Indoor Air Quality
NIOSH Alert: Preventing Occupational Respiratory Disease from Exposures Caused by Dampness in Office Buildings, Schools, and Other Nonindustrial Buildingshttp://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].
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.
This topic page provided by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health addresses the importance of building ventilation systems, management and maintenance considerations and tips for employees and building owners.
Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety: Prevention and Control of Hazards - Industrial Ventilationhttp://www.ccohs.ca/oshanswers/prevention/ventilation/introduction.html#_1_1
This document, provided by CCOHS, is an introduction to industrial ventilation.
Assessment, Cleaning, and Restoration of HVAC Systems (ACR 2006) is an industry standard that has evolved from guidelines, industry standards of care, and research originating from the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA)along with other organizations dedicated to HVAC system hygiene, remediation and restoration.
NIOSH Interim Recommendations for the Cleaning and Remediation of Flood-Contaminated HVAC Systems: A Guide for Building Owners and Managers (PDF)http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/flood/Cleaning-Flood-HVAC.html
The following recommendations will help ensure that HVAC systems contaminated with flood water are properly cleaned and remediated to provide healthy indoor environments. These interim recommendations are based on current knowledge as of September 21, 2005; the recommendations will be updated and revised as appropriate, as additional information becomes available.
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.