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Ashley J. Palmer

Asbestos Management Plans for Schools

By | Asbestos | No Comments
Under the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) of 1986, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published on October 30, 1987, the Asbestos-Containing Materials in Schools rule. All non-profit elementary and secondary schools nationwide, both public and private must comply with the AHERA rule and are required to develop and maintain an up-to-date Asbestos Management Plan (AMP). They must also conduct training, inspections, and sampling related to asbestos, and provide yearly notification to parents, teachers and employee organizations about the AMP and any asbestos-related activities.

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Mold-Specific Quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction

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Buying a house?

This mold test can be very valuable!

Mold-Specific Quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction (MSQPCR) is a fast and highly accurate DNA-based analytical method for identifying and quantifying molds. MSQPCR methods can determine the genus and species level of molds. It was developed by scientists at the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) to detect and quantify molds associated with indoor air quality problems.

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Passive Radon Control Systems

By | Radon | No Comments
While there is no safe level of radon, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that anything above 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L) should be reduced.

A passive sub-slab depressurization system is designed to achieve lower sub-slab air pressure relative to indoor air pressure by use of a vent pipe routed through the conditioned space of a building and connecting the sub-slab area with outdoor air. Read More

Natural Solutions for Busting Stress!

By | Wellness | No Comments

 

A little stress every now and then is not something to be concerned about. Ongoing, chronic stress, however, can cause or exacerbate many serious health problems like those depicted in the chart below.

Unmanaged stress also steals quality of life, work productivity, and overall attitude toward life.

Whether stress comes into the workplace from your employee’s personal life or is the result of the work environment itself, the best solutions need to be practical, cost effective, and without negative side effects to the employee’s overall well being.

The practitioners of the Natural Solutions Group use an interconnected, multi faceted teaching approach to help businesses recognize the many sources of stress for their employees and create unique employee stress reduction initiatives.

In this lunch and learn, our experts will be introducing you to some “whole person” natural solutions programs to consider for the workplace to reduce stress and explain details of a more expansive program offering in March 2018.

Areas we will touch on during this time are:

  • Mindfulness and meditation practices
  • Nutritional plans
  • Money paradigms
  • Emotional Aromatherapy
  • Ergonomics
  • Self care practices
  • Environmental health considerations

Join us for this FREE event! Bring your own bag lunch.

Odor Control

By | Indoor Air Quality, Mold | No Comments

Mold has many smells.

 

Step One: Find the Source!

Air freshers, disinfectant sprays, candles etc. only cover up the source of a mold issue. You may think your house is clean after smelling the Sea Breeze candle, but the cause of that mystery odor must be found and eliminated or the environment is unhealthy.

Mold is very good at hiding.

Mold can grow inside walls, under carpets, inside heating and ventilation ducts, and more.

Step Two: Remove the Source!

You just found mold under your carpet? Rip it out! Some areas contaminated with a mold colony can be cleaned to remove the mold, but some materials must be thrown away. These include porous materials such as:

  • Carpeting
  • Cardboard
  • Mattresses
  • Box Springs
  • Padding
  • Stuffed animals
  • Upholstered furnishings

Other materials:

  • Paper products such as books and albums
  • Food

Step Three: Clean the Air!

Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean it’s not there. A visible mold colony can be removed but the spores are still in the air. The spores can survive in harsher, drier conditions than a colony, and if moisture returns, the spores can regenerate a colony. A mold contamination is not remedied until the spores have been eliminated.

If you can’t find it, remove it, contact us for an investigation or mold removal:

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