Environmental Controls & Air Quality

Air quality In shop environments can be affected by:

  • processes (i.e. welding, mixing, cleaning, curing/fixing, laminating, etc.)
  • materials (i.e. particulate, corroding metals, treated or molded wood products, etc.)
  • chemicals (i.e. solvents, aerosoles, corrosives, etc.)


The result can be gases, vapors, dusts and mists that drive the need for altered work practices or enhanced environmental controls to assure air quality.

An assessment of all environmental influences within a shop area should be performed:  prior to using the area; on an annual basis; and, any time the new materials, chemicals or mechanical processes are introduced into the working and learning environment.

Adequate lighting is also essential to shop safety and should be assessed for quantity, placement, guarding, and explosion-proof requirements.

Air quality issues of unknown origin also need to be understood and managed effectively. 

For a consultation regarding air quality in shop environments or indoor air quality concerns contact:  safety@uvm.edu