When we live and work in indoor environments, we often presume that the air we breathe is safe, but in many cases mold spores, dust and chemical fumes can be making us sick. Therefore, we must consider how we store solvents, monitor sources of moisture and control dust buildup. This must be done at home, but more importantly in the workplace where the problem is compounded.
With the use of industrial grade solvents, and work processes that produce fumes and dust from metal, silica, grain, wood and asbestos, the potential for long term respiratory illness is high. For this reason, under OH&S guidelines, an employer must develop a workplace health & safety program and perform a job hazard analysis to identify all potential hazards before work begins.
If there are potentially harmful chemicals identified in the MSDS or if airborne particulates may exceed 50% of the Occupational Exposure Level, then employers must conduct air quality testing to measure levels and ensure safety in the workplace.
AIR QUALITY ASSESSMENTS are conducted by our Industrial Hygienists in the workplace to monitor many types of air borne dust and contaminants that pose a health risk to workers in these environments. Using scientifically proven testing methods, samples can be obtained and measured to see how they compare to government occupational exposure limits(OELs). Based on these findings, controls and recommendations may be made to ensure the safety of the workers and that air quality meets regulatory standards.
For more information relating to air quality assessments, quantitative mask fit testing, as well as pulmonary function testing, please contact us at +1 587-597-8378.
Reference: Alberta OH&S Code Part 4, Section (21)(22)
Indoor Air Quality Toolkit: https://open.alberta.ca/dataset/bd33d138-ff5d-4ce9-bfe0-1d5d1afb98e7/resource/6979eb8e-2e4c-4873-b7aa-22561a3ebe21/download/whs-pub-gh015.pdf