Indoor
Air Quality Testing

Poor air quality within the indoor environment can result in occupants experiencing a number of symptoms ranging from fatigue to shortness of breath

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This effect is commonly know as Sick Building Syndrome, it typically occurs in large open-plan offices with automated heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems.

Since the 1970s, researchers have been trying to identify a definitive cause of Sick Building Syndrome. However, no cause has been identified yet.

It is believed that Sick Building Syndrome could be caused by a number of factors working in combination. These factors may include:

  • Poor ventilation
  • Biological contaminants (bacteria, fungi & virus)
  • Low humidity
  • Airborne pollutants, such as dust, carpet fibres or mould spores
  • Chemical pollutants, such as cleaning materials
  • Ozone produced by photocopiers and printers
  • Psychological factors, such as stress or poor staff morale

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ActionsActions and advice

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) recommends that employers should take the steps outlined below to investigate the possible causes of Sick Building Syndrome:

  • Carry out an employee survey, the survey may identify obvious causes that can be easily fixed
  • Check the general cleanliness of the building
  • Check that cleaning materials are being properly used and stored
  • Check the general operation of the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system

Once the steps outlined above have been completed and the problem still persists it will be necessary to carry out a more detailed investigation of the workplace.

Click here to learn more about the common pollutants found within indoor environments.

HelpHow can we help?

Euro Environmental can provide general air quality assessments or specialist investigations to identify nuisance smells within any environment. Our standard range of tests which are designed to mesaure the most common items that contribute to indoor air qaulity issues are as follows:

• Viable airborne bacterial levels (CFU)
• Viable airborne fungal levels (CFU)
• Volatile organic compounds levels
• Formaldehyde levels
• Carbon monoxide, Carbon dioxide
• Temperature, humidity
• Dust and particulate levels

Our consultants are here to help you and can develop and implement testing strategies to indentify the route cause of air quality issues within your building.

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Knowledge Centre Article

Expand your knowledge on this topic by reading our informative article

Poor Indoor Air Quality - The Complete Guide
Poor Indoor Air Quality - The Complete Guide

2021-05-01

Indoor air quality has been identified as one of the top five most urgent environmental risks to public health, and as a responsible employer – you need to ensure your employees are safe and healthy whilst in the working environment.

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