Biological Pollutant Identification, Including Mold and
Bacteria: Sampling for laboratory analysis can include air, surface, or bulk sampling. Laboratory analysis
of samples is done through direct microscopic examination of collected material or examination of cultured viable biological
growth under controlled conditions in the laboratory. The laboratory data can be helpful to the investigator for
remediation planning and preventive recommendations. In addition, the scientific data can be helpful to the clients
primary care physician in diagnosing and treating environmental illnesses or allergies. Many people have allergies to
molds (fungus), dust mites, or animal dander.
Pollutant Identification: Chemical samples are analyzed using Gas Chromatography or Mass Spectrometry to identify
the particular constituents present in the subject environment. This can be helpful for clients with Multiple Chemical
Sensitivity or where chemical offgassing is suspected indoors. There are now many more low or even no-VOC
products available to the consumer.
is the second leading cause of lung cancer. The Surgeon General and the EPA recommend testing for radon and reducing
radon in homes that have high levels. Fix your home if your radon level is confirmed to be higher than 4 pCi/L.
Lower levels still pose a risk and can be reduced. If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, your risk of lung
cancer is especially high.
When the remediation of offending materials is required, the EPA recommends that a clear and appropriate plan be developed
and carried out. This will ensure a successful outcome and provide for the protection of the occupants and the clean
portions of the building. Containment and Personal Protection Procedures are critical
in some cases, and mistakes can be costly. The EPA discourages the introduction of biocides (chlorine bleach), harsh
chemical cleaners, or Ozone (ionization) as unnecessary and possibly harmful. The EPA and the IICRC have developed clear
guidelines for removing Mold and other contaminants from occupied spaces.