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The air quality in a building is an important part of the indoor climate. A reduced air quality can cause health problems and illness among employees which can lead to a decrease in work performance. A malfunctioning ventilator and the presence of micro-organisms in the air, can have a negative effect on the indoor climate in the building. Measuring the air quality is therefore important to be researched.
BioLab provides a wide variety of researches and measurements to visualize all various aspects related to air quality. An air research can be executed preventive or in response to complaints. Measuring the air quality can be executed on different moments. Solutions are applied on the basis of the measurement results. Herewith the risks on health problems and absenteeism due illness will be minimalized.
There are many buildings where there is made use of mechanical ventilation, such as air conditioning or an air handling unit. It is not always obvious that all windows can be opened in buildings. Because of this, any deviations can arise in the air quality as micro-organism are able to grow due to poor ventilation. BioLab can monitor the air quality by executing an air research.
Monitoring the air quality is of great importance as reduced air quality can cause health complaints from your employees. Complaints that frequently occur as a result of an unhealthy indoor climate are loss of concentration, tightness of breath and irritations of the nose and the eyes. Such complaints lead to a decrease in work performance and productivity and an increase in absenteeism due illness. Therefore, air quality should be monitored at all times.
BioLab can monitor the air quality in you building(s) by means of air research. We design the research together with the customer, based on the complaint picture, the nature and size of the building, and the way the climate control is currently regulated. Based on this information, a measurement set-up is chosen, whereby, depending on the situation, there is made use of data loggers, sampling and/or filtering techniques to collect all relevant data. The air research of BioLab is focused on aspects such as micro-biological (bacteria, molts and yeasts), physical (CO2, temperature, air humidity) or chemical (solvents) in nature.
The air quality in a building is of great influence to the health of people who work or live in this environment. It is therefore advisable for building owners or employers to seriously think about this. The air quality has to be in order and after all, the responsibility of the maintenance and management lies with the owner of the building. Additionally, they are as well responsible for the health, safety, and well-being of the employees working in the employers building. Deviations in the air quality, for example because of the presence of chemicals in the air, could lead to health complaints. This specifically applies to chemical industries. Carrying out air research is therefore of great importance and BioLab is able to facilitate this for you.
A thorough research on the air quality can identify possible areas of concern. BioLab can carry out various researches that are all focused on the chemical aspects of air quality. Having an air research carried out can be dictated by laws and regulations, as this is often the case with (chemical) industrial companies.
However, other causes, such as health complaints among employees or odor nuisance, can as well be a reason to start an air research. BioLab can carry out exploratory and/or specific air researches.
There are several factors that determine the air quality in the indoor climate, such as physical aspects (CO2 level, air humidity, temperature). Deviations in these parameters can cause health complaints, such as tightness of breath, loss of concentration and headache. To prevent this, it is advisable to periodically carry out an air research.
By means of various measurements, BioLab provides insight into the physical air quality. BioLab provides research that is connected to the possible complaint picture. Herewith, an exploratory air research is often a good starting point. If the exploratory research shows any need for follow-up measurements, BioLab can specifically determine where the problem is located by use of a duration measurement. If necessary, physical air research can be extended or combined with measurement on chemical or microbiological parameters.
Micro-organisms such as bacteria, molts and yeasts can determine the air quality. How many and which micro-organisms are present in the air, on surfaces (desks), and in the air treatment systems? BioLab can create an overview of this for you by means of a micro-biological air research. An increased concentration of present micro-organisms can cause health problems, such as irritations, rash, itching or even a disease. It is therefore of great importance to control the (micro-biological) air quality.
An air research executed by BioLab identifies the current quality level of air within a building. Possible causes of a reduced air quality will be reported with a solution-oriented approach. If a certain problem has been identified, further measurements will give an exact determination of the causes and solutions. BioLab determines the exact causes of the complaints and gives advice on which actions should be taken in the field of air quality.
In 88% of the workplaces the air humidity is below the standard of 40 to 50%.
A quarter of the workplaces have too high concentrations of fungi and bacteria.
A good clean desk policy at the workplace translates to less dust and microbiological contamination on and around the workplace. 35% of the examined workplaces are below par.
75% of hospitals intend to implement improvements to the indoor climate in the coming 2 years.
The indoor environment is generally more polluted than the outdoor environment; not only with fine dust, but also with other substances. Sources of pollution can be: floor coverings, furniture, building materials, fireplace and kitchen (geyser, cooking and baking). Proper ventilation and airing is important here.
Small particles of particulate matter can be absorbed into the blood via the lungs and thus have an effect elsewhere in the body (heart and blood vessels). In addition, toxicological research shows that particulate matter particles can also enter the brain.
The quality of the indoor environment is also determined by the amount of carbon dioxide in the air, temperature, relative humidity and noise.
A too high temperature restlessness causes the concentration to decrease in girls and boys. To guarantee good air quality, the entire air content of a classroom with 30 pupils must be refreshed every 15 minutes.