Importance of a Community Air Monitoring Plan in Construction

When commencing a major construction project, especially in a busy and heavily populated city like New York, ensuring the safety and well-being of on-site workers and the surrounding community is top of mind. 

While there is an array of precautionary measures these projects must employ, one critical aspect that is top of mind for many construction firms is the implementation of a Community Air Monitoring Plan (CAMP)

If you’re unfamiliar with this plan, allow us to use this opportunity to give you an overview on a CAMP, explain the significance of monitoring organic vapors during construction activities, and highlight some of the ways Saltus can help your team develop and implement a CAMP. 

What is a Community Air Monitoring Plan (CAMP)?

Essentially, a Community Air Monitoring Plan (CAMP) is a meticulously crafted strategy aimed at real-time monitoring for total organic vapors and particulates (dust) at the downwind perimeter of each designated work area during specific construction activities. 

While this plan helps safeguard the workers directly involved in the construction project, it also addresses safety concerns beyond the work zone. It’s also designed to protect off-site receptors such as residences and businesses to ensure the broader community remains shielded from potential airborne contaminant releases.

The Purpose of a CAMP

Unlike safety measures geared toward worker respiratory protection, the primary intent of a CAMP is to offer a layer of protection for those downwind of construction activities. 

In addition to those residing, working, and traveling in the areas surrounding the construction zone, the CAMP also protects on-site workers who are not directly engaged in the ongoing construction activities. The vigilance extends to remedial construction work activities and monitoring, acting as a proactive shield against airborne contaminants.

Guiding Principles of a Generic CAMP

As outlined by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), a generic CAMP sets clear action levels, necessitating increased monitoring, corrective actions to abate emissions, and even work shutdown if required. 

Its scope is not confined to detecting contamination off-site through the air; rather, it plays a pivotal role in confirming that work activities do not inadvertently spread pollutants.

Focus on Perimeter Air Quality Monitoring

Given the historical presence of petroleum-related volatile organic compounds (VOCs), chlorinated solvent VOCs, heavy metals, and particulate matter (PM10) at certain construction sites, the emphasis on organic vapors monitoring services becomes imperative. 

Saltus Construction Monitoring Services understands the nuances of such complexities and stands ready to implement air monitoring for total organic vapors and particulate levels.

Implementation of Monitoring Activities

In alignment with the guidelines laid out by the NYC Department of Environmental Protection, continuous monitoring for total organic vapors and particulates is mandatory during specific construction activities. 

Such activities include installing a Light Non-Aqueous Phase Liquid (LNAPL) recovery system, and construction modifications and repairs to the LNAPL recovery system. This is due to the fact that this liquid can produce harmful VOC emissions.

Why Choose Saltus for Your Community Air Monitoring Plan?

In a city where construction projects are as diverse as its skyline, choosing the right partner for your Community Air Monitoring Plan is vital to your project’s success. 

With our wealth of experience and commitment to excellence, our Construction Monitoring Services is an ideal partner for your CAMP development and implementation needs. 

Understanding that each construction site presents unique challenges, we do not believe in one-size-fits-all solutions. Our team of experts meticulously tailors your Community Air Monitoring Plans to address unique concerns and characteristics of the specific project to ensure a comprehensive and effective strategy.

Saltus not only meets the regulatory requirements laid out by authorities but goes above and beyond to exceed industry standards. This commitment to excellence ensures that your project not only meets legal obligations but also serves as an example of responsible and effective construction practices.

In addition to our CAMP development and implementation services, we also specialize in offering reliable and effective perimeter air quality monitoring services. 

Employing sophisticated equipment, our team can measure 1000s of VOCs that can be emitted from contaminated soil such as benzene, toluene, ethyl-benzene, and xylene (BTEX) from petrol spills, and chlorinated solvents from dry cleaning liquids. 

Addtionally, our team can use state-of-the-art technology to measure PM10 (particles smaller than 10 microns and finer than a human hair), including metals such as lead, arsenic, and mercury, as well as dust, silica, vehicle exhaust (diesel PM), nitrates, and sulfates. 

Our team is well-versed in the nuances of perimeter air quality monitoring, ensuring that your construction activities comply with the stringent guidelines set forth by regulatory bodies.

The Solution for Your CAMP and Construction Monitoring Needs

As you can see, the importance of a well-crafted Community Air Monitoring Plan cannot be overstated. 

It is not just a regulatory requirement but an obligation to the NYC community that ensures the safety of its residents and visitors. 

With our expertise in community air monitoring plan guidance, we offer a reliable and effective solution. 
Contact us when you need to develop and implement a CAMP that meets the highest standards and sets a new benchmark for responsible and community-centric construction practices.