Identification of contaminants, exposures, effects, and control options for construction/renovation activities

Thomas H. Kuehn, Barbara Gacek, Ching Hsu Yang, David T. Grimsrud, Kevin A. Janni, Andrew J. Streifel, McGregor R. Pearce

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This paper summarizes a literature review on indoor air quality issues related to construction/renovation activities. Although a majority of the published work dealing with construction or renovation airborne contaminant control refers to hospitals, construction and particularly renovation of all building types should include similar protocols for controlling airborne contaminants. A risk assessment should be made for the activities proposed and a cost/benefit analysis prepared to determine what control measures are most appropriate. Control measures have been developed for many specific activities. The authors recommend the following priorities: (1) source reduction, (2) airflow from clean areas into contaminated areas, and (3) appropriate barriers. Good communication about indoor air quality issues among all parties involved with the work is strongly encouraged. Adequate training and on-site supervision by trained personnel is recommended to ensure proper implementation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)89-101
Number of pages13
JournalASHRAE Transactions
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1996


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