Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Section

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The Indoor Air Quality Section is guided by the following program objectives and strategies:

Objective 1:
To protect and enhance indoor air quality and minimize public exposure to indoor air pollutants.

Strategies
a.  Investigate public complaints of poor indoor air quality due to biological contaminants, volatile organic compounds, noxious odors, etc., and make recommendations to resolve problems.
b.  Develop and implement an indoor air quality assessment program of publicly owned buildings to measure, analyze and evaluate exposure levels of indoor air pollutants and determine health effects and health risks.
c.  Assess, develop and recommend appropriate mitigating measures towards reducing and preventing indoor air pollutants.
d.  Establish and coordinate an indoor air quality assessment network of state agencies and facility managers to identify, assess, and correct indoor air pollution problems.
e.  Develop and implement a comprehensive public outreach program, providing informational and educational materials and training on indoor air pollutants, its health effects, health risks and techniques in exposure reduction.

Mold growth due to water incursion problems.

Mold growth due to water incursion problems.

Objective 2:
Promote good indoor air quality within schools to provide a safe and healthful educational environment.

Strategies
a.  Train individuals within the Department of Education on preventive maintenance and promoting good indoor air quality.
b.  Implement EPA’s “Tools for Schools” program in public schools.
c.  Assess, develop and recommend appropriate mitigating measures toward reducing and preventing indoor air pollutants.

Objective 3:
Investigate public complaints of poor indoor air quality.

Strategies
a.  Administer the provisions of Chapter 321, Hawaii Revised Statutes relating to Indoor Air Quality.
b.  Investigate public complaints for inadequate building ventilation, and associated poor indoor air quality; inadequate cooling of occupied spaces; and emissions from ventilation systems.

 

If you have any questions, please contact the:
Indoor and Radiological Health Branch
IAQ Section
99-945 Halawa Valley Street
Aiea, HI 96701
Phone: (808) 586-5800
Fax: (808) 586-5838
Shawn Haruno, Environmental Health Specialist

 Last update: July 1, 2016
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