Indoor Air Quality and Monitoring Services
We use air monitoring to determine the accurate concentration of the asbestos fibers in the air at the location which the sample is collected.
The indoor environment is an artificially controlled environment as compared to the outdoor environment. The controlled environment allows us to work and in comfortable conditions. Occasionally the combination of building materials, furnishings, building operation and occupants creates a condition referred as the “Sick Building Syndrome” (SBS).
The general complaints associated with SBS are:
- Irritation of the eyes, nose and throat
- Headache, sluggishness, mental fatigue
- Skin irritation
- Runny nose and eyes and asthma-like symptoms in non-asthmatics
- Odor and taste, unpleasant odours or taste sensations
The symptoms described can be experienced by individuals for a variety of reasons and unless a large fraction of the occupants suffer the same symptoms the building may not be the problem.
Indoor Air Quality Assessments
Indoor air quality assessments are requested for one of two reasons; complaint driven or as a proactive approach. Complaint driven assessments are made when an individual or group of individuals have specific symptoms and complaints. The assessment process begins with interviews of the complainants followed by inspection of the facility including the air handling equipment. Routine testing is also conducted to determine the adequacy of the fresh air supply and temperature and humidity control. Specialized testing for allergens, mold and volatile organic compounds may be also be utilized depending on the nature of the complaint.
Many of our clients take a proactive approach and have indoor air quality assessments performed to determine how their building compares to generally accepted standards for air quality. At this time there are no meaningful regulations governing indoor air quality but there are standards to which the indoor air quality can be compared including the World Health Organization and The American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).
The advantages of a proactive evaluation include:
- Discovery of potential problem areas before they become complaints
- Provide a baseline of information for comparison in the event complaints arise
- Can be used as a selling point for existing and potential tenants
Dolphin Environmental Consultants indoor air quality staff are Certified Indoor Environmental Consultant (CIEC) with over 20 years in indoor air quality management.