Indoor air quality is a constantly changing interaction of complex factors and a major concern to businesses, building managers, tenants, and employees because it can impact the health, comfort, well being and productivity of building occupants. Most Americans spend up to 90% of their time indoors and many spend most of their working hours in an office environment. PacRim provides sampling and analysis of indoor air quality according to standards developed by the ASTM Committee on Air Quality and the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH).
The following is a list of services we provide to help our clients identify and manage indoor air quality. Our knoweldegable and helpful staff can assist you in choosing the right service for you.
Environmental regulations are exposure based. Worker exposure sampling should be conducted by trained and experienced technicians using the appropriate sample media and collection procedures. All PacRim technicians have a thorough understanding of monitoring principles and procedures.
Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, following smoking. Radon is odorless, colorless, and tasteless. It is a naturally occurring radioactive gas resulting from the decay of radium, itself a decay product of uranium. Testing for radon and the corrective steps for reducing radon concentrations in the home are relatively inexpensive.
The term “sick building syndrome” was first used in the 1970’s and describes a situation in which reported symptoms among a population of building occupants can be temporarily associated with their presence in that building. There has been extensive speculation about the cause or causes of SBS. PacRim can quickly and efficiently execute a sampling strategy to diagnose an indoor air pollution problem and suggest possible remedial action alternatives.
Representative area air samples taken at the completion of abatement or corrective action are typically referred to as clearance samples. Clearance sample results must be obtained before re-occupancy of the area.
VOC’s or Volatile Organic Compounds are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids. VOC’s include a variety of chemicals (e.g., formaldehyde, benzene, perchlorethylene) some of which may have both short and long-term effects. Formaldehyde is one of the best known VOC pollutants and has been classified as a probable human carcinogen by the EPA.
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