To improve indoor air quality and safeguard public health, the EPA reviews regulated premises and the scope of control on a rolling basis. It also gradually expands the list of regulated premises by prioritizing premises that are frequently visited by people sensitive to air pollution, premises with mass gatherings and heavy foot traffic, as well as public and large buildings. There are currently more than 1,500 regulated premises, and the EPA is planning to announce a new batch of regulated premises to expand the scope of control.
Premises that are regulated by the Indoor Air Quality Act are announced in batches. The first and second batch were announced on 1 July 2014 and 11 January 2017, respectively, and included 16 types of premises with a total of 1,500 business entities, among which 80% is large scale premises.
The new batch includes kindergartens with 200 or more students, postpartum care institutions with 20 or more beds, childcare centers with the approved capacity to care for 35 or more children, local hospitals, some government offices, and gyms with total square footage more than 1,000 square meters but less than 2,000 square meters. The EPA will also combine the first and second batch of the regulated premises into a list to be the basis for regulated targets under the Indoor Air Quality Act.
The announcement will also include added regulations stipulating that regulated premises shall implement air quality maintenance and management in compliance with the Indoor Air Quality Act. To reduce the impacts caused by the announcement, regulated premises will be given a year to install dedicated personnel for indoor air quality maintenance and management, devise an indoor air quality maintenance and management plan, and perform the first regular indoor air quality testing. The EPA urges premises to take early measures to ensure that they will comply with the Indoor Air Quality Act after the announcement takes effect.
Excerpt from Major Environmental Policies, Jan 2021
- Environmental Protection Administration, R.O.C.(Taiwan)