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EPA Offers Preventive Maintenance Tool Designed to Help Schools Improve Indoor Air Quality

Clark Seif Clark provides indoor air quality testing and consulting services to help identify, resolve, and prevent environmental problems in educational facilities.

Chatsworth, CA – WEBWIRE

Preventing problems that could otherwise impact the indoor air quality of a school is almost always quicker, easier and far less expensive than dealing with problems after the fact.

During the months of August and September, students and teachers by the millions return to their classrooms. With thousands of school districts, and tens of thousands of educational facilities, what they return to varies dramatically from brand new schools to aging and neglected buildings that are in need of major improvements.
To help ensure an environment with healthy indoor air quality (IAQ) for students and faculty, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced new Preventive Maintenance Guidance ( and associated materials as part of the agency’s Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools suite of documents and resources. The voluntary guide walks school officials through straightforward steps to develop and implement a sustainable indoor air quality preventive maintenance plan to help create healthy, reliable and efficient school buildings.
Making the case for the importance of IAQ preventive maintenance, the EPA states the following: Ensuring the school environment is healthy is essential because the health and comfort of students and staff are among the many factors that contribute to learning and productivity in the classroom, which in turn affect performance and achievement. Children especially are vulnerable to poor environmental conditions, and being exposed to such contaminants early in life can cause health problems well into adulthood. Indoor pollutants in schools include mold, dust, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), radon, lead, asbestos, PCBs, pesticides, secondhand smoke and others. Some of these pollutants can cause or exacerbate such health issues as allergies, respiratory illnesses like asthma and infectious diseases like the flu.
“Preventing problems that could otherwise impact the indoor air quality of a school is almost always quicker, easier and far less expensive than dealing with problems after the fact,” said Franco Seif, President of Clark Seif Clark (CSC). “Our team of building science and IAQ professionals have investigated and resolved countless IAQ issues in schools from coast to coast. They are available to help schools create new, or evaluate existing IAQ preventive maintenance programs, conduct audits and environmental testing, and even train staff on things that need to be monitored and maintained to prevent problems. If an IAQ issue already exists, the CSC team can identify the problem, the root cause and develop solutions to resolve it.”
CSC has also recently sponsored an educational video about the EPA’s new Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools: Preventive Maintenance Guidance that can be seen at:
To learn more about this or other indoor air quality, building science, environmental, health and safety testing services, please visit, email or call (800) 807-1118. 
About Clark Seif Clark
CSC was established in 1989 to help clients in both public and private sectors address indoor air quality, occupational, environmental, and health and safety (EH&S) issues. CSC is a leading provider of these services with multiple offices along the western seaboard and southwest. The company believes in science-based protocols and has a strong background in engineering, making them the preferred environmental consultants to industrial clients, healthcare facilities, architects, schools, builders, contractors, developers and real estate professionals.

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