FAP Gets High Marks in Monitoring Network Performance Audit

Posted on April 15, 2020

The results of a provincial audit conducted of our air monitoring network gives FAP high marks for performance.

Of the 148 critical inspection items (including 45 ambient air quality analyzers) that were audited, there were two failures and one need for improvement. The audit also included a review of 46 non-critical items. Of these, only two opportunities for improvement were recommended. The audit was conducted by Alberta Environment and Parks in two phases that took place July of 2019 and February of 2020.

Once notified of the audit findings, we immediately took steps to rectify deficiencies. Critical items were resolved the same day and non-critical items by the following day.

“These are extremely good results that reinforce to ourselves, our stakeholders and the public that we are continuously providing credible, high quality, local ambient air monitoring data,” said Nadine Blaney, FAP’s Executive Director. Any minor data inaccuracies revealed by the audit have been corrected.

“It’s our policy to address any items identified for improvement as quickly as we can so that the data we produce retains its accuracy, credibility and value to the public, industry, government and researchers.”

Auditing is an important part of our comprehensive quality assurance program. In addition to independent audits of the monitoring network, we conduct regular internal performance reviews and third party quality assurance audits. We also perform other quality assurance activities such as challenging continuous gas analyzers with known gas concentrations daily and calibrating them monthly. FAP’s Technical Working Group and air monitoring data analyst also review data quality indicators every month. Read the July 2019 and February 2020 audit reports.

FAP Air Quality Monitoring and Reporting During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted on April 9, 2020

As respiratory health is a factor in determining a person’s risk and response to the COVID-19 coronavirus, it is essential that residents living in and around Alberta’s Industrial Heartland continue to have access to air quality information. We wanted to assure you that, with the support of our community, industry and government, Fort Air Partnership remains committed and has the resources to continue to effectively deliver air quality monitoring and reporting in the region. This includes providing data to Alberta Environment and Parks so a daily and forecast Air Quality Health Index can be calculated and communicated.

We are following and incorporating Government of Alberta COVID-19 direction as it evolves and, like other Airsheds across the province, have employed Business Continuity Plans to ensure air quality data remains available to the public and to our other stakeholders. Through the Alberta Airsheds Council, Airsheds are working cooperatively to ensure adequate resources and technical expertise continues to be employed throughout the province.

With the appropriate measures in place to protect the health of our dedicated staff and contractors, we are able to maintain a high level of data quality during this unprecedented time. We will let you know if future circumstances impact any of our network operations. If you have any questions, or require any additional information, please contact Executive Director Nadine Blaney at nadine.blaney@fortairmail.org or call 780-289-6631.