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Worlds First and Only Accredited Allergen Laboratory for House dust mite

Our Laboratory here in the Trinity Enterprise Campus has become the only laboratory in the world accredited for Dust Mite Allergen testing. (ISO/IEC 17025 accredited, as recognised by the Irish National Accreditation Board). As a physician led, health based, indoor air testing organisation we recognise that bioaerosols including house dust mite are a common indoor air pollutant and exposure to bioaerosols is associated with a wide range of health effects. Because of the climate in Ireland, mite levels are higher then in some other countries, emphasising the importance of this allergen here. As the dust mite allergen is associated with particles of less then 25 microns, these can become airborne with room disturbance and can be breathed in by the sensitive individual. In this circumstance, and when deposited on or in eyes, nose or skin the sensitive individual will mount an allergic response which in turn triggers symptoms. Usually, the greater the exposure the greater the symptoms. For this reason all of our health friendly airTM indoor air quality surveys include collection of samples for dust mite analysis because if workplace levels are high the resulting allergic reaction in employees can cause symptoms, such as sneezing, coughing, runny nose, sore throat, diarrhoea, vomiting, itching and hives. For employers this can mean a drop of 10% in performance!

HFA on About The House

video_icon Watch the HFA team carry out an indoor air survey on RTE’s About The House

HFA on RTE Drivetime

audio_iconListen to health friendly air programme founder, Dr Bruce Mitchell, being interviewed on RTÉ about indoor air issues in offices.