Customer Service

 Customer Survey

LABConnect™ - Online Results & More

Tutorial | Create Account | Login

Press Releases at EMSL

Category Press Release
Publish Date 10/6/2015
Author Paul Cochrane
Title Carolina Businesses Damaged by Floodwaters Now Must Protect Employees from Potential Hazards
Introduction EMSL Analytical provides microbial and chemical testing services for businesses and institutions damaged by historic deluge.

Charleston, SC, October 6th, 2015

With up to two feet of rain in some parts of South Carolina, many businesses across the region have been severely damaged by floodwaters and due to leaking roofs. As the rains subside and floodwaters recede, business owners and employees are beginning to assess the damages and take steps to make repairs and reopen for business.
 
Employers also need to take precautions to prevent exposing workers to potential hazards that may now exist in their businesses. Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees.
 
Businesses damaged by floodwaters may now be contaminated with animal or human sewage. This could mean that harmful bacteria, such as E. coli and others, may now be present. Floodwaters may also contain chemicals that could also pose an exposure risk to workers.
 
Water-damaged buildings can also quickly become a breeding ground for mold. Most building materials, furnishings and even many belongings can support its growth when moisture is present. Exposure to elevated levels of mold can cause allergies, trigger asthma attacks in some people and even cause infections in those with a weakened or suppressed immune system.
 
Another area of concern for businesses in older buildings is the potential presence of lead and asbestos. Lead-based paints and asbestos-containing materials were widely used in the past. If these materials are disturbed during cleanup, demolition or repair activities they can be released into the air creating an immediate exposure risk.
 
“Business owners and managers with damaged buildings caused by the historic floods are faced with a number of challenges as they work to reopen, but it’s critical they understand potential health and safety risks their employees may now face,” said Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President of Marketing at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “At EMSL, we offer rapid testing services for mold, bacteria, lead, asbestos and a wide range of other contaminants associated with flood and water damage. Our service center in Charleston and three laboratories in North Carolina are already helping flood damage victims identify potential exposure risks to protect workers and all building occupants.”  
 
EMSL Analytical provides all of the sampling supplies necessary and even offers easy-to-use test kits to identify a wide range of potential contaminants. To learn more about EMSL’s indoor environmental test kits, please visit www.EMSLTestKits.com.
 
To learn more about water damage, mold and indoor air quality testing or other occupational, environmental, health and safety issues, please visit www.EMSL.com or email info@EMSL.com. To contact the Charleston, South Carolina service center, please call (888) 958-8170.

About EMSL Analytical, Inc.

EMSL Analytical is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider of environmental, indoor air quality, consumer product and materials testing services and products for professionals and the general public.  The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies. 

Ann Arbor, MI (LAB 08) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-4Atlanta, GA (LAB 07) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-1Baton Rouge, LA (LAB 25) - NVLAP Lab Code 200375-0Beltsville, MD (LAB 19) - NVLAP Lab Code 200293-0Boston, MA (LAB 13) - NVLAP Lab Code 101147-0Buffalo, NY (LAB 14) - NVLAP Lab Code 200056-0Carle Place, NY (LAB 06) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-10Charlotte, NC (LAB 41) - NVLAP Lab Code 200841-0Chicago, IL (LAB 26) - NVLAP Lab Code 200399-0Cinnaminson, NJ (LAB List in Description) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-0Dallas, TX (LAB 11) - NVLAP Lab Code 600111-0Denver, CO (LAB 22) - NVLAP Lab Code 200828-0EMSL Canada - Calgary, AB (LAB 65) - NVLAP Lab Code 500100-0EMSL Canada - Edmonton, AB (LAB 50) - NVLAP Lab Code 600321-0EMSL Canada - Markham, ON (LAB 66) - NVLAP Lab Code 600317-0EMSL Canada - Montreal, QC (LAB 68) - NVLAP Lab Code 201052-0EMSL Canada - Ottawa, ON (LAB 67) - NVLAP Lab Code 201040-0EMSL Canada - Toronto, ON (LAB 55) - NVLAP Lab Code 200877-0EMSL Canada - Vancouver, BC (LAB 69) - NVLAP Lab Code 201068-0Fort Lauderdale, FL (LAB 56) - NVLAP Lab Code 500085-0Houston, TX (LAB 15) - NVLAP Lab Code 102106-0Huntington Beach, CA (LAB 33) - NVLAP Lab Code 101384-0Indianapolis, IN (LAB 16) - NVLAP Lab Code 200188-0Kernersville, NC (LAB 02) - NVLAP Lab Code 102104-0Las Vegas, NV (LAB 31) - NVLAP Lab Code 600140-0Long Island City, NY (LAB 03) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-9Miami, FL (LAB 17) - NVLAP Lab Code 200204-0Minneapolis, MN (LAB 35) - NVLAP Lab Code 200019-0Orlando, FL (LAB 34) - NVLAP Lab Code 101151-0Phoenix, AZ (LAB 12) - NVLAP Lab Code 200811-0Piscataway, NJ (LAB 05) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-2Plymouth Meeting, PA (LAB 18) - NVLAP Lab Code 200699-0Raleigh, NC (LAB 29) - NVLAP Lab Code 200671-0Rochester, NY (LAB 53) - NVLAP Lab Code 600183-0San Diego, CA (LAB 43) - NVLAP Lab Code 200855-0San Leandro, CA (LAB 09) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-3Santa Clara, CA (LAB 47) - NVLAP Lab Code 600318-0Seattle, WA (LAB 51) - NVLAP Lab Code 200613-0South Pasadena, CA (LAB 32) - NVLAP Lab Code 200232-0South Portland, ME (LAB 62) - NVLAP Lab Code 500094-0St. Louis, MO (LAB 39) - NVLAP Lab Code 200742-0Syracuse, NY (LAB 73) - NVLAP Lab Code 600283-0Tacoma, WA (LAB 74) - NVLAP Lab Code 600324-0Tampa, FL (LAB 93) - NVLAP Lab Code 600215-0Wallingford, CT (LAB 24) - NVLAP Lab Code 200700-0
Sorry, this function is disabled.