TESTING AND CONSULTING SERVICES
Helping to Guide You
Working with clients to understand their needs, ensure compliance and protect the health and safety of your family or your business.
Do you own rental properties built before 1978?
Are you planning on doing renovations on a home or building built before 1978?
Has your child tested for an Elevated Blood Level (EBL)?
With our XRF lead detection instrument, we can find lead-based paint, educate you on lead-safe practices, or help you come up with a plan of action to repair or abate. As a licensed/certified Risk Assessor in Pennsylvania and Maryland as well as a former abatement supervisor, we can guide you through the entire process to make your home, your CHILDREN, and your tenants safe.
Note: Maryland law requires that all rental units built before 1978 or have not been deemed lead-free, be registered with the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), be visually inspected, and pass a dust wipe inspection at each tenant turnover. The inspection must be completed and passing results must be achieved, prior to the new tenant moving in. Find out more.
The most important step parents, doctors, and others can take is to prevent lead exposure before it occurs. Lead can affect almost every organ and system in your body.
As a licensed Risk Assessor we can provide third-party clearance testing for your lead abatement project.
Maryland Clearance Levels require lead dust to be below the following levels: <10 micrograms / square foot on the floor <100 micrograms / square foot on the window well and window stool. HUD and the EPA Clearance Levels require lead dust to be below the following levels: <10 micrograms / square foot on the floor <100 micrograms / square foot on the window sill
When you breathe in radon gas, radioactive particles can get trapped in your lungs. Over time, these radioactive particles increase the risk of lung cancer. It may take years before health problems appear. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that radon causes 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year.
Radon is a naturally occurring colorless and odorless gas that may be found in high concentrations in indoor environments and is one of the leading causes of lung cancer. Let us test your home or a home you may purchase. The EPA recommends that radon levels should below 4.0 pCi/L. If your home or property does not meet this recommendation, as a former mitigator, we can guide you on the steps to mitigation.
Many financial institutions require radon testing for refinancing or new construction of multi-family housing units. We have vast experience in testing these types of developments following Habitat for Urban Development (HUD) protocols as well as large building protocols, testing via liquid scintillation canisters.
If you already have a mold problem - act quickly. Mold damages what it grows on. The longer it grows, the more damage it can cause. Molds have the potential to cause health problems. Molds produce allergens and irritants. Inhaling or touching mold or mold spores may cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals.
As an ACAC Certified Indoor Environmental Consultant, we can provide Visual Inspections, Air Sampling, and/or tape sampling, and third-party clearance testing, as well as recommend proper mitigation.
A Brief Guide to Mold and Moisture in Your Home
ASBESTOS TESTING / MANAGEMENT PLANNING
Exposure to asbestos increases your risk of developing lung disease. That risk is made worse by smoking. In general, the greater the exposure to asbestos, the greater the chance of developing harmful health effects.
Disease symptoms may take many years to develop following exposure.
Three of the major health effects associated with asbestos exposure are:
Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that is found in the thin lining of the lung, chest and abdomen, and heart
Asbestosis is a serious progressive, long-term, non-cancer disease of the lungs
Asbestos is a naturally occurring fiber that was used in many products and is still used in certain products today. Testing for asbestos in building components is a good way to protect the contractor and your family from any asbestos exposure. If you are a homeowner and concerned about asbestos, especially if you are planning a remodel project, let us collect samples from your home or business and have them tested by a third-party laboratory.
All Schools are required to have an asbestos management plan. An asbestos management plan is required to provide documentation of the recommended asbestos response actions, the location of asbestos within the school, and any action taken to repair or remove the material. The school authority must maintain records to be included in the Asbestos Management Plan.
These records include among other things: List the name and address of each school building and whether the building has asbestos-containing building material and the type of asbestos-containing material; Date of the original and each subsequent school re-inspection; The plan for re-inspections, operation, and maintenance; 3 Year re-inspections are required. A blueprint that clearly identifies the location and condition of all asbestos-containing building material that remains in the school; A description of any response action or preventive measures taken to eliminate or control asbestos exposure; A copy of the analysis of any building material, and the name and address of any laboratory that sampled the material; The name, address, and telephone number of the “designated person” to ensure the duties of the local education agency (LEA) are carried out A description of steps taken to inform work teachers, and students or their legal guardians about inspections, re-inspections, response actions, and periodic surveillance
INDOOR AIR QUALITY
Do you feel sick in your home or business? Does your business need Permissible Exposure Limits (PELS) or Time Weighted Average (TWA) testing, or any other indoor air quality need?
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) refers to the air quality within and around buildings and structures, especially as it relates to the health and comfort of building occupants. Understanding and controlling common pollutants indoors can help reduce your risk of indoor health concerns.
Health effects from indoor air pollutants may be experienced soon after exposure or, possibly, years later. Inadequate ventilation can increase indoor pollutant levels by not bringing in enough outdoor air to dilute emissions from indoor sources and by not carrying indoor air pollutants out of the area.
As an ACAC Certified Indoor Environmental Consultant, we can help you with a wide variety of testing services to help solve your issue or keep you in compliance.