Damage to Plant and Equipment
Structural fires or bushfires, flooding, and other contamination events have the potential to damage buildings, equipment, and other business items. Documentation of the extent of contamination can assist in processing claims. Prezant is experienced in designing protocols for assessing a wide variety of contamination to document the impact or lack of impact of the insured event on a business.
Flooding, Mould, & The Strange and Unusual
From airborne palytoxin from handling poisonous sea anemones in a residence to deposition of brown staining on surfaces after a new gas heater installation, Prezant has investigated many puzzling claims where our scientific, evidence-based approach and forensic sampling can identify and quantify damage, and permit resolution of a claim.
Bushfires or structural fires can impact buildings with soot deposition and possibly contaminate stock or foodstuffs. Prezant utilizes advanced microscopic techniques to identify the extent and significance of various smoke sources, and ensure that contamination is identified and remediated.
Management of asbestos components in buildings begins with recognizing the historical building products containing asbestos, and ensuring that they are not disturbed to prevent release of fibres. Sometimes, however, these materials are accidently disturbed, requiring careful measurement of the degree of dispersion into adjacent indoor locations, and, if appropriate, a clean-up under controlled conditions. Prezant can conduct a risk assessment and recommend the appropriate remediation to minimize liability and exposure.
Moisture & Mould
When moisture impacts a building, regardless of cause, biological activity begins, ultimately resulting in the visible growth of mould. A first priority is removing the moisture from the building materials. Prezant manages this process, directing contractors and insuring that their work is effective in removing absorbed moisture from building materials. If time has passed, and the water hasn’t been withdrawn from porous building materials, fungal growth can begin and result in a more complex assessment and remediation. In a building so impacted, Prezant can provide an initial assessment & a scope of work to remove the moisture and mould in a manner that ensures that future occupants will not be exposed to the biological debris capable of causing health effects.
Indoor Air Quality
Complaints of odours or health symptoms attributed to the indoors can disrupt business as usual. There is a multitude of causes of such complaints, from contaminated outdoor air to products or processes indoors that are not properly vented. Prezant diagnoses indoor air quality problems, and provides solutions, using a wide variety of assessment tools. A careful audit of the ventilation system is usually incorporated into such an assessment, and Prezant has the expertise to diagnose system failures and implement solutions.
From waste anesthetic gases and sterilants to histology laboratory chemicals and radioactive or carcinogenic materials, health care institutions often handle hazardous materials. Exposure assessment, engineering controls, and practical intervention can minimize these risks to workers and the public. We assess, control, and help management address these concerns.
Re-entrainment of Contaminated Exhaust.
Released tracer gas can indicate where exhaust streams are being re-entrained into a building, particularly when a building contains multiple exhausts and intakes, and/or is part of a larger campus where buildings are close to one another. State-of-the-art instrumentation permits Prezant to document re-entrainment and verify implemented solutions to prevent re-entrainment.
A. fumigatus, sewage, and other water damage related issues.
Sewage leaks, water leaks, and other water damage occur frequently in health care settings. Highly professional and rapid response is necessary to minimize risk and resume operations. Prezant can manage such losses to minimize risks and liability.
Chemicals, dusts, welding fumes, and many other toxic contaminants can result from normal industrial processes. Measurements to comply with applicable health and safety legislation can be conducted to minimize risks. Our real-time monitoring of gases and vapours using a multipoint sampler and portable FTIR can also identify fugitive emissions, within buildings and process facilities, and at property borders.
Matching the task to the capabilities of the worker is the goal of ergonomics. Sometimes, the tasks demand more from the particular worker population than would be considered ideal. Using task-based analysis, for industrial or for office environments, Prezant can identify how the work process can be changed to eliminate or minimize tasks that result in stress or strain.
Scientific, Pharmaceutical, & Research
Isolation of processes from people, clean rooms, and other critical needs can be assessed through tracer studies of air movement and/or chemical sampling. Prezant has worked in environments from operating rooms to chemical weapons decommissioning.
Indoor air Quality
Indoor air Quality is increasingly recognised as critical for health as well as performance. Assessment of complaint buildings and auditing of existing buildings absent complaints ensures optimal environmental conditions for business support.
Laboratory fume hood tracer testing
Performance verification of laboratory fume hoods using released SF6 and standardized test methods can reveal problems with hood performance. Our multi-point sampling and FTIR analysis of tracers can identify where these problems are occurring and point to intervention strategies.