Across the United States and Canada, students and teachers are returning to classrooms to start the new school year. Once again, indoor environmental quality (IEQ) will need to be a top priority as new coronavirus variants continue to emerge.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that COVID-19 is mostly spread by respiratory droplets released when people talk, cough, or sneeze. The virus may also spread to hands from a contaminated surface and then to the nose or mouth, causing infection. Therefore, personal prevention practices and environmental cleaning and disinfection are important principles. Proper ventilation and filtration are also essential components for preventing new outbreaks in crowded classrooms.
“It's not just the HVAC system and successful infection control procedures that school administrators and facility managers need to be aware of as school buildings are reopened after being shut down or underutilized during the summer months,” said Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President of Marketing at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “Flushing out and possibly disinfecting building water systems to prevent the spread of Legionella, inspecting for any water damage and mold growth, and testing potable water sources for lead are all challenges schools face this time of year.”
To help school districts provide a safe and healthy learning environment, EMSL Analytical offers IEQ laboratory testing services for bacteria, viruses, mold, chemicals, asbestos, lead, and other common exposure risks. With laboratories throughout North America, EMSL also provides sampling supplies, easy-to-use test kits, air monitoring instruments, and building inspection tools.
To learn more about this or other indoor environmental quality testing services and supplies, please visit www.EMSL.com, call (800) 220-3675 or email info@EMSL.com . To view the complete line of IEQ test kits, visit www.EMSLTestKits.com.
About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is one of the leading testing laboratories throughout the United States and Canada. EMSL is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider specializing in fast laboratory results for mold, bacteria, Legionella, USP 797, pathogens, asbestos, lead, soot, char & ash from fires, VOC's, odors, radon, formaldehyde, indoor air quality, microbiology, environmental, industrial hygiene, radiological, food, beverage & consumer products, and material testing services for the identification of unknown substances. EMSL services both professionals and the general public. EMSL maintains an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies including, but not limited to A2LA, AIHA-LAP, LLC (AIHA-LAP, LLC EMLAP, AIHA-LAP, LLC IHLAP, AIHA-LAP, LLC ELLAP), NVLAP, CDC ELITE, CPSC, CA ELAP, NY ELAP, TX DOH, NJDEP, and multiple other state accrediting agencies. Please visit our website at www.EMSL.com for a complete listing of accreditations. In addition, EMSL carries a wide range of Sampling Equipment and Investigative Products for environmental professionals.
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