Safe Air Quality goes to Nashville

We were privileged to represent the UK Institute of Environmental Science at the International conference of the Indoor Air Quality Association  - IAQA 2014 in Nasville, Tennessee.

The differences in indoor air quality recognition and related public health issues between our two great nations was evident at every stage.

In the US, the health protection provided to tenants and employees is a much more developed industry than that commonly realised here in the UK. Lawyers, insurance companies, public health scientists and surveyors have streamlined the process and service provision - as an example Personal Injury pay-outs for exposure to Aspergillus has now overtaken Mesothelomia (Asbestosis) in the US - multi billion dollar annual payouts! - insurers are insuring against it, Lawyers are busy representing clients and scientists and surveyors are employed in ever increasing numbers empowered with an improved level of competence.

We have pioneered this science in the UK and presided over numerous examples of exposure to these sorts of airborne hazards - unfortunately for public health, not one landlord or employer has contested our findings or wished to go to court. Great for our clients of course - getting compensated, out of court settlements etc.. but no legal prescedent means no public awareness.

Another big difference is that controlled mechanical ventilation comes as standard in an insulated building in the US - similarly in Scandinavia, Germany, Canada, Australia et al. In this country alone we have ensured that new buildings are totally airtight. preventing heat loss, disguised as the government helping householders to reduce their heating bills - we ponder whether the financial implications resulting from our commitment to the Kyoto treaty might be more the incentive - whatever - sealing up your home is great for a number of reasons - mostly financial - but it is often - in fact, ALWAYS to the detriment of indoor air quality.

Heat recovery ventilation at an insulated property is vital - the clause that the UK government relies upon is that as long as a building has openable windows then mechanical ventilation is not required. This is fine when the outdoor weather conditions are warm and dry or when we dont have to worry about security - and overnight!?

This fundamental differences are manifested in the businesses advertising their products and services in Nashville as compared to a similar exhibition and conference here in the UK. There - we find numerous domestic and commercial ventilation companies no air purification systems. Over here - its all air purification systems and a very limited but growing (well done Envirovent!) offering in domestic and smaller commercial HRV.

SAQ has taken the valuable lessons from our trans-atlantic cousins and are now actively recruiting, training, advising legal and insurance professionals and preparing for a busy future.



Safe Air Quality opens a new office in Hampshire

.. Due to increased demand for our services nationwide, we are proud to announce that we have just opened a new office in Lymington, Hampshire. The many air quality concerns resulting from polyurethane foam insulation in an enclosed space is a common feature in the yacht and boat industries. Our new office will be concentrating on serving our existing range of domestic and commercial clients but with additional expertise in the field of maritime, nautical and shipbuilding industries.


Landmark study warns home chemicals are linked to a huge range of diseases

Gobal health Chiefs yesterday affirmed that chemicals found in every home may cause breast cancer, asthma, infertility and birth defects (Mail Online, Wednesday, Feb 20 2013).

According to The World Health Organisation, common everyday chemicals have the potential to cause such dangerous health effects that they have suggested a ban may be required to protect future generations.

Phthalates were singled out as posing a particular risk. These chemicals, used as a plastic softening agent, are present in a wide range of household items, from children's and baby's toys to make up and PVC flooring.

Also under suspicion is bisphenol A, which is found in a host of daily items including tin cans and sunglasses.

Roger Martin, Technical Director at Safe Air Quality, said: "We are pleased that the dangerous effects everyday chemicals can have on our health have finally been recognised by such a global authority. Safe Air Quality has seen first hand how these chemicals can affect indoor air quality and cause considerable health problems for many of our clients.

"We would encourage anyone who has concerns about phthalates, bisphenol A or any other indoor pollution in their home or workplace to contact us - we can provide professional advice and indoor air quality testing to determine if you are at risk".


Safe Air Quality Partners with Asthma UK

Safe Air Quality is pleased to announce that we have embarked on a four-month partnership with Asthma UK. During this time, we will donate 5% of the cost of all surveys to the charity, at no extra cost to the customer.

This partnership offers a great opportunity for Safe Air Quality to provide indoor air quality testing services to asthma sufferers throughout the UK. Our specialist air quality detection, analysis and remediation services can help diagnose and reduce the causes of asthma triggers at home and in the workplace.

We have already worked with many asthma and allergy sufferers to diagnose specific air quality issues and help create sustainable healthy indoor environments. 

Louise Riddick, Corporate Partnerships Officer, Asthma UK states "we are really excited about our brand new partnership with SAQ in 2013 and look forward to working with their staff to maximise the opportunity and raise funds to maintain vital services such as our Adviceline".

We believe it's imperative to raise the profile of the importance of indoor air quality in relation to asthma, allergies and general health/wellbeing at home and in the workplace. Asthma UK continues to carry out great work to help asthma sufferers and champion asthma research, and we are delighted to help fund this vital service.


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