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The Walkthrough Inspection. Matt Comai ~ School Risk Management Representative New Hampshire Local Government Center. Conducting a Walkthrough. Who should participate Asking the right questions Tools to use Where to look What to look for Data collection Documentation.

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The Walkthrough Inspection

Matt Comai ~ School Risk Management Representative

New Hampshire Local Government Center


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Conducting a Walkthrough

  • Who should participate

  • Asking the right questions

  • Tools to use

  • Where to look

  • What to look for

  • Data collection

  • Documentation


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Who should participate?

  • JLMC/Safety Committee

  • Principal

  • Custodian

  • Nurse

  • Staff

  • Risk Manager


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Tools

  • Moisture Meter

  • Flashlight

  • Black Light

  • Camera

  • Clip Board


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Ask Questions First

  • What are the symptoms?

  • When do they occur?

  • Are there others affected?

  • Have there been any changes?

    • Weather/Season

    • Water events

    • Students

  • What do you think?


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Where to look

  • Start in the location the concern comes from

    • Look for the obvious


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Where to look

  • “It’s Mold!”

  • Check all potential water sources

    • Sinks/toilets

    • Windows/Doors

    • Plants/Animals

    • Aquariums/Terrariums

    • Radiator pipes/HVAC units

      • Variable Air Volume (VAV) Boxes, Diffusers, Filters

    • Humidifiers/Dehumidifiers

    • Lunch Bags/Back Packs/Cubbies


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Where to look

Teachers desks



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Data Collection/Documentation

  • Photograph Everything!

  • Take copious notes!

  • Provide survey to staff

    • www.nhhealthyschoolenvironments.org

  • Take temperature readings

  • Note date and time

  • Number of occupants in the room

  • Activities in progress


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What to do next…

  • Summarize the data

  • Summarize the surveys

    • Include specific issues/areas

  • Match observations to issues/areas

    • Use Photos

  • Meet with the Administration

    • Make recommendations

    • Create an action plan

    • Assign action items

  • Conduct follow-up


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Provide Education

  • Utilize available resources

    • Department of Environmental Services

    • Health Inspector

    • Industrial Hygienists

    • Risk Manager

  • Set some new daily standards for O&M

    • Include both staff and facilities


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Resources

  • NH Dept. of Education Building Aid

    • Ed Murdough, Administrator Building Aid [email protected] (603) 271-2037

    • http://www.education.nh.gov/program/school_approval/school_build.htm

  • NH Dept of Environmental Services

    • Jessica Morton, IAQ Specialist (603) 271-3911 [email protected]

    • http://des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/air/pehb/ehs/iaqp/index.htm


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Resources

  • US EPA Tools for Schools

    • http://www.epa.gov/iaq/schools/

  • US EPA Mold Information

    • http://www.epa.gov/mold/

  • NH Partners for Healthy Schools

    • http://www.nhhealthyschoolenvironments.org/

  • Manchester Department of Health

    • http://www.manchesternh.gov/website/Departments/Health/tabid/177/Default.aspx



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