Commercial spaces often require building managers to perform air sampling at least once a year to check for safety. It’s vital that samples are taken properly and sent to a trustworthy lab, like SanAir Technologies Laboratory. Viable air sampling can detect a number of harmful contaminants in the air, like bacteria, fungi, and pollen. You likely have to test your space’s air quality at least once a year, or whenever you suspect an environmental hazard.
The toxic black mold that you’re used to hearing about actually refers specifically to the “Stachybotrys” bacteria. Black mold is easily confused with many other types of mold that can appear in dark, damp areas. While all mold is harmful to human health, black mold is often thought of as one of the worst. All buildings and commercial properties should be inspected for black mold regularly. Though the EPA has no federal guidelines on how often you should check for mold, your insurance company will likely require testing for any suspicious-looking dark spots. For health and safety reasons, you should always get laboratory testing done if you suspect black mold on the property.
Nearly every single modern space has an HVAC system installed. Unfortunately, these are magnets for mold, mildew, dust, dirt, viruses, debris, and much more. Your HVAC should be serviced (cleaned) and inspected at least once a year for general health and safety purposes.
What is Total Air Analysis?
Total air analysis uses Air-O-Cell, Micro-5, or Allergenco-D cassettes to conduct a thorough qualitative and quantitative analysis of fungal spores and environmental particles. The goal is to identify any potential hazards to human health. This type of testing is absolutely vital to create a clear picture of what microbes are in the air. While there is always some percentage present, this will identify whether or not further actions must be taken. The results will help identify microbes down to the genus level and provide calculated values for spore and particle concentration per cubic meter of the sampled air. Results will also provide a visual comparison of indoor versus outdoor particles.
Swab sampling is one of the easiest ways to get a full report on the bacteria contained in any area. Whether you have a commercial property or a construction site, it’s vital to make sure that those that live or work in the area are safe. Swab sampling can identify problems such as mold, fungus, and bacteria.