Indoor air quality issues may arise from regulatory issues related to the use of specific substances, or may be due to complaints of odours or physical discomfort that make employees concerned. The wide range of possibilities leaves business owners or health and safety officers unprepared to deal with the range of possible concerns. Our air quality assessments focus on identifying the source of the problem through the application of well defined air quality investigative techniques (air sampling as well as other approaches) and years of experience dealing with these types of issues. Typical steps involved in our IAQ investigations are outlined below (click each step for more information).
Initially we contact the owner/health & safety representative to discuss the complaint or issue and administer a well defined questionnaire, in order to identify possible sources of the problem.
Based on the initial discussions, additional information would be sought in the form of MSDS sheets, and a site visit may be warranted including some discussion with concerned employees to obtain a better understanding of the issue.
After the discussions a proposed plan for the investigation will be written out as a proposal including a description of the approach and the cost for the work.
The proposal will be reviewed and discussed with the client and if agreed, a schedule for the work can be suggested to accommodate specific plant processes or requirements, etc.
When the investigation is undertaken it includes any collection of samples and/or continuous measurements.
Based on the results a report is prepared and reviewed internally and then presented to the client. The report provides a description of the approach, methods used and results. In the report the results are compared to regulatory standards or guidelines. We then identify specific problems and make recommendations to mitigate them.