Breathing in clean air is a well-accepted requirement for general health and wellbeing. However, it can be difficult to determine if the quality of air we are inhaling meets basic health and safety guidelines.
A proactive approach by the employer/building owner is necessary to address air quality concerns in the workplace environment. Failure to respond can lead to serious adverse health issues.
Health concerns relating to poor air quality may vary and can be mistaken for other conditions. Common symptoms include lethargy, headaches and irritation to the eyes, nose, throat and lungs.
A variety of factors can impact air quality including inadequate ventilation, poor temperature control, low and high humidity, water damage and nearby indoor and outdoor activities including building works.
Scaada’s occupational hygiene specialists are highly skilled in conducting air monitoring and risk assessments for the following concerns:
- Temperature and humidity
- Building ventilation (carbon dioxide)
- Gases and chemicals (VOCs, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide and formaldehyde)
- Atmospheric particles including dust and asbestos from demolition, construction and renovation
- Mould, fungi, bacteria and other microbials (microbial volatile organic compounds or MVOC’s)
Over and above issue identification, Scaada will design a tailored risk management plan to control or remove any hazards affecting air quality and, if required, deliver a complete end-to-end project management service.