For more information

See NJEA health and safety publications:

  • The brochure, “School Renovation,” details various hazards and a local association approach.
  • Two NJDOHSS factsheets, “Mold in the Workplace: Prevention and Control” and “Renovation and Construction in Schools” are in the NJEA Health and Safety Manual appendix on pages 130 and 147 respectively.
  • NJEA Health and Safety Manual, Appendix 5 includes walk-through checklists on Mold, IAQ and Construction/Renovation, pages 214-221.
  • Find NJEA Reporter articles in the index, including “Your Best Solution: A Health and Safety Committee,” October, 2012; “A damp NJ spells mold in schools,” October, 2011;  and “Clear the air during roofing projects: Good indoor air quality should be maintained,” November, 2007.

Relevant standards

  • The PEOSH Indoor Air Quality Standard (N.J.A.C. 12:100-13) requires that:

◦     Renovation or new construction that produces health hazards to be safeguarded by local ventilation or other controls. 

◦     Renovation areas in occupied buildings must be isolated, dust and debris must be confined to the renovation area and good housekeeping practices must be used in the work area.  Good practices for dust control include wetting or using local exhaust ventilation during work and vacuuming and wet mopping/wiping for cleanup.

◦     Before using materials such as particle board, plywood, floor coverings and carpet backing, the employer must obtain toxicity information and use it to select products and to determine protective measures.

◦     The employer must notify employees at least 24 hours in advance, or promptly in emergency situations, of potentially hazardous renovation work to be performed in a school building.

  • PEOSH Hazard Communication standard (N.J.A.C. 12:100-7), gives staff right to know their chemical exposures.
  • Asbestos cleanup must follow the Asbestos Hazard Abatement Subcode, N.J.A.C. 5:23-8, of the Uniform Construction Code.