Law:Title 5. Sanitation And Environmental Quality. Subtitle C. Air Quality from Chapter 385. Indoor Air Quality In Government Buildings (Texas)

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Subtitle C. Air Quality

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Chapter 385. Indoor Air Quality In Government Buildings

Section  385.001.  Definitions.

In this chapter:

(1)  "Air contaminant" means a gaseous, liquid, or solid substance or combination of substances that is in a form that is transported by or in air and has the potential to be detrimental to human health.

(2)  "Board" means the Texas Board of Health.

(3)  "Government building" means a building that is:

(A)  owned, or leased for a term of at least three months, by a state governmental entity or by a political subdivision of this state, including a county, municipality, special purpose district, or school district; and

(B)  regularly open to members of the public or used by the state or local governmental entity for a purpose that involves regular occupancy of the building by an employee or by a person in the custody or control of the governmental entity such as a public school student.

(4)  "Indoor air pollution" means the presence, in an indoor environment, of one or more air contaminants in sufficient concentration and of sufficient duration to be capable of causing adverse effects to human health.

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 690, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995. Amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1067, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.



Section  385.002.  Powers And Duties Of Board.

(a) The board by rule shall establish voluntary guidelines for indoor air quality in government buildings, including guidelines for ventilation and indoor air pollution control systems. The board may adopt other rules necessary to implement this chapter.

(b)  In establishing the guidelines, the board shall consider:

(1)  the potential chronic effects of air contaminants on human health;

(2)  the potential effects of insufficient ventilation of the indoor environment on human health;

(3)  the potential costs of health care for the short-term and long-term effects on human health that may result from exposure to indoor air contaminants; and

(4)  the potential costs of compliance with a proposed guideline.

(c)  A guideline adopted under this chapter may include a contaminant concentration, a control method, a sampling method, a ventilation rate, design, or procedure, or a similar recommendation.

(d)  The board's guidelines may differ for different pollution sources or different areas of the state and may differ for buildings that are regularly occupied or visited by children.

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 690, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995. Amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1067, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.



Section  385.003.  Liability And Immunity. Thi

s chapter does not create liability for a governmental entity for an injury caused by the failure to comply with the voluntary guidelines established under Section 385.002.

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 690, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995. Amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1067, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.


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