Indoor air quality (IAQ) has become a major concern for owners, operators, and occupants of businesses, schools, and other buildings used for public purposes. Poor air quality in these buildings has not only been linked to complaints of discomfort and productivity losses of building occupants, but can also lead to sickness and disease if not corrected. The Environmental Protection Agency has identified IAQ as one of the top five most urgent environmental risks to public health for the majority of Americans who are estimated to spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Statistics such as these make it incumbent upon those who design, construct, maintain, and operate public buildings to ensure that construction materials, building envelopes, and HVAC systems are designed to provide the best possible indoor air quality and then maintained in a way that ensures optimal performance.
In this course, students will review the OSHA booklet 3430-04 2001 entitled “Indoor Air Quality in Commercial and Institutional Buildings”, published by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration—U.S. Department of Labor. This publication introduces basic information about building indoor air quality concerns and provides students with practical guidelines for preventing or minimizing IAQ problems and for achieving quick resolution of problems when they do arise.
This course is useful for building owners, facility managers, plant engineers, maintenance professionals, renovation contractors, and building occupants. The course is relevant to all commercial and institutional buildings where indoor air quality is of concern.
The student must take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of fifteen (15) questions at the end of this course to earn PDH credits.
Specific Knowledge or Skill Obtained
This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:
- The benefits of reducing indoor air quality problems
- Why building owners/managers should be concerned about indoor air quality
- How poor indoor air quality can become a contributing factor to sickness or disease
- Effective control methods for lowering concentrations of indoor air pollutants
- Common indoor air pollutant categories
- Sources of indoor air pollutants
- Recommendations for seeking professional assistance for problem resolution
- Steps for building owners, operators, and occupants to use for improving indoor air quality
- Basic HVAC system maintenance checklist to help ensure proper operational effectiveness
- Resources for additional information related to indoor air quality concerns
- How OSHA can assist with indoor air quality-related problems
Certificate of Completion
You will be able to immediately print a certificate of completion after passing a multiple-choice quiz . PDH credits are not awarded until the course is completed and quiz is passed.
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