The O & M committee recommends the following policies be adopted in commercial and public buildings:
No Smoking Policy
It is recommended that smoking be prohibited inside buildings. Smoking should be restricted to designated outdoor smoking areas that are 100 feet from paths of travel, entryways, operable windows, and air intakes.
It is recommended that a fragrance-free policy include prohibition of fragrance-emitting devices (FEDS) and sprays; use of fragrance-free maintenance, laundry, paper and other products; restrictions on perfume, cologne, and other scented personal care products used by employees, visitors, and other occupants; and prohibitions on use of potpourri and burning incense and scented candles.
An important first step is educating staff and others about the need for and benefits of reducing or eliminating the use of fragranced products.
Guidelines on Wearing Scented Products and We Share the Air posters, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, , (under 12. Hygiene).
See "Steps for Implementing a Scent-free Policy in the Workplace" in Additional Resources.
Cell Phone Use Policy
It is recommended that cell phone use be prohibited in areas of a building when requested by an electromagnetically sensitive individual who needs to work or visit that area. Also, see information on use of a Cleaner Air Symbol in the Designated Cleaner Air Room report.
It is recommended that facilities adopt a posting and notification policy to notify staff, visitors, and other building occupants of pesticide applications, cleaning and maintenance activities, renovation and construction, and other activities that may produce hazardous fumes or dust.
Vehicle Idling Policy
It is recommended that facilities limit or prohibit idling of vehicles, especially diesel vehicles, near entryways, loading docks, operable windows, and air intakes (23).