Four Important Indicators of Air Quality in Indoor Facilities

Many environmental disruptors can negatively affect indoor air quality and physical well-being. Indoor pollutants can include mold, pollen, tobacco, household products and pesticides, radon, carbon monoxide, and lead. Some of these pollutants are less visible than others, making them difficult to detect. 

To ensure their building, employees, and patients were not affected by such pollutants, a medical facility in Oregon called on G2 to perform an indoor environmental quality (IEQ) assessment.  

Along with air quality, an IEQ assessment looks at conditions like lighting, thermal conditions, and ergonomics within a building or facility. G2’s IEQ assessment for the medical facility was primarily focused on four indicators to determine whether the air was safe and healthy for the facility’s occupants. 
1. Carbon monoxide (CO) and carbon dioxide (CO2)
Elevated concentrations of CO and CO2 can impact a person’s respiratory and neurological systems. CO2, in particular, is associated with “sick building syndrome.” 

2. Interior temperature 
Sitting in an indoor space that’s too hot or too cold can make it challenging for occupants to feel comfortable in their everyday environment. 
3. Airborne particulate matter
Particulate matter (PM) can be tricky to detect without the help of a professional. It’s an airborne pollutant that can be visible—like smoke or dust—or invisible. 
4. Humidity levels 
High humidity levels can cause mold and mildew to form, and these can pose quite a problem— not only for the building but also for the building’s occupants.

Check out the case study to see how G2 analyzed and approached their findings to help the Oregon medical facility and its occupants stay healthy and safe at work.