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Indoor Air Quality

Good Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is important for employees’ occupational health, safety, and comfort.  Thomas Jefferson’s IAQ program concentrates on the 

  • Prevention of IAQ problems.
  • Distribution of adequate ventilation air.
  • Control of airborne contaminants.
  • Maintenance of acceptable temperature and relative humidity.

There are many factors that affect indoor air quality.  These factors include temperature, humidity, remodeling, chemicals, and gases. 

The following symptoms are linked to poor air quality:  Headaches, fatigue, shortness of breath, irritation to eyes, nose, throat, and skin, and nausea.  However, these symptoms could also be linked to other causes like noise levels, thermal comfort, lighting, and ergonomics.  It is advised that you keep track of your symptoms and when they go away.  The data will be useful in the investigation if a medical problem arises. 

Please contact Facilities Services at 5-6846 if you have complaints concerning temperature and humidity problems.

The Department of Environmental Health and Safety is responsible for:

  • Receiving, tracking, and investigating complaints concerning air quality.
  • Identifying causes of complaint through reviews, area assessment, and use of equipment to monitor possible contaminants.
  • Notifying Facilities Services and cooperate with the remediation of air quality concerns.
  • Follow-up communication with building occupants.

If you have any indoor air quality issues, please contact the Department of Environmental Health and Safety at 3-6260.