The Regulations Concerning Indoor Air Quality Analysis (室內空氣品質檢驗測定管理辦法) has remained unrevised since its promulgation on 23 November 2012. The EPA has noted problems when implementing the Regulations in recent years, namely the promotion of Indoor Air Quality Voluntary Control Labels and the announced revisions to the sampling requirements in the test methods of bacterial and fungal concentration in the air (NIEA E301.15C and NIEAE401.15C respectively) as it reviewed and drafted the amendments to the Regulations.
To improve indoor air quality and safeguard public health, the EPA announced the Indoor Air Quality Act (室內空氣品質管理法) on 23 November 2011 and the Regulations Concerning Indoor Air Quality Analysis (室內空氣品質檢驗測定管理辦法) on 23 November 2012 to serve as the basis for analysis, testing, and management of indoor air quality.
Considering the problems encountered during the implementation of the Regulations in recent years, the EPA has revised the sampling requirements in the Test Methods for Bacterial Concentrations in the Air (NIEA E301.15C) and Test Methods for Fungal Concentrations in the Air (NIEA E401.15C) requiring at least two sampling spots at each premise to ensure the representativeness of the sampling data.
The revisions include new additions that take the characteristics of different premises, air conditioning, and pollution sources into account and promote incentives aligned with the Indoor Air Quality Voluntary Control Label system. Specifically, when premises are regulated by the EPA and rated “excellent” in the label system, they can be tested once every three years and the required number of the sampling spots can also be halved. The revisions also simplified the application procedure for installing automatic indoor air quality monitoring equipment, and specified the methods and frequencies for equipment accuracy inspection, the approval of the inspecting agencies, and the equipment maintenance matters. All these will serve as the basis for the announced premises installing automatic monitoring equipment in the future. Revisions of the Regulations were evidently necessary for better management of the announced premises.
The main points of the amendments are as follows:
1. Definition of automatic monitoring equipment was added. Relevant terms have been changed to be consistent with the first and second announcements of the premises regulated by the Indoor Air Quality Act.
2. Inspection and test frequency were set to be once every six months. How to archive the inspection records was also specified.
3. For regular inspections on the announced premises, follow-up tests on pollutants not meeting the standards shall be conducted. These pollutants shall also be included in the maintenance and control plans of the premises for future improvement.
4. Premises announced by the EPA and rated “excellent” in the Indoor Air Quality Voluntary Control Label system can undergo testing once every three years, and the required number of the sampling spots can also be halved.
5. Application procedure for installing automatic monitoring equipment was simplified.
6. Stipulations concerning automatic monitoring equipment are amended, focusing on the general requirements of the equipment.
7. Amendments were made on stipulations concerning mandatory accuracy verification or recalibration of automatic monitoring equipment.
8. In regard to the time limit for the analysis and testing organizations to conduct regular inspections and produce inspection reports, the time for enterprises to submit their inspection results is extended to 45 days. In addition, the stipulation requiring enterprises to report online the results of the continuous monitoring in the previous year was removed. Instead, the stipulation now requires the data of the continuous monitoring be kept for the competent authorities to review.
Excerpt from Environmental Policy Monthly, 23 (9)
- Environmental Protection Administration, R.O.C.(Taiwan)