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Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

What is Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)?

Indoor air quality refers to the air in and surrounding buildings or structures. Indoor air pollutants can be released into the building, causing a potential health hazard for inhabitants. These may include microbial contaminants (like mold or bacteria); gases (like carbon monoxide, VOCs or radon); toxic chemicals (cleaners) or building materials (formaldehyde) and components (asbestos and lead). It is essential to be proactive when approaching indoor air quality issues to prevent health concerns and legal liabilities.  This approach helps to ensure the occupants do not become ill and that current concerns do not increase in severity. The best way to remedy or prevent Indoor air quality issues in your building is through IAQ sampling, testing, and reporting.

Sampling for general indoor air quality parameters during a routine assessment should include field measurements of temperature, relative humidity, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, and organic compounds, using hand-held meters (e.g., IAQ meter, four-gas meter, photo-ionization detector (PID)).  Where water intrusion is suspected, a moisture survey should be conducted using appropriate instrumentation. If indoor air sampling (spore trap) is performed, then appropriate samples should also be collected outdoors for comparison-to-baseline purposes.   Additional chemical and/or biological sampling and analysis may be performed if warranted, by observing site conditions, and/or if exposure to specific chemical contaminants is suspected.  Justification for additional chemical and/or biological sampling and analyses should be provided.

All sampling is performed in accordance with applicable analytical methods established by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and/or the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and analyzed by a laboratory accredited by the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA). 

Industrial Hygiene

Our full range of IAQ services includes:

  • Air monitoring for a wide variety of contaminants.
  • Indoor air quality surveys for adequate fresh intake air, temperature, and relative humidity.
  • Examination of air handling units and ductwork for dust accumulations, drain pan blockage, mold accumulation, and dirty filters, etc.
  • Moisture mapping to identify the distribution of water-damaged building materials.
  • Testing for the presence of suspect microbial growth water system evaluations for the presence of Legionella bacteria.
  • Disaster relief work

Partner has Certified Industrial Hygienists (CIH) on staff who are knowledgeable and qualified to answer any questions that you may have. Partner can assist both public and private clients to identify any of their indoor air quality issues and recommend effective solutions.