What are Indoor
Air Quality (IAQ) and Mold?
In recent years,
concerns about Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and mold
have been pushed into the public eye.
The full effects of mold and poor indoor air
quality on building occupant health are
constantly being debated, making a focus on IAQ
and mold even more important. As the
saying goes, "better safe than sorry."
Many years ago, asbestos was used widely before
the potential health effects were known.
Thousands of deaths and business closures have
shown that a complete understanding of any
environmental health and safety hazard is very
Few people will debate the detrimental health
effects associated with outdoor air pollution,
but that same level of concern has not been
applied to indoor air quality. Statistics
show that this truly shouldn't be the case.
In studies conducted by the Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) of human exposure to air
pollutants it has been found that indoor levels of
pollutants may be between 50% and 99% higher than
Match that with
estimates that show most people spend
approximately 90% of their time indoors.
It becomes clear why, in studies by the EPA and
its Science Advisory Board, indoor air pollution
is consistently ranked among the top five
environmental health and safety risks to the
What are the Dangers of
Poor Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and Mold?
There are many
potential ramifications of failure to focus on
indoor air quality and mold. These
include, but certainly aren't limited to:
potential for long and short term health
problems for building occupants and staff
- Reduction in
productivity of employees due to discomfort,
sickness or absenteeism
deterioration and reduction in efficiency of the
building's physical plant and equipment
- Creation of
negative publicity that can potentially
damage the organization's image,
effectiveness and financial stability
- Creation of
potential liability problems such as
lawsuits against building contractors,
As if those
weren't bad enough, there are two key
factors that make a lack of focus on IAQ and
mold even worse.
air quality problems can be subtle and don't
always produce easily recognizable impacts
on health, well-being or the physical plant.
The effects may not jump out at you, so a
failure to focus on IAQ and mold could lead
to something very dangerous being missed.
changes in how buildings are designed have
added to the problem. Over the past
several decades changes have been made that
result in buildings being sealed tighter,
synthetic materials being used and
ventilation rates being reduced for energy
saving purposes. This all leads to
increased exposure levels of indoor air
pollutants like mold.
How Can EMC Help?
Over the past 13
years, the staff at EMC has developed proven
solutions to all aspects of your indoor air
quality and mold concerns.
Proactive Indoor Air Quality Programs
One of the best ways to reduce
the costs and negative effects
associated with indoor air
quality problems is to prevent
them before they become too
large-scale. The professional
consultants at EMC will work
with you to customize a
proactive indoor air quality
program based on your
organization's history and
future. This will help you
avoid the large-scale problems
often associated with poor
indoor air quality and mold.
Indoor Air Quality / Mold Surveys
Often, air quality problems can
spread like wild-fire across the
office. A quick and
accurate identification of the
problem can ease concerns, and
is the first step to alleviating
the issue. EMC's
experienced investigators can
match elusive "bad air"
complaints with real,
identifiable and correctable
causes so solutions can be
Mold Project Design / Management
When remediation becomes
necessary, a well thought out
mold remediation plan is vital.
Just as important is making sure
the corrective action plan is
followed and deficiencies are
corrected to help ensure that
mold problems do not reoccur.
Trust the experts at EMC to help
resolve your indoor air quality
and mold problems once and for