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Key Benefits of Indoor Air Quality Testing
- Ensure your compliance with COSHH Regulations and the Health and Safety at Work Act
- Maintain productivity and reduce staff absences by ensuring a healthy work environment
- Fulfil your duty of care and keep your work environment a safe working space
- Identify any issues enabling you to ensure direct remedial action
What is Indoor Air Quality Testing?
Indoor Air Quality Testing provides the measurement of a range of parameters associated with air quality within your buildings. This enables you to efficiently identify what remedial action is required to improve the health of your workforce.
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) refers to the air quality within buildings and structures, particularly in relation to the health and comfort of the building occupants. Indoor Air Quality testing is an important tool in the investigation of Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) which is a term often used to describe a range of symptoms in the occupants of a building which cause discomfort and a sense of being unwell. Common symptoms are dryness or itchiness of the skin, eyes, nose and throat, headaches, poor concentration and a stuffy or runny nose. While the exact cause of SBS is not completely clear, it is likely to be from a combination of factors including deterioration of indoor air quality and non-optimal environmental conditions.
The Health and Safety at Work Act places a duty of care on all employers to ensure that a safe and healthy work environment is provided. Some indoor air pollutants may also be subject to workplace exposure limits set out in the COSHH regulations.
If you begin to receive reports from your workforce about the symptoms associated with Sick Building Syndrome, an Indoor Air Quality assessment can be a vital tool to help you identify the cause and direct remedial action.
What to Expect
Indoor Air Quality Testing will be undertaken by an experienced Occupational Hygiene Consultant who will visit your site. The specific type of monitoring undertaken will be tailored to suit your needs and requirements. Envirocare has a range of tests available to assess your work environment including:
- Humidity level
- Tests for chemical pollutants e.g. ozone, volatile organic compounds, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, and nitrogen dioxide
- Dust and Particulates (PM10 and PM2.5)
- Temperature and thermal comfort
- Lighting levels
- Microbiological and allergen testing
Following the testing survey, the findings are compiled into a report along with recommendations to support you with any improvements that are identified.
Air Quality Monitoring and COSHH for UK Hospital Trust
Envirocare were commissioned by a hospital Trust to design and carry out the annual hospital air quality monitoring survey for a wide range of substances with the potential to cause harm to the employees throughout hospitals in the Trust.
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