Atlanta, GA, June 15th, 2016
Recently, WGCL-TV broadcasted a report about indoor environmental concerns at a Marietta daycare center. According to their investigative report, the facility has been plagued with issues of mold contamination on desks, walls and other locations. A state agency that oversees daycare centers in Georgia also investigated the situation and reportedly found elevated levels of mold.
Children breathe up to four times as much per pound of body weight as do adults. Exposure to elevated levels of mold in the air young children breathe is concerning, especially since their lungs are still developing and are more susceptible to infections and any pollutants they may breathe.
Mold is not the only common concern associated with air quality issues at daycare centers. There are many other types of pollutants and contaminants that can cause issues. These may include: particulates, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, ozone, nitrogen dioxide, lead, asbestos, pesticides, bacteria, radon, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as formaldehyde, and allergens from plants, pets, insects and rodents.
“Daycare centers can develop problems with indoor air quality because often times there are so many people in a relatively small space, there may not be the funds to properly maintain the building and frequently people may not understand the importance of indoor air quality,” said Jason Dobranic, Ph.D., Vice President of Microbiology and Life Sciences at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “Poor indoor air quality can increase absenteeism, trigger asthma and other respiratory issues in some adults and children, and cause uncomfortable conditions for all building occupants.”
To help identify indoor air quality issues with daycare centers, EMSL Analytical offers comprehensive laboratory services to identify materials, chemicals and biological pollutants and pathogens to help ensure that children are not being exposed to potentially harmful substances. They provide all of the sampling supplies necessary and even offer easy-to-use test kits for many common air quality contaminants. EMSL has also sponsored an educational video about air quality issues in child care facilities that can be seen at: http://youtu.be/WebYxfmU-D8.
To learn more about mold and other indoor air quality testing services, please visit www.EMSL.com, call (800) 220-3675 or email info@EMSL.com. For access to consumer-friendly indoor environmental test kits, please visit www.EMSLTestKits.com.
About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider of environmental, indoor air quality and materials testing services and products to professionals and the general public. The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies.