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Ambient air monitoring is the systematic, long-term assessment of pollutants in the surrounding outdoor air. Ambient air monitoring is an integral part of effective air quality management systems, environmental compliance, pollution assessment, modeling, and research. RHP Risk Management’s air monitoring capabilities include regulatory compliance, EPA criteria pollutant assessment, lead monitoring, community monitoring, and more.
Why Is Air Monitoring Essential?
Poor air quality adversely affects human and environmental health, especially in sensitive populations. The Clean Air Act is the comprehensive federal law that regulates air emissions and established National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). The NAAQS primary standards are to protect public health and public welfare, and secondary standards to protect soils, water, plants, forests, crops, animals, climate from damage due to exposure to six hazardous air pollutant, known as criteria pollutants. Further, the Clean Air Act regulates the air quality impact of major industrial expansion or construction under the Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD). Toxic air pollutants known as hazardous air pollutants (HAPs), are pollutants that are known or suspected to cause cancer, other serious health effects (including reproductive effects or birth defects, or adverse environmental effects).
RHP Risk Management provides decades of experience monitoring ambient air and analyzing the data to ensure activity causing pollution meet air quality standards and regulations. RHP’s air monitoring capabilities can help support public health, protect the environment, and address worker concerns in the fields of industrial, manufacturing and construction. RHP can help protect communities as well by generating air quality data in response to neighborhood complaints or public health concerns during an expansion of a nearby facility or construction of a new location.
RHP Air Monitoring Services
RHP Risk Management trained public health professionals perform ambient air monitoring services that can help identify the severity of pollution and pollution trends, determine compliance of ambient air quality standards, validate air quality models and emission inventories, assess community pollution exposure, and evaluate effectiveness of pollution control strategies.
- Municipal, State or Federal Investigations: activities such as expansion of an existing structure, construction of a new building, and emissions caused by combustion processes (motor vehicles, solid fuel burning and industry) are causes of concern for increased levels of outdoor air pollution. RHP works with municipal, state and federal entities to assess pollutant levels of the ambient air and provide alternative solutions to reduce pollution levels to below District, State and Federal regulations.
- Commercial Air Monitoring: sampling of ambient air in response to a community’s health and safety concerns can determine if a facility or activity is contributing to increased pollution above regulatory regulations.
- Local Air Quality Ordinances: Chicago Department of Public Health requires site plan approval for various operations including recycling, storage, freight terminal, intensive manufacturing, production, or industrial services, outdoor storage of bulk materials, windrow composting, waste related uses, coke and coal bulk material uses, warehousing, and manganese bearing material uses.
The RHP Advantage
RHP Risk Management’s trained public health professionals and Certified Industrial Hygienists (CIHs) listen to client concerns, perform thorough investigations through document review and initial site walk-throughs, and conduct ambient air monitoring and analyze the results to evaluate pollution levels within the ambient air. RHP’s offers clients easy-to-understand data interpretations and work as consultants to provide solutions to reduce to pollutant levels within the ambient air.
Rely on RHP Risk Management for Accurate Air Quality Assessments
RHP Risk Management’s Certified Industrial Hygienists, Public Health Scientists and Certified Safety Professionals conduct ambient air monitoring for employers, municipalities, and communities who are seeking regulatory compliance. Our experience spans across a variety of work environments including manufacturing, industrial, commercial, neighborhoods, urban settings, construction, aviation, railroad, daycares, farming and entertainment. We can provide solutions that meet OSHA compliance that are effective, achievable and manageable. Contact RHP by calling (773) 867-6010.