Safety Policies and Procedures Manual
Chapter 2: General Workplace Safety

Indoor Air Quality

SPPM 2.70

For more information contact:
   Environmental Health and Safety


Indoor air quality problems may arise due to a malfunctioning ventilation system, accidental chemical release, construction, or maintenance activities. Such occurrences may affect an employee’s ability to work.

Air Quality

Contact Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S), if experiencing problems with the air quality in a work area; telephone 509-335-3041.


Contact the unit supervisor and leave the immediate area if the odor is unbearable or is causing health effects.


Environmental Health and Safety conducts an investigation of the work area with EH&S equipment that monitors indoor air quality.


Each employee affected by an indoor air quality problem must complete an Incident Report (see SPPM 2.24).

Relocation of Work

With administrative approval, employees may be allowed to work in another area until the indoor air quality is resolved. Employees should work with their supervisors to determine secondary work locations.

Leave Time

Refer to BPPM 60.57 for guidance in determining leave use.

Revisions:  Reviewed June 2016; Apr. 1999 – new policy (Rev. 22).