Indoor Air Quality
Island EHS has professionals who are capable of evaluating various indoor environments
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is a term which refers to the quality of air within and around buildings and structures, especially as it relates to the health and comfort of building occupants. Many of us spend a good part of our work days indoors, so it is important that we feel healthy and comfortable operating in our work environment, not only to be happy, but also to be productive. A number of factors that can affect the indoor air quality of a building or structure include:
- The physical layout of the building
- The building’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system
- The outdoor climate
- The people who occupy the building
- Contaminants inside and outside the building
Island EHS has professionals on staff who are capable of asking relevant questions and evaluating various indoor environments for particular issues related to occupants’ health and comfort. After discussing the particular concern, and with the assistance of various tools and instruments to assess such general parameters as temperature, relative humidity, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and mould, as well as other airborne contaminants, Island EHS will provide results and recommendations appropriate for the current indoor air quality concerns.
Radon is a colourless, odorless, radioactive gas that can get into homes and buildings undetected. In Canada it is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking and the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers. Radon typically comes into buildings from the soil underneath into occupied areas, where it can accumulate to dangerous concentrations. The Canadian Guideline suggests that any home determined to have radon levels higher than 200 Becquerels per cubic meter take action to reduce their radon exposure.
Radon testing can be done to determine if radon is a concern for your home. A radon test takes between 3-12 months using a small radon detector placed within the home. It is suggested to have a certified radon professional conduct the test.
Iszak Hoyland – Radon Measurement Professional
- Certified by the Canadian National Proficiency Program
- Completed the Canadian Radon Measurement Course through the
Canadian National Radon Training Centre