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Indoor Air Quality and Personnel Monitoring

Environmental Compliance Inc. (ECI) has provided numerous indoor air quality evaluations for various clients using expert certified industrial hygienists (CIH) and professional engineers. These evaluations have included personnel monitoring; ambient air monitoring/testing; water sampling/testing; mold identification and remediation; heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) physical plants and equipment; wastewater/sewage piping systems and vents and other relevant services. ECI has evaluated in-door air quality for “Sick Buildings” and provided least cost design and corrective actions for numerous clients:  corporate office buildings, warehouses, industrial and food & beverage processing facilities, schools, museums (vaults), and National Sports Hall of Fame buildings. In addition, ECI has provided recommendations on how the facility can meet appropriate health and safety standards, and suggested good engineering practices for the facility. 

There are two primary causes of indoor air quality problems: indoor sources of air pollution and improper ventilation of the facility. ECI assesses the causes of the indoor air quality problem, conducts personnel monitoring evaluations, and exposure assessments for employees. For a specific facility, ECI has designed a table hood to remove lead dust from the breathing zone of personnel working at the downdraft table and a carbon adsorption system for VOC emissions. In addition, ECI is proficient in stack testing protocol and works closely with the client and lead agencies to resolve any test protocol issues and assists the client to determine least-cost methods to rectify any issues and any compliance requirements.

ECI provided an indoor ambient air quality and personal monitoring evaluation and report for a Lancaster, New York manufacturing facility. ECI evaluated the facility regarding ambient air quality and personal monitoring related to the use of refractory materials that are used to line high temperature furnaces and paint used to coat the steel used for the high temperature furnaces, provide recommendations on how the facility can meet appropriate health and safety standards, and suggested good engineering practices for the facility. ECI performed an assessment with regards to respirable dust, crystalline & amorphous silica; VOC’s of concern; and metals of concern and total dust during the installation of refractory materials and application of paint for the manufacturing process related to the manufacturing of furnaces. ECI looked for visual signs of contamination during the manufacturing process, interviewed employees, requested/gathered relevant documents, and conducted personal monitoring for respirable dust and crystalline silica and for VOC’s & Metals of concern and total dust. In addition, using a worst-case scenario an amorphous silica assessment was performed.

ECI has conducted indoor air quality and personal monitoring evaluations and reports related to the use of lead powder (i.e., lead oxide) in a Depew, New York ceramic process and physical building area/equipment used solely for the ceramic process.  ECI has provided recommendations on how the facility can meet appropriate health and safety standards, and suggested good engineering practices for the facility.  ECI designed a table hood to remove lead dust from the breathing zone of personnel working at the downdraft table.

ECI provided indoor air quality evaluations and reports to furnish a number of clients (i.e., museum, museum vault, National Sports Hall of Fame & vault, corporate offices, etc.) with data and information related to indoor air quality within their facility. ECI evaluated the buildings for visual signs of water damage and mold growth, interviewed employees, performed sampling for relative humidity, temperature, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, and sampled appropriate locations for the potential presence of mold. ECI evaluated the HVAC systems to determine potential cause and effect of any potential problems found in the buildings.

ECI provided personnel mercury sampling and exposure assessments for a subsidiary of Exxon while change-out of mercury containing natural gas pressure regulators were being performed. ECI provided equipment training and fitted three members of the change-out team each with a calibrated sampling pump and media capture tube.  The pump and tube sampled air in the worker/employee’s breathing zone for an eight-hour workday.  The media capture tube absorbed any mercury vapors that came into contact with the media. The sample tubes were transported to the testing laboratory and included chain-of-custody forms.  The results were evaluated to determine worker exposure.  The report included an exposure assessment for each individual employee monitored.

ECI worked closely with a paint processing facility to permit and test the VOC emissions from a painting process.  The indoor process captured paint fumes and collected/directed them to a thermal destruction unit. ECI submitted a stack test protocol for the client for a Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer (RTO) unit that destroys VOC materials.  ECI successfully negotiated test protocol issues with the NYSDEC that allowed the client to significantly reduce operations and maintenance costs for the RTO unit.  These issues included capture efficiency and destruction removal efficiency of the entire system (i.e., operating facility).  In addition, ECI was called upon to evaluate the RTO unit after failure of the shut-down system led to an uncontrolled fire that burned the flexible expansion material of the duct prior to the RTO unit (i.e., up-stream and down-stream of the ID fan).  ECI was instrumental in identifying the problem and assisted the client with oversight management for the repair of the unit.  To keep the facility operating while the repairs were being made to the RTO unit, ECI designed a carbon adsorption system that was installed in the ductwork prior to the RTO ID fan.  The design and operations of the carbon adsorption system was successfully negotiated with the NYSDEC.

 

 

 

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