Texas - Air Quality: Program Requirement

Area: 
Program Requirement
Policy Type: 
Regulation
Summary: 

State law encourages districts to address air quality issues in schools.

Texas Administrative Code 25 297.1 General Provisions

(b) (1) The department does not have any enforcement authority requiring implementation of these guidelines. They do not create liability for a governmental entity for an injury caused by the failure to comply with the voluntary guidelines established by the board under Health and Safety Code, § 385.002.

  • (2) Additional information on IAQ and a list of other resources for more information can be provided by the Indoor Air Quality Branch of the department. There are several resources available free of charge which offer guidance on the development of an IAQ Management Plan and which provide forms that can be used or modified to fit the needs of governmental buildings. These include the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) publications, "Building Air Quality Action Plan and Building Air Quality: A Guide for Building Owners and Facility Managers, Indoor Air Quality Building Education Assessment Model (I-BEAM) Software" and "IAQ Tools for Schools Action Kit". These resources are available on the Internet at www.epa.gov/iaq.

    • (3) The needs, costs and available funding for improving the IAQ vary greatly in different governmental entities. Governmental administrators should evaluate, and adopt or promote those guidelines that in their judgment are relevant, applicable and feasible to implement. It is important to realize that these guidelines are presented as a basic standard of practice that the department is encouraging governmental administrators to strive for.

Texas Administrative Code 19 61.1036 School Facilities Standards for Construction on or after January 2004

(f)(4)(B) As part of their school facilities projects, school districts should consider the use of designs, methods, and materials that will reduce the potential for indoor air quality problems. School districts should consult with a qualified indoor air quality specialist during the design process to ensure that the potential for indoor air quality problems after construction and occupancy of a facility is minimized. School districts should use the voluntary indoor air quality guidelines adopted by the Texas Department of State Health Services under the Texas Health and Safety Code, Chapter 385. School districts should also use the "Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools" program administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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