Concern: Ellicott Mills Middle School: September 1st, 2023 (CXEMMS20230002B1)

ALS 1 (Old C/R 6)
Date of IEQ Report Form
Date of Report
Staff member reported a general health concern.
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: September 7 & 29, 2023

The space is finished with two block walls and two drywall walls, carpet, and a drop ceiling. 

The temperature (70.7 degrees Fahrenheit (F)), relative humidity (57.3%), carbon dioxide (635 parts per million ppm), and carbon monoxide (0.0 ppm) were acceptable. 

One stained ceiling tile was observed. Areas above the tile were assessed. No mold growth or moldy/musty odors were observed. No other mold/moisture concerns were identified above the drop-ceiling. 

Some food items were observed that were not sealed in a plastic container within the upper cabinetry. 

Various surfaces were assessed for mold growth. No mold growth was observed. 

No elevated moisture was detected in the carpet. 

The carpet was screened with a black light in an attempt to identify former stains/leak locations. No anomalies were identified. 

Numerous fabric items were in the room. The staff member was reminded that the staff member who brought these materials in, is responsible for cleaning them.

No elevated moisture was detected in the kickplates of the cabinetry. 

Elevated moisture was detected in the drywall, behind some cabinetry, in the vicinity of the sink.  

Corrective Actions
September 7th, 2023

The Office of the Enviornment understands a work order is already in place for the stained ceiling tile. If a work order is not already in place, please submit one for Building Maintenance to address the cause of the leak. 

September 7th, 2023

Fabric items may house allergens if not properly maintained. Remove unnecessary materials or ensure teaching staff has and is following a cleaning schedule (launder or vacuum) since not the responsibility of custodial staff to clean non-school items.

September 29th, 2023

On September 29, 2023, Building Maintenance removed the cabinetry so the Office of the Enviornment could further assess the drywall located behind the drywall. . After the cabinet was removed, the Office of the Environment was able to determine that drywall materials were elevated in two vertical columns were soap dispensers had leaked over time. Furthermore, the left side panel of the cabinet was moisture impacted. Building Maintenance to remove and replace drywall behind cabinet and to replace. The soap dispensers are no longer present. 

October 3rd, 2023

Administration is to ensure food items are in a durable and sealable container and placed back into an elevated cabinet and/or drawer to limit changes of future pest management issues (no evidence of such currently). 

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