Indoor Environmental Quality Testing
SJRE has a professionally-trained staff capable of providing indoor environmental quality (IEQ) testing, particularly related to fire-damaged homes, in order to determine the presence of any fire-related contaminants, the potential risks for exposure to the soot and smoke from the fire, and to delineate the nature and extent of the residual soot.
During IEQ testing, SJRE will sample for and/or analyze the following constituents:
- Volatile Organic Compounds
- Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAH)
- Trace metals
- Soot, ash and char
- Toxic gases and particulate matter to determine if acutely hazardous substances existed
The IEQ inspections are conducted according to Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) standards, as given in 40 CFR Part 763 (1992) and State of Colorado Regulation #8.
Indoor Air Quality Assessments
SJRE Inspectors have the ability to provide indoor air quality or “sick building” assessments. These assessments include site reconnaissance to evaluate chemical usage, analysis of Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems and review of facility work practices. The monitoring of common indicators of indoor air quality problems is completed through the use of direct read instrumentation. Additional information obtained during the reconnaissance phase is used to develop the air monitoring phase to target suspect indoor contaminants and includes such services as, area and/or personal air monitoring, bio-aerosol and bulk sampling.