Washington - Air Quality: Program Requirement

Area: 
Program Requirement
Policy Type: 
regulation; statute
Summary: 

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

Washington Administrative Code 246-366-080 Ventilation.

(1) All rooms used by students or staff shall be kept reasonably free of all objectionable odor, excessive heat or condensation.
(2) All sources producing air contaminants of public health importance shall be controlled by the provision and maintenance of local mechanical exhaust ventilation systems as approved by the health officer.


Revised Code of Washington 70.162.050 Superintendent of public instruction—Model program.

(1) The superintendent of public instruction may implement a model indoor air quality program in a school district selected by the superintendent.

(2) The superintendent shall ensure that the model program includes:

  • (a) An initial evaluation by an indoor air quality expert of the current indoor air quality in the school district. The evaluation shall be completed within ninety days after the beginning of the school year;
  • (b) Establishment of procedures to ensure the maintenance and operation of any ventilation and filtration system used. These procedures shall be implemented within thirty days of the initial evaluation;
  • (c) A reevaluation by an indoor air quality expert, to be conducted approximately two hundred seventy days after the initial evaluation; and
  • (d) The implementation of other procedures or plans that the superintendent deems necessary to implement the model program.

Revised Code of Washington 43.20.050 Powers and duties of state board of health—Rule making—Delegation of authority—Enforcement of rules.

(2) In order to protect public health, the state board of health shall:

  • (a) Adopt rules for group A public water systems, as defined in RCW 70.119A.020, necessary to assure safe and reliable public drinking water and to protect the public health. Such rules shall establish requirements regarding:
    • (i) The design and construction of public water system facilities, including proper sizing of pipes and storage for the number and type of customers;
    • (ii) Drinking water quality standards, monitoring requirements, and laboratory certification requirements;
    • (iii) Public water system management and reporting requirements;
    • (iv) Public water system planning and emergency response requirements;
    • (v) Public water system operation and maintenance requirements;
    • (vi) Water quality, reliability, and management of existing but inadequate public water systems; and
    • (vii) Quality standards for the source or supply, or both source and supply, of water for bottled water plants;
  • (b) Adopt rules as necessary for group B public water systems, as defined in RCW 70.119A.020. The rules shall, at a minimum, establish requirements regarding the initial design and construction of a public water system. The state board of health rules may waive some or all requirements for group B public water systems with fewer than five connections;
  • (c) Adopt rules and standards for prevention, control, and abatement of health hazards and nuisances related to the disposal of human and animal excreta and animal remains;
  • (d) Adopt rules controlling public health related to environmental conditions including but not limited to heating, lighting, ventilation, sanitary facilities, and cleanliness in public facilities including but not limited to food service establishments, schools, recreational facilities, and transient accommodations;
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