The subject of indoor air quality has been discussed in our industry
since the late 1970’s. Over the years, conflicting or misleading information
has been provided in regard to indoor air quality. For instance, people have
been lead to believe if they have dehumidification in their building, this
will handle their indoor air quality. This statement is very misleading. The
only thing that can remedy poor indoor air quality is the exchange and
introduction of fresh air into the enclosed environment. Most, but not all,
of the dehumidifiers produced today have fresh air makeup designed into
them. We recommend that ice arenas regularly service and test their
ventilation systems, propane, oil or natural gas hot water heaters, space
heaters, etc by a certified HVAC technician. The only way to ensure indoor
air quality is by properly and thoroughly testing your facility indoor air
quality on a regular basis. We have found that the state of Massachusetts
has one of the best testing and compliance procedures in our industry.
Listed below is a brief statement from the State of Massachusetts website.
The State of Massachusetts
The purpose of regulation 105 CMR 675.000 "Requirements to
Maintain Air Quality in Indoor Skating Rinks (State Sanitary Code, Chapter
XI) is to ensure the public health and safety of patrons who use indoor
skating rinks by limiting air concentrations of carbon monoxide and nitrogen
dioxide produced by fossil fuel resurfacing equipment to acceptable levels.
This is accomplished by requiring indoor ice rink operators to: conduct air
sampling for carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide; maintain a log book of
such air measurements; take remedial action to reduce air concentrations of
carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide where warranted; and require indoor ice
rink operators to apply for an annual certificate of approval for operation.
The scope of the regulation applies to all public and private operators of
indoor ice skating rinks in Massachusetts. Local boards of health directly
enforce these regulations, with assistance from the Department of Public
To visit the Massachusetts Health and Human Services
Website please click the link listed below.