Civic Arena Indoor Air Quality and Limited Hazardous Materials Assessment
Steer Environmental completed indoor air quality (IAQ) and limited hazardous materials (HazMat) assessment for mould and lead paint at the Civic Arena in Nelson, BC, in accordance with applicable WorkSafeBC Guidelines and the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation (OHSR). The Civic Arena was constructed in 1935.
The objective of the assessment was to investigate suspected mould issues within the facility resulting from residual moisture sources, and to identify surface coatings containing lead paint. The mould assessment included quantitative analysis of airborne mould concentrations and characterization of mould species present within the facility relative to background concentrations, in addition to tape lifts and bulk material samples submitted for laboratory analysis. Bulk samples of lead paint chips and lead dust wipes were collected throughout the facility and submitted for laboratory analysis.
Steer Environmental identified areas of elevated airborne mould concentrations and particular mould species within the facility with potential for adverse health effects. Elevated airborne mould concentrations were corroborated with elevated relative humidity and dew point field readings. Moisture sources associated with mould-affected areas were identified and corrective actions proposed to mitigate human health effects and damage to infrastructure were recommended to the City of Nelson. Corrective actions to mitigate potential human health exposure to lead paint and resulting lead dust were proposed to the City of Nelson.