Indoor Air Testing
CIH Environmental Solutions conducts over 500 indoor air quality surveys each year. Assessments are conducted by rigorously trained personnel that ensure compliance with standards issued by the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH). The surveys are carried out in two forms, routine preventive care and reactive surveys. Both assessments use testing regimen from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) document, A Standardized EPA Protocol for Characterizing Indoor Air Quality in Large Office Buildings. Inspections sample common air pollutants like carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds, and airborne particulates. Thermal comfort is also evaluated. Having proper indoor air quality conditions helps meet OSHA, ACGIH, and World Health Organization (WHO) standards. Maintaining the air quality within acceptable federal, international, and industry guidelines also provides compliance with American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) standards.
Proactive or routine Indoor Air Quality surveys are often part of an Operations and Maintenance plan (O&M) and are geared toward documenting good industry wide building practices. While no set standard defines the survey protocol, random air and water sampling along with inspections of the occupied areas and HVAC systems are generally included in the procedure. When unusual conditions are discovered proactive actions can be implemented by the O&M team prior to reaching conditions that would prompt occupant discomfort or illness. Proactive surveys typically include monitoring for common indoor air quality pollutants such as carbon dioxide and monoxide, airborne particles, Volatile Organics Compounds and airborne mold coupled with thermal comfort parameters such as temperature and relative humidity.
Reactive or investigate surveys are often prompted by concerns regarding indoor air quality such as occupant or tenant discomfort, potential exposures to unknown contaminants, etc. CIH assists clients in the recognition, evalution and control of challenging contaminants whether their nature is microbiol, physical or chemical. The approuch to the resolution of the these situations requires highly trained Borard Certified Industrial Hygienist, such as those enaged in CIH project, equiped with state-of-the-art smpling and analytical equipment along with reputable laboratory support to process the necessary samples.