Indoor Air Quality
Island EHS has professionals who are capable of evaluating various indoor environments
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is a term which refers to the quality of air within and around buildings and structures, especially as it relates to the health and comfort of building occupants. Whether at work or at home, we spend most of our time indoors, so it is important to feel healthy and comfortable operating in our indoor environments, not only to be happy, but also to be productive.
Are there strange odours coming from parts of your building? Are you worried about air exchanges and having enough ventilation? Does your health and safety program require annual inspections? If so, Island EHS can conduct commercial and residential indoor air quality testing in Victoria, Nanaimo, and any other part of Vancouver Island, as well as Greater Vancouver and the Fraser Valley. We can provide quantitative testing and an expert eye to help resolve any indoor air quality issue.
Numerous factors can affect the indoor air quality of a building or structure, including:
- The physical layout of the building
- The building’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system
- The outdoor climate
- The activities and residents within the building
- Contaminants inside and outside the building
Island EHS has professionals on staff who can evaluate various indoor environments for particular issues related to occupants’ health and comfort. After discussing the particular concern, and with the assistance of various tools and instruments to assess parameters such as temperature, relative humidity, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide levels, volatile organic compounds (VOC’s), mould, fungal and allergens, Island EHS will provide results and recommendations appropriate for the current indoor air quality concerns.
For businesses and institutional organizations, WorkSafeBC requires that indoor air quality is investigated when: “complaints are reported, occupancy in the space changes substantially, or renovations involving significant changes to the ventilation system occur.” (OHS Regulation, Section 4.79). If your business has received an air quality complaint, or if you are making changes within your building, contact us to make sure you are covered.