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UConn Health Center
The Exchange,
270 Farmington Avenue, Building 3, 2nd floor, Suite 262
Farmington, CT 06030-6210

Clinic/Employee Health Phone:
(860) 679-2893
FAX: (860) 679-1349

Contact the
Office of Research Safety
if you ARE a UConn Health Center employee who is concerned about your safety and health on the job and wish to obtain assistance, including ergonomic evaluations of workstations, chemical hazards, and radiation safety at the Health Center.

Contact the
Occupational and Environmental
Health Center

or the
Ergonomic Technology Center
for similar requests and concerns, if you are NOT a UConn Health Center employee.

Contact the
Connecticut Poison Control Center
for immediate help with a poison or hazardous chemical exposure at:
1-800-222-1222 (toll-free)
(for hearing impaired).


Tools for Techs

A pilot program, "Tools for Techs," has been launched as a result of a collaborative effort involving The University of Connecticut Health Center, the Connecticut Department of Public Health, the Connecticut Technical High School System, and the State Vocational Federation of Teachers/ American Federation of Teachers.  Designed to supplement the EPA’s Tools for Schools (TfS) program, “Tools for Techs” addresses the unique indoor air quality issues found in Technical High Schools and the traditional high schools that teach technologies.  

Technical high schools and the technology education corridors in traditional high schools are essentially mini industrial complexes because many of the classrooms (shops) are devoted to teaching trades.  Students and staff are potentially exposed to emissions associated with these trades including welding and soldering fumes from the Welding or HVAC shops, combustion products from Culinary Arts kitchens or Auto Technologies shops, wood dust, stains and lacquer from the Carpentry shops, and acrylates and solvents from Hairdressing classrooms.  These emissions are hazardous if exposures are not controlled. 

Under the Environmental Protection Agency’s Tools for Schools (TfS) model, multidisciplinary building teams utilize checklists completed by teachers and observations made during walkthrough surveys to develop and prioritize recommendations that will improve the indoor air quality in schools.  The “Tools for Techs” checklists address the specific indoor air quality challenges associated with many of the trades.

The following checklists are included in the Tools for Techs packet:

Tools for Techs - PDFTools for Techs - MS Word
If your school district uses our checklists, please provide us with feedback so that we can update and enhance our materials.
Automotive Collision Repair and Refurbishing Electronics Manufacturing Technology
Automotive Technology Graphic Arts, Printing and Photography Masonry
Carpentry Hairdressing Cosmetology and Barbering Plumbing
Culinary Arts Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Welding

The “Tools for Techs”  team: 2008 Excellence Award Winners!! about the award...
Anne Bracker

UCONN Health Center
Kenny Foscue
Connecticut Department of Public Health
Rick Tanasi
State Vocational Federation of Teachers/ American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Connecticut
John Woodmansee
Connecticut Technical High School System
This page was updated January 22, 2009