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:
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.