6-5 – Additional Services – IAQ Mold Services

Indoor Air Quality and Mold

Environmental Standards, Inc.’s Health, Safety, Security, and Environment (HSSE) professionals provide technical support and focused guidance to our clients based on over 30 years of industry experience.

What Causes Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and Mold Problems?

  • The build-up of chemical contaminants from sources such as new carpets, paints, and cleaning products.
  • Mold and bacteria growth due to water from sources such as flooding, leaking roofs, or leaking plumbing.
  • Mold and bacteria growth from a high relative humidity due to an improperly adjusted HVAC system.
  • High amounts of air-borne particulates such as dust, animal hair, or skin cells.
  • Improper renovation/construction planning or safety measures.
  • Improper venting for processes.

Why Be Concerned?

  • Children, the elderly, and immune-deficient individuals are most sensitive to poor air quality.
  • Adverse health effects such as asthma attacks, allergic reactions, headaches, and sinus congestion can be related to poor air quality.
  • Compliance with OSHA Regulations.
  • Mold can result in structural problems such as dry rot.
  • Insurance companies have begun to eliminate or severely limit mold-related coverage.
  • Insurance coverage specifically for mold is available only at a greatly increased policy rate.

Who is Liable?

  • Property Owners
  • Realtors
  • Construction companies
  • Inspectors
  • Insurance companies
  • Employers

Why Be Proactive?

  • Conducting a baseline survey on an existing structure can identify IAQ or mold issues prior to complaints.
  • Commercial property transfers often include an environmental due diligence assessment (Phase I Assessment), and including an IAQ/mold inspection can preclude transaction delays.
  • Establishing a procedure for response to complaints and incidents will limit liability and decrease cost of addressing issues.

Environmental Standards Services

Environmental Standards personnel are certified by the American Indoor Air Quality Council (AmIAQC) and perform inspections and investigations for chemical, mold, and bacterial contamination.

There are few regulations governing IAQ, but the US EPA, NIOSH, New York City Department of Health, and the US Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have taken steps to issue guidance for preventing, identifying, and correcting IAQ problems. Our trained professionals understand existing guidelines and consistently follow published recommendations to develop a scientifically sound approach to address each client’s unique situation.

We use state-of-the-art equipment when sampling for indoor air contaminants. Rigid quality assurance guidelines are followed to ensure that the data collected are reliable and defensible. Environmental Standards utilizes laboratories that participate in the Environmental Microbiology Laboratory Accreditation Program (EMLAP) and in the National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (NELAP) or that are American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) certified to provide chemical and biological analytical services. We refer only certified remediation contractors.

Environmental Standards does not perform IAQ or mold remediation activities and therefore, has no financial interest in the outcome of an IAQ or mold inspection or investigation. If remediation is warranted, Environmental Standards can refer a certified remediation contractor, can objectively assist in the review of remediation plans, or provide oversight services on a client’s behalf. Environmental Standards meets clients’ needs with practical solutions.