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INDOOR AIR QUALITY (IAQ) ASSESSMENT PROTOCOL
for PUBLIC SCHOOLS
The Bureau of General Services (BGS) has provided technical assistance to public schools for several years, performing assessment and interpretation services and overseeing mitigation pertaining to indoor air quality concerns. The Legislature (5 MRSA -1742-E) has determined that the Bureau shall be the lead agency for State facilities and Public Schools for asbestos, lead and indoor air quality concerns.
Any request for assistance shall be a written request from the Superintendent of the Local School District to the Manager, Environmental Program, Division of Safety and Environmental Services at 77 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333. Although the Bureau may be present at the request of a Superintendent, it does not necessarily "represent" the Superintendent or the District. It is essential that Bureau staff be recognized as a neutral party and that they are present to determine facts.
In our role as a resource to Local School Districts, the Bureau has developed a two-phase IAQ assessment protocol. The Environmental Program Manager works with the Superintendent to help determine the type and extent of any assessment within this protocol. There shall be no charge for any services provided by Bureau staff.
Phase One of the protocol is a site visit and IAQ assessment by Bureau staff. Bureau staff will meet with the Superintendent, walk through the facility to evaluate building conditions, conduct interviews with impacted personnel, and perform selective air tests. The Bureau staff then writes a report and sends it to the Superintendent within two to three weeks. Many times this preliminary IAQ assessment provides sufficient information to identify the cause or causes of a problem, potentially eliminating the need and cost of a more comprehensive assessment.
When necessary, the Phase Two Comprehensive Assessment is conducted by a consultant that is pre-qualified by the Bureau, with the cost of this assessment being paid by the Local School District. Please contact and work with the Bureau staff before selecting your Phase Two consultant.
A. Phase One - Site visit and IAQ assessment by Bureau staff
B. Phase Two - Comprehensive Assessment
The Phase Two comprehensive assessment may be significantly more intensive and time consuming than the Phase One assessment and shall be performed by consulting personnel pre-qualified by the Bureau.
Any mitigation, or corrective activity, is the financial responsibility of the Local School District. However, the Bureau offers to review any mitigation plans, prior to initiation of activity, to assist the District in obtaining maximum effectiveness.
Conflict of Interest
No party, entity, corporation, and / or partnership performing assessments for the Bureau or School Administration on any given project shall be eligible to perform remediation or abatement on that project.
Program Manager, Div. of Safety & Environmental Services
Tel: (207) 287-4151
Initial Questions for Public School IAQ Assessment
Please be prepared to answer these questions after submitting your initial request to the Environmental Program Manager:
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