Indoor air sampling and analysis

Take a deep breath

Factors influencing indoor air quality (IAQ) and ventilation include:

  • Pollutants, including volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
  • CO2
  • Aroma
  • Ventilation rate or fresh air
  • Moisture content

There is no doubt that the air we breathe has a direct effect on our performance and wellbeing. With this in mind, it is important to monitor the quality of air your staff and customers are breathing, particularly if mechanical ventilation systems are in use.

People suffering the effects of poor indoor air quality report symptoms ranging from itchy eyes and headaches to fatigue and shortness of breath. These can be triggered or worsened by inadequate or inappropriate cleaning methods. What’s more, some respiratory illnesses can also be linked to indoor air quality.

The following regulations are in place to manage this risk:

  • Workplace (Health & Safety Welfare) Regulations 1992
  • Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (Revised 2004)

It is clearly very important to sample and analyse IAQ, monitoring standards and ensuring that any problems are identified and addressed quickly.

Indoor Air Sampling and Analysis
The importance of indoor air quality monitoring

The first thing to remember is that it is vital your buildings are compliant, in line with relevant legislation and guidance. Rock Compliance will ensure you achieve this, giving you the peace of mind that comes from knowing you are operating within the law.

However, as well as compliance with the regulatory framework in place, there are many other reasons to monitor indoor air quality on a regular basis. Firstly, it checks the adequacy of plant maintenance, ensuring system cleaning and any remedial work is carried out when needed. It also helps to identify any other issues and whether indoor environmental conditions are improving, deteriorating or constant.  Data generated provides evidence of conditions to minimise concerns about possible staff health issues related to IAQ and protect against liability exposure.

And,of course, you should never underestimate the importance of having happy, healthy staff and customers!

The Rock Compliance promise

We can assist you in implementing an IAQ monitoring regime to assess air quality in your building, satisfying staff welfare issues and ensuring your ventilation systems are working adequately.

Our monitoring regimes assess air quality at a number of locations. Standard parameters that can be monitored include comfort factors (assessing temperature,humidity and airflow), gases (for example the build-up of carbon dioxide), and microbial levels.

We will discuss your IAQ concerns and identify the appropriate monitoring techniques, referencing the latest benchmark guidelines to suggest appropriate remedial actions. We use the most up-to-date technology to enable us to take accurate readings and can even offer a wireless monitoring service to provide you with real-time data showing the air quality of your building throughout a set period.

We also offer a full range of other compliance services that may be of interest: water hygiene, water treatment, mechanical and electrical compliance, and pre-commissioning and commissioning.

CAN WE TALK?

Whether it is an issue of compliance, an investment decision or you are just not quite sure whether your existing provider is giving you what you want, please contact us. We will be happy to give you advice on how to create low risk, compliant air hygiene systems, ensuring spend is minimised and predictable.