Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2003 15:36:06 -0400
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Subject: Re: FW: Building Ventilation for Custodians

From: "Gies, Richard T." 
Subject: RE: [DCHAS-L] FW: Building Ventilation for Custodians

I don't believe there is any specific federal OSHA ventilation
requirement that addresses this issue. However, there may be a
Cal-OSHA requirement.  From the federal OSHA standpoint, you would
need to provide some assurance that the air contaminant exposure
limits were not exceeded.  In a typical office building you would not
expect that to happen unless there was "something" going on that was
pretty unusual.  There must be a reason why the custodians are
complaining and it would be worthwhile to get at the reason for their
concern.  If there is no good reason for operating the ventilation
during the early morning hours, you could just say "no".  However,
there may be an opportunity for compromise such as slowly bring the
system online or starting its operation a little earlier.  Sometimes
the politics determines the most acceptable path.

Rick Gies
Occupational & Environmental Hygiene

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