Concern: Elkridge Landing Middle School: December 12th, 2018 (CXELMS201800009A)

Date of IEQ Report Form
Date of Report
December 17th, 2018
A "burnt plastic" odor was noticed in the morning and went away shortly
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 12, 2018

An extremely faint "burnt plastic" odor was observed in the media center.

It was reported that a HCPSS Electrical Technician was onsite the morning the odor was observed.

The Electrical Shop reported that no burning or soldering was conducted as part of the onsite work.

The Electrical Technician was made aware of the odor while onsite (prior to the Office of the Environment's involvement).

The Electrical Technician noticed ceiling tiles were stored on a transformer in the penthouse.

The Electrical Technician also noted that a nearby residence was burning leaves during the time the odor was sensed.

The Office of the Environment assessed the penthouse and the HVAC unit serving the media center. No odors were observed.

Housekeeping practices within the penthouse were poor.

The odor may have been associated with improperly stored materials (on transformer), the nearby burning of leaves, or an unknown variable such as a student's personal belongs.

Corrective Actions
December 12th, 2018

Custodial Services and Building Services (HVAC) were directed to clean the penthouse.

December 12th, 2018

Administration should discuss the storage of materials on transformers with staff. Materials should not be stored on transformers as it represents a fire hazard.

December 12th, 2018

The Electrical Technician removed the ceiling tiles from the transformer upon discovery.

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