ERIC Number: ED415659
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Interior Painting and Indoor Air Quality in Schools. Technical Bulletin.
Jacobs, Bruce W.
Ways in which school facility planners, managers, and others can guard against the potential indoor air quality (IAQ) problems presented by paint are covered in this bulletin. It opens with an overview of paint formulations and the functional quality of different paints, paying special attention to the volatile organic compounds present in some paints. Contaminant sources such as the solvents used in paints and the emission rates of various paints are also detailed. The different factors that affect comfort and health, such as accumulated exposure, and what the standards and regulations are regarding human exposure are also covered. Administrators can use several control methods to enhance the IAQ in schools through careful paint selection, which includes checking the age of the paint, never using exterior paint inside a building, and ensuring that the paint is "rated" for the surface(s) to be painted. Communicating with those involved in the project; paint selection; developing a work plan; having adequate ventilation; and clean-up, proper disposal, and storage are control methods that are emphasized. (Contains three figures and one table.) (RJM)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Facilities Management, Hazardous Materials, Health Conditions, Indoor Air Pollution, Painting (Industrial Arts), School Buildings, School Maintenance, School Safety, Ventilation
Maryland State Dept. of Education, School Facilities Branch, 200 W. Baltimore St., Baltimore, MD 21201. (Free to Maryland public schools; $8 for others).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners; Support Staff
Sponsor: Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC. Office of Radiation and Indoor Air.
Authoring Institution: Maryland State Dept. of Education, Baltimore.