Cinnaminson, NJ, August 6th
Students in towns and cities across North America are returning to in-person classroom studies this month and into September. Indoor environmental quality (IEQ) conditions will be even more important this year as building occupants in some schools will not only face challenges with mold, bacteria, and other all too common air quality concerns, mitigating the spread of COVID-19 will also be critical in the coming months.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), COVID-19 is mostly spread by respiratory droplets released when people talk, cough, or sneeze. The virus may also spread to hands from a contaminated surface and then to the nose or mouth, causing infection. Therefore, personal prevention practices (such as handwashing, staying home when sick), and environmental cleaning and disinfection are important principles. Proper ventilation and filtration can also go a long way towards preventing outbreaks.
“Even before the pandemic, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) stated that poor indoor air quality can impact the comfort and health of students and staff, which, in turn, can affect concentration, attendance, and student performance,” said Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President, Marketing at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “The EPA went on to share the fact that if schools fail to respond promptly to poor indoor air quality issues, students and staff are at an increased risk of short-term health problems, such as fatigue and nausea, as well as long-term problems like asthma. Today you can add COVID-19 concerns to the equation. To help school districts meet the challenge of providing a safe and healthy learning environment, EMSL offers IEQ testing services for bacteria, viruses, and mold. We also provide sampling supplies, easy-to-use test kits, air monitoring instruments, moisture meters, and other building inspection tools.”
To learn more about this or other indoor and outdoor environmental testing services, supplies, and tools, please visit www.EMSL.com
, call (800) 220-3675, or email info@EMSL.com
. To view the complete line of IEQ test kits, visit www.EMSLTestKits.com
.About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is one of the leading testing laboratories 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-LAP, LLC EMLAP, AIHA-LAP, LLC IHLAP, AIHA-LAP, LLC 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.