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13 Allergy Air Quality Issues in the Classroom

Building maintenance

Gary Gibson, manager of health and safety for the Durham District School Board in Ontario, suggests that to find out how seriously a school takes its indoor air quality, ask to see a log of the number of filter changes on the HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) system in the last six months.

Six More Questions to Ask:
•    Is there a no-idling policy for school bus drivers and parents?

•    Are there barrier floor mats at school entrances to collect dust and allergens? How often are they cleaned, and is a vacuum with a HEPA filter used?

•    Are the least hazardous cleaning supplies used, and is work with toxic and odorous materials done when the school is not occupied by students?

•    Is the area ventilated well afterward?

•    Is a scent-free policy in effect?

•    What system is in place to check for mold?

Resources for Schools
- The Environmental Protection Agency’s Indoor Air Quality: Tools for Schools Action Kit.
- Health Canada’s Tools for Schools/ Action Kit for Canadian Schools

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