Know the Risks
Molds are naturally occurring organisms that thrive in moist conditions. Toxic molds are organisms that produce poisonous spores and mycotoxins that when touched or inhaled cause people to become ill. Not all molds are dangerous. Many factors determine the severity and categorization of a mold problem including the type of mold present, the concentration of airborne spores, and the duration of exposure. Controlling moisture in a building is the most important factor in preventing mold growth. Here’s how we can reduce your risks:
- Identification, Testing, and Lab Results
- Certified Laboratory Analysis
- Risk Assessment
- Why Our Approach Works
Identification, Testing, and Lab Results
Not all molds or indoor air pollutants cause the same health effects and different types are indicative of specific conditions. Therefore, identification of the mold or contaminates through air sampling, bulk material, swab or tape lift samples can provide useful information for potential remediation. In some cases, analysis confirms a suspect material is not harmful and other causes of health concerns can be investigated.
Certified Laboratory Analysis
We only use laboratories which specialize in microbial analysis. Our testing laboratories are certified by both the AIHA and NVLAP for mold and environmental analysis. American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) and National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) Certified Lab Analysis
EMG evaluates and samples for both chemical and biological contaminants. We are knowledgeable of the conditions that can cause biological contamination such as bacterial and microbial growth. EMG also evaluates samples and analyzes for hazardous chemicals such as volatile organic compounds, carbon monoxide, solvents, and particulates in air. Once the testing results are received from the laboratory, we will assess the data to determine whether remediation of the tested areas is necessary. Primarily, health complications occur from inhalation and contact with live, toxic mold spores but people can experience allergic reactions to any mold and even to dead mold. In susceptible people like the young, old, chronically ill, or immunocompromised, mold can trigger a severe health crisis. If remediation is recommended, we will prepare a scope of work for the remediation and an associated cost estimate.
Why Our Approach Works
Our Indoor Air Quality site investigations are conducted in a three step approach:
- Interview building occupants and/or employees familiar with the building’s history;
- Perform a visual inspection of the site, including mechanical systems, and observe occupants’ work practices; and,
- Assess the collected information, define a sampling strategy, and, if necessary, quantify suspected hazards.
EMG uses standards and sampling methods recognized by the American Industrial Hygiene Association(AIHA), American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH), World Health Organization(WHO), and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).