Indoor Environmental Consultants (IEC) provides testing and consulting services for businesses and institutions to help prevent employee exposure to asthma triggers.
More than 2 million Texans have been diagnosed with asthma. A significant number of these people are in the workforce and suffer from occupational asthma. Also referred to as work-related asthma, occupational asthma is the most common occupational lung disease in the United States.
Nationwide, OSHA estimates that 11 million workers in a wide range of industries and occupations are exposed to at least one of the numerous agents known to be associated with occupational asthma. The agency also reports that occupational factors are associated with up to 15 percent of disabling asthma cases in the United States.
Occupational asthma results from exposure to allergens or irritants on the job. These exposures can lead to new cases of asthma or worsen existing asthma. The condition can cause wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, and coughing. Symptoms may emerge hours after exposure to harmful substances or even months or years later.
“The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has stated that more than 250 substances are known or believed to cause or exacerbate work-related asthma,” said Hollis L. Horner, President, Indoor Environmental Consultants, Inc. “These substances include chemicals used in manufacturing; paints; cleaning products; dusts from wood, grain, and flour; latex gloves; mold; animals; and insects.”
Occupational asthma reduces productivity, quality of life, and increases costs to employees, families, businesses, and taxpayers. Some employees become too disabled to work, while others must change jobs to avoid the substance(s) that caused their asthma. Unless occupational asthma is caught and managed early, it is likely to continue and get worse.
Preventing occupational asthma by reducing or eliminating exposure to substances that cause or aggravate asthma in the work environment is essential for controlling the condition. The air quality professionals at Indoor Environmental Consultants provide air monitoring services to identify these airborne pollutants and irritants. These services are available to employers from private industry, institutions, and government agencies across Texas and the Gulf Coast.
About Indoor Environmental Consultants, Inc.
IEC began operations in 2001 with some of the nation’s most seasoned professional indoor air quality consultants who already had over 70 years of combined experience. The indoor environmental quality firm specializes in field investigations and assessments of commercial, institutional and residential buildings. Their services, related to fungal (mold), chemical, bacterial, asbestos and particulate pollutants, are offered throughout Texas, the Gulf Coast and the Southwest. IEC is licensed by the Texas Department of State Health Services as a mold assessment company (ACO0114) and an asbestos consultant agency (100329).