Concern: Burleigh Manor Middle School: December 12th, 2019 (CXBMMS2019000137)

Art Room 204 - Storage Closet
Date of IEQ Report Form
Date of Report
The closet in the art room has an electrical/chemical odor - it's a new smell. HVAC work was done on the roof this weekend.
IEQ Investigation Process

Identify deficiencies that may impact IEQ and/or sources of odor concerns. Typically includes the following depending on the nature of concern, but not limited to:

  • interview/questionnaire of concern individual(s)
  • inspection above drop ceiling (condition of roof deck, pipe insulation, return air plenum)
  • inspection of ventilation system (operation of variable air volume box and outdoor air dampers, check controls, measurements of carbon dioxide, temperature and relative humidity, sources near outdoor air intake, measure return and supply air volume, cleanliness of coils, liner and condensate pan)
  • inspection of exterior
  • inspection below drop ceiling (housekeeping, sink and floor drain traps, signs of past and present moisture concern via visual and/or moisture meter, mold growth, ensure connection of current and capping of abandoned sanitary vents, odorizers, excessive plants and fabric items, identify potential pathways, and measure volatile organic compounds, carbon monoxide, and lighting)

Date(s) of Assessment: December 13, 2019

A faint paint odor, typical of art rooms was identified.

A flammable storage cabinet is located within the closet. A very slight "spray-paint" odor was noted within the cabinet after opening the doors. 

The flammable storage cabinet contains various spray-paints, wood-filler (dried-up), shellac (empty), latex paints, etc. 

A spill (hardened), presumably of shellac was evident at the bottom of the flammable storage cabinet.

An oxidizer (Lemon Fresh Furniture Polish) was stored within the flammable storage cabinet with flammables.

The remaining paint cans in the storage cabinets were assessed for leaks/damage. No concerns were identified. 

The teacher indicated many of the paints are no longer in use.

The Office of the Environment contacted the Office of Construction regarding the HVAC work reported to have occurred over the weekend. The Office of Construction reported that the HVAC work referenced was completed on RTU-2. The art room is served by RTU-11. These units are located on opposing corners of the building.

Corrective Actions
December 12th, 2019

Administration is to ensure the material spilled within the cabinet (presumably shellac) is cleaned according to the manufactures recommendations. If the material does not readily come up, contact the Office of the Environment or Building Services for assistance. There appears to be a surplus of items within the cabinet. The Office of the Environment recommends discarding what is not needed as the surplus could exacerbate a fire or spill situation. The Office of the Environment will send out a chemical disposal form in the Spring. The paints, etc. can be logged for summer-pick-up.

December 12th, 2020

The furnish polish (oxidizer) was removed from the flammables storage cabinet and stored away from the flammables cabinet. Flammables and oxidizers should not be stored together. 

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