Village Condominium Association
Preventing Indoor Air Quality Problems during Renovations
There is NO Federal or State Laws regarding use of these substances or products
- University Of Massachusetts Lowell
- Mass Toxic Use Reduction Institute and new Ecology
- Environmental Protection Agency (VOCs)
- New Ecology Inc. –Cambridge, Mass.
- Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workplace Development – Department of Labor Standards-Workplace Safety and Health Program
- No matter what product you use on your floors there is always an offensive, unpleasant smell.
- Exposure to oil base paint, lacquer, stain and water base stain is not harmful if the exposure is for a short time. Long term exposure can be harmful to workers but not necessarily toxic.
- Even dust from sanding can be irritating
- In 2010 the Massachusetts legislature banned the use of VOC’s – volatile organic compounds– which are flammable lacquers and sealant floor finishes in order to protect workers from fire.
- These substances should be used in well ventilated areas using fans and open windows.
- Abutting neighbors should be informed ahead of the renovation and encouraged to also ventilate their home.
- Ventilation is the most important action to take.
- People should use good common sense when using all these products.