Air Quality Monitoring

Volatile organic compounds are common chemical contaminants found in offices and workplaces and are one reason for odours. A number of these compounds can be a health hazard for workers. Reducing exposure to these chemicals can lead to better health for workers. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention VOCs found in the workplaces can include:

  • Paints, varnishes and stains
  • Cleaning agents
  • Fuels and combustion products
  • Fabric materials, furnishings and carpeting
  • Caulks, sealants and coatings

Uncontrolled VOC levels and exposure can lead to ill health. Symptoms reported by workers in building environments with VOCs include:

  • Itchy, watery or burning eyes
  • Skin irritations or rashes
  • Nose and throat irritation
  • Nausea
  • Headache and dizziness
  • Fatigue

High levels of exposure can result in damage to vital organs such as the kidneys.

To combat the health impacts of high VOC levels on site, the team at ISG’s Project Tide have begun monitoring and recording VOC levels at strategic locations across the site and within the office and welfare areas to ensure that the total Volatile Organic Compound level never exceeds the safe working limit. The recordings also help to raise awareness of the issue of air quality on site, and act as a useful teaching tool.

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