- New Data Verifies the Safety of Using Wonder Makers Tools for Collection of Asbestos Bulk Samples
Thirty years ago, Wonder Makers revolutionized the collection of samples from suspect asbestos-containing materials in the creation of the Asbestos Bulk Sampling System. Not only was the efficiency of the sample collection improved greatly, but the risk of adverse fiber exposure for the inspector was virtually eliminated. In connection with the celebration of three decades of service to the asbestos abatement industry, Wonder Makers conducted additional tests which again verified that by using their sampling equipment, the results showed the exposure levels well below the OSHA regulatory limits.
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- Wonder Makers Produces White Paper On The Effects Of Mycotoxins:
The purpose of this paper is to share critical information with mold remediation contractors and occupants of structures with fungal contamination regarding the importance of addressing mycotoxins during evaluation and remediation. Mycotoxins, the chemical byproducts produced by mold, are linked with many health effects and need to be removed, as well as the visible colonies and microscopic spores.
The paper progresses logically from a review of the current approach to mold remediation procedures and is followed by more detailed discussion of mycotoxins and their health effects. The controversial elements of what role mycotoxins play in the symptoms of individuals in water-damaged buildings are buttressed with information related to mycotoxin exposure routes and some of the known differences between short-term and long-term exposures. A comparison of common testing procedures to assist contractors and occupants in evaluating the effectiveness of mold remediation projects is offered, which incorporates information on mycotoxin testing, as well as spore trap and polymerase chain reaction testing.
Incorporating mycotoxin testing more regularly into assessments of water-damaged facilities, particularly where occupants are complaining about health effects that could be related to the environmental conditions, has a variety of important benefits. One of the main advantages of mycotoxin testing as compared to other types of air or surface samples, is that such tests can more definitively link the poisons recovered from the environment to poisons recovered from medical samples from the occupants. Evaluating this potential connection helps to clarify whether the primary remediation effort needs to be directed toward cleaning up the environmental contamination, addressing residual contamination in the occupant’s body, or both.
The paper can be found here: "Mycotoxins: Critical Information for Mold Remediation Contractors and Occupants"
- Bio Risk Decontamination and Restoration Group conducts case study on mycotoxin reduction:
A well done document for the restoration industry helps to answer the critical question of "How do we eliminate mycotoxins from structures?". The Bio Risk Decontamination and Restoration group, conducted a controlled study to document the success of a particular cleaning process. In their description of the process entitled: Case Study HVAC Mycotoxin Detection and the Activation, the group details their mold remediation procedures. In their efforts to remove mycotoxins they perform standard mold remediation cleaning and then conclude the process with the application of a dry hydrogen peroxide spray using the Sterimist system. The results of that remediation process and post cleaning hydrogen peroxide treatment resulted in 100% elimination of mycotoxins. You can read the whole paper here
- Reflections on the cost of poorly euducated consulting.
Wonder Makers often has the unfortunate task of talking with clients who believe that they have dealt with an indoor environmental matter properly and explaining that, despite the expenditure of considerable time, effort, and money, critical deficiencies have been identified. These conversations are even more distressing when the building owner, property manager, or general contractor hired a consultant or abatement firm that appeared competent. Unfortunately, general competency, or even state licensing, does not guarantee that the critical individuals on a project understand the appropriate regulations and the ramifications of working outside those rules. Read a case study of just such a situation here