indoor air analytical method Articles

  • The Application of TO-15 to Naphthalene Measurements in Indoor Air

    Introduction Naphthalene has recently become a compound of concern in many vapor intrusion investigations as a result of its reclassification to a carcinogen by California EPA and its proposed change to a 'likely carcinogen' by the USEPA. Naphthalene is commonly found in petroleum-based fuels and may be present at former manufactured gas plants. To assess the health risk of naphthalene vapor ...


    By Eurofins Air Toxics Inc

  • Wireless monitoring for a safe indoor environment

    This article discusses the benefits of wireless technology for continously monitoring the indoor environment. In striving for the construction of energy efficient and cost-effective buildings, the imperative issue of the buildings Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is often overlooked. This can often lead to a unhealthy indoor environment and even to conditions such as Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) or other ...


    By PPM Technology

  • Suggested Practice for Remediation of Highly Infectious Biological Agent Contamination in Indoor Environments

    Untitled Document PURPOSE This suggested practice describes those basic procedures to be followed, and precautions ...

  • A Comparison Between EPA Compendium TO-15 and EPA MEthod 8260B for VOC Determination of Soil Gas

    ABSTRACT Evaluations of vapor intrusion pathways of chemical contaminants often include soil gas measurements to assess the potential for indoor inhalation. No longer just a screening tool, soil gas measurements are requiring a level of quality and defensibility which should be incorporated in soil gas analytical protocols. While both EPA Compendium Method TO-15 and EPA SW-S46 Method 8260B ...


    By Eurofins Air Toxics Inc

  • Building Services Management - Air Sampling -

    Untitled Document Maintenance professionals are often the first responders to mold complaints in their facilities. building occupants can be exposed to fungal (mold) ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • New approaches studied to investigate vapor intrusion

    In 2008, EPA Region 9 received an EPA RARE grant (Regional Applied Research Effort) to evaluate three promising techniques for VI assessment of indoor air: (1) using radon as a surrogate for assessing VOC VI; (2) using modified sorbent-based methods for longer, time-integrated measurements of indoor air VOCs; and (3) using building pressure differentials to assess the potential for VI. Available ...

  • TVOC measurement for LEED/green building evaluation

    Total Volatile Organic Compounds (TVOC) may be evaluated when building designers/managers are pursuing the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System for New Construction (LEED-NC) EQ Credit 3.2. The latest LEED-NC guidance document specifies that the maximum allowed concentration of TVOC measured in a building (post construction, pre-occupancy) is 500 µg/m3; the ...


  • Fungal Pathogens Identified by PCR and DNA Sequencing

    Aspergillus is a type of fungus that is commonly found in the environment and in buildings that have suffered water damage or elevated humidity levels.  For people with weakened immune systems, breathing Aspergillus spores can lead to infections. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Aspergillosis is an infection caused by a fungus called ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Performance-Based Measurement Systems

    Many of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) methods used to monitor air, water and soil for environmental contaminants prescribe step-by-step details on how the chemical analysis must be conducted and prohibit any deviations or variations. The EPA has recognized that monitoring equipment and technology have improved tremendously over the last few years; that environmental media do not ...


    By WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff

  • Sick-building syndrome and building-related illness

    Significant health problems linked to very poor indoor air qualityIndoor Air Quality (IAQ) deals with the content of interior air that could affect health and comfort of building occupants. The IAQ may be compromised by microbial contaminants (mold, bacteria), chemicals (such as carbon monoxide, radon), allergens, or any mass or energy stressor are more prevalent than anyone could have predicted. ...

  • Green remediation best management practices: site investigation

    Overview The need for site investigation is common to cleanups under any regulatory program. An investigation can occur at all points in the cleanup process, from initial site assessment through waste site closeout. A site investigation generally is undertaken to: Confirm the presence or absence of specific contaminants Delineate the nature and extent of environmental contamination ...

  • How Can TO-15 Help You Solve Your Next IAQ Problem?

    Untitled Document Have you ever been asked to investigate unpleasant odors in a home or at the workplace? Are occupants developing headaches or a feeling of nausea? ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Sinking Costs

    Today there is more pressure than ever for businesses to minimize costs and increase productivity. Companies are always looking for ways to reduce overall costs. Unfortunately, these efforts are often hampered when a company is faced with an environmental investigation. Regulatory agency requirements, such as determining the full horizontal and vertical extent of contamination in soil and/or ...


  • Comparative Risk Assessment

    ' Comparative risk assessment provides a systematic way to compare environmental problems that pose different types and degrees of health risk. It combines information on the inherent hazards of pollutants, exposure levels and population characteristics to predict the resulting health effects. Using data from available sources, rapid, inexpensive comparative risk assessments can identify the most ...


    By The World Bank

  • Wastewater Treatment Plant Monitors Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    Globally, little attention is paid to gaseous emissions from wastewater treatment processes. This contrasts greatly with the regulatory monitoring that is applied to the quality of water emissions from such facilities. However, in Helsinki, Finland, a large municipal wastewater treatment facility continuously monitors its emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) to help in the city’s efforts to ...


    By Gasmet Technologies Oy

  • IAQ investigators often overlook Bacteria as the Root Cause of Occupant Complaints

    Untitled Document Many investigators have been dealing with mold issues the last few years and may have been overlooking bacteria as the underlying microbial problem. Bacteria ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Conducting The Phase I Assessment - Records Review

     This is the second in a series of five articles relating to conducting Phase I Environmental Site assessments. Each article attempts to give the reader a thorough understanding of a specific aspect of the Phase I process and Clayton’s commitment to meeting or exceeding the requirements of ASTM Standard E 1527 Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase I Environmental Site ...


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