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The Bureau of Environmental Health (BEH), Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Program conducts indoor air investigations in public buildings or buildings that the public may enter. BEH works with local boards of health, school departments, and the general public to address and remediate indoor air problems in public schools. During the investigation of an indoor air quality complaint in schools, building design, maintenance, and school activities can all play roles in adversely affecting air quality. Over the course of hundreds of indoor air inspections done over the past several years, improper storage of chemicals in school chemistry departments has served as a source of indoor environmental pollutants as well as potential safety hazards. The following are examples of storage conditions of science laboratory chemicals. Each example lists poor storage conditions that could either be safety or chemical off-gassing hazards that can affect indoor air quality. These examples have been edited from original reports to present circumstances observed during these inspections.
In all these examples, chemical storage in the science departments of these schools presented potentially serious fire and chemical off-gassing dangers. The effect on indoor air quality of these buildings from off-gassing chemicals is clear. In buildings with non-existent, poorly designed, or malfunctioning ventilation systems, off-gassing chemicals in storage areas can be drawn into occupied areas. In addition, inadequate storage conditions and mechanical exhaust ventilation can lead to build up of gases and vapors that can serve as a source of odors and respiratory irritants.
If you plan on doing an inspection of a school laboratory storage area, the following conditions are signs of poor storage and handling procedures in addition to the above-listed examples.
Chemical storage is but one aspect of indoor air quality that is investigated during inspections of schools. If you have any questions or need technical assistance about indoor air quality in public buildings, please contact the Indoor Air Quality Program.