INDOOR ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
Buildings exist to protect people from the elements and to otherwise support human activity. Buildings should not make people sick, cause them discomfort, or otherwise inhibit their ability to perform. How effectively your building functions to support its occupants, and how efficiently the building operates to keep costs manageable is a measure of the building's performance.
Indoor air quality is a major business concern. Studies conducted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and others, show that indoor environments can contain concentrations of pollutants that are higher than concentrations found outdoors. An EPA Report to Congress concluded that improved indoor air quality can result in higher productivity and fewer lost work days. EPA estimates that poor indoor air may cost the nation tens of billions of dollars each year in lost productivity and medical care.
What is Indoor Environmental Quality Management?
The purpose of Indoor Environmental Quality Management is to maintain and improve standards of health and comfort within indoor environments such as the workplace. Bureau Veritas carries out inspections, testing, and long term monitoring to provide organizations with appropriate recommendations and solutions. Specific issues that can be covered include air quality and odors, microbes including Legionnaire's disease, fibers and magnetic fields.
What are the key benefits?
- Allow organizations to anticipate and control potential risks;
- Help build and maintain good reputation;
- Optimize costs by preventing rather than curing problems and avoiding litigation;
Help maintain current workforce productivity.
Our ApproachBureau Veritas provides a complete range of services tailored to each client’s specific needs, including investigating environmental concerns, sick building syndrome and building-related illness complaints, as well as providing a wide variety of proactive Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) services. With the absence of federal regulations for most IEQ concerns, Bureau Veritas’ services follow the intent of the USEPA, World Health Organization (WHO), as well as the consensus guidelines and protocols of professional organizations, such as the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc. (ASHRAE), the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH), ASTM, and others.
When initially responding to an IEQ concern, Bureau Veritas will listen to understand the specific building conditions prompting our services. We then ask what objectives are trying to be met by having an IEQ evaluation, and determine which evaluation techniques can best meet the objectives.
Bureau Veritas will develop an informal, initial hypothesis of what we believe may be related to the IEQ issues and design an applicable project Scope of Work.
Why Choose Bureau Veritas?
Bureau Veritas is a global company specializing in the fields of Quality Assurance, Health, Safety, and Environmental (QHSE) services. With over 2,400 QHSE professionals in over 60 offices across North America, Bureau Veritas develops solutions that contribute to risk prevention and performance improvement to help organizations create long-term value through our technical and regulatory expertise. Bureau Veritas is present in 140 countries through a network of 900 offices and laboratories. It has more than 40,000 employees and a client base of more than 300,000.
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FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
Why are Indoor Environmental Quality issues a concern if there are no regulations?
Indoor environmental quality concerns are often raised by employees to the level of Workers’ Compensation claims. Additionally, OSHA has been known to cite organizations under the General Duty Clause for not providing an office environment that is “free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to its employees” All issues relating to Health, Safety and the Environment are receiving increasing public attention. It is advisable for all organizations wishing to protect their employees, their reputation and their finances to consider these issues, even if no official regulations exist.
Can indoor air quality be managed?
Yes. Bureau Veritas provides proactive, integrated strategies that address the operation and maintenance of the ventilation system and the management of sources of pollutants either by recommending how to remove the contaminant from the affected area or how to isolate occupants from the contaminant through physical barriers, air pressurization relationships, or by controlling the source of potential contaminants.
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