New OSHA Document Addresses IAQ in Commercial and Institutional Buildings

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently released “Indoor Air Quality in Commercial and Institutional Buildings”. The document provides practical guidance for IAQ issues meant to assist building owners and operators. In addition, it offers direction for HVAC engineers, industrial hygienists and IAQ professionals to improve the indoor environment.

The OSHA document states, “Indoor air quality (IAQ) is a major concern to businesses, schools, building managers, tenants, and workers because it can impact the health, comfort, well-being, and productivity of the building occupants. OSHA recognizes that poor IAQ can be hazardous to workers’ health and that it is in the best interest of everyone that building owners, managers, and employers take a proactive approach to address IAQ concerns.”

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