Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) RISK MANAGEMENT

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) – Risk Management

Indoor air quality or indoor environmental quality (IAQ/IEQ) issues in offices and or buildings often arise and resulting question raised employers, employees, facility managers and visitors often is, WHAT IS THE RISK?

IAQ/IEQ are broad terms used to describe the content of interior air that could affect the health and comfort of building occupants.

The IAQ may be compromised of;

  • Microbial contaminants (mold, bacteria),
  • Bio-Aerosols (from Bird and rodent feces),
  • Chemicals components that are elevated and deemed contaminants (such as ozone, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, VOC’s),
  • Allergens such as dusts, dander (hair from humans or animals),
  • Particulate’s,
  • Environmental stressors that can induce health effects.

To ensure safe and optimal indoor air quality, Employers have a legal obligation under the OHS Act to take a preventative, risk-management approach which must include:

  • Investigating source of complaints
  • Collecting information
  • Ensure control measures are in place
  • Put in place measures to remove or manage the risk
  • Educate staff, visitor, contractors and all other stakeholders.
  • Provide effective risk communication

We at Healthy Air Solutions can assist in providing you with the support you need to manage the risks associated with Poor Indoor Air Quality.