Modern industries have increasingly demanding air quality standards. Poor air quality puts health and safety at risk, and can cause poor performance at work. Air quality monitoring is a system used to analyse the levels of any air contaminants or pollutants in the environment of both the immediate and surrounding work areas. Under the Air Pollution Act 1987, local authorities are required to prevent and limit air pollution. For many companies today, this is a necessary environmental procedure, to be carried out in accordance with the Air Quality Standards Regulations 2011 and the CAFE directive. Actively monitoring your air quality can alert you, and the authorities, to any concentrations of certain pollutants, and that helps prevent harmful effects on employee health and safety, and the environment.
From protecting ambient air quality as well as the whole ecosystem, these standards have been set in place within Ireland and other member states in regards to a wide variety of pollutants. These rules and regulations include how companies are required to monitor, assess and manage air quality. To ensure compliance, companies are expected to monitor, report, and implement measures of control to preserve clean air quality. With specialised equipment and analytical methods, regulatory agencies have the ability to assist companies with these important health and safety measure. At OHSS, we can help your company with Air Quality Monitoring and designing an effective monitoring program. We test the air for substances that could endanger health in the workplace, helping to correct and prevent air quality problems.
• Identification of mould growth
• Estimation of extent of problem
• Sampling and testing
• On-site monitoring
• Report & recommendations
• Dust or vapours produced by processes, such as soldering
• Air conditioning/Ventilation
• Relative humidity
• Carbon dioxide levels
• Biological contaminants such as bacteria or moulds
• Chemical contaminants (caused by upholstery, carpeting or cleaning fluids)
• Air velocity
• Volatile organic compounds
SYMPTOMS OF POOR AIR QUALITY:
• Irritation of eyes, nose and throat
• Respiratory infections and coughs, wheezing, asthma
• Mental fatigue and poor concentration
• Headache and nausea or dizziness
OHSS was established in 2001 as an Occupational Health and Safety consultancy. Founder Paul Foran has extensive experience in the field, both as a consultant and as a former Inspector with the Health & Safety Authority (www.hsa.ie), where he formulated policy and legislation.
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