Good indoor air quality (IAQ) enhances occupant health, comfort, and workplace productivity. For Rutgers University Indoor Air Quality Program, the definition of good indoor air quality includes:

  • Introduction and distribution of adequate ventilation air.
  • Control of airborne contaminants.
  • Maintenance of acceptable temperature and relative humidity.)

Although temperature and relative humidity are considered "thermal comfort" parameters instead of "air quality" parameters, they underlie many complaints about "poor air quality." Temperature and humidity are also among the many factors that affect indoor contaminant levels.

Complaints related to temperature and humidity should be reported directly to Facilities Operations and Services on their Online Services Request Form.

It is important to remember that while occupant complaints may be related to time at work, they may not necessarily be due to the quality of the air. Other factors such as noise, lighting, workstation design, job-related stresses, individually or in combination, may contribute to the complaints.

REHS offers the following services related to IAQ:

  • Initial response and investigation of air quality complaints.
  • Advice on "low odor products" for new construction and renovation.
  • Joint remediation of air quality concerns with Facilities Maintenance Services.
  • Follow-up communication with building occupants



Mark McLane
(848) 445-2550