Newsletter – March & April 2012

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An Informative Newsletter for Environmental Professionals
March & April 2012
 
QuanTEM CHRONICLE Highlights:
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Barbara’s CORNER: One Stop Shop! & Turnaround Time
NAHB Remodelers Applauds Inhofe Bill to Improve Lead Paint Rule and Reduce Regulatory Burden

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Barbara Holder, Customer Service Manager 

One Stop Shop!!!

 

QuanTEM just launched a new service – online ordering of your sampling supplies!

 

I am very excited about the new site and believe that it will benefit you.

The site is automated to make your purchases easy!

 

Pick your product, pick your delivery terms, pay online –

 

One stop shopping at its best, you don’t even have to pick up the phone.

Once you have visited the new site, please get back with me with suggestions, ideas, criticisms, etc….
(Especially if you have ideas for other items you would like for us to carry.)

 

I look forward to hearing from you!
To access QuanTEM’s Supply Ordering Page, bookmark & visit this link
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Turnaround Time
I know I have talked about tracking turnaround time here at QuanTEM before and how important it is to us. We have always strived to provide our clients with the best customer service possible. We have identified several ways to improve each department TAT.

I am proud to report that these results will be posted monthly in my section of the newsletter.

To start off this new section, we will report the first quarter of 2012 the overall percentage for all departments was 98.1% !

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Barbara Holder
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Message from QuanTEM Laboratories
John E. Barnett, President & C.E.O.
 
John Barnett, President
John E. Barnett
President

March turned out to be indoor air quality month with the IAQA conference in Las Vegas and two weeks later the EIA conference in San Diego.

 

Both of these organizations

work hard at presenting interesting and engaging conferences.  They both address many of the same problems and both focus on the same market of environmental professionals.

 

After attending both conferences as an exhibitor, I came away with some interesting thoughts.

 

First let’s address the venues.  From an exhibitors viewpoint Las Vegas is way down the line.  There are just too many distractions.  San Diego on the other hand turned out to be a very acceptable venue.   San Diego has its own share of distractions but they are a little harder to get to thereby keeping most attendees close to the conference.

 

As an exhibitor the IAQA conference was at one time the best in the business.  Since merging with ACCA and now RESNET the luster once present in the exhibit hall appears to be on the decline while the EIA program still works diligently to engage the attendees and the exhibitors as much as possible.

 

The sessions, which is what brings in the attendees, has been well thought out and presented by both organizations.  I know it’s tough to continually develop informative and timely topics in the asbestos industry but they appear to know how to do it.  For those members who spend the time and effort developing and presenting their topics, my hat’s off to you.

 

My point is that anyone who calls themselves an IAQ professional should consider attending one or both of these conferences.   This is where you’ll find the meat of the business and almost every one of us can learn something which will enhance our efforts.

 

Let’s face it, being good at what we do is what pays the bills.

 

John E. Barnett
President
QuanTEM Laboratories, LLC
(405) 755-7272

Toxic Mold/IAQ Lawsuits on the Rise 

The courts stated that the studies were “statistically significant” and demonstrated “that exposure to mold caused the identified ill-health effects” and the court concluded that “it is undisputed that exposure to toxic molds is capable of causing the types of ailments from which plaintiff suffers.

Tampa 3/13/2012 04:12 PM GMT (TransWorldNews)

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Mold and IAQ cases are on the rise and are occurring all over the country totaling in the billions of dollars. There have been over 10,000 mold/IAQ related law suits pending in the nation, a 300 percent increase since 1999 and with the Cornell New York appellate court ruling that indicated recent studies were “statistically significant” and demonstrated “that exposure to mold caused the identified ill-health effects” you can expect the number of mold/IAQ law suits to rise.

Some recent Mold/IAQ cases:

 

In Ft. Lauderdale, Fl.,

Nineteen current and former Broward County employees have sued the county, alleging the building is “sick” and making them so. The employees say the county’s courthouse in downtown Fort Lauderdale is infested with toxic mold and that tiny asbestos fibers float through the air, exposing the public and the employees to health dangers. They want financial compensation for their illnesses, and they want the courthouse evacuated, among other requests

 

In New York, the appeals court suggests that opinions about mold science may have changed from within the courtroom. Brenda Cornell had sued her ex-landlord for respiratory illnesses developed as the result of 6 long years of mold exposure. The trial court had dismissed her suit, relying on the appellate court’s 2008 ruling in Fraser v. 301-52 Townhouse Corp.

 

In Fraser, the court declined to accept scientific evidence connecting the plaintiff’s illness with mold. The plaintiff failed to prove that the scientific theory connecting mold and dampness to illness is generally accepted by the scientific community.

 

Cornell’s toxic mold lawsuit did not meet this roadblock. Fraser, the court wrote, does not preclude all such suits. The plaintiffs were able to prove that Cornell’s former apartment was above a mold-infested basement and that mold was growing under her floorboards. Medical experts had testified and relied on a number of studies.

The courts stated that the studies were “statistically significant” and demonstrated “that exposure to mold caused the identified ill-health effects” and the court concluded that “it is undisputed that exposure to toxic molds is capable of causing the types of ailments from which plaintiff suffers.”

Obviously, the outcome is an important for plaintiffs bringing toxic mold lawsuits as it implies mold science may have finally reached a point where it helps, as opposed to hinders, litigation.

 

In Cleveland Ohio,

The condo association that represents the owners has sued the developer, the K&D Group, claiming that the company and its affiliates should pay repair costs tied to defective construction materials and methods. The lawsuit claims that the entire exterior of the building has failed, allowing water into the walls and causing corrosion and mold growth.

The Finnish Institute of Occupational Health study:

A recent Finnish Institute of Occupational Health study concluded that indoor dampness and mold shows “new evidence of the relation between workplace exposure to indoor molds and the development of asthma in adulthood.” Mold exposure can trigger common allergic reactions ranging from wheezing, sneezing, shortness of breath, skin rashes, upper respiratory irritation, coughing, eye irritation, headaches, lethargy and more.

 

Allergic Bronchopulmonary Mycosis, Allergic Fungal Sinusitis, Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis, Pulmonary Mycotoxicosis and Extrinsic Allergic Alveolitis are examples of medically defined uncommon allergic syndromes.

 

These “toxic mold” cases are causing concern for landlords and building owners across North America many often wondering how their buildings could fall victim to poor indoor air quality conditions and what they can do to remedy the deficiencies.

 

The courts stated that the studies were “statistically significant” and demonstrated “that exposure to mold caused the identified ill-health effects” and the court concluded that “it is undisputed that exposure to toxic molds is capable of causing the types of ailments from which plaintiff suffers

 

To view the entire article, CLICK HERE.

Spring 2012 Could Be Worst Ever for Allergies

 By: Emily Main

 

Rodale.com

March 17, 2012

 

It seems as though every spring allergy comes in like a lion and roars out like…an even bigger lion. The 2011 spring allergy season was a miserable one, with record-breaking pollen levels, just as the 2010 allergy season was before it. So should we expect each spring allergy season to be worse than the last, in an eternal one-upmanship that sends us running for the tissue box or the asthma inhaler?

 

Probably so. And the pattern could hold true for fall allergies as well. A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that the length of ragweed season in various areas of the country increased by as much as 27 days between 1995 and 2009. The culprit? Climate change, the researchers said.

 

Climate Chaos is Hammering Your Health

“The seasons are getting longer-they’re starting earlier and pollens are getting released earlier,” says Dr. Stanley Fineman, president-elect of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and an allergist at the Atlanta Allergy and Asthma Clinic. “And not only is there warmer weather, there tends to be more CO2 in atmosphere.” CO2, or carbon dioxide, feeds plants and leads to a greater release of pollen, and sometimes that pollen is more potent and more allergenic than it was when there was less CO2 in the atmosphere.

 

But Dr. Fineman points to another impact of climate change, and one you may not have ever associated with asthma or allergies-thunderstorms.

 

Climatologists have noted that climate change will lead to an increase in the frequency and intensity of severe storms, and Dr. Fineman says that quite a few studies have linked thunderstorms to a greater incidence of asthma-related hospitalizations. It’s called “thunderstorm asthma,” and although doctors haven’t pinned its cause to a specific element in severe weather, they suspect it has something to do with all the pollen and particulate matter that thunderstorms stir up.

 

To view the full article, CLICK HERE.

 NAHB Remodelers Applauds Inhofe Bill to Improve Lead Paint Rule and Reduce Regulatory Burden

Mar 5, 2012 – 09:52 AM

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Remodelers commended Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) for introducing the Lead Exposure Reduction Amendments Act of 2012 (S. 2148) to improve the lead paint rule for home owners and remodelers who must comply with the costly work practices and record keeping requirements of the rule. The bill was introduced with five original co-sponsors: Sens. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), David Vitter (R-La.), Michael Enzi (R-Wyo.), Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.).

 

“We applaud Sen. Inhofe and his colleagues for sponsoring this bill to make much-needed improvements to EPA’s lead paint rule during this busy time in Congress,” said 2012 NAHB Remodelers Chairman George “Geep” Moore Jr., GMB, CAPS, GMR, a remodeler from Elm Grove, La. “If this effort is successful, it will reduce the regulatory burden for remodelers facing costly penalties for first-time violations like misfiled paperwork and allow home owners to make the final decision about renovations in their homes.”

 

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting (LRRP) rule applies to homes built before 1978 and requires renovator training and certification, adherence to lead-safe work practices, containing and cleaning dust and record keeping.

 

By removing the opt-out provision in July 2010, EPA more than doubled the number of homes subject to the LRRP rule, adding an estimatees that this law was designed to protect,” said Moore. “We support the intent of the lead paint rule to prevent childhood lead poisoning and believe that the provisions in this bill will encourage greater compliance by home owners. Common sense exemptions for emergency renovations and online recertification training are necessary improvements for remodelers and home owners to fully comply with the rule.”

 

 

To view the entire article, CLICK HERE.

Barbara Holder, Customer Service Manager
 
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June 18-20, 2012
 
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Dates to remember:
 

June 18-20, 2012 

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American Indusatrial Hygiene Association Conference and Exposition (AIHce’)
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October 3, 4 & 5th 2012 

QuanTEM’s Fall Mold Investigator Training Course
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

 

October 27th – 31st 2012 
AIHA Fall Conference 2012  (formerly PCIH)
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QuanTEM Chronicle Newsletter

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Scott Leavell, Business Development Director

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Disclaimer

Any publication included in this News Letter and/or opinions expressed therein do not necessarily reflect the views of QuanTEM Laboratories, LLC but remain solely those of the author(s). Such publications have been included only for ease of reference and academic purposes.

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