Concern: Oakland Mills High School: January 11th, 2019 (CXOMHS20190000A7)

Room 708
Date of IEQ Report Form
Date of Report
A general health symptom was reported to occur while in the room and dissipate upon leaving work.
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: January 11 and 23, 2019

Odors associated with cooking (FACS is nearby) were observed throughout the hallways.

No open chemicals were observed (Art/Photography).

The chemicals present appeared "typical" of a High School Art area.

The condition above the drop-ceiling was acceptable.

The supply diffusers were dirty.

Temperature readings were acceptable.

Relative humidity was "low" (25.7%, typical of the winter season). Low humidity could play a role in the health symptoms described, however HCPSS does not add humidity (humidifying can introduce other clinical environmental concerns such as humidifier fever).

The room was screened with an Infrared Camera (IR). No thermal anomalies indicative of moisture intrusion were observed.

The kiln has not been operated this school year. Duct work associated with the kiln appeared to be intact.

The units serving 708 and FACS were assessed (RTU-1 and RTU-7). The units were in good condition, however the outdoor air dampers for both units were closed.

While on the roof, the penthouse was inspected. The penthouse contained a former Air Handling Unit that is no longer in use. The duct work from the unit has been sealed off, eliminating the former penthouse as a concern.

Corrective Actions
January 11th, 2019

Custodial Services cleaned the supply diffusers.

January 17th, 2019

Building Services (HVAC) identified issues with wiring/controls of the outside air dampers for RTU-1 and RTU-7. Both were repaired.

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