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Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Coordinators Guide. A Guide to Implementing an IAQ Program


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) created the Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Program to help schools assess and improve indoor air quality (IAQ). Approximately 20 percent of the U.S. population — nearly 56 million people — spend their days inside elementary and secondary schools. Good IAQ assists schools with their core mission — educating children.


  • IAQ Tools for Schools Program and Kit Overview
    Implementing the IAQ Tools for Schools Program
    The IAQ Tools for Schools Action Kit

  • Develop an IAQ Tools for Schools Program
    Familiarize Yourself with IAQ Issues and the IAQ Tools for Schools Program
    Commit to and Gain Support for an IAQ Program
    Select an IAQ Coordinator
    Form an IAQ Team
    Gather Information on IAQ and the School
    Distribute IAQ Checklists
    Review the Checklists
    Complete the Walkthrough
    Identify, Prioritize, and Resolve Problems
    Establish IAQ Policies and Management Plan
    Assess Results and Communicate Success

  • Model IAQ Management Plan
    Mission Statement
    Role of IAQ Coordinator and IAQ Team
    Background and IAQ Findings
    IAQ Policies and Plans
    Staff Responsibilities for Maintaining Good IAQ
    Applicable Local and State Requirements/Regulations
    Emergency Response
    Steps to Prevention

  • Appendix A: IAQ Coordinator’s Forms
    Appendix B: Developing Indoor Air Policies
    Appendix C: Glossary and Acronyms


Date: January 2009

Author: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; American Federation of Teachers; Association of School Business Official; National Education Association ; National Parent Teachers Association ; American Lung Association

Editor: EPA – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Geographical area: USA

Type of publication : Guide

Language : EN


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