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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
The Walkthrough Inspection

Matt Comai ~ School Risk Management Representative

New Hampshire Local Government Center

conducting a walkthrough
Conducting a Walkthrough
  • Who should participate
  • Asking the right questions
  • Tools to use
  • Where to look
  • What to look for
  • Data collection
  • Documentation
who should participate

Who should participate?

  • JLMC/Safety Committee
  • Principal
  • Custodian
  • Nurse
  • Staff
  • Risk Manager
tools
Tools
  • Moisture Meter
  • Flashlight
  • Black Light
  • Camera
  • Clip Board
ask questions first
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?
where to look
Where to look
  • Start in the location the concern comes from
    • Look for the obvious
where to look7
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
where to look8
Where to look

Teachers desks

data collection documentation
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
what to do next
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
provide education
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
resources
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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