Newsletter – May 2012

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An Informative Newsletter for Environmental Professionals
May 2012
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Barbara’s CORNER: SUMMER: Special Lab Instructions
Polar Bear Cubs
Mold & Bacteria Continues to Grow in Foreclosed Homes at an Alarming Rate
Tornado Damage and Indoor Environmental Hazards after a Twister
The Shocking Truth About Toy
Five Surprising Allergy and Asthma Triggers
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Barbara Holder, Customer Service Manager 

Special Lab Instructions


I know that the summer can get extremely hectic for all of you in the environmental business.


With a multitude of projects happening at the same time, special instructions to the lab can be vital for the completion of your report.  It’s important that these instructions are stated on the COC in a clear and concise manner.


This will help us to give you exactly what you need.


You can also email me at 

or call me at

405-755-7272 and I will make sure the project is completed to your specifications.


The TAT avg for the month of May 2012 is 98.1%


Barbara Holder
Customer Relations Manager


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Barbara Holder, Customer Service Manager

Barbara Holder, Customer Service Manager

Barbara Holder, Customer Service Manager




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


I live in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area where we have been fortunate enough to get a NBA basketball team.  GO THUNDER!

What I like about watching these guys play ball is that they never give up.  Last year we lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Lakers in six games.  This year we beat the Lakers and presently are ahead 3 games to 2 with the San Antonio Spurs.


In watching these teams plan I’ve seen players have a bad night but I’ve never seen anyone of them give up and throw in the towel.


I think the same thing goes for each of us in our respective businesses.  We may have a bad day once in a while but if we can just see past the problems and never give up we will win in the long run.  Summer is now underway and I wish each of you a busy and successful year.

John E. Barnett
QuanTEM Laboratories, LLC
(405) 755-7272
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Polar bear cubs: The Moscow Zoo's new attraction
Polar bear cubs
Moscow Zoo’s new attraction


Mold & Bacteria Continues to Grow in Foreclosed Homes at an Alarming Rate
Millions of foreclosed homes sit unused for months or years while bureaucracy holds back sales while mold and bacteria grow at an alarming rate


As an incubator is to mold so is a foreclosed home. An incubator provides the right temperature and humidity control for molds and bacteria to grow at optimum conditions so have foreclosed homes provided the optimum conditions for mold and bacteria to proliferate. Foreclosed homes typically have been shut down with no power, no air conditioning and no humidity control for extended times.  A record 2.8 million properties with a mortgage got a foreclosure notice last year, jumping 21 percent from 2008 and 120 percent from 2007.  Millions of foreclosed homes sit unused for months or years while bureaucracy holds back sales, mold and bacteria are growing at an alarming rate.  More than half of all foreclosed homes in some states are thought to be affected.

“If the amplification of molds and bacteria are elevated in a foreclosed home and the dose relationship acceptable the adverse human health affects can cause injury to and dysfunction of multiple organs and systems including: respiratory, nervous, immune, hematological and skin” stated Dr. Rajiv Sahay, Laboratory Director at Environmental Diagnostics laboratory EDLab a AIHA accredited laboratory in North America.
When a house is occupied, air conditioning, heating, natural ventilation and maintenance keeps mold in check. But when a home is closed up for an extended time, it can creep into drywall and fixtures and cost tens of thousands to remove. Francisco Aguirre, CIAQP, CIEC Director of Building Sciences at Pure Air Control Services sees an “alarming increase in biological amplification in unconditioned foreclosed homes.”    READ MORE

Tornado Damage and Indoor Environmental Hazards after a Twister
The IAQ Video Network produces another educational video about health threats due to exposure to environmental contaminants and pathogens.


PRLog (Press Release)   Apr 15, 2012

Dozens of tornadoes hit the Midwest and Plains this weekend.  The twisters killed at least five people and injured dozens.  Many homes and businesses were also extensively damaged.  In response, the IAQ Video Network and Cochrane & Associates announced today that they have just released an educational video that discusses tornadoes and indoor environmental hazards that people may face when they rebuild damaged properties.

Although tornadoes are more common in certain parts of the United States, they have been reported in all 50 states.  On average, tornadoes cause 70 fatalities and 1,500 injuries in the U.S. each year, but some years, including 2012, see much higher numbers.  In a typical year in the U.S., the country witnesses over $1 billion dollars in property damage due to these storms.

Although many properties hit by a tornado may experience complete destruction, many more survive the storm with anywhere from minor to major property damage.  They may be left with damage due to strong winds, hail, heavy rain and even flooding when roofs, walls, windows and plumbing are destroyed.  Many of these properties can be rebuilt, but there are hazards aside from live electrical wires and leaking gas lines that people need to be aware.
“Aside from the typical hazards many people are aware of some people may also face additional indoor environmental hazards when they rebuild their homes and businesses following tornado damage,” reported Paul Cochrane, President of Cochrane and Associates, the company behind the IAQ Video Network and the new public outreach video.  “People may be faced with mold, asbestos, lead, sewage, bacteria, viruses and chemical contaminants.  Not only can these items be a danger to the rebuilding crews, but if not properly handled could also be a threat to future building occupants.  We hope this video helps to educate people about ways to protect their family’s health if faced with having to rebuild after a tornado.”   READ MORE

The Shocking Truth About Toys 

By Julie Revelant, 

Healthy Mama


 Published May 23, 2012



 You would never give your baby a lead pipe to chew on or some batteries to play with, but those teethers, rattles, play yards, toy trucks, and books that he plays with? They seem harmless, but the truth is that they could be filled with toxic chemicals, that with repeated exposure can have negative health effects and put your baby at risk for cancer, ADHD, learning disabilities, asthma, early puberty, infertility and autism.

In fact, unlike previous research that links autism predominately to genetic factors, a 2011 Stanford University School of Medicine study shows environmental factors to account for 62 percent of Autism risk.

Two hundred thousand toys were recalled between October 2010 and November 2011 because their lead content exceeded federal limits, according to a recent report published by U.S. PIRG. It wasn’t until August 2011 that toys with amounts of lead higher than 100ppm (parts per million) were banned, a limit the American Academy of Pediatrics says is still too high.

“Toys have long been a dumping ground for toxic chemicals,” according to Margie Kelly, an environmental health advocate and communications manager for Healthy Child Healthy World.

Yet lead is not the only chemical to be concerned about. Manufacturers use a host of chemicals in their products like phthalates, bisphenol A or BPA, and cadmium. Vinyl chloride, which is used to make polyvinyl chloride (PVC), a plastic found in toys and packaging is also commonly used. According to a recent report by the Center for Health, Environment and Justice, approximately 71 percent of toys tested at Toys “R” Us were presumed to be made of PVC.

What’s even more alarming is that even if the package states the toy is BPA-free, manufacturers can make “regrettable substitutions.”    READ MORE .

Five Surprising Allergy and Asthma Triggers 

that can Spoil Summer Fu


Fruits, veggies, insects and chlorine among summer allergens

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill.- While summer means barbeques, festivals and other outdoor activities, the millions of Americans that suffer allergic reactions to grass pollens might want to run for cover. But according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), seasonal allergies can also affect those without pollen sensitivities due to unexpected summer staples such as certain fruits and vegetables, campfires or changes in the weather.

“Although symptoms may not always be severe, summertime allergies and asthma are serious and, in some cases, deadly,” said allergist James Sublett, MD, chair of the ACAAI Public Relations Committee. “However, these conditions shouldn’t damper summer fun. Proper diagnosis and treatment involves more than just relieving symptoms, it can find the source of your suffering and stop it.”


By planning ahead, seeing an allergist and knowing the causes of allergy and asthma, even those with the most sensitive noses and lungs can enjoy summer festivities.

Following are a few surprising summer allergy and asthma triggers, as well as some suggestions for coping with them, courtesy of ACAAI.

  • Summer fruits and veggies. An otherwise healthy snack can mean an oral allergy syndrome for people whose lips begin to tingle after sinking their teeth into a juicy peach – or melon, apple, celery and other fresh fruits and vegetables. People with common grass allergies can suffer from this condition, which is a cross-reaction between similar proteins in certain fruits and vegetables and the allergy-causing grass, tree or weed pollens. The simple solution is to avoid the offending food, or just put up with the annoying but short-lived (and seldom dangerous) reaction. If symptoms are bothersome, see an allergist to identify the offending pollen and develop a treatment plan to find relief.
  • Changes in the weather. Be it stifling humidity or a refreshing cool breeze, sudden changes in the weather can trigger an asthma attack. Wind can spread pollen and stir up mold, affecting those who suffer from grass or tree pollen and mold allergies. Allergists are experts in diagnosing and treating allergic and asthmatic diseases, and can develop asthma action plans to ensure diseases are kept in check no matter the season or the temperature.  READ MORE.
Barbara Holder, Customer Service Manager
AIHce’ 2012 
Indianapolis, INDIANA
June 18-20, 2012
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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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