Indoor Air Quality – Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP):
A Quality Assurance Project Plan documents the planning, implementation, and assessment procedures for a particular project,
as well as any specific quality assurance and quality control activities. It integrates all the technical and quality aspects
of the project in order to provide a "blueprint" for obtaining the type and quality of environmental data and
information needed for a specific decision or use.
EPA Quality System
EPA uses its Quality System to manage the quality of its environmental data collection, generation, and use. The primary
goal of the Quality System is to ensure that our environmental data are of sufficient quantity and quality to support the
data's intended use. Under the EPA Quality System, EPA organizations develop and implement supporting quality systems.
Similar specifications may also apply to contractors, grantees, and other recipients of financial assistance from EPA.
Turbo-QAPP is a program enabling tribes to write their own Quality Assurance Project Plans interactively (like Turbo-Tax)
and "asks" users a series of questions to create a QAPP. The software guides the user and writes user-entered
material into a text file that can be printed and modified. It includes extensive help files, definitions, and lists of
options. It adds repeated text in multiple locations in the finished document, thereby guiding users through tedious
and repetitive sections that are often cited as stumbling blocks to completing a QAPP. It is and will stay consistent
with the QC requirements for the criteria pollutants in EPA guidance and regulations. Turbo-QAPP focuses on the important
aspects of the program first (e.g.; "why are we making these measurements?") but then places this material in
the appropriate elements of the QAPP. The program suggests options for parameters that are commonly-used for that type
of monitoring, pollutant, etc., while always allowing users to enter their own text. The software does not currently
include indoor air quality measurements.
Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation Guidance
The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Air Quality, Monitoring & Quality Assurance Program
has provided guidance on elements for ambient air monitoring Quality Assurance Project Plans (QAPPs). While this guidance
does not specifically address indoor air quality measurements, the guidance will be helpful.
Mansel Nelson, 928/523-1275, Mansel.Nelson@nau.edu
The development of the Alaska Indoor Air Quality website was supported with funding from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Region 10 Indoor Air Program.