Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) refers to the air quality within and around buildings and structures. Good indoor air quality enhances occupant health, comfort and workplace productivity. Smoke, mold, vapors and chemicals used in certain paints, furnishings and cleaners can all affect the quality of the air we breathe. Other factors that can affect IAQ include poor ventilation, problems controlling temperature, high or low humidity, and other activities that can cause contaminated air to enter the building.
The Office of Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) offers the following services related to IAQ:
- Initial response to air quality concerns or complaints
- Thorough investigations
- Collaborative remediation of air quality concerns with Facilities staff
- Follow up communication that may include recommendations, detailed reports, and IAQ analysis results.
- Stockton IAQ Program 2023
- External References
Mold & Microbial Growth
Mold spores are ubiquitous and are always present indoors, but mold will only grow if adequate moisture and food is available. Food sources for mold are cellulose containing materials, such as paper, cardboard, particle board, gypsum wallboard, etc.
Nonporous materials are less likely to support mold growth but may do so if organic material is available in the dirt or dust collecting on the surface. Examples of these items are plastic, glass, and metal. In addition, uncoated masonry is also less likely to support mold growth.
Damp indoor environments caused by water leaks, floods or high humidity can lead to the growth of mold and other microbial organisms. Uncontrolled mold and microbial growth and exposure to building dampness can be associated with respiratory symptoms. For people who are sensitive to molds, exposure can cause symptoms such as nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, wheezing, or skin irritation.
If you see or suspect mold growth in your building, report it to Facilities and Operations by placing a work order https://stockton.edu/facilities-construction/work-orders.html