Indoor Air Quality Testing
Indoor Air Quality Testing/Mold and Bacteria Sampling
PHASE Associates know that managing air quality is essential because it prevents illness and injury and provides a safe environment. Our professional team of Industrial Hygienists, Certified Industrial Hygienists (CIH) or Certified Microbial Consultants (CMC) will implement indoor air quality testing, inspections, monitoring, assessments and recommendations for corrective actions. We use the latest direct-reading instruments and accredited laboratories using government-approved laboratory test methods when collecting samples.
The scope of an indoor air quality testing (IAQ) survey typically involves a visual inspection, occupant interviews and sampling of the subject building’s temperature, humidity, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
Our indoor air quality services include the following:
- General Facility Air Quality Surveys
- Survey of occupant’s symptoms and complaints
- Evaluation of the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and performance design evaluation
- Inventory of the sources of potential irritants located both inside and outside the building
- (Non-biological) Air Contaminant Monitoring and Evaluation for Volatile Organic Chemicals (VOCs), Dust and Fumes
- Microbial Contaminant Sampling and Evaluation for Bacteria, Fungus and Mold, Remediation Recommendations and Contractor Bid Specifications
Indoor Air Quality Testing Services
Asbestos, Mold, Legionella, Radon, and Formaldehyde can be dangerous Indoor Air quality hazards and can be harmful to the workplace environment and one’s health. Our highly trained, board accredited professionals are able to conduct assessments, surveys and recommendations for the following services below.
Asbestos Surveys & Hazard Assessments
Our EPA-certified AHERA inspectors will conduct a visual inspection and collect bulk samples for suspect Asbestos Containing Material (ACM), documenting, labeling and assessing each ACM. Asbestos services include indoor air quality testing, surveys, sampling, air monitoring and consulting.
All samples collected are analyzed by an accredited laboratory and handled under a strict quality control program to assure the safety of our clients and the integrity of our services.
An industrial hygienist will review all the water systems at the building following the OSHA Technical Manual protocols. 1) Conduct a walk-through investigation of the building. 2) Assess the results of the walkthrough investigation to evaluate the next action plan. 3) Recommend control action plans include proper system temperatures, eliminating dead legs. 4) Collect water samples to identify Legionella levels after correction actions are successfully completed.
Formaldehyde is a colorless, strong-smelling gas that is highly reactive at a room temperature and is a common indoor pollutant. Formaldehyde is released into the home from variety of sources including wood burning, and cooking. Many wooden products such as plywood, pressed wood, and composite wood flooring use formaldehyde-based resins and glues. Eco-friendly wooden products, including wood flooring, cabinets, etc., may have been manufactured using formaldehyde-based resin as an adhesive as well.
Exposure to elevated levels of formaldehyde may cause a burning sensation in the eyes, skin rash, nose, and throat irritation. It also may lead to respiratory problems such as coughing, and asthma-like symptoms. Other exposure symptoms include headache, nausea, and fatigue. Formaldehyde is classified as a human carcinogen.
Our indoor air quality testing specialist will visit, assess the potentially hazardous conditions, collect airborne formaldehyde vapors as necessary, interpret and discuss the results for necessary ways to reduce exposure.
Mold, Bacteria & Bioaerosol Investigations
Moisture from dampness or water leaks can cause mold and mildew formation and result in health issues. PHASE Associates offers comprehensive mold and bacteria-related services.
Our highly trained industrial hygienists, Certified Industrial Hygienists (CIH) or Certified Microbial Consultants (CMC) will conduct the inspections and surveys and will also provide recommendations and/or create a bioremediation plan.
Our indoor air quality testing provides pre-remediation and post-remediation surveys and has worked with insurance companies and remediation companies as an unbiased third-party contractor.
We can serve New York City and New York State as PHASE Associates obtained a New York State Mold Assessor license. We have qualified NY Mold Assessors who have been licensed by the New York State Department of Labor.
Currently, all of our indoor air quality testing mold investigations follow the ASTM E 2418-06 guidelines for assessing readily observable mold, as well as determining conditions and physical deficiencies conducive to mold. All recommendations derived from our inspections are in accordance with accepted guidelines determined by the EPA as well as the American Conference of Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH).
Our services extend to both commercial and home clients.
- Conduct visual inspection mold growth of the interior structures and ventilation systems.
- Collect bulk, surface or air samples for further genus or species identification and quantities.
- Prepare a bioremediation plan based on the visual inspection and sampling result.
All radon testing is done by our radon professional, a licensed New Jersey Radon Measurement Specialist (RMS). Our radon surveys extend to child care centers, homes and commercial buildings.
The process is to collect, deploy and pick up the measurement radon devices. Each radon canister will be left for four days. No windows or doors can be left open during that period of time unless for normal exit and entry.
PHASE Associates has a niche in conducting radon surveys for child care centers. Every five years, child care centers need to conduct a radon survey in order to renew their license. By law, only the building owner or a NJ Certified radon business can conduct the radon survey for child care centers.
Respirable Crystalline Silica
Close to 2.3 million individuals are exposed to respirable crystalline silica in construction and general industries. Exposure occurs during specific work-related tasks that create respirable silica dust, very small crystalline silica particles, that are inhaled. To provide a comparison, respirable crystalline silica is at least 100 times smaller than sand particles found on beaches.
Over a period of time, exposure is harmful and possibly lethal. Respirable crystalline silica exposure can significantly increase the risk of cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and kidney disease. To better protect works, The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), on March 25, 2016, finalized two new silica standards, one for general industry, maritime and for construction.
Our experienced indoor air quality testing Industrial Hygienists will provide the necessary support to protect personnel against respirable crystalline silica inhalation hazards. We develop and implement engineering controls and work practices; provide training and conduct air measurement sampling and silica dust surveys.
PHASE Associates’ offers indoor air quality testing services in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland. Although, we can service most other areas of the United States and U.S. Territories.