INDOOR AIR QUALITY

Ice Rink References

Ice Rink References

 

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 Health.

To visit the Massachusetts Health and Human Services Website please click the link listed below.

www.mas.gov

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