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Workplace Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Workplace Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Air Quality Samples being collected.

Has the Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) of your commercial building ever been tested?

According to the EPA on their website, EPA.gov:

Indoor air quality is a major concern to businesses, building managers, tenants and employees because it can impact the health, comfort, well being and productivity of building occupants.

Most Americans spend up to 90% of their time indoors and many spend most of their working hours in an office environment. Studies conducted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and others show that indoor environments sometimes can have levels of pollutants that are actually higher than levels found outside.

Pollutants in our indoor environment can increase the risk of illness. Several studies by EPA, states, and independent scientific panels have consistently ranked indoor air pollution as an important environmental health problem. While most buildings do not have severe indoor air quality problems, even well-run buildings can sometimes experience episodes of poor indoor air quality.

A 1989 EPA Report to Congress concluded that improved indoor air quality can result in higher productivity and fewer lost work days. EPA estimates that poor indoor air may cost the nation tens of billions of dollars each year in lost productivity and medical care.

There are three main strategies to controlling IAQ.

1. Managing pollutant sources. This is done by simply eliminating pollutants if possible, by setting physical barriers (containment), by managing air flow with pressure differentials or by timing the necessary release of pollutants to coincide with times when the building is not occupied.

2. Diluting pollutants and remove them through ventilation.

3. Using filtration to clean the air of pollutants.

SERVPRO of Dubuque uses all of these methods during the mold remediation process.  If there are other IAQ concerns in a building, we often refer to our sister company, MB Mold & Air Quality Testing.  The CIE's (Council Certified Indoor Environmentalists) at MB Mold & Indoor Air Quality Testing specialize in Mold, Methamphetamine Residue, Allergens and VOC's (Volatile Organic Compounds).  They can assess IAQ issues and recommend resolutions.

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