Wall surfaces shall be easily cleanable and provide protection at
points where contact with movable equipment is likely to occur.
Surfaces shall be free of substances known to be teratogenic,
mutagenic, carcinogenic, or otherwise harmful to human health.
Interpretation: As with floors, the ease of
cleaning, durability, and acoustical properties of wall surfaces
must be considered. Although commonly used, many vinyl wall
coverings contain PVC and will degrade indoor air quality, and thus
should be avoided. VOCs and PBTs such as cadmium often are found in
paints, wall-coverings, acoustical wall panels, and wood paneling
systems and also should be avoided. Specify low- or no-VOC paints