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IAQ Tools for Schools At-a-Glance

EPA's IAQ Tools for Schools Framework for a K-12 School Environmental Health Program

IAQ Tools for Schools is a flexible, comprehensive resource for environmental health in school buildings. The IAQ Tools for Schools approach provides strategies and a robust suite of tools to help schools identify, correct, and prevent a wide range of environmental health and safety risks, and to put in place a sustainable system to institutionalize a successful program at the school or school district level. The framework provides a common language to describe the drivers of IAQ program success; detailed guidance on the proven strategies, organizational approaches, and leadership styles that are fundamental to program effectiveness; and a clear vision of the pathway to school IAQ excellence. Its highly flexible and adaptable structure allows any school or school district, regardless of location, size, budget, or condition, to use the framework to launch, reinvigorate, and sustain an effective indoor air quality management program.

The Framework for Effective School IAQ Management: SIX KEY DRIVERS

This figure depicts the six key drivers of the EPA Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Tools for Schools framework. The Key Drivers are the essential functions of effective and enduring indoor air quality management programs: Organize, Communicate, Assess, Plan, Act, and Evaluate.

The core elements of the IAQ Tools for Schools Framework are the Key Drivers and the Technical Solutions. The Key Drivers are the essential functions of effective and enduring indoor air quality management programs: Organize, Communicate, Assess, Plan, Act, and Evaluate. The Technical Solutions define the most common issues that schools need to address to effectively manage indoor air quality risks: Quality HVAC, Control of Moisture and Mold, Integrated Pest Management, Effective Cleaning and Maintenance, Smart Materials Selection, and Aggressive Source Control.

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The Framework for Effective School IAQ Management: SIX TECHNICAL SOLUTIONS

This figure depicts the six technical solutions of the EPA Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Tools for Schools framework. The Technical Solutions define the most common issues that schools need to address to effectively manage indoor air quality risks: Quality HVAC, Control of Moisture and Mold, Integrated Pest Management, Effective Cleaning and Maintenance, Smart Materials Selection, and Aggressive Source Control.

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