Asbestos Awareness

Asbestos Awareness

  What Is Asbestos?   Asbestos is a mineral fiber. It can be positively identified only with a special type of microscope. There are several types of asbestos fibers. In the past, asbestos was added to a variety of products to strengthen them and to provide heat insulation and fire resistance. Asbestos is the name given to a number of naturally occurring, fibrous silicate minerals…

Texas Residents on the Lookout for Smoke Damage Following the Hidden Pines Fire

Texas Residents on the Lookout for Smoke Damage Following the Hidden Pines Fire

Indoor Environmental Consultants (IEC) provides testing and consulting services to identify and resolve smoke damage in residential and commercial properties. The Hidden Pines Fire consumed over 4,500 acres and destroyed dozens of homes along with several businesses. The destructive wildfire resulted in the evacuation of entire neighborhoods with hundreds of people having to leave their properties and reside in shelters and other locations for days.…

Texas VA Hospital Investigated for Failure to Protect Workers from Exposure to Asbestos

Texas VA Hospital Investigated for Failure to Protect Workers from Exposure to Asbestos

Indoor Environmental Consultants (IEC) provides asbestos testing, monitoring and consulting services to comply with regulations and prevent human exposure risks. Last month the U.S. Office of Special Counsel sent a letter to President Barack Obama and Congress detailing what was found after a whistleblower claimed asbestos violations at the Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans Hospital. The hospital, located in San Antonio, was the center of…

Texas Construction Companies Reminded of the Need to Follow Asbestos Regulations

Texas Construction Companies Reminded of the Need to Follow Asbestos Regulations

Indoor Environmental Consultants (IEC) provides testing, monitoring and consulting services to identify asbestos hazards to protect workers and the public. Construction companies across Texas were recently reminded of the importance of following asbestos regulations. This occurred as a result of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announcing last month that a manager and two affiliated construction companies in Illinois are…

High Humidity Levels in Water-Damaged Buildings Can Cause Dust Mite Problems

High Humidity Levels in Water-Damaged Buildings Can Cause Dust Mite Problems

Indoor Environmental Consultants (IEC) provides testing and consulting services to identify dust mites and other indoor allergens and asthma triggers. The historic May rains across Texas resulted in an end to the drought that much of the state had suffered for years. Unfortunately, it also left a path of destruction and water-damaged homes and buildings in dozens of counties. While today, many people recognize that…

Indoor Air Quality and the Health of Nursing Home Residents Linked in New Study

Indoor Air Quality and the Health of Nursing Home Residents Linked in New Study

Indoor Environmental Consultants (IEC) provides air quality testing and consulting services for nursing homes across Texas and the Gulf Coast. Texas has over 1,000 nursing homes across the state that are entrusted with the care and wellbeing of people in need of their services. These residents rely on the nursing home staff and administrators for a safe and healthy environment to live out their remaining…

Texas Air Quality Experts Help Prevent Exposure to Hazardous Levels of Lead at Gun Ranges

Indoor Environmental Consultants (IEC) provides lead testing and consulting services to protect the public and workers from lead exposure hazards. Texas is home to a multitude of indoor and outdoor shooting ranges. Across the entire country, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) estimates there are approximately 9,000 non-military outdoor firing ranges and between 16,000 and 18,000 indoor ranges. The U.S. military alone…

Texas IAQ Professionals Help Businesses & Families Recover from Smoke and Water Damage following a Fire

Texas IAQ Professionals Help Businesses & Families Recover from Smoke and Water Damage following a Fire

Indoor Environmental Consultants (IEC) provides testing and consulting services to identify and resolve cases of smoke and water damage in all types of buildings. Recently, Austin’s KVUE broadcast a report about thirty seven people who were displaced from their homes after a fire at their apartment complex in Round Rock. According to the report, sixteen units were destroyed or sustained water and smoke damage. While…