Washington State University
SAFETY POLICIES AND PROCEDURES MANUAL

GENERAL WORKPLACE SAFETY
2.70
New 4-99
Reviewed 6-13
Environmental Health and Safety
335-3041

Indoor Air Quality

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OVERVIEW
Indoor air quality problems may arise due to a malfunctioning ventilation system, accidental chemical release, construction, or maintenance activities. Such occurrences may affect an employee's ability to work.
AIR QUALITY
Contact Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S), if experiencing problems with the air quality in a work area; telephone 335-3041.
Action
Contact the unit supervisor and leave the immediate area if the odor is unbearable or is causing health effects.
Investigation
EH&S will conduct an investigation of the work area. EH&S has equipment to monitor indoor air quality.
Reporting
Each employee affected by an indoor air quality problem must complete an Incident Report. (See 2.24.)
Relocation of Work
With administrative approval, employees may be allowed to work in another area until the indoor air quality is resolved. Employees should work with their supervisors to determine secondary work locations.
Leave Time
Refer to BPPM 60.57 and 60.63 for guidance in determining leave use.