Monday, March 5, 2012

Access Interactive, Technical Tools on EPA’s Healthy Indoor Environments in Schools Website

image: Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Program

Create a Healthy Indoor Environment at Your School –
Access Interactive Online Tools!

EPA’s Healthy Indoor Environments in Schools website ( has been updated to include interactive tools and resources to better assist you in developing and sustaining a comprehensive indoor air quality (IAQ) management program. Check out the following new, interactive features of the website today!

IAQ Tools for Schools Action Kit

The IAQ Tools for Schools Action Kit shows school representatives how to create and implement a practical plan to improve indoor air quality. The Kit provides straightforward activities that can be done by in-house staff at little or no cost. The interactive Action Kit also includes downloadable checklists on the following topics that you can tailor to fit the needs of your school:

  • Administrative staff.
  • Building and grounds maintenance. (Available in English and Spanish)
  • Food service. (Available in English and Spanish)Stacy Murphy
  • Health officer / school nurse.
  • Integrated pest management (IPM). (Available in English and Spanish)
  • Renovation and repairs.
  • School officials.
  • Teacher’s classroom.
  • Ventilation.
  • Walkthrough inspection.
  • Waste management. (Available in English and Spanish)

The Action Kit also contains resources on how to develop an IAQ management program that embodies EPA’s Framework for Effective School IAQ Management, as well as resources on managing radon and asthma in schools. Click through the interactive Action Kit today at

IAQ Problem Solving Tool

In the Action Kit you will find an interactive Problem Solving Tool, which can help you discover the connection between health complaints and common solutions in schools. This resource provides an easy, step-by-step process to start identifying and resolving IAQ problems found at your school. By clicking on a ‘Symptom’ on the left-hand side of the tool, you can review a list of possible causes for that specific symptom. Access the Problem Solving Tool at, and learn more about the potential causes of the following health complaints:

  • Cough; congestion; chest tightness; shortness of breath; fever, chills and/or fatigue.
  • Diagnosed infection or clusters of serious health problems.
  • Headache, lethargy, nausea, drowsiness and dizziness.
  • Odors.
  • Swelling, itching, or irritated eyes, nose or throat; congestion.
  • Temperature or humidity problems (occupant discomfort).

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If you have any questions about the IAQ Tools for Schools guidance, please contact the IAQ Tools for Schools Connector Coordinator at

The IAQ Tools for Schools guidance is designed to help schools maintain a healthy environment in school buildings by identifying, correcting and preventing IAQ problems. Learn more about the IAQ Tools for Schools guidance at

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