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  • Mansel Adelbert Nelson
    Mansel A Nelson Program Coordinator Tribal Environmental Education Outreach 928-523-1275 Mansel.Nelson@nau.edu Begin forwarded
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      Mansel A Nelson
      Program Coordinator
      Tribal Environmental Education Outreach

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      From: EPA Schools IAQ Connector <IAQTfSConnector@...>
      Date: April 18, 2013, 11:10:12 AM MST
      To: Mansel Nelson <mansel.nelson@...>
      Subject: Be Alert to the Signs of IAQ Problems in Your School
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      Poor IAQ Can Affect Health: Can You Recognize the Symptoms? 

      Poor indoor air quality (IAQ) in schools can lead to a wide variety of health problems for students and staff, which may lead to a loss in productivity, reduced academic performance, and an increase in absenteeism. Being aware of common health symptoms caused by poor IAQ can help you identify, resolve and prevent the issues from becoming more serious IAQ problems.

      Identifying short-term effects of IAQ can be a challenge, as they can be similar to those produced by a cold, allergies or the flu. These include common symptoms like:

      • Cough

      • Fatigue, drowsiness, dizziness or lethargy

      • Fever

      • Headache

      • Nausea

      • Sinus congestion

      • Skin irritation

      • Sneezing

      How to Determine if You Have an IAQ Problem in Your School

      Familiarize yourself with the typical sources of indoor air pollutants. Although it is not easy to determine if health symptoms relate to IAQ problems, the following clues may suggest that IAQ is the source.

      • Symptoms are widespread within a classroom or area of the school.

      • Symptoms disappear when students and staff leave the school building.

      • Onset of symptoms is sudden after a change made at the school, such as building renovation, pesticide application, painting, or changes in cleaning practices.

      • People with allergies, asthma or chemical sensitivities have reactions indoors but not outdoors.

      Resources to Help You Resolve and Prevent IAQ Problems

      EPA’s IAQ Tools for Schools Framework for Effective School IAQ Management helps schools identify, resolve and prevent IAQ problems through simple, low-cost measures.

      • The Problem Solving Tool helps school health leaders identify the connection between health complaints and common IAQ solutions in school buildings.

      • The Walkthrough Inspection Checklist can be used when conducting school walkthrough assessments.

      • Managing Asthma in the School Environment focuses on steps that schools can take to help children breathe easier. Because 10.5 million school days are missed each year due to asthma, it is important that schools take action to create healthy indoor learning environments for those students and staff with asthma.

      • The Action Kit provides best practices, industry guidelines, sample policies and a sample IAQ management plan to improve school indoor air at little or no cost. Schools can save time and money by taking preventative steps to create healthy indoor learning environments.

      Take Action Today! Access EPA's IAQ Tools for Schools resources to help identify, correct and prevent IAQ problems and protect the health of your students and staff.

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      The IAQ Tools for Schools guidance is designed to help schools maintain a healthy indoor environment by identifying, correcting and preventing IAQ problems. Learn more about the IAQ Tools for Schools guidance at http://www.epa.gov/iaq/schools.

      If you have any questions about the IAQ Tools for Schools guidance, please contact the IAQ Tools for Schools Connector Coordinator at IAQTfSConnector@....


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