Air testing – why it’s important.

It’s about the health and wellbeing of the people inside.



Air testing is the process of testing and analysing the air quality of your office, school, transport facility, a shopping centre, hospital or child day care facility, or private home. The reason why testing air quality is so important is that it directly affects your employees’ performance, your customers’ wellbeing – in fact anyone who steps inside the building.


Air quality - not just a ‘nice to have’ but a critical component.


Poor indoor air quality can adversely affect our health and the environment with a significant cost to business and the economy. The CSIRO estimates that the cost of poor indoor air quality in Australia may be as high as $12 billion per year*.


Ensuring that your building’s air quality is healthy has become a critical aspect of overall work health and safety (WH&S). Air pollutants can cause health problems such as sore eyes, burning in the nose and throat, headaches, or fatigue. Other pollutants cause or worsen allergies, respiratory illnesses (such as asthma), heart disease, cancer, and other serious long-term conditions.


The legal implications of poor air quality in your workplace or place of business are becoming a critical issue for facility managers, business managers, employers, engineers and HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) companies.


Common pollutants and sources of pollutants in buildings:


  • Moulds and bacteria resulting from dampness
  • Asbestos and dust
  • Diesel particulates
  • Vehicle exhaust
  • Cleaning products
  • Photocopy machines
  • Gas and fumes
  • Pesticides
  • Solvents and other chemicals
  • Offensive odour


Want to know more about our air analysis and testing services?


BELL Laboratories has an extensive Workplace Air Analysis and Indoor Air Testing services to test for all common pollutants. We use a robust science-based method with a focus on delivering practical solutions, legally defensible strategies and easy-to-understand reports.


For more information or to request a consultation, please call us on 1800 878 262 or email


*Brown, S.K. (1998) Beating the $12 Billion Cost of Polluted Air. CSIRO Press Release, Ref 98/55.