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Schools in Puerto Rico Can Access New EPA Preventive Maintenance Guidance to Support Healthy Indoor Air Quality

Source: Cochrane & Associates, LLC

Zimmetry Environmental provides indoor environmental quality (IEQ) testing, monitoring and consulting services to identify, resolve and prevent air quality issues in schools and buildings.

Bayamon, Puerto Rico, August 12th, 2019 -- Across Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, students and teachers are returning to classrooms this month for the start of the new school year. As the school year begins, a healthy indoor environment is crucial for students and faculty to be able to effectively learn and teach.

 

A key component to a healthy indoor environment is indoor air quality (IAQ). Many root causes of IAQ problems in schools could be prevented through preventive maintenance activities and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released new guidance materials to help schools create healthy indoor environments. Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools: Preventive Maintenance Guidance is filled with helpful information and joins the EPA’s growing suite of documents and resources designed to improve IAQ. The guide walks school administrators, teachers and facility maintenance professionals through straightforward steps to develop and implement a sustainable IAQ preventive maintenance plan to help create healthy, reliable and efficient school buildings.

 

The EPA makes the case for healthy schools in the new guidance document with the following statement: Ensuring the school environment is healthy is essential because the health and comfort of students and staff are among the many factors that contribute to learning and productivity in the classroom, which in turn affect performance and achievement. Children especially are vulnerable to poor environmental conditions, and being exposed to such contaminants early in life can cause health problems well into adulthood. Indoor pollutants in schools include mold, dust, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), radon, lead, asbestos, PCBs, pesticides, secondhand smoke and others. Some of these pollutants can cause or exacerbate such health issues as allergies, respiratory illnesses like asthma and infectious diseases like the flu.

 

“Unfortunately, too many schools in Puerto Rico and throughout the Caribbean face a myriad of challenges that impact indoor air quality and a healthy learning environment,” said Harry Pena, President of Zimmetry Environmental. “Tight operating budgets can have a big impact on preventive maintenance in schools, but hopefully this new EPA tool can help turn that around by showing the importance of effective preventive maintenance and how it actually saves money in the long run.”  

 

Working with school districts to help prevent, identify and resolve the roots causes of air quality and other environmental issues in educational facilities are the building science experts from Zimmetry Environmental. They offer testing, inspections, consulting and training on a wide range of environmental, health and safety issues in schools. Zimmetry has even recently sponsored an educational video about the EPA’s new Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools: Preventive Maintenance Guidance that can be seen at: https://youtu.be/KxGMis1Mi_k

 

To learn more about Zimmetry Environmental and their indoor air quality, environmental, and compliance testing and consulting services, please visit www.zimmetry.com, call (787) 995.0005 or email info@zimmetry.com.

 

About Zimmetry Environmental

Since 2002, Zimmetry Environmental has been providing environmental consulting services to building owners and managers, architects, engineers, EHS professionals, and Fortune 500 companies. The company is based in Puerto Rico and provides services across the Caribbean and Central America. The professionals at Zimmetry offer environmental compliance, indoor air quality, asbestos, lead-based paint, Phase I ESAs, and general environmental consulting services.