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Category Press Release
Publish Date 9/12/2017
Author Paul Cochrane
Title Many Teachers and Students Nationwide Return to Moldy Schools
Introduction EMSL Analytical provides testing, sampling supplies and easy-to-use test kits to identify mold and other indoor environmental quality issues.

Cinnaminson, NJ, September 12, 2017

Over the past 30 days, school districts in most states across the country have opened their doors to students and teachers to begin the new school year. Unfortunately, in all too many schools, students and faculty have come back to facilities that developed mold and moisture problems during the summer months.

The news has been filled with stories of mold and indoor air quality (IAQ) complaints at schools, classes being moved to other buildings, and even delays to the start of the school year so mold could be remediated. For example, teachers, prepping their classrooms at an elementary school in North Carolina a few weeks back came across mold that has delayed the first day of school. In one county in Florida, the teachers union is asking to pay for tests in classrooms the group claims have mold issues that are not being addressed by the school district. These are just two of countless cases like these that have been reported recently from coast to coast.

“It’s not uncommon for a host of mold and IAQ issues to come to light as the new school year gets underway,” said Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President, Marketing at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “Many school buildings, or at least parts of them, may not be used for months during the summer. If a small water leak has occurred that goes unchecked it can lead to a major issue over time. Likewise, if the AC has been shut down or made to run infrequently to save money during the summer months, humidity can become an issue that supports the growth of mold on surfaces throughout a school.”

To assist school districts, teachers unions, parent associations and other concerned citizens, EMSL Analytical offers comprehensive testing services and a wide range of air monitoring equipment. They provide all of the sampling supplies necessary to submit samples and even offer easy-to-use test kits.

To learn more about mold or other air quality and environmental testing services, please visit www.EMSL.com, call (800) 220-3675 or email info@EMSL.com. To view the complete line of indoor environmental test kits, visit www.EMSLTestKits.com.

About EMSL Analytical, Inc.

EMSL Analytical, Inc. is one of the leading testing laboratories with 40 locations 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 EMLAP, AIHA IHLAP, AIHA 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.