Customer Service

 Customer Survey

LABConnect™ - Online Results & More

Tutorial | Create Account | Login

Mold Testing Laboratory

Category Press Release
Publish Date 12/13/2019
Author Paul Cochrane
Title Government Agencies Contribute to Guidance Document Designed to Help Workers and Employers Handle Mold Issues After a Disaster
Introduction EMSL Analytical provides indoor environmental quality testing services, sampling supplies, test kits and inspection tools to identify mold and a wide range of other potential issues.

Cinnaminson, NJ, December 13th , 2019

Several years ago, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Occupational and Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released a publication to help workers and employers deal with mold issues. The document, Mold: Worker and Employer Guide to Hazards and Recommended Controls, summarizes basic procedures for mold remediation after flooding and other disasters with an emphasis on worker protection.

The guide states that there are many different types of mold that can grow anywhere moisture is present. Water during and after natural disasters, including floods, hurricanes and tornadoes, can lead to the growth of mold and contamination of building materials. It also states that workers exposed to mold during disaster recovery and cleanup may experience a variety of health problems, including:
 
  • Itchy, runny or stuffy nose
  • Sneezing
  • Itchy or watery eyes
  • Itchy or sore throat
  • Coughing and wheezing
  • Severe allergic responses (rhinitis, asthma and hypersensitivity pneumonitis)
  • Infections (some types of mold can cause opportunistic infections in people with a weakened or suppressed immune system)


“The document also states that some symptoms have been attributed to poisonous substances released by some types of mold,” said Jason Dobranic, Ph.D., Vice President of Microbiology and Life Sciences at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “These substances are known as mycotoxins. Whether it’s due to concerns over this or because some types of mold have the potential to act as an allergen, asthma trigger, irritant or opportunistic pathogen, exposure to elevated levels of it in the air people breathe should be avoided whenever possible.”

The laboratory professionals at EMSL Analytical, Inc. are dedicated to helping businesses, institutions and the public achieve healthy indoor environmental quality (IEQ). With facilities across North America, EMSL offers air and IEQ testing services for mold, bacteria, chemicals, particulate matter, radon, lead, asbestos and other pollutants. They provide sampling supplies, easy-to-use test kits, air monitoring instruments and an array of inspection tools. EMSL also recently sponsored an educational video about the Mold: Worker and Employer Guide to Hazards and Recommended Controls document that can be seen at: https://youtu.be/KYyd8puuBbs.

To learn more about this or other building science and environmental testing services, or to access air monitoring instruments and inspection tools, please visit www.EMSL.com, call (800) 220-3675 or email info@EMSL.com. To view a comprehensive line of IEQ test kits, visit www.EMSLTestKits.com.


About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is one of the leading testing laboratories with over 46 locations throughout the United States and Canada. EMSL is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider specializing in fast laboratory results for mold, bacteria, Legionella, USP <797>, pathogens, asbestos, lead, soot, char & ash from fires, VOC’s, odors, radon, formaldehyde, indoor air quality, microbiology, environmental, industrial hygiene, radiological, food, beverage & consumer products and material testing services for the identification of unknown substances. EMSL services both professionals and the general public. EMSL maintains an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies including, but not limited to A2LA, AIHA LAP, LLC. (AIHA EMLAP, AIHA IHLAP, AIHA ELLAP), NVLAP, CDC ELITE, CPSC, CA ELAP, NY ELAP, TX DOH, NJDEP and multiple other state accrediting agencies. Please visit our website at www.EMSL.com for a complete listing of accreditations. In addition, EMSL carries a wide range of Sampling Equipment and Investigative Products for environmental professionals.

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.