Indoor Pollutant Testing
Testing can be an important tool to help understand the extent of health hazards within a building. It can be used as a part of the investigation process to identify contaminants and it should always be used after specialist cleaning activities to confirm the work has been completed successfully, without cross contamination to other areas, as many of the contaminants cannot be seen with the naked eye.
Testing following the completion of a Scope of Work is particularly important in commercial buildings accessed by third parties and in homes where small children or people suffering suppressed immune systems access.
To maintain our impartiality we use independent, accredited external laboratories and use this information to help us define the best solutions to fix the problem and return your indoor air quality to normal and confirm that this is done.
We can test for most indoor air quality contaminants but specialise in;
We can test for the presence and type of mould present in air and on surfaces. These results are collated into a “plain speak” report with recommendations to return the building to Normal Environmental Conditions
There are many bacteria that can grow in indoor environments. We can conduct a range of testing from broad spectrum testing to investigation the cause of a problem, validation of clean up following a contamination event, through to the testing of air extraction systems in laboratories to ensure the systems are working as required.
We are being exposed to more and more dusts with various contaminants. We are living in an environment that contains many man made substances and, as these break down over time, they produce dusts that often have many chemical compounds in them. Sometimes this is just nuisance dust (causes minor annoyance with no health effects) and sometimes it can become a larger problem, particularly if individuals become hyper-sensitive due to over-exposure to substances or illness and suppressed immune system.
Volatile Organic Compound or VOC is the name given to a substance that contains carbon and that evaporates (becomes a vapour) or “off-gases” at room temperature. Some examples of VOCs include formaldehyde, benzene, methylene chloride, hexane, toluene, trichloroethane, styrene, heptane, and perchloroethylene
VOCs are widely used in household and commercial products. Some cleansers, disinfectants, waxes, glues, cosmetics, dry cleaning products, paints, varnishes and preservatives include VOCs. Gasoline, kerosene and other fuels, cigarette smoke, new carpeting, pesticides, vinyl type flooring and wall coverings are examples of other products that may all release VOCs into the air.
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