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Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

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Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) refers to the air quality in and around buildings and structures and is an essential component of any workplace industrial hygiene program – especially since air quality is directly related to the health, safety and comfort of the building occupants. Understanding and controlling common pollutants and comfort factors can help you reduce the risk of indoor health concerns.

Pollutants that affect Indoor Air Quality can be biological, chemical, or aerosol in nature.  Some Biological pollutants include bacteria, virusus, molds, and pollen.  Sources of Chemical pollutants can include cleaning products, paints, solvents, furniture, carpet, and products of combustion.  Particulate and Aerosol pollutants to consider in IAQ investigations can come from manufacturing activities, construction, printing, photocopying, and smoking.  Temperature, Relative Humidity, and Ventilation rates also have an effect on the level of comfort and productivity by building occupants.

Some health effects, like irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat, headaches, dizziness and fatigue, caused by poor air quality may show up shortly after a single exposure to a pollutant. These kinds of immediate effects are usually short-term and treatable. Other longer term health effects, like respiratory diseases, heart disease, and cancer, may show up years after exposure has occurred, or after long or repeated periods of exposure.

Levitt-Safety carries many products that can help you understand the quality of the air you breathe.  These include VOC monitors, dust and aerosol monitors, IAQ monitors, and sampling equipment.

Our knowledgeable staff can guide you with the proper instrument choice for your application, as well as the proper setup, operation, and data retrieval capabilities that these instruments offer.

 

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