1. Sampling Overview
    1. Culturable air samples
    2. Non-culturable air samples
    3. Surface samples
    4. Special cases
  2. Interpretation Overview
    1. Activity levels
    2. Weather conditions
    3. Condition of the area sampled
  3. Additional Information
    1. Spore trap air sampling
    2. Andersen or Biocassette air sampling
    3. Surface sampling (Tape, Swab, Bulk)
    4. Surface sampling (Dust)
  4. Environmental Reporter
  5. Ask Dr. Burge
  6. Allergen Glossary
  7. Food Microbiology Glossary
  8. Fungal Glossary
  9. Resources
 

Interpretation – Condition of the Area Sampled

The value of field observations in the assessment of indoor air quality complaints cannot be overstated. Laboratory results present only one aspect of the entire picture. An effective evaluation needs to take into account the condition of the area or building in question. Potential field considerations include:

  • General cleanliness of the area.
  • Are doors and windows kept open or closed?
  • Have HVAC filters been replaced at scheduled times?
  • Is there an indoor source of water or high relative humidity?
  • Do people occupy or have contact with air from this area?