Canadian Envirotec Inc. is proud to be members in good standings of the following associations:
|Home & Office Environmental Screening
(Sick House/Building Syndrome)
Other Websites of Interest:
Canadian Lung Association
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
"Many family physicians mistake reactions
to building problems as bronchitis and
wrongly prescribe antibiotics."
- Dr. James Craner, a Reno internal medicine
specialist in sick buildings
Links To Information On:
What is Sick Building/House Syndrome?
SBS is a situation in which occupants of a building experience acute health effects that seem to be linked to time spent in a building, but no specific illness or cause can be identified. The complaints may be localized in a particular room or zone, or may be widespread throughout the building.
Did you know?
Fact: In 1994 Ministry of Health Canada and the EPA in the United States made direct links between polluted indoor spaces and a variety of health problems. The EPA found that on average pollution indoors can be 6 to 10 times higher than the outside air in most cities.
Employers can now be criminally liable for poor indoor air quality: Bill C-45, an act to amend the Criminal Code, will come into force March 31, 2004. Bill-C45 amends the criminal code to clearly define who is responsible for the safety of persons in the workplace and to allow for prosecution under charges of "criminal negligence" when those responsibilities are recklessly or willfully disregarded. This includes poor working conditions due to poor indoor air quality.
BILL C-45 - AMENDMENTS TO THE CRIMINAL CODE AFFECTING THE CRIMINAL LIABILITY OF ORGANIZATIONS
- A typical indoor environmental assessment may include the following:
- A complete visual inspection of the premises. Possible problem areas can be identified for bio-aerosols such as mold, source for particulate such as asbestos and fibreglass, possible VOC out gassing, EMF sources and other potential sources of health problems.
- Moisture testing. Ceilings, walls, floors are screened for possible moisture problems leading to mold and bacteria issues.
- Thermal Imaging. We can locate hidden plumbing leaks, windows leaks and other moisture intrusions inside wall cavities with our high-tech thermal imaging camera. This non-intrusive and non-destructive technique allows us to find moisture issues before they become visible.
- Toxic gas and combustible gas screening. Drains, sinks, toilets, natural gas pipes and HVAC systems are screening for combustible gases and Carbon monoxide (CO) testing. Incomplete combustion of appliances and furnaces can cause deadly CO gas.
- Carbon Dioxide (CO2) testing. Poor ventilation rates of complaint areas can cause high levels of CO2 which is an indicator of poor air quality.
- Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) testing. Chemical off-gassing of building materials and contents can impact the quality of the air you breathe.
- Temperature and relative humidity levels in each area. This provides important information on the possibility of a mold, dust mite or other microbial issues. Along with CO2 levels, this information provides an overall picture on some of the basics of indoor air quality and overall air exchange.
- Aerosolized dust particulate screening. Efficiency of filters, air cleaners and possible sources for dust accumulation using a Laser Particle Counter.
- Radioactive building material screening. Accessible stone, ceramic and iron building materials are screened for radioactive properties.
- Air Ion count: Overall ion counts as well as positive and negative ion counts provide a great deal of information on the overall quality of indoor air.
- Lead testing: Older homes and offices built before 1978 will have a lead paint screening done.
- Magnetic field testing: Sleeping areas are tested for AC magnetic fields using a Gauss meter.
- Electric field testing: Sleeping areas are tested for AC electric fields using body voltage measurement. (No, it doesn't hurt!)
- Radon testing: Testing for radon seepage in basements.
- External Factors: Local area industry, environmental factors that could effect your home and family
- Written report: Approximately 15 to 20 pages on all test results, findings and recommendations on how you can improve the air quality in your home or office.
- ADDITIONAL DETAILED TESTS INVOLVING INDEPENDENT LABORATORIES IN CANADA AND THE UNITED STATES:
- Dust mites
- Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC)
- Formaldehyde (long term)
- Carpet testing
- Allergen Screening
- Other customized testing available such as hair analysis and breathe analysis for VOC exposure.
Please note that all environmental assessments are on a per case basis. Not all of the above parameters may be tested for and pricing may change.
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