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)
Mold growth was identified on the chin-straps of athletic helmets.
The room is not serviced by air conditioning.
The general cleanliness of the storage room was poor.
The cause of the growth was due to high outside humidity. Because the space is not conditioned, humidity in the storage room was likely similar to outside.
Administration was to direct custodial services to perform a general cleaning of the room.
The chin-straps were removed and discarded. The remainder of the helmets were cleaned by Custodial Services as a precaution.
Administration should reconsider the storage of these items into a conditioned space.