Do you need to monitor indoor air quality?
Clean, good air quality in a commercial environment should be an important issue for any company concerned about the well-being of its employees.
Apart from the legal requirements, poor Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) can result in a number of negative consequences such as, sick building syndrome, reduced productivity, bad publicity and low staff morale.
What are your legal requirements?
There are currently two main pieces of legislation relating to IAQ:
- The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, section 2 (2) (e) requires that you as an employer, provide and maintain a working environment that is, so far as is reasonably practicable, safe and without risk to health.
- The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, Regulation 5, requires that mechanical ventilation systems used for providing general ventilation are maintained (including cleaned as appropriate) in an efficient state, in efficient working order and in good repair, whilst Regulation 6 requires that you ensure effective ventilation for any enclosed workplace by providing a sufficient quantity of fresh or purified air and Regulation 7 requires that the ‘temperature in all workplaces inside buildings shall be reasonable during working hours’.
How can Hydro-X help you meet you legal requirements?
Hydro-X has a nationwide team of air hygiene specialist engineers who provide IAQ monitoring to our clients on a regular contract or single survey basis for the industry standard air quality testing parameters of temperature, relative humidity, ventilation rates (Carbon Dioxide, Carbon Monoxide), total Inhalable dust levels and airborne microbiological activity.
These surveys are undertaken at an agreed date and time during normal working hours (to facilitate testing of normal working conditions) by our engineers who will visit the premises and carry out a thorough test on the air quality in your office space using specialist digital data logging equipment.
They will record and analyse the air quality at an agreed number of locations via the following methods:
- Air Temperatures and Relative Humidity is measured using a solid-state instrument, whilst ventilation rates are assessed via infrared detection and analysis of carbon dioxide concentrations
- An electro-chemical sensor is used for detection/analysis of carbon monoxide concentrations
- Particle counting via a portable laser particle counter provides information regarding total inhalable dust and Airborne Microbiological Activity levels gauged via induction across contact plates, and subsequent analysis at a UKAS-accredited laboratory
- We can also undertake visual inspections of Air Handling Units to assess their condition with relation to air hygiene as well as undertake filter efficiency testing
- Further gas and IAQ parameter tests are possible on a bespoke basis upon request and tailored to meet your needs and requirements.
A full written report will be issued detailing the findings, complete with graphs and photographs where appropriate.