To What Indoor Air Quality Standards or Laws Do Companies Have to Abide by?
While federal organizations such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) do not currently regulate indoor air quality standards, local and state ordinances are rapidly changing. New or emerging policies on IAQ are imminent.
ANSI/ASHRAE Standards 62.1 and 62.2 are the most widely recognized IAQ and ventilation standards that mandate the minimum ventilation rates and other measurements needed to minimize negative health effects for your building occupants in new and existing buildings.
Guidance can vary at a state or local level. For instance, the New York State Department of Health released interim guidance during the Coronavirus Pandemic requiring that food service establishments in New York City install HVAC filtration with a minimum rating of MERV-13 or industry equivalent. California has at least 25 state policies that mandate air filtration system upgrades in schools, radon exposure in construction materials, and more.
Learn more about state-by-state IAQ regulations with our interactive State IAQ Regulations & Policies Map.
Regularly check with your local and state governments for the most up-to-date guidance on indoor air regulations and laws.