Essential workers know the best advice to avoid COVID-19: Wear a mask, maintain social distance and wash your hands. But what about “essential buildings?” Ventilation improvements are another way to keep employees safe from the coronavirus. The idea of improving building ventilation may trigger visions of expensive HVAC contractor invoices. But the CDC says that’s […]
Indoor Air Quality
A worker says when her employer moved her work space to the basement of a building, she developed disabling asthma from poor indoor air quality. Can she get workers’ comp benefits?
An employee says she should receive permanent disability benefits because mold at work was a significant factor in her chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). But she also smoked for 33 years. How did a court rule in this case?
There’s new federal guidance for employers on how to improve indoor air quality to combat COVID-19 exposure. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released new guidance March 24 called the Clean Air in Buildings Challenge, which advises employers to “engage experts, facilities managers, and others who are skilled, trained, and/or certified in HVAC work to […]
The head of OSHA during the Obama administration has added his voice to a growing chorus calling for more emphasis on ventilation in workplaces to fight COVID-19 spread. He also predicts new OSHA requirements for better protection of workers. In an interview with the New Jersey Star-Ledger, David Michaels said we need to implement other […]
When it comes to indoor air quality, mold gets all the attention. But according to an occupational hygienist with Connecticut OSHA, when he investigates potential mold complaints, it’s usually not the problem. Instead, the problem is …
As more and more businesses reopen after cornoavirus shutdowns, attention may need to be paid to air quality … … indoor air quality, that is. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) put out recommendations for heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems that’ll put occupants at ease and breathing easier. Shoot for best […]
Ever wish you could have someone translate an OSHA standard into plain English? You’re not alone.
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