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Protecting Buildings and Their Occupants from Airborne Hazards

The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) has reviewed the US Army Corps of Engineers draft document "Protecting Buildings and Their Occupants from Airborne Hazards" and recommends that building owners and managers use this information when considering security options for their buildings.

We find many of the recommendations to be useful. Not all recommendations or actions suggested by this document will be applicable or pertinent to your building.

We will provide updates and revisions as they become available.

Having a simple indoor air quality plan in place with clearly defined actions and a communications plan is very effective and easy to accomplish. For example, relocation of fresh air intakes to rooftops and limiting and protecting access to the building air handling units is a valuable and effective first step in protecting building occupants from indoor air conatminants arising from accidental or deliberate releases of hazardous materials.

An excellent source available on the internet is the EPA document "Building Air Quality: A Guide for Building Owners and Facility Managers" (BAQ) guide. This document is located at

Please call (402) 441-8021 if you have any questions.

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