Indoor Air Quality
Air quality testing is extremely
important for businesses in Ontario. Regular air testing is essential to ensuring
that the workplace is compliant with regulations that are in place for employee
safety. There are a number of different
contaminants that can be released into the air as a result of the following:
materials or furnishings;
The equipment and processes
that the business uses;
Climate within the workplace;
The occupants of the area.
Indoor air quality testing
should be comprehensive in order to identify potential problems before they
escalate into significant issues.
The testing will look to
identify issues with the environment such as unacceptable temperature, humidity
and excessive noise. Air contaminants will also be identified such as
chemicals, dust, mold and gases.
Comprehensive air quality
testing will also examine the existing air exchanges or ventilation to diagnose
potential problems with poor air circulation.
The purpose of indoor air quality testing is to limit the employees' exposure to
harmful agents that might be found in the workplace
. Businesses in the
industrial, mining and manufacturing sectors rely heavily on air quality
testing due to the nature of their processes and the heavy machinery that is
typically involved. These facilities are more susceptible to volatile organic
compounds, oil mist and welding fumes and this can cause serious health risks
The Importance of Air
Most air quality test programs
are ordered due to an employee complaint investigation. Waiting until an issue
is reported can be very risky for a business because it can open up the
possibility of a lawsuit based on negligence.
All businesses should conduct regular air quality testing as
a part of due diligence on behalf of industry. Besides the value of providing a
safe workplace for employees, this type of testing will help protect the
business from any type of legal action from employees in the future.
Indoor Noise Testing
The long-term effects from exposure to unsafe levels of
noise are becoming increasingly well-known. Ontario has reduced the noise
exposure limits for workers in industrial facilities to provide a safer work environment
This reduction comes in an attempt to limit the number of short-term and
long-term complications that result from exposure to elevated noise levels.
This new reduction is outlined under the Occupational Health and Safety Act and
applies to all businesses in Ontario.
A professional environmental
consulting company will be able to provide expert air quality testing for any
type of facility. These companies also typically offer acoustic auditing
services that will ensure the workplace meets the new noise standards that have
been put in place.
In the event that the air
quality testing is being done for an Environmental Compliance
, an environmental consulting company will be able to provide
additional services that may be required for the approval process.
Whether your business is located
in the Greater Toronto Area, Ajax, Burlington, or anywhere else in Ontario, it
is important to choose an environmental consulting company that is willing to
go the extra mile to meet your business needs. This will result in strong
business relationships and repeat business, since air quality testing is
usually required on a regular basis. Contact an environmental consulting
company for your air quality testing today.