Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools (TFS) IAQ Program
Each East Hartford Public School has an Environmental Team which is responsible for implementing and maintaining an Indoor Air Quality Program. These proactive programs include:
Our district IAQ Teams and the Department of Facilities maintains a proactive Indoor Air Quality Program by:
- Utilizing best practices, industry guidelines and performing physical assessment of buildings and the timely repair of building systems that may contribute to water infiltration, which can lead to mildew and mold if ignored over time;
- Responds timely to an IAQ concern or complaint and communicates effectively;
- Refresher training of IAQ Team members annually or as needed;
- Incorporates a preventative maintenance program for all HVAC equipment, which provides for adequate maintenance and cleaning schedules and filter changes quarterly;
- Incorporates an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program that avoids using chemicals to control insects and rodents and the elimination of ground fertilizers and to comply to mandates;
- Completed radon inspection of all schools. All schools were found well below the picocuries per liter set by EPA and no further testing is required by law;
- Incorporates a preventative maintenance roof program is in place to address roof leaks that can contribute to mildew, mold spores etc. Roofs in the District, by in large, are new and in good condition however those roofs needing repairs are addressed each time it rains along with the replacement of wet ceiling tiles;
- Completed Drinking Water Tests of the potable water system district wide. The test results were well under EPA guidelines and no further testing was required.
- Incorporates a comprehensive “Green Clean” Janitorial Cleaning Program to control dust, dirt, bacteria on a daily basis with the use of eco-friendly materials;
- Complies with State and EPA regulations for Asbestos Management through annual written inspections and response actions as required;
- Maintains no PCB's in the district. All equipment, lighting, batteries etc., have been replaced with newer energy efficient and environmentally friendly fixtures;
- Established guidelines for renovation projects to control indoor emissions during construction as well as standards for materials used which may impact IAQ.
- Incorporated the use of “only latex” interior paint and no oil base paints, which can contribute to volatile organic compounds (VOC).
- A policy of “No Idling of School Buses” on school grounds to eliminate diesel emissions on school property;
- A "no smoking" on school grounds policy to eliminate any indoor air contaminates otherwise caused by smoking.
EPA IAQ Website: http://www.epa.gov/iaq/schools/actionkit.html