Environmental Health and Safety
Chemical contaminants can originate from activities inside and outside the building. Some chemicals do not pose a health hazard but produce annoying odors while others can cause acute or chronic health concerns that can be temporary or long-term.
Possible Sources of Chemical Contaminants:
- Tobacco smoke
- Printing machines and copiers
- Emissions from products used in the building
- Accidental spill of chemicals
- Gases such as carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide, which are products of combustion
- Emissions from vehicles left running beside a building air intake
Reducing Chemical Contaminants:
- Comply with Bowling Green State University’s no smoking policy.
- Minimize bringing products into the building that could release sensitizing odors or contaminants such as perfume products, scented lotions and air fresheners.
- Limit the number of laser printers and copiers that are in your general vicinity. Have multiple terminals connected to one printer.
- Consolidate large electronic office equipment in a well ventilated room. Such equipment includes large photocopiers, fax machines, and laser printers.