness and lost work time. It may not be easy to identify a single reason for IAQ complaints because of the number and variety of possible sources, causes, and varying individual sensitivities. The following questions link to resources that provide safety and health information relevant to indoor air quality.

(OSHA)
Apr 2005

EPA Indoor Air Quality Home Page

http://www.epa.gov/iaq/

Includes access to Environmental Protection Agency documents on indoor air quality, mold, radon, asthma and more.

(EPA)
Jan 2005

I-BEAM Text Modules: Fundamentals of IAQ in Buildings

http://www.epa.gov/iaq/largebldgs/i-beam/text/fundamentals_of_iaq.html

This module provides the fundamentals to understanding indoor air quality. It provides a rudimentary framework for understanding how indoor and outdoor sources of pollution, heat and humidity, together with the ventilation and air conditioning systems affect the indoor air quality in buildings.

(EPA)
 
Investigation Guidance
Sep 2011

Factsheet 100 - Legionella and Legionnaires' Disease: European policies and good practices

http://osha.europa.eu/en/publications/factsheets/100

This factsheet summarises the occupational aspects of exposure to Legionella. It is based on an overview of European policies related to Legionella and Legionnaires’ disease and case studies on how to control Legionella risks.

(European Agency for Safety and Health at Work)
May 2009

Total Volatile Organic Compound (TVOC) Measurement for LEED/Green Building Evaluation

http://www.caslab.com/News/tvoc-leed.html?utm_source=streamsend&utm_medium=email&utm_content=4289332&utm_campaign=Lab%20Science%20News%20-%20LEED/Green%20Building%20Evaluation

Total Volatile Organic Compounds (TVOC) may be evaluated when building designers/managers are pursuing the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System for New Construction (LEED-NC) EQ Credit 3.2.

(Columbia Analytical Services)
Sep 2008

NIOSH Safety and Health Topic: Indoor Environmental Quality - Maintaining Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) during Construction and Renovation

http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/indoorenv/ConstructionIEQ.html

This topic page provided by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health presents FAQs and tips for the workplace for maintaining indoor air quality during construction and renovation.

(NIOSH)
Aug 2005

Legionnaires' Disease - OSHA eTool

http://www.osha.gov/dts/osta/otm/legionnaires/index.html

This eTool is designed to assist industrial hygienists in the assessment of worksites for potential Legionnaires' disease. It provides information on disease recognition, investigation procedures to identify probable water sources, and control strategies. The majority of legionellosis is caused by Legionella pneumophila, and so this eTool will deal exclusively with that organism.

(OSHA)
Apr 2005

OR-OSHA Program Directive - Indoor Air Quality (IAQ): OR-OSHA Procedures for Assessing and Responding to Complaints and Employer Requests for Assistance (PDF)

http://www.cbs.state.or.us/external/osha/pdf/pds/pd-252.pdf

This directive establishes a policy for handling complaints and employer requests for assistance regarding problems with IAQ in any building, and provides guidelines to be used when evaluating IAQ concerns. It applies whenever OR-OSHA staff evaluate workplace hazards relating to IAQ in office buildings.

(Oregon OSHA)
Apr 2005

OSHA Technical Manual – Indoor Air Quality Investigation

http://www.osha.gov/dts/osta/otm/otm_iii/otm_iii_2.html

The OTM provides technical information and guidance on occupational safety and health topics. The content is based on currently available research publications, OSHA standards, and consensus standards. The purpose of the manual is to assist OSHA Compliance Safety and Health Officers in hazard recognition and to provide guidance in accident prevention. It also serves as a source of advice for CSHO's on safety and health issues

(OSHA)
Jan 2005

IAQ Tools for Schools Kit – IAQ Coordinator’s Guide

http://www.epa.gov/iaq/schools/tfs/guidtoc.html

The goal of this Kit is to provide clear and easily applied guidance that will help prevent indoor air quality (IAQ) problems and resolve such problems promptly if they do arise. It recommends practical actions that can be carried out by the school staff without the need for training, and is flexible enough to conform to the specific needs of your school.

(EPA)