Lead / Indoor Environmental Quality

Lead

How Safe is Your Drinking Water?

America’s water quality issues extend far beyond Flint, Michigan.  In fact, 20 cities in Pennsylvania, including Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, have higher levels of lead identified in their blood than Flint.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) also estimates that approximately 90,000 public schools and 500,000 daycares are not regulated under the Safe Drinking Water Act.  As a result, these schools and child-care facilities are not required to test the water, so safe drinking water is not assured.

Nationally, about 350 water systems (schools) failed lead tests in recent years—is your school one of them?  Get your water tested for lead!

ARM Offers Lead Assessment and Mitigation Services Including:

  • Sampling Plan Program             
  • Development
  • Implementation
  • Analytical Testing, Interpretation & Reporting
  • Corrective Action Plan Development & Implementation
  • Public Education

Indoor Environmental Quality

Indoor Environmental Quality is determined by many factors, including lighting, air quality, and moisture levels.  Workers are often concerned that they have symptoms or health conditions from exposures to contaminants in the buildings where they work.

Indoor environments are highly complex and building occupants may be exposed to a variety of contaminants (in the form of gases and particles) from building materials, microbial growth (fungal, mold, and bacterial), products utilized in the building, and outdoor pollutants.  Other factors such as indoor temperatures, relative humidity, and ventilation levels can also affect how individuals respond to the indoor environment.

Understanding the sources of indoor environmental contaminants and controlling them can often help prevent or resolve building-related worker symptoms.

There are numerous issues which can plague a building.

Ventilation:

Asthma is a serious, sometimes life-threatening respiratory disease. There are many common allergens and irritants, such as dust, pollen and mites, that can be reduced with proper maintenance of a ventilation system.

Volitile organic compounds (VOC):

VOCs are chemicals that evaporate at room temperature. These chemicals cause eye, nose, and throat irritation, headaches, nausea and can cause damage to internal organs with long term exposure.

VOCs come from a wide array of products, including paints, laquers, cleaning supplies, air fresheners, pesticides, building materials and furnishings.

Microbial:

Mold, fungus and bacteria can be an unsuspected guest in a building, causing variety of health issues if not treated properly. Microbial growth needs moisture to grow and survive in its environment.

Legionella:

Legionella is a bacteria that can be found primarily in warm waters. When humans are infected by Legionella, it causes Legionellosis. Legionellosis will cause two types of reactions: Pontiac Fever (Flu-Like Symptoms) or Legionairres Disease (characterized by Pneumonia).

Legionella can be transmitted from water to air by mist/droplet generating systems such as cooling towers, evaporative condensers, plumbing equipment, humidifiers, hot water tanks, respiratory therapy equipment and whirlpool/hot tubs.

ARM can evaluate your space for contaminants!

Our Assessment and Mitigation Services Include:

  • Sampling Plan Program Development & Implementation
  • Analytical Testing, Interpretation & Reporting
  • Corrective Action Plan Development & Implementation
  • Public Education

ARM Mold Evaluations Include:

  • Initial Visual Inspection
  • Real-Tim Air Monitoring and Testing
  • Moisture Intrusion Control
  • Collection of Interior Airborne Fungal Samples
  • Collection of Exterior Airborne Fungal Samples
  • Collection of Surface Mold Samples
  • Laboratory Analysis