Why is this important?
Renovating can be an opportunity to create healthier indoor environments by choosing safer materials and products, and by including energy efficient measures (see Sustainability & Climate Action section). At the same time, renovations can release harmful vapors, dust, asbestos, mineral fibres, lead from old paint, and mould.
What actions can we take?
- Ensure that precautions are taken during and after renovations to ensure that children and staff are not exposed to renovation materials, dust and fumes.
- Renovations should be scheduled at times when children are not present.
- Ensure the area is ventilated well and all dust and materials have been thoroughly cleaned up before children and staff return.
- Care should be taken at every stage of renovations, especially with dust control, to minimize exposure to toxic substances.
- Use a window fan facing outdoors to force any airborne dust and fumes outside.
- When selecting paint, sealants and adhesives, choose low- or no-VOC options.
- If products containing solvents are used (e.g., glues, caulking, paints), children should not return to the area until the products are completely dry and no longer releasing odours.
- Store and dispose of products only as described on the label and in compliance with relevant regulations.
- Consider including energy efficient measures in renovations and repair activities.