June 6, 2019
Indoor Air Quality Investigations
Jan Koehn, President, JK, Inc.
Industrial hygiene consulting services have been addressed for indoor air quality (IAQ) assessments in various workplaces related to Client concerns and/or project goals. Specific proactive IAQ monitoring work was performed for multi-story office complexes involving implementation of defined airborne sampling strategies including determination of microbial agents. Reactive responses were often conducted for public facilities and tenant offices. Industrial hygiene challenges were encountered to meet the facility management needs of Clients and impacted personnel concerns involving strategy development, equipment for assessment, data documentation, interpretation, and hazard communication.
Published sampling and analytical methods are continually researched to best meet the specific site needs for investigation and provide pertinent monitoring data for workplace assessment and other outlined project goals. Various criteria routinely included are: basic IAQ parameters, microbial agents (i.e. culturable versus non-culturable methods), specific chemical substances or different sizes or levels of particulates, and use of direct-reading instruments for an outlined airborne strategy and thorough site investigation as well as other potential methods.
Assessment results are summarized and reports prepared to record existing potential occupational exposures for review and consideration by the Client with recommendations provided to assist with resolution, prevention, and/or additional investigation. Other challenges can also be considered related to recent weather events and further impact of storms including flooding.