Indoor Air Quality

To enhance awareness of the necessity and costs of providing and maintaining a good indoor air environmental program in buildings in order to prevent complaintaints and symptoms of sick building syndrome

Improvement and maintenance of indoor air environment requires you to have an understanding of Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) parameters such as ventilation, thermal comfort and chemical contaminants and microorganisms. In the first part of the seminar, the three-stage approach to investigate and assess IAQ problems facing commercial, institutional and industrial buildings/personnel will be presented. A discussion on how to interpret the data/test results and various control strategies that could be used to address IAQ will take place. The second part of the seminar covers the techniques for assessing and investigating the presence of bacteria and fungi in buildings, interpretations of observations and test results and the possible solutions to control the microbiological proliferation.
The limitations of actual regulations/standards will be presented and ASHRAE Standards governing indoor air quality will be reviewed. An overview of instrumentation available for IAQ assessment will be reviewed. The role of judicial process and possible implications of regulations and standards will be discussed.

Benefits to Participants

Participants should be:

  • Able to assess buildings (commercial, institutional and industrial) for IAQ related problems/issues.
  • Able to recognize IAQ problems in the workplace and how to rectify them most economically.
  • Capable of developing a comprehensive prevention programs to maintain a good indoor environment.
  • Able to apply standards, regulations and recommendations concerning IAQ issues including microorganisms.
  • Knowledgeable to interpret potential liability.
  • Able in selecting the right instruments to diagnose IAQ problems.

Who Should Attend

Engineers, HVAC Contractors, engineering consultants, industrial hygienists, health and safety personnel, facility operators, building managers/owners, maintenance personnel/supervisors and those individuals that perform IAQ evaluations; This seminar will also be of interest to any one seeking a better understanding of some of the most popular tools used in improving indoor air quality (IAQ).

Program Outline

Facts about Air Quality and IAQ

Causes of Indoor Air Quality Problems
Inadequate Ventilation
Temperature and Humidity Extremes
Other Physical Stressors
Chemical Contamination
Microbiological Contamination

Preliminary Assessment
Background Assessment
Initial Site Visit
A Walk-Through Evaluation

Self-Evaluation of Indoor Air Quality Problems
Documentation of Complaints
Walk-Through Survey
Sampling Techniques

General Recommendations
Conclusions and Follow-up Assessment

An Assessment and Remediation of Mold
How a Workplace gets Sick
Health Issues and Indoor Mold
Guidelines on Mold
Assessment Process
Evaluation Criteria
Remediation Strategies
Preventive Maintenance

Workshop 1

IAQ Instrumentation
Air Differential Pressure Gage
Deflecting Vane Anemometer
Hot Wire Anemometer
Rotating Vane Anemometer
Capture Hood
Compound Gages
Manometer/Inclined Manometer
Pitot Tube
U-Tube Manometer
Oxygen Monitors
Carbon Monoxide Monitors
Indoor Air Quality Monitors
Multi-Gas Monitors
Direct-Tube Tubes and Badges
Particulate Monitors

Control Strategies
Source Control and/or Removal
Air Cleaning
Mechanical Filtration
Humidity Control
Regular Maintenance

How to Manage Indoor Air Quality
Potential Savings
Effect of Poor IAQ
Design Considerations

IAQ & Legal Perspective

How to Avoid Getting Sued
Tips for Better IAQ

Workshop 2

Seminar Leader

Rishi Kumar, M.Sc. Eng., P.Eng., PMP, CMC, GSC is a President and CEO of Global Educational and Consulting Services (GECS) and is an approved education provider by the Engineering Institute of Canada, (EIC) and International Association of Continuing Education and Training, Washington, DC (IACET). Rishi obtained his M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering in 1976 from University of Calgary, Alberta. Since 1976, he has held many senior positions in utility, auto industry, research & development, services, manufacturing and consulting sectors in project, program and portfolio management of various capital projects. Since 1996, he conducted 475+ public and in-house seminars all over the globe through various universities, construction associations and other professional organizations and published/presented 25+ technical, business and management papers in various publications/conferences throughout the globe.

Mr. Kumar is a licensed professional engineer (P.Eng.) in the Province of Ontario, and holds various professional certifications {Certified Project Management Professional (PMP), and a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) and Certified Quality Auditor}. He obtained his Gold Seal Certification (GSC) from the Canadian Construction Association (CCA) in 2011.

Mr. Kumar served as a Chair, President, Sr. Vice-President-Operations and Director-Marketing and Professional Development portfolios for PMI Lakeshore chapter and presently serving in Ethics Review Committee (ERC) of PMI Global and providing coaching and mentoring to PMI members. Mr. Kumar is actively involved since 1996 with Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) and is serving in various committees and boards (Discipline, Equity & Diversity and Experience Requirements). Since 2007, Rishi is also providing coaching and mentoring services to PEO Mississauga as a Chairperson. He supports the mentorship programs offered by various non-profit organizations (CESO, Ontario Works-Peel Region, Skills for Change, ACCES Employment, DBNS and CMC) in GTA since 1994.