Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) can be defined as the quality of the air in an indoor environment. Concerns with IAQ have increased since energy conservation measures were instituted in office buildings during the 1970s. The release of gases or particles into the air in conjunction with inadequate ventilation is the main cause of IAQ problems. Complaints about IAQ range from the simple, such as the air smelling odd, to the more complex, in which the air quality causes illness and lost work time.
It may not be easy to identify a single reason for IAQ complaints because of the number and variety of possible sources, causes and varying individual sensitivities. There are two basic types of IAQ problems: Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) and Building Related Illness (BRI). SBS refers to health effects for which no specific building-related cause has been established. BRI refers to health effects for which a specific building related cause has been established. The difference between the SBS and BRI is frequently dependent on the investigator.
Do you have an IAQ problem in your facility?
Cascade Environmental Consulting Ltd. can conduct investigations and sampling; provide documentation and expertise to ensure a healthy, productive work environment. Our fully qualified team has high standards and ensures that sampling is conducted in accordance with standard methods and protocols outlined by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH), American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), Health Canada, Canadian Association for Laboratory Accreditation (CALA), and strict internal quality control protocols. Cascade only uses certified laboratories with a proven track record for sample analysis.
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