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Recognizing the continuing need to achieve the national ozone standard and the ozone requirements of the State Implementation Plan, the Dallas Public Library supports actions by the City of Dallas to provide leadership in reducing Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) and Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) emissions during Ozone Watches and Ozone Warnings.
Imminent threats to public health and safety will be addressed without regard to Ozone Watch or Ozone Warning notifications.
Ozone Watches and Warnings are issued by the Texas Council on Environmental Quality weather conditions are right (such as high temperatures and low wind) for heavy Ozone buildup the next day so that businesses and individuals can take actions to reduce the amount of VOC emissions and thus decrease the likelihood of exceeding the Ozone limit.
Ozone action notifications will be sent to each Library facility by fax.
Watches and Warnings should be received by 4:00 p.m. on the day preceding the alert.
All employees should be reminded to check newspapers and radio and television stations for announcements of Ozone Watches and Warnings.
Library public service schedules limit the number of positions that may use a four ten-hour day schedule; however, positions that are not in direct public service may be identified to work four ten-hour days rather than five eight-hour days.
All summer meetings that require vehicle trips will be scheduled after 10:00 a.m.
Unit Managers and Administrators should record additional costs, including costs of lowered productivity, caused by the department's response to Ozone Watches and Warnings, and maintain this documentation. Impacts on public service, i.e., delays in receipt of interagency materials for patrons, etc., should also be recorded.