Indoor Air Quality Testing

From time to time we conduct air quality testing to ensure that the air in our buildings is as free as possible from allergens and contaminants. Testing at both campuses was ordered from Air Allergen and Mold Testing, and the results were delivered to the school on September 8. This year we added screening for volatile organic compounds, or VOCs. Overall, the results show that the air in both buildings is clean and free of contaminants.

Elementary Campus Air Quality Test Results 
The air sample taken at the elementary campus was analyzed for humidity, background particulate and mold spores. The analysis showed levels for all to be well beneath the established limits. No insulation or glass fibers were detected, and no water damage spores were found.
A separate air sample was taken according to EPA TO-15 methodology for the determination of volatile organic compounds. “All detected concentrations were well within their published exposure thresholds.” The highest concentration of any VOC was a compound associated with a cleaner/disinfectant, and was detected at an amount 0.12% of the limit established by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

Middle Campus Air Quality Test Results 
The air sample taken at the middle campus was analyzed for humidity, background particulate and mold spores, The analysis showed levels for most to be well beneath the established limits. The report found the relative humidity at a level higher than recommended to prevent the growth of mold (61% instead of 55%), but mold spores were very low, and no water damage spores were found. Relative humidity was 85% outside the building the day the sample was taken. The report also showed traces of insulation or glass fibers. The inspector indicates that this is commonly associated with construction on site, and the sample was collected as work on the middle campus Backyard was underway. We will monitor both moving forward to ensure the highest quality of indoor air quality we can attain.
A separate air sample was taken according to EPA TO-15 methodology for the determination of volatile organic compounds. “All detected concentrations were well within their published exposure thresholds.” The highest concentration of any VOC was isopropyl alcohol, detected at an amount 0.3% of the limit established by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.