Exposure Assessments and Hygiene Monitoring in Kamloops and Areas
Exposure assessments are conducted to identify if one or more chemical, physical, or biological substances are present in a given area. If so, does the substance or substances pose a health risk to individuals? At WP Consulting, exposure assessments are conducted by following Occupational Hygiene principles, which are anticipation, recognition, evaluation, and control of hazards.
Our sampling includes various sampling techniques in accordance with the appropriate contaminant methodology for collecting and analysis of samples for air, surfaces, and water. WP Consulting can assess for the following:
Air - such as vehicle or equipment exhaust, welding fumes, sewer gases, particulates, and by-products from wildfires.
Surfaces - such as biological (bacteria, viruses), and hazardous substances (lead, asbestos, pesticides)
Water - such as biological, (e-coli, coliform) and hazardous substances (lead)
WP Consulting collects all samples in accordance with methodologies standards set by entities such as the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the American National Standard Institute (ANSI).
Air - data logging and immediate capable multi-perimeter instruments for air particulates and gases, through specific air-capturing cassettes that use suction pumps to draw air through the cassette, which catches the contamination on a filter.
Surfaces - collection by swab, wipes, tape lift, microvac.
Water - water quality testing, sampling flood waters within buildings for biological pre-remediation markers.
Undertaking Exposure Assessment
Detailed background information is vital for exposure assessment and monitoring. This information helps us identify any unknown substance that might be causing problems and exposure. Some vital information that we look for is as follows:
What is the subject area used for (the function of the space)?
What activities are conducted within the subject area?
What activities are conducted outside of the subject area?
How do external activities affect the subject area?
What is the configuration of the ventilation system (the pathways of ductwork, airflow, etc.)?
WP Consulting's assessments are performed in reference to government and health regulatory and standard implementing bodies and institutions. These bodies and institutions consist of but are not limited to:
American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH)
American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA)
American National Standard Institute (ANSI)
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)