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Air Monitoring

Island EHS provides air monitoring and air clearances for a variety of projects

Abatement Monitoring Abatement Monitoring


WorkSafeBC has strict regulations and guidelines concerning air monitoring on job sites. Our process for asbestos air monitoring follows the NIOSH 7400 Method, which involves filtering the air being tested through a mixed cellolose ester membrane, which is further prepared in the lab and viewed under a positive phase-contrast microscope, where the samples are counted to determine a reading of fibres per mL of air. There are three types of air monitoring typically performed during asbestos abatement, and requirements vary depending on the risk level and material type. Air monitoring often includes:

Occupational air monitoring measures the worker exposure during the removal of material within the work area, and requires sampling a minimum of 40 litres of air. Occupational air monitoring ensures that controls and personal protective equipment are properly set up and the job site within the work zone is functioning properly.

The clean room is an area where workers remove their street clothes and put on their personal protective equipment, including impermeable suits, boots, gloves and respirators. When work is complete, it is also the space where they remove their respirators after decontamination and put their clothing back on. Clean Room sampling monitors the air in this area every day to ensure levels are safe.

Ambient air sampling is concerned with the area just outside of containment, ensuring that levels are within safe limits during work. Both Clean room and ambient sampling measure a minimum of 400 litres of air over at least four hours to ensure levels are consistent across abatement activities.

Asbestos Air Clearances

Island EHS provides inspections and clearance letters to go along with air clearances. Air clearances are required post-abatement, when asbestos containing materials have disturbed without the proper controls in place, or when you need to prove that a space has been properly cleaned. Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) testing is also available, as are aggressive (agitated air) clearances for when materials have been disturbed with unknown or no controls in place. Air clearances require high volume pumps to run for a minimum of 2.5 hours, gathering a minimum of 2,000 litres of air.

Lead in air testing

WorkSafeBC regulations specify that air monitoring take place during a project where lead paint will be disturbed. This usually includes testing at the beginning of the project, and during the project as necessary, using the NIOSH 7082 method. Lead air clearances and surface dust testing are also available.


Respirable chrystalline silica is known to have a number of health effects when settled into the lungs, including silicosis and lung cancer. Silica is often released into the air when materials like concrete, cement, mortar, masonry, brick, tiles, plaster and possibly drywall filler compounds are cut, crushed, grinded or hammered. In order to monitor silica exposure among workers and bystanders, we can provide silica air monitoring following the NIOSH 7500 method.