Frequent Questions

What can I do to manage IAQ in my school(s)?

To manage IAQ in schools, you must take some actions, such as the following:

Access EPA's IAQ Tools for Schools Action Kit today!  This Action Kit provides guidance and tools to help resolve current IAQ problems, prevent future IAQ problems and maintain good indoor air quality in your school. The IAQ TfS  Action Kit includes best practices, it provides walk-through checklists, industry guidelines, sample policies and sample IAQ management plans to help schools and school districts take immediate action to implement effective Indoor Air Quality management programs. Effectively using this guidance can also improve facilities and provide significant cost and time savings for maintenance and custodial services, ensure better performance and durability of HVAC systems, and, in general, have a positive impact on the physical school environment, occupant health and student and staff performance.

For more in-depth details, visit: https://www.epa.gov/iaq-schools/indoor-air-quality-tools-schools-action-kit.

Use the Framework for Effective School IAQ Management. Learn how to put an IAQ management program in place. The IAQ Tools for Schools Framework: Six Key Drivers and Seven Technical Solutions is designed to promote the proven approaches and strategies for IAQ management that advance environmental health in schools.

For more in-depth details, visit: https://www.epa.gov/iaq-schools/framework-effective-school-iaq-management-0.

Download the School IAQ Assessment Mobile App. The app allows access to a mobile-friendly version of EPA’s IAQ Tools for Schools Action Kit, walkthrough checklists, and links to Frequently Asked Questions on EPA’s website. The app helps you identify and fix problems quickly and efficiently to protect the health of everyone in your school. This one-stop shop works on any mobile device and is absolutely free. Whether you’re just starting an IAQ program or already have one in place, the app can revolutionize the way your schools approach the complex task of IAQ management when addressing long-term problems or more immediate needs.

For more in-depth details, visit: https://www.epa.gov/iaq-schools/school-iaq-assessment-mobile-app.

Utilize EPA's Energy Savings Plus Health IAQ Guidelines for School Building Upgrades web-based guidance on protecting IAQ during school energy efficiency retrofit projects.  Using the Energy Savings Plus Health Guide for Schools will help energy managers, school officials, construction coordinators and others avoid unwanted costs and health problems for the schools they serve.   

For more in-depth details, visit:   https://www.epa.gov/iaq-schools/protecting-iaq-during-school-energy-efficiency-retrofit-projects-energy-savings-plus.

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