• The Emergency Response/Indoor Air Quality Program (ER/IAQ) has the responsibility to advise government concerning sanitary and other conditions in public institutions (M.G.L. c. 111 sec. 5). Under this authority, the ER/IAQ program conducts assessments of indoor air quality in public buildings throughout Massachusetts.

    During an assessment the ER/IAQ program

    • evaluates the ventilation system;
    • determines the potential for microbial growth; and
    • locates the point sources of environmental concerns.

    These assessments are conducted in public schools, courthouses, town halls, libraries and other public buildings or buildings that the public may enter. In addition, this program administers the regulations that require operators of indoor ice skating rinks to test for carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide (105 CMR 675.000).

    Other activities of this program include emergency response to chemical spills, administration of the Massachusetts Right-To-Know law (M.G.L. c. 111F) and participation in the activities of the State Emergency Response Commission with regard to the Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act of 1986.

    Indoor Air Quality Information and Reports

    This program is a part of the Environmental Health .

    Contact Information

    Emergency Response/Indoor Air Quality Program
    250 Washington Street, 7th Floor
    Boston, MA 02108
    Tel. (617) 624-5757
    Fax (617) 624-5777
    TTY (617) 624-5286


    This information is provided by the Environmental Health within the Department of Public Health.