• Allen Rathey

Healthy Facility Brief – Steps for Protecting Indoor Air Quality


Clean air is a basic human need, and protecting it a top health priority.


Below are ten steps to protect Indoor Air Quality. They are not numbered as you can start wherever desired:

  • Place, maintain, generous entry mats to remove tracked in pesticide, road dust, other outdoor particles. Clean and replace frequently.

  • Seal the building envelope to prevent particles getting through cracks (this will lower energy costs too).

  • Use cleaning techniques to capture particles not spread them; such as well-maintained and filtered vacuums, a damp and/or microfiber cloth or other dust-removing method.

  • Remove internal dust sources such as facial tissue dispensers on desks and cloth-upholstered furniture.

  • Declutter the indoor environment to reduce dust harbors, which will also reduce cleaning-related labor.

  • Consider a no-fragrance policy among workers. Personal fragrances pollute the indoor air, and many people are sensitive.

  • To lower costs and use of cleaning chemicals, consider on-site generation of ElectroChemically Activated (ECA) Solutions, as well as Saturated Steam Vapor (SSV), and Dispense-And-Vac (DAV) technologies.

  • Use unscented products and beware of goods or materials that outgas.

  • Install dust monitors, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide detectors.

  • Keep HVAC systems maintained and fine-tuned to prevent emissions.

  • Install an HVAC-integrated air purification system that monitors IAQ and activates the system using sensors, while lowering ozone levels indoors.

[Links are to additional info or possible sources; not an endorsement]

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