Public awareness about the toxicity of lead, asbestos and mold has greatly increased in the last 20 years and has focused much attention on the potential health problems associated with these contaminants. Gabriel has significant experience in sampling, testing, and monitoring when the existence of any of these substances is in question.
Lead in drinking water, soil and deteriorating/chipping paint can lead to a host of adverse behavioral, developmental and neurological conditions, with children being especially susceptible. Gabriel conducts on-site sampling and testing in our NELAC-certified laboratory.
Asbestos, when intact, is not an issue. However, if it’s disturbed, asbestos fibers can be inhaled and lead to serious health problems, including mesothelioma, a form of cancer. Today, asbestos is banned in most buildings and building materials and is highly regulated by OSHA and the EPA. Gabriel can perform complete onsite sampling and monitoring for asbestos, and conduct laboratory analysis following EPA protocol. Our lab staff has been trained by the McCrone Research Institute and The National Asbestos Training Center, ensuring the highest levels of accuracy.
Mold and Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Services
In recent years, mold has become a high-profile concern. Mold is just about everywhere, indoors and out and can lead to allergic reactions, asthma and other chronic lung ailments. About 72,000 species have been identified, and more are being discovered every day.
Since mold is an airborne threat, Gabriel’s microbiologists provide comprehensive Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) assessments at any residential or commercial location. Our services include:
- Site investigation
- Viable and non-viable mold spore air sampling
- Bulk or surface sampling
- Analysis in an AIHA-certified laboratory
- Site-specific mold remediation guidelines
- Onsite supervision of remediation projects
- Preparation of mold clearance report
- Cleanup and prevention training