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Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

Homeland Security and the Indoor Environment

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Several organizations have developed guidance to assist building owners and operators in addressing issues related to building security and airborne chemical, biological or radiological (CBR) terrorist attacks. Many other organizations have guidance that addresses security needs and disaster response plans for events such as fire, natural disasters, and bomb threats. While this latter guidance may not specifically address a terrorist threat to heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems, readers may find portions of the information below beneficial in establishing their own building's emergency response plans.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), in close collaboration with an Interagency Workgroup on Building Air Protectionand non-Federal stakeholders;developed a set of recommendations that building owners and managers can implement now to protect indoor environments of buildings from a terrorist release of CBR contaminants.

The following list, developed in 2003, is not all-inclusive. The references/links/descriptions were last updated: July 3, 2012.

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Organization Reference/Link/Description
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Health and safety guidance, publications, and training information.

Indoor Environmental Quality Topics at NIOSH
NIOSH Emergency Response Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Health guidance for CBR agents.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) "Protecting Buildings and Their Occupants from Airborne Hazards" Document presents a variety of ways to protect building occupants from airborne hazards.
EPA's Homeland Security Portal
U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Facility Standards for the Public Buildings Service (PBS-P100) Establishes design standards and criteria for new buildings, major and minor alterations, and work in historic structures for the Public Building Service. Also provides information on conducting building security assessments.
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Chemical, Biological, Radiological Incident Handbook Unclassified document describing potential CBR events, recognizing potential CBR events, differences between agents, common symptoms, and information for making preliminary assessments when a CBR release is suspected.
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Website with advice for safeguarding buildings against chemical or biological attack.
American Society of Heating Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Risk Management Guidance for Health and Safety under Extraordinary Incidents. Draft report provides recommendations for owners and managers of existing buildings.
American Society for Industrial Security Locates security specialists and provides the Crises Response Resources link to find information related to terrorism and building security.
International Facility Management Association (IFMA) Information on security-related training courses.
National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) Whole Building Design Guide - Features security-related design information.

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