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Indoor Air Quality

Good indoor air quality (IAQ) enhances occupant health, comfort and workplace productivity. For the purposes of Rutgers University Indoor Air Quality Program, the definition of good indoor air quality includes:

  • Introduction and distribution of adequate ventilation air.
  • Control of airborne contaminants.
  • Maintenance of acceptable temperature and relative humidity.


Although temperature and relative humidity are considered "thermal comfort" parameters instead of "air quality" parameters, they underlie many complaints about "poor air quality." Temperature and humidity are also among the many factors that affect indoor contaminant levels.

Complaints related to temperature and humidity should be reported directly to Facilities Operations and Services on their Online Services Request Form.


It is important to remember that while occupant complaints may be related to time at work, they may not necessarily be due to the quality of the air. Other factors such as noise, lighting, work station design, job related stresses, individually or in combination, may contribute to the complaints.

REHS offers the following services related to IAQ:
  • Initial response and investigation of air quality complaints.
  • Advice on "low odor products" for new construction and renovation.
  • Joint remediation of air quality concerns with Facilities Maintenance Services.
  • Follow-up communication with building occupants.

 

References

Rutgers University Indoor Air Quality Program [pdf]
PEOSH Indoor Air Quality Standard Website
PEOSHA Indoor Air Quality Standard (N.J.A.C. 12:100-13) [pdf]
EPA Indoor Air Quality Website

 

Contacts

Overall Program Management - Mark McLane, or call (848) 445-2550
Health Safety Specialists (By Campus Assignment)
 

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