Angstrom Testing Services provides a vast variety of air quality testing services for homeowners, property managers, hospitals, attorneys, insurance companies, schools, and health care professionals. Consequently, certified industrial hygienists conduct the investigations, collect air and surface samples, interpret results, and write reports.
Our investigations include asthma, allergen, allergy investigations; fresh air ventilation investigations; and air quality investigations. Therefore, air testing is frequently performed to evaluate the air quality in homes and workplaces. As a result, occupants can determine whether there symptoms may be related to an indoor environmental exposure factor.
Angstrom Testing Services serves all of New York City NYC and Long Island. Specifically, we conduct investigations in East Hampton, West Hampton, South Hampton, and Hampton Bays, Westchester, Nassau County, Suffolk County, all of Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, and Staten Island, Southern Connecticut, and Eastern New Jersey.
In summary, many of our air quality testing projects arise from occupant health complaints, odor complaints, and allergy symptoms. Moreover, our services are used by property managers, homeowners, and tenants to document air quality conditions in apartments, private houses, and in the workplace.
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What We Do
As we mentioned above, we provide a full range of certified industrial hygiene services and air quality testing services. As such, our certified industrial hygiene testing services include mold, bacteria, lead, asbestos, and chemical vapors. Additionally, our services include evaluating levels of tobacco smoke, formaldehyde, pesticides, PCBs, and crystalline silica. Moreover, we also test for mercury vapors, phthalates, heavy metals, and hydrocarbons. Lastly, allergy investigations and expert witness testimony services are also available.
Air Quality Testing - How We Do It
During an assessment, experienced Certified Industrial Hygienists (CIH's) or certified indoor environmental consultants (CIEC's) collect samples. Afterwards, we prepare a chain of custody document, and we submit the samples to laboratories that are accredited by the NYS Department of Health for analysis. The laboratory analyzes the samples using methods approved by the EPA, NIOSH, and the CDC. Lastly, our inspectors review the laboratory reports and prepare an inspection report that summarizes our significant observations, the test results, and any recommendations.
Our inspectors possess the highest recognized credentials in the indoor air quality space. Specifically, our bulk material testers/inspectors are licensed by NY state, and our air testing inspectors are certified by the Board of Global EHS Credentialing (BGC) as Certified Industrial Hygienists (CIHs). Additionally, all CIHs are also certified by the American Council for Accredited Certification as CIEC’s, and all technicians have advanced degrees (MS) in chemistry.
Air Quality Testing - Types of Analyses
We routinely collect air and settled dust samples for laboratory analysis:
More About Air Quality Testing
Air quality testing is a process of assessing the concentration of various pollutants and contaminants in the air to determine its overall quality and safety for human health and the environment. This testing is essential for identifying and mitigating potential health risks associated with poor air quality. Here are some key aspects of air quality testing:
Types of Pollutants:
Air quality testing measures various pollutants, including:
- Particulate Matter (PM): Tiny particles or droplets in the air, categorized as PM2.5 (particles with a diameter of 2.5 micrometers or smaller) and PM10.
- Ground-level Ozone (O3): A major component of smog and a respiratory irritant.
- Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2): A gas produced by combustion processes.
- Sulfur Dioxide (SO2): A gas produced by burning fossil fuels containing sulfur.
- Carbon Monoxide (CO): A colorless, odorless gas produced by incomplete combustion.
- Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs): Organic chemicals that can easily evaporate into the air.
Monitoring Equipment: Air quality is assessed using specialized monitoring equipment such as air quality sensors, analyzers, and samplers. These devices can measure pollutant concentrations in the ambient air.
Locations: Air quality testing can be conducted at various locations, including industrial areas, urban environments, rural areas, and indoor spaces like homes and workplaces.
Health Implications: Poor air quality can have serious health consequences, including respiratory diseases, cardiovascular problems, and other illnesses. Testing helps identify potential health risks and guide public health policies.
Regulatory Compliance: Many countries have established air quality standards and regulations to limit pollutant levels. Air quality testing is used to ensure compliance with these standards.
Meteorological Factors: Weather conditions, such as temperature, humidity, wind speed, and direction, can affect air quality. Monitoring these factors is often an integral part of air quality testing.
Data Analysis: Collected data is analyzed to determine pollutant levels and trends over time. This information can be used to develop air quality improvement strategies.
Air Quality Index (AQI): Many regions use an AQI to provide a simple way of conveying air quality information to the public. The AQI categorizes air quality from “Good” to “Hazardous” based on pollutant concentrations.
Mitigation Strategies: Air quality testing is a vital tool for identifying pollution sources and evaluating the effectiveness of pollution control measures. It helps authorities and industries take corrective actions to improve air quality.
Indoor Air Quality Testing: In addition to outdoor air quality testing, indoor air quality testing is crucial for identifying indoor pollutants like radon, asbestos, mold, and VOCs, which can impact human health.
Air quality testing plays a crucial role in protecting public health, reducing environmental impacts, and ensuring compliance with air quality regulations. It is conducted by government agencies, environmental organizations, research institutions, and businesses to monitor and manage air pollution effectively.