Indoor Environmental Quality

To address indoor environmental concerns more efficiently, Facilities Management constantly improves the Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) Program. The updated IEQ program now includes proactive system-wide scheduled and standardized walkthrough inspections of each BCPS school, conducted twice per year. The process is based on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) IAQ-Tools for Schools program. The walkthroughs will be conducted by third-party industrial hygiene contractors, assigned by BCPS Environmental Services, to identify and report potential indoor environmental issues. Reports will be reviewed by BCPS industrial hygienists who assess potential concerns and coordinate response actions. It incorporates a simplified walkthrough checklist that will be submitted electronically to help prevent or resolve building-related occupant symptoms. Indoor Environmental Quality Program Walkthrough Inspection Checklist reports will be completed and transparently posted on the BCPS Environmental Services website. Walkthrough inspections are scheduled to start in Fall 2022.

BCPS offers the community an easily accessible online form to report IEQ related concerns and questions regarding all building facilities. Environmental Services addresses each concern by contacting the individual and performing an environmental assessment of the reported area.  

Communication protocols are in place to inform the Baltimore County community on environmental quality concerns, updates, and resolutions. Starting on July 1, 2022, all documented concerns will be resolved within a specified time, and documentation about all IEQ concerns, investigations, and resolutions will be accessible below. 

The goal of these efforts is to provide the best possible environments within all BCPS facilities. It is also recognized that procedures can always be improved; therefore, BCPS Environmental Services of the Department of Facilities Management and Strategic Planning will continue to evaluate and further develop this program as the needs of our system evolve. 

For more information:

BCPS Indoor Environmental Quality Program.pdf

BCPS IEQ Program FAQs.pdf
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