Indoor Environmental Quality

OUR SERVICES
  • Indoor Air Quality Investigations
  • Asbestos/Lead Inspection, Sampling and Management
  • Water, Flood, Sewage and Mold Response
  • Legionella Sampling and Management
  • Drinking Water Quality Sampling, including lead in drinking water
  • Industrial Hygiene / Chemical Exposure Assessments
  • OSHA Compliance
  • Fire and Emergency response planning
  • Vapor Intrusion Investigations
  • LEED Indoor Air Quality Sampling
  • Environmental Compliance and Permitting
  • Office Ergonomics

Speciality Services for Indoor Facilities

Emilcott specialize in commercial office and retail spaces, educational and healthcare facilities, hotels and hospitality venues, and multi-tenant residential complexes. We are skilled at solving the EHS issues associated with these types of facilities, recognizing the unique conditions under which they operate. We understand the unique challenges with the complex interaction between employees, contractors, and the public within a facility; the buildings themselves; and the physical surroundings where they are located.

Why Choose Emilcott?

Technical Expertise

We are large enough to have specific skill sets in-house but small enough to be nimble and customer responsive.  Our staff consists of:
● Certified Industrial Hygienists (CIH)
● Certified Safety Professionals (CSP)
● Certified Hazardous Materials Managers (CHMM)
● Professional Engineers
● LEED Accredited Professionals
● AHERA Accredited Building Inspectors and Management Planners
● New York State Mold Assessors
● New York State Asbestos Project Monitors, Building Inspectors & Air Sampling Technicians

24/7 Customer Service

Our customer-centric business model means immediate action when necessary.
● Emergency response services
● Fast response to complaints and concerns
● Remote monitoring and communication

Advanced Communication Skills

Often owners, operators, unions and the public converge in indoor spaces, all with different objectives. Knowing how to gather, interpret, and ultimately communicate information on risks and hazards to each group requires advanced communication skills to get the best health, safety, productivity and business outcomes.

“Indoor air pollution is worse than outdoor air pollution and we spend about 90% of our time indoors.”

– epa.gov

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • No, while 9” x 9” floors tiles are most associated with asbestos 12” x 12” floor tile CAN be positive for asbestos. Some states including NY and NJ have changed the analytical method to test for asbestos in floor tile. Previously negative tiles may now be positive if re-tested with these new analytical methods.

  • Legionella s a bacterium (Legionella pneumophila) which is responsible for most cases of Legionnaires’ disease. Outdoors, legionella bacteria survive in soil and water, but rarely cause infections. Indoors, though, legionella bacteria can multiply in all kinds of water systems — hot tubs, air conditioners and mist sprayers in grocery store produce departments. Most people become infected when they inhale microscopic water droplets containing legionella bacteria. This might be the spray from a shower, faucet or whirlpool, or water dispersed through the ventilation system in a large building. Outbreaks have been linked to a range of sources, including: •Hot tubs and whirlpools on cruise ships •Cooling towers in air conditioning systems •Decorative fountains •Swimming pools •Physical therapy equipment •Water systems in hotels, hospitals and nursing homes

  • The most common causes of IAQ problems in buildings are: ● Not enough ventilation, lack of fresh outdoor air or contaminated air being brought into the building ● Poor upkeep of ventilation, heating and air-conditioning systems, and ● Dampness and moisture damage due to leaks, flooding or high humidity ● Occupant activities, such as construction or remodeling ● Indoor and outdoor contaminated air

  • Evacuation in response to mold should be rare. There is no established level of airborne mold that is accepted as unsafe for the general population. Those cases where evacuation may be warranted include spaces undergoing mold removal activity, and spaces that are occupied by sensitive populations, such as infants, elderly, the immune-suppressed, and those with medically confirmed symptoms related to mold exposure. It is generally recommended that exposure to mold indoors be minimized. However, it must accepted that mold exposure is inevitable in the world in which we live. We are exposed to many of the same mold species indoors as we are outdoors. Ultimately the decision to vacate a space should rest with the individual occupant, parent or guardian and be based on the amount of exposure, individual sensitivity, and advice of a medical doctor. Good communication between building owners and all occupants is very important for arriving at appropriate decisions.

  • The key parts of the plan are spelled out by OSHA. They provide guidance to workplaces not covered by OSHA standards as well. Here are some specific areas of concern: ● List of emergencies the employer may reasonably expect in the workplace ● alarms/communication systems, and how alarms will be activated methods of reporting an emergency ● emergency escape procedures and routes ● procedures for assisting workers and visitors with disabilities ● procedures to account for all employees after an evacuation ● procedures for those who remain behind to operate critical operations ● names of key personnel rescue and medical procedures