Asthma, Allergies and Classroom Air Quality
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.
• 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
• Health Canada’s Tools for Schools/ Action Kit for Canadian Schools
• The Environmental Protection Agency’s Indoor Air Quality: Tools for Schools Action Kit.
• The New Brunswick Lung Association’s Healthy School’s program (expands on Health Canada’s Action Kit), click here.
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