Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) can be defined as the quality of the air in an indoor environment. Concerns with IAQ have increased since energy conservation measures were instituted in office buildings during the 1970s. The release of gases or particles into the air in conjunction with inadequate ventilation is the main cause of IAQ problems. Complaints about IAQ range from the simple, such as the air smelling odd, to the more complex, in which the air quality causes illness and lost work time.
Do you have an IAQ problem in your facility?
Cascade Environmental Consulting Ltd. can conduct investigations and sampling; provide documentation and expertise to ensure a healthy, productive work environment. Our fully qualified team has high standards and ensures that sampling is conducted in accordance with standard methods and protocols outlined by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH), American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), Health Canada, Canadian Association for Laboratory Accreditation (CALA), and strict internal quality control protocols. Cascade only uses certified laboratories with a proven track record for sample analysis.
Radon is a radioactive gas that is formed naturally by the breakdown of uranium and thorium in soil, rock and water. As a gas, radon is slowly released from the ground, water, and certain building materials. Radon gas breaks down further to form additional radioactive particles that can be inhaled into the lungs.
Radon is colourless, odourless and tasteless; however, it can be detected with special instruments. When radon enters an enclosed space, such as a house or basement, it can accumulate to high concentrations and become a health risk. It is often the single largest contributor to an individual's background radiation dose; radon is the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer, after smoking.