Indoor Air Quality
How is your Indoor Air Quality?
The health of your employees starts with the health of your building and workspaces. We all care about the bottom line, but we also want to ensure our workspaces are livable and that everyone can do their jobs safely. Our team excels at assessing the situation and developing a solution to your indoor air quality challenges. We can test and evaluate building materials, local and general ventilation, engineering controls, biological samples, chemicals, etc.
The “sick building” syndrome has received an abundance of publicity. Sick building syndrome is when multiple people in a building, typically a workplace, are experiencing similar and unexplainable symptoms; and are among the top liability issues facing building owners and managers today. The cause is often mold, bacteria, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds, asbestos, lead particulate, formaldehyde, pesticides, moisture, humidity, and other air contaminants. When your staff starts experiencing cold, flu-like symptoms, skin irritations, tiredness and fatigue, and other problems, it may be time to get your building heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system inspected for functionality. Longtime exposure to indoor air pollutants can lead to more serious illnesses. Poor air quality can induce and worsen asthma and/or other flu-like conditions. Good, clean indoor air is essential to the health of your employees and your company. Poor air quality affects everyone.
- Building Diagnostic Evaluations
- Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC) System Evaluations
- Air Contaminant Sampling (e.g.; hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, humidity, temperature)
- Bio-aerosol/Mold Assessments (Air & Surface)
- IAQ Management Plans
- Remedial Design & Management
- Compliance Consulting
Caliche, Ltd. thoroughly investigates and reports its findings based on these guidelines:
Phase I – Preliminary investigation: In the preliminary assessment, licensed personnel assess the building, the problem areas, the outdoor environment, the HVAC system components and the non-problem areas of the “affected” location. Several factors may also influence our final analysis, including noise, illumination, contaminants and water damage. Real time samples are collected to test for carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide. Ventilation system pressure differential, temperature and humidity are also documented.
Phase II – Investigation and sampling: Based on Phase I findings, additional samples may be collected for formaldehyde, combustion products, dusts, fibers, particulates, radon, asbestos and volatile organic compounds.
Phase III – Recommendations and corrective action: Based on Phase I and II, feasible, effective and economical program to reduce, eliminate or control contamination is developed. Phase III includes a post-remediation evaluation (the follow-up phase) to evaluate the effectiveness of any corrective action taken during the remediation activities.