Concern: Old Cedar Lane: October 2nd, 2019 (CXXOCL201900011E)

Date of IEQ Report Form
Date of Report
October 3rd, 2019
We had an individual here who is reported to have contracted an environmental related illness.
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)

The individual apparently reports to multiple buildings within the county.

The Howard County Health Department was notified of the diagnosis. Based on additional information acquired by the Health Department, the Health Department is not requiring any further action of HCPSS.

It should be noted that the HCPSS Building Maintenance Department performs chemical treatment and proactive testing as a preventative measure for the reported diagnosis.

A cooling tower would be the Office of the Environments primary concern for the reported diagnosis, because the water in these systems is likely to have ideal temperature ranges to contribute to the reported diagnosis. Old Cedar Lane does not have a cooling tower.

It should be noted that in this situation an outbreak exists when medically confirmed cases, are associated with a common exposure. This usually means confirming two or more cases within a six week period at a particular location.

The environmental related illness reported is not communicable. 

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