Mace have developed an ‘Air Quality Action Plan’ to encourage the provision of clean and healthy work environments whilst reducing exposure to respiratory hazards on site. The document covers minimum compliance (mandatory actions) and best practice covering the following topics:
- Identifying receptors and risks
- HVAC systems and fresh air supply
- Baseline testing and continuous monitoring
- Developing proposals to control identified risks
- Review of nuisance management plans and planning conditions
- Implementing control measures to mitigate air pollution impacts
- Removal of contaminant sources
- Indoor Air Quality
- Training and Awareness
- Lessons Learned
Examples of actions include the use of internal and external air filtration units, testing for formaldehydes and TVOC’s, the use of pollutant absorbing and low VOC materials and ensuring indoor air filtering plants are kept clean and watered
The actions align with BREEAM, LEED and WELL requirements which enables projects to assess their compliance. The document assigns responsibility to most roles within a project team, including Health & Safety, Commercial, MEP, Design, Construction, Sustainability, Logistics and Cleaning.
All completed items on the checklist must be evidenced and are assessed through a QA process. Any benefits realised as a result of the actions are also inserted. Once the document is complete, it is then reviewed by the project team at four stages: pre start, start on site, construction and handover. After each review, it is uploaded to Mace’s Quality Management System to encourage continuous improvement.