Improving the health of our schools is a top priority as outlined in the Biden-Harris Building Better School Infrastructure Action Plan. Indoor air quality (IAQ) hazards in schools can cause health risks and decrease the performance of students, teachers and other school personnel.
These invisible hazards emerge from outdated heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems as well as off-gassing of construction materials, and interior furnishings.
AIHA, an association of OEHS professionals in the workplace and community, is an EPA resource included in the Biden-Harris Building Better School Infrastructure Action Plan and reference guide for better air quality in schools. AIHA has developed the following resources to help school administrators and facilities managers improve the air quality in buildings and the health of students, teachers and staff.
- The Role of OEHS Professionals in Improving the Health of our Schools (Virtual AIHce May, 2021)
- Our 2nd Healthy Schools webinar in 2021 that was moderated by NPR reporter, Maria Godoy
- White House Fact Sheet
- EPA webpage that mentions IH and AIHA (found on the WH Fact Sheet in the linked words “Studies show”)
- Back to Work Safely
- C.L.E.A.N. Summit about getting Back to School Safely (sponsored by AIHA)
- Indoor Air Quality Resources
- Various other resources on our website