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EHS Assess Launch Hazard Materials (Asbestos) Auditing & Assessment
EHS Assess are now offering hazardous materials surveys to assess whether hazardous materials (asbestos, lead, SMF, PCBs etc) are present in the workplace or your home.
As part of our new service we have tailored a product specifically to the needs of insurers, loss adjusters, insurance builders and restorers that provides the option of combining a hazardous materials survey with any of our water damage, fire,sewage and/or mould assessments.
For more information please do not hesitate to contact Brian Murphy on 1300 899 747 or firstname.lastname@example.org
2016 Mould and Restoration Conference & Expo
Lock in the 2nd – 3rd June 2016 into your calendar's and come and join EHS Assess who will be an exhibitor at the 2016 Mould and Restoration Conference & Expo at the Pullman Melbourne Albert Park!
As a confirmed exhibitor at the conference, EHS Assess are looking forward to meeting with you.
This is a must attend conference for anyone involved in any aspect of water, mould, sewage or fire damaged properties including assessment, restoration and remediation. Past delegates include restoration professionals, mould experts, insurance professionals, building biologists, occupational hygienists, indoor air quality professionals, building engineers and environmental professionals.
More information on the conference and registration details can be found at http://restorationtraining.com.au/conference/sponsors-and-exhibitors/2016-conference-exhibitor-ehs-assess/
Welcome Bara Drover to EHS Assess!
EHS Assess are delighted to welcome Bara Drover as the latest member of our growing team. Bara will be joining EHS Assess as a senior occupational hygienist.
Bara has a chemical/occupational hygiene background and her combination of qualifications, skills and practical experience make her a recognised subject matter expert in the field of occupational hygiene.
We would like to officially welcome Bara to EHS Assess and are excited to have someone with her knowledge and experience in our team.
To contact Bara or EHS Assess please call 1300 899 747 or email email@example.com
Job Opportunity - Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP)
EHS Assess is currently looking for an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) to join our growing team of consultants in Melbourne, Victoria. As a member of a small team, you will have a wide range of responsibilities and duties in a diverse and technically challenging work environment.
Functions associated with the role include (but are not limited to) attending client's commercial buildings/domestic properties to undertake occupational hygiene related assessments and where necessary develop remediation scopes of works. This will involve assessments relating to mould, flooding/water damage, sewage, fire and clandestine laboratories for the insurance/restoration industry.
For further information and to apply for this rare and unique opportunity please visit www.seek.com.au/job/30159760.
Welcome Justin Macdonald to EHS Assess!
Building on our success of 2015, EHS Assess welcomes Justin Macdonald to our team. With a background in engineering and construction, Justin brings to EHS Assess many years of experience in property risk, with a focus on hazardous materials risk assessment and management. Justin’s other areas of experience include fire risk and compliance, indoor air quality, ventilation, occupational hygiene and technical OH&S i.e. confined space and plant risk assessment.
Justin has proven project management skills and has successfully managed national hazardous materials and hygiene abatement projects.
Over the coming months Justin will be developing and rolling out a number of new products and services that will complement our existing offerings. These additional services will ensure we continue to meet and exceed our client’s needs and expectations in 2016 and beyond.
Justin can be contacted on 0423 280 201 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For general enquiries contact Mr. Brian Murphy on 0401 483 715 or email@example.com
Toxic Mould Support Australia
Check out the recently launched website of Toxic Mould Support Australia at http://www.toxic-mould-support-australia.org/
Toxic Mould Support Australia is an informal support group which began in 2013 by Jason Mullen and Caleb Rudd. Their mission is to raise awareness throughout Australia of Mould Illness/Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome.
The site contains very useful resources and information for people looking for credible and unbiased information on mould. The details of a selection of competent subject matter expert indoor environmental professionals (IEP) that can provide mould assessment services and advice are included at http://www.toxic-mould-support-australia.org/mould-testing-remediation-companies/
Note: The authors of the site have no financial interest in any of the testing or remediation companies mentioned on the site which are included based on suggestions from feedback received.
What Does a “Meth Lab” Look Like?
When most of us try to conjure an image of a “meth lab” we immediately think of a scene from the hit TV show “Breaking Bad”; a rundown industrial building with scientific looking glassware containing boiling chemicals, odours and fumes emanating profusely. Some certainly look this way, but most don’t.
Methylamphetamine or “meth” is a synthetic (man-made) chemical. Due to the basic chemistry involved in the manufacturing of meth, ease of acquiring the necessary precursor chemicals and users insatiable appetite for this drug, meth is commonly “cooked” in makeshift clandestine laboratories. At EHS Assess we have assessed such clandestine laboratories in rental houses, apartments, garages, outhouses and unoccupied homes. While many cooking methods exist with some requiring more elaborate and permanent set ups than others, the crude “shake and bake” or “one pot meth” method requires little more than a two-litre soft drink bottle and a mixture of household chemicals in a single container to synthesise methylamphetamine. Therefore it is possible to move these laboratories with reasonable ease.
The issue with pop-up labs (other than the obvious dangers of an untrained chemist mixing a cocktail of chemicals together) is the toxic products generated and residues left from cooking the illegal substance. This seeps into the soil; it accumulates on walls, ceilings and furniture, with long-term health consequences for future occupants.
EHS Assess recently undertook an assessment of a rental property on behalf of an insurer. On initial assessment the property did not fit the perceived stereotype of a “meth lab”. No squalor, elaborate glassware, chemicals, malodours or staining of walls existed. The property appeared “normal” yet concentrations of methylamphetamine on internal building surfaces were double the recommended Australian Guideline of <0.5 µg per 100 cm2 as outlined in the Australian Crime Commission’s Clandestine Drug Laboratory Remediation Guideline, 2011. At these concentrations the home posed an unknown health hazard to future occupants. Elevated concentrations on internal surfaces does not require “cooking” to have occurred. Heavy usage of the drug alone can create surface concentrations at a hazardous level.
In 2014, Australian police raided nearly 750 meth labs across the country with a similar tally predicted for 2015. Therefore clandestine laboratories and the use of methylamphetamine within rental homes and places of work is a reality; no rental houses, apartments, garages, outhouses, unoccupied homes or suburbs exempt. Where concerns exist on the past use of a property then EHS Assess can undertake an assessment. Our assessments consider pH of surfaces, airborne concentrations of the chemicals, surface concentrations of methylamphetamine, the development of remediation scope of works (where necessary) and post remediation verification upon completion of remediation works.
To see how EHS Assess can assist you with an assessment please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Brian Murphy, Certified Occupational Hygienist (COH) at firstname.lastname@example.org or +61 401 483 715.
Post Remediation Verification (PRV) or “Clearance”
Post remediation verification (PRV) often referred to as a final “clearance” is a fundamental part of any flood, fire, mould, sewage or clandestine laboratory remediation process. IICRC S520 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Mould Remediation IICRC S520-2008 defines a PRV as an inspection and assessment performed by an independent indoor environmental professional (IEP) e.g. occupational hygienist after a remediation project to verify that the structure, systems or contents have been returned to "pre-event" conditions and the area suitable for reinstatement works and ultimately fit for occupancy.
However, far too often a PRV is not completed. This occurs for a host of reasons e.g. the parties involved did not know it was necessary, it was not allowed for it in the job budget and in some circumstances purposely omitted e.g. where the job has not been completed properly or fully.
Determining, agreeing and communicating PRV criteria as a project team before a project commences avoids confusion and ensure everyone is working towards a common goal and expectations are established.
At EHS Assess our expectations for PRV is that the affected structure, systems and contents have been returned to "pre-event" conditions or better. Depending on the event this can generally be demonstrated by the following:
This can be demonstrated by the following:
- The cause of the original problem has been resolved;
- No visible mould, sewage, ash, soot, debris etc. are present on any structure, systems and/or contents;
- No malodours exist e.g. mould, smoke, wet materials, sewage.
- Building materials and contents are dry.
- The indoor air quality, material moisture levels and surface contaminants (e.g. E. coli for sewage) are within acceptable standards;
- Cross-contamination of non-affected areas has not occurred; and
- Provisions of site remediation documentation for review e.g. remediation scope of works, procedures followed, technique used etc.
A PRV is one of the critical (and final) stages of any remediation project. It provides all parties involved whether the insurer, insured, owner, occupier or remediation contractor with independent verification that the job has been completed to scope, to a satisfactory standard and overall suitable for reinstatement and fit for occupancy.
To see how EHS Assess can assist you with post remediation verification, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Brian Murphy, Certified Occupational Hygienist (COH) at email@example.com or +61 401 483 715.