What is Air Quality? Definitions and Pollution Sources

Earlier this year, a very interesting New Yorker article was published regarding the air pollution commonly found in homes.  The article provided details about an indoor air quality study conducted in a ranch house on the engineering campus of the University of Texas at Austin.  This study prompted discussion amongst several W&M staffers about all the different types of terminology and work related to ‘air quality’ that happens at W&M and how it can be very confusing to differentiate between each type if you aren’t “in the business”! Depending upon the goal of a project, the term ‘air quality’ may or may not be technically correct and it has different meanings depending upon the specifics of the project being requested.  W&M offers many different services to its industrial, oil & gas, education, and real estate clients, and each of these industry sectors frequently requests various types of ‘air quality’ support. 
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Industrial Hygiene Assessment for Safety Tools Manufacturer

Industrial Hygiene (IH) assessments recognize, evaluate and help eliminate or control conditions where employee exposure to contaminants may create adverse health effects. In order to determine worker exposure to the compounds copper, beryllium and aluminum – W&M collected personal air samples from workers’ breathing zones for up to 8 hours of the workers shift. During their shift, workers are at risk if they are exposed to contaminants above permissible exposure limits (PELs).



Industrial Hygiene

Industrial hygiene is the science of protecting and enhancing the health and safety of people at work and in their communities.  Health and safety hazards cover a wide range of chemical, physical, biological and ergonomic stressors.  An Industrial hygiene assessment may include monitoring of one or more of these stressors.  Such as air sampling of airborne chemicals or measuring the level of noise that employees are exposed to.  Before monitoring or evaluation of stressors occurs, the stressors must be recognized.  Once the stressor (condition that could lead to adverse health effects to workers) is recognized, or anticipated, then it can be evaluated, measured and eventually controlled or eliminated to reduce the impact of the hazard.





Industrial Hygiene and Safety Assessment

Client contracted W&M to conduct a baseline industrial hygiene and safety assessment and to revise or establish applibable safety programs, as needed.



Air Force IH Services

W&M provided industrial hygiene support to the Bioenvironmental Engineering group at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base located in Tucson, Arizona. Personal air sampling was conducted to determine employee exposure to heavy metals (including Hexavalent Chromium) during welding, sanding, grinding and painting activities. Exposures to other contaminants of concern, such as benzene, toluene, hydrogen peroxide, wood dust, respirable dust, fiberglass, and phenol, were also determined through personal air sampling at various shops. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

W&M provided industrial hygiene support to the Bioenvironmental Engineering group at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base located in Tucson, Arizona. Personal air sampling was conducted to determine employee exposure to heavy metals (including Hexavalent Chromium) during welding, sanding, grinding and painting activities. Exposures to other contaminants of concern, such as benzene, toluene, hydrogen peroxide, wood dust, respirable dust, fiberglass, and phenol, were also determined through personal air sampling at various shops. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



W&M Awarded Homeland Security Project

W&M was awarded a contract to provide exposure monitoring at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Charleston, South Carolina.  W&M industrial hygienists will be evaluating the noise and chemical exposure to Homeland Security personnel.  Personnel will be monitored during a variety of training scenarios both on land and sea.  For more information, contact Gene Murray with W&M.





OSHA Regulatory Update Sept 21

Metroplex OSHA Update Sept 21 – Network with Safety/IH professionals. Come join W&M and other Safety Professionals and hear from the Fort Worth and Dallas OSHA staff on what is going on within OSHA and what their latest initiatives are. This is a great opportunity to network with your fellow occupational health and safety professionals and to have your questions answered by the regulatory representatives that will be present. Note: this event is being held adjacent to the Texas Star Golf Course, but there is no golfing associated with the event. There is, however, a cocktail reception sponsored by W&M… for more information, contact Lori Siegelman or Gene Murray.





Ongoing Industrial Hygiene Services Provided to Air Force 355th Medical Group

W&M recently provided industrial hygiene support to the Bioenvironmental Engineering group at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base located in Tucson, Arizona. Personal air sampling was conducted to determine employee exposure to heavy metals (including Hexavalent Chromium) during welding, sanding, grinding and painting activities. Exposures to other contaminants of concern, such as benzene, toluene, hydrogen peroxide, wood dust, respirable dust, fiberglass, and phenol, were also determined through personal air sampling at various shops. W&M will continue to provide industrial hygiene support services this month. For more information, contact Lori Siegelman.