Are You Hip With The HEPA Filters?

By Sandy Shadley, March 26, 2015

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) within schools is on the radar for the Indiana State Department of Health.  IAQ concerns have made their way into the spotlight as more and more data is becoming available regarding the effects on the human body.  As with asbestos, young children who are exposed to poor indoor air quality are more susceptible to developing breathing deficiencies.  The State of Indiana is making great strides in regulating how schools handle their indoor air quality.

As of January 1, 2015, all schools must use vacuums that have HEPA filtration.  Schools should have a vacuuming schedule in place that ensures carpets are kept clean on a regular basis.  Dirt, mold, dust, pet dander, etc. can all be stored in carpets making the indoor air quality poor within a classroom.  Proper cleaning and use of a HEPA vacuum will increase the quality of the air within the school building.

Over the past few years, there have been many other rules that have been adopted for indoor air quality in schools.  Some of these rules include: animals in schools, vehicle idling, and the addition of an IAQ coordinator.   We are eager to provide additional assistance for all of your IAQ needs!  For additional information on the current IAQ regulation for K-12 schools, follow the link below.

Ms. Shadley is President of Alliance Environmental Group, a Woman-Owned Business. Ms. Shadley has project management expertise in asbestos, lead and indoor air quality. She is also well versed in groundwater sampling and data collection. Ms. Shadley is licensed asbestos inspector, management planner, project designer and asbestos abatement supervisor. Additionally, she is a licensed lead inspector and risk assessor. Ms. Shadley has completed over 50 projects related to asbestos and lead paint, as well as multiple projects related to indoor air quality.

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