Things Everyone in the Building Can Do All of the occupants of a building can have a great influence on indoor air quality. Everyday activities like heating food in a microwave and using the photocopier can generate odors and pollutants. By being aware of indoor air issues, occupants can help prevent problems. Here are some things you can do: Do not block air vents or grilles. Keep supply vents or return air grilles unblocked, so you won’t unbalance the HVAC system or affect the ventilation of a neighboring office. Furniture, boxes or other materials near supply vents or return air grilles may also affect air flow. Follow your office’s procedures to notify building management if your space is too hot, too cold, stuffy or drafty. Comply with the office and building smoking policy. Smoke in designated areas only. Clean up all water spills promptly, water and maintain office plants properly and report water leaks right away. Water creates a hospitable environment for the growth of micro-organisms such as molds or fungi. Some of these microbes, if they become airborne, can cause health problems. Dispose of garbage promptly and properly. Dispose of garbage in appropriate containers that are emptied daily to prevent odors and biological contamination. Store food properly. Food attracts pests. Some foods, if left unrefrigerated, can spoil and generate unpleasant odors. Never store perishable food products in your desk or on shelves. Refrigerators should be cleaned on a regular basis to prevent odors. Keep kitchens and dining areas clean and sanitize as necessary to prevent pests and maintain hygiene. Notify your building or facility manager immediately if you suspect an IAQ problem. This helps management determine the cause of the problem quickly so that a timely solution can be reached.