Air Quality Testing

Poor indoor air quality can cause occupants to experience a range of adverse effects


If your building has poor indoor air quality, then this can result in occupants experiencing unpleasant symptoms such as fatigue and shortness of breath. This effect is commonly known as Sick Building Syndrome, as it typically occurs in large open-plan offices with automated heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems.

While no definitive cause of Sick Building Syndrome has been discovered by researchers, it is believed that a number of factors working in combination contribute to it.

These factors may include:

  • Poor ventilation
  • Biological contaminants (bacteria, fungi & viruses)
  • 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

Air quality testing from Euro Environmental Ltd can help to identify and combat some of these factors, where we can work towards reducing the risk of Sick Building Syndrome.

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 Ltd can provide both general air quality assessments or specialised investigators to identify nuisance smells within any environment. Our standard range of air quality testing is designed to measure the most common items that contribute to indoor air quality issues:

• 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 air quality consultants are here to help you develop and implement testing strategies to identify the root cause of air quality issues within your building.

For further assistance, get in touch with our expert team today.

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