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Roof leaks and pipe bursts can be dramatic, but some of the more serious problems in hospitals and medical facilities can develop out of sight. Moisture can build up underneath the building or behind walls, and this can result in hidden mold. This is why it is crucial for the healthcare industry to employ mold, and even asbestos, professionals.

Where Do These Hidden Problems Develop?
Under floors. Inside walls. In the ceiling. Hidden problems like mold can occur pretty much anywhere moisture gets trapped. Other places include:

  • Around pipes
  • Behind wallpaper and drywall
  • Behind tiles and paneling
  • On wall surfaces and behind appliances and furniture
  • On top of ceiling tiles
  • Under carpets and floorboards
  • Attics
  • Utility rooms
  • Roofing materials that have been exposed to leaks

Why is Hidden Mold and Asbestos Dangerous?
These hidden issues can wreak havoc on people’s health, and most of the time no one even realizes the danger until damage has been done.

  1. Occupant Health

Because hidden molds are so hard to find, people can experience health symptoms for months without even being aware of it. This puts patients in hospitals, for example, at risk of long-term exposure to asbestos and mold that can lead to infections in immunocompromised patients.

  1. Infection Control

Hidden mold and asbestos are typically not uncovered until renovation work is already well underway. This can actually lead to an infection control emergency as once something like mold has been exposed, it is too late to contain mold spores and protect higher-risk patients from being exposed.

How to Identify Hidden Problems

To start with, you will need to look for non-invisible clues in your medical facility. Many common strains of mold tend to emit volatile organic compounds that let off a musty smell.

Secondly, listen to people in the building. If patients are increasingly complaining about health symptoms, a hidden mold or asbestos problem could be the reason. Pay attention to wheezing, coughing and upper respiratory symptoms as well as an increase in allergies.

The Next Step

If you suspect there is hidden asbestos or mold in your facility, it’s time to call in a professional from Quality Environmental Inc. It is important to have an infection control specialist set up the correct containment measures before starting maintenance or renovation work that could disturb building materials. This will help protect patients and avoid the risk of an infection control emergency.

 

Posted: Apr, 28, 2016 by qualityenviro

We want to thank the Rancho Santa Margarita Landscape and Recreation Corporation (SAMLARC) for having us at the 2016 Home Enhancement Expo . The event was an opportunity for do it yourself homeowners, new home owners and shoppers to see what home enhancement businesses are available to them in and around Rancho Santa Margarita.

We had a wonderful time meeting everyone who stopped by our booth!

See you next year and visit out website qualityenviornmental.com, to learn more about our company.

Posted: Jan, 28, 2016 by qualityenviro

f1f56ff3060b20f54882fbea6350412dOriginally from San Diego, California, Halsey began his career in combat sports from a young age as a wrestler and judoka. Halsey’s father wrestled at UCLA and Halsey has two brothers who also competed at NCAA Division I colleges. Halsey attended Rancho Buena Vista High School where he competed in wrestling and excelled. He currently holds the best overall high school record in school history with 150-16 and 80 pins, and also won a California high school state championship. Halsey also competed in football as a linebacker and won First-Team All-San Diego County honors. Halsey originally attended Fresno State University before transferring to California State University at Bakersfield his sophomore year when Fresno State dropped their wrestling program. After having an injury-plagued two years at Fresno State, Halsey excelled at CSUB fininshing 7th at the NCAA Division 1 National Championships, earning NCAA Division 1 All-American honors.

Posted: Jan, 27, 2016 by qualityenviro

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Posted: Aug, 17, 2015 by qualityenviro

While most people have a good idea of what items should be recycled, composted, and thrown in the garbage, there are a number of things that should be collected and disposed of properly, in addition to these typical methods. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has strict guidelines and regulations concerning the disposal of various contaminants.

 

Lead: Cleanup & Disposal

Older homes and buildings often have a variety of old construction materials that contain all kinds of harmful and hazardous compounds. Lead poisoning is something that all home and building owners should be wary of as it can cause permanent damage to the short and long-term health of both adults and children.

 

Typically, lead cleanup should be dealt with by a company such as Quality Environmental that specializes in the environmental cleanup and abatement of hazardous waste. They have the experience and knowledge necessary to ensure cleanup doesn’t result in further contamination or expose of lead components. A thorough description of how lead can be cleaned up and disposed up can be found on the Minnesota Department Of Health Website.

 

The Dangers of Mold

Mold can be one of the most detrimental things to affect your respiratory system and results in symptoms like a stuffy nose, irritated throat, wheezing, coughing, irritated eyes, and even skin rashes. A person with an allergy to mold can have even more severe reactions depending on their sensitivity. Furthermore, people with compromised immune systems and existing respiratory disease can get serious infections and other issues from the mold that can even result in death. Essentially, it’s important to deal with mold when it appears and to deal with moisture before mold appears.

 

If you find a small area of mold in your home, you can probably deal with it yourself by using strong cleaners to fully neutralize it. In addition to that it’s also important to find the source of the moisture that caused the mold to prevent future growth. If your mold issue is larger, then it is important to employ a professional environmental service company to remove it. They will safely remove and dispose of the mold without spreading spores through the surrounding area. They will also address the source of the mold to ensure it doesn’t return.

 

Properly Disposing of Drugs

People often think that flushing their drugs and medication down the toilet is the appropriate way to dispose of them, but unless specifically indicated this can lead to a building contamination of groundwater. This is because not all components of medication are filtered out properly by municipal water filtration systems. Things like hormones can be diluted but aren’t always completely filtered. Depending on the type of drugs, there are many different ways to dispose of them. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proper guidelines for disposal outlined on their website.

 

If you find yourself in possession of dangerous materials, it’s important to have them properly removed and disposed of in order to protect yourself and other people that may be exposed to them. If you’re in doubt as to how to go about dealing with hazardous waste disposal contact a professional environmental services company like Quality Environmental Inc. With years of experience, they can assist you in proper removal and disposal of all hazardous waste.

Posted: Aug, 13, 2015 by qualityenviro

Controlling infectious diseases is a top priority in many industries especially healthcare. With outbreaks worldwide, most recently Ebola throughout Africa, governments are enforcing stricter rules and regulations surrounding healthcare facilities.

 

Why Healthcare Facilities Are At Risk

Both the healthcare workers and the facilities themselves are continually exposed to a high risk of infection from contaminants and diseases that enter hospitals and clinics every day. In the event of an outbreak healthcare workers and healthcare facilities are always on the front lines while treating the public and controlling the outbreak.

 

Controlling the Spread

There are several ways that healthcare workers and the public can help control the spread of infectious diseases. They include:

  • hand washing
  • quarantining exposed individuals
  • treatment of exposed individuals
  • controlling the spreading of the infection

 

In addition to these measures, the decontamination of people and equipment by professionals like Quality Environmental Inc. is essential to ensuring the disease is controlled, and the people on the front lines helping are not infected. A team of professional environmental specialists has the experience and knowledge to maintain, clean, and replace medical equipment during renovations, construction, and infectious exposure. It is important to find a team like Quality Environmental Inc. that is government certified and follows federal and state regulations to ensure the cleanliness and safety of your healthcare facility and its people.

 

Reduce the Risks

Cleanliness is the best way to reduce the risks of an outbreak of any kind. Maintaining good practices, proper maintenance and cleaning of equipment, and working with qualified and experienced environmental vendors is essential to stopping the infectious disease before it spreads.

 

Protocols. Procedures. Policies.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is continually working with companies like Quality Environmental Inc. to improve government and private sector responses to infectious diseases and outbreaks. Through effective maintenance, replacement, recovery, sterilization, and other efforts, private companies are continually supporting the healthcare system to prevent and battle infectious diseases.

Posted: Aug, 11, 2015 by qualityenviro

On any average day, in between waking up in the morning and going to bed at night, energy has affected your life in multiple ways. Whether the energy you use is solar, hydroelectric, nuclear, or something else, it powers the alarm clock that ensures you get out of bed, it heats the water you use to shower, and it charges the cell phone you carry with you all day.

 

Most of the ways in which you use energy are necessary to complete daily tasks and go about your life. There are also many areas in everyone’s life that can be changed in order to save energy, which can affect your life now and into the future.

 

Using Up Natural Resources

Every single time you use energy for any task, whether you are making a cup of coffee or starting your car, the natural resources used to create that energy become further depleted. Whether its coal, natural gas, uranium, or other resources involved in energy production, there are finite amounts of all of them, and once they are gone, they’re gone.

 

While renewable energy is a solution, the amount of energy provided by renewables versus fossil fuels is miniscule. Industry experts anticipate that current oil reserves will only last another 50 years, and coal deposits will expire in about 200 years. Aside from the clear advantages of reducing pollution in the short term from burning fossil fuels, solar and other renewable energy sources will no doubt become necessary parts of the future.

 

Climate Change

Climate change and global warming are terms that have been thrown around for decades now, but it appears little is still understood as to what they actually mean. Essentially, energy use and consumption, by humans, is negatively affecting global weather patterns. Predominantly, the culprit byproduct of burning fossil fuels is CO2 gas, which is released into the atmosphere. Flooding is one of the most commonly cited results of global warming, but high UV levels causing an increasing number of cancer deaths and the extinction of several species are also notable outcomes.

 

Overall, depleting natural resources can potentially lead to a global energy crisis that will drastically change the way people live their daily lives. Dramatic climate change will also have a negative impact as many coastal areas will suffer severe flooding, animals will become extinct, and cancer levels will rise. With a rise in flooding from rivers and other bodies of water, it’s important to control mold and other damage as a result of flooding and receding water. Contacting a company like Quality Environmental Inc. is essential to the full restoration of your property.

 

The importance of saving energy may not be immediately apparent, but in the long term it will prove to be a valuable short term decision.

Posted: Aug, 6, 2015 by qualityenviro

It’s important to act quickly after a flood since fungi, mold and other disease-causing bacteria thrive in a water-logged environment.

Hazardous Bacteria after a Flood

Mold isn’t the only threat from flooding. Sewage can contaminate flooded areas which can lead to various dangerous skin and gastrointestinal infections, and water damage itself can lead to pathogenic bacteria that’s not related to sewage contamination.

The key in a flooding situation is to act fast. The faster you act, the more you can save. The longer water damage is left unattended, the more dangerous areas will become as bacteria and mold begin festering and multiplying.

How to Clean and Sanitize after a Flood

  • Contaminated mud – shovel out as much mud as you can, and then use a hose to wash it away from hard surfaces.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces – scrub surfaces down with hot water and heavy-duty cleaner; then go a step further and disinfect with a solution of water and chlorine bleach.
  • Ceilings and walls – remove wallboard, plaster and paneling. If these have been soaked by contaminated water in the flood, they can be a major health hazard and should be completely removed.
  • Heating and cooling systems and ducts – should be inspected and cleaned. Insulation that has been soaked will need replacing.
  • Wooden floors and carpets – should be completely removed.

Infections Caused by Fungi

  • Superficial infections – affect the skin and mucous membranes.
  • Systemic infections – occur when the fungi and airborne pollutants get into the bloodstream and cause more serious diseases.
  • Opportunistic infections – attack people with weakened immune systems.

When You Need Professional Flood Remediation

The professionals at Quality Environmental Inc. know how important it is to respond to water damage as quickly as possible. They offer fast and skilled water damage services along with advanced technologies to detect areas where airborne contaminants and mold may have spread. Talk to them about your water damage by calling their emergency number, 562-941-1434.

Posted: Aug, 6, 2015 by qualityenviro

Roof leaks and pipe bursts can be dramatic, but some of the more serious problems in hospitals and medical facilities can develop out of sight. Moisture can build up underneath the building or behind walls, and this can result in hidden mold. This is why it is crucial for the healthcare industry to employ mold, and even asbestos, professionals.

Where Do These Hidden Problems Develop?

Under floors. Inside walls. In the ceiling. Hidden problems like mold can occur pretty much anywhere moisture gets trapped. Other places include:

  • Around pipes
  • Behind wallpaper and drywall
  • Behind tiles and paneling
  • On wall surfaces and behind appliances and furniture
  • On top of ceiling tiles
  • Under carpets and floorboards
  • Attics
  • Utility rooms
  • Roofing materials that have been exposed to leaks

Why is Hidden Mold and Asbestos Dangerous?

These hidden issues can wreak havoc on people’s health, and most of the time no one even realizes the danger until damage has been done.

  1. Occupant Health

Because hidden molds are so hard to find, people can experience health symptoms for months without even being aware of it. This puts patients in hospitals, for example, at risk of long-term exposure to asbestos and mold that can lead to infections in immunocompromised patients.

  1. Infection Control

Hidden mold and asbestos are typically not uncovered until renovation work is already well underway. This can actually lead to an infection control emergency as once something like mold has been exposed, it is too late to contain mold spores and protect higher-risk patients from being exposed.

How to Identify Hidden Problems

To start with, you will need to look for non-invisible clues in your medical facility. Many common strains of mold tend to emit volatile organic compounds that let off a musty smell.

Secondly, listen to people in the building. If patients are increasingly complaining about health symptoms, a hidden mold or asbestos problem could be the reason. Pay attention to wheezing, coughing and upper respiratory symptoms as well as an increase in allergies.

The Next Step

If you suspect there is hidden asbestos or mold in your facility, it’s time to call in a professional from Quality Environmental Inc. It is important to have an infection control specialist set up the correct containment measures before starting maintenance or renovation work that could disturb building materials. This will help protect patients and avoid the risk of an infection control emergency.

 

Posted: Aug, 3, 2015 by qualityenviro

Earlier this year, California’s governor proclaimed a statewide drought emergency and appealed for Californians to reduce water consumption by 20 percent.

This drought has been unprecedented. The driest years in California’s history were 2013 and 2014, and the town of Lompico has been teetering on the brink of no water whatsoever. In fact, in late January the town had just 100 days of drinking water left. The drought has affected everyone from farmers and fisherman to urban communities and businesses. Without water, public health, the economy and the environment are all at risk.

How to Save Water

This severe scarcity of water requires everybody to do what they can to preserve water. Here are 14 ways that you can save water in and around the home.

To save water indoors:

  • Use your garbage disposal sparingly or choose to compost vegetable waste.
  • Only use the washing machine for full loads.
  • Install low-flow shower heads in your showers.
  • Shower for five minutes instead of 10.
  • Only run your dishwasher when it’s full.
  • Install an aerator on the kitchen taps to reduce water flow to under 1 gallon per minute.
  • When you wash dishes by hand, avoid letting the water run. Instead, fill a basin with wash water and fill another with rinsing water.
  • Turn taps off when shaving or brushing teeth.

To save water outdoors:

  • Landscape the garden with climate-appropriate plants.
  • Water the garden early in the morning or later at night when temperatures are cooler.
  • Put layers of mulch around plants and trees to keep soil cool and reduce evaporation.
  • Adjust sprinklers so only the garden is being watered and not your street or side walk.
  • Instead of hosing down driveways and patios, use a broom.
  • Wash cars with a sponge and bucket and use a self-closing nozzle on the hose.

These small steps can add up to make a big difference during a drought.

Need to Know More?

If you want to discuss more ways to conserve water, contact the professionals at Quality Environmental Inc.

Posted: Jul, 27, 2015 by qualityenviro
Earthquake aftermath

If you’ve seen the movie San Andreas, you’ll have a good idea of the extent of damages an earthquake can cause.

There are, however, many things that can be done to mitigate the aftermath damages. Mitigation, though, won’t prevent all damage. When damage occurs from an earthquake, there are a lot of precautions that need to be taken in order for you to protect yourself. Improper cleanup can result in further injuries and even disease. What’s more, earthquake damage can be extremely costly, so it is essential that you go through the proper process to make sure that cleanups are done properly.

Possible Hazards After an Earthquake

Hazards that can be encountered after an earthquake include:

  • Fire
  • Heat stress
  • Hazardous materials
  • Electrical hazards
  • Carbon monoxide
  • Water damage

Dealing with Water Damage

It’s important to respond to water damage and other emergency disasters as quickly as possible. After an earthquake, employ the services of fast, skilled water damage experts who have the right technology to detect areas where mold could have spread as a result of prolonged moisture. Those areas need to be removed before they cause bacterial growth, wood rot and mold.

Salvaging Ruins from Fire Hazards

Fire and smoke damage is not only destructive but extensive restoration may be required in the aftermath. Fire, soot and ash can linger after an earthquake, resulting in respiratory illnesses. Contaminated building materials, insulation, flooring, furniture and walls need to be properly and safely discarded.

What’s more, items can be permanently damaged by the smell of soot, rendering them irrecoverable. So you may require experts with the right technical knowledge to recondition your belongings.

Quality Environmental Inc. Can Help

Quality Environmental Inc.’s team of highly trained experts can help with the devastating aftermath of an earthquake. If you have questions or require a quote, feel free to contact them or visit their website at http://qualityenvironmentalinc.com/

Posted: Jul, 27, 2015 by qualityenviro
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If you’ve not heard about the RRP program (Renovation, Repair and Painting), it’s something to be aware of if you’re planning on renovating your new home.

The purpose of the program is to minimize exposure from lead-paint dust during repairs, renovations or painting. Common renovation activities like cutting, interior demolition and sanding can create hazardous lead dust when you disturb the lead-based paint.

It’s a good idea to employ a firm who is certified to follow lead-safe work practices if you plan on remodeling or renovating your older home.

Reducing Lead-Based Paint Hazards

There are a variety of ways to reduce the hazards of lead-based paint, but some methods can increase the risk of exposure. It is crucial that you pick the safest method for your specific project. Your goal should be to reduce hazards while creating as little lead dust as possible.

If the lead paint on walls and ceilings is in good condition, then you may just need to paint them or cover them with wallpaper which will keep lead paint in place.

However, if the lead paint is peeling or chipping, or is on a surface like a stair rail or windowsill where infants or pets could chew on or touch frequently, then the lead paint should be covered or professionally removed.

If you have painted surfaces that rub on one another, like windows or doors, those will require special attention to put a stop to the friction. If the paint has been damaged by some other problem, such as water damage from leaks, then you should fix the underlying problem first.

Disposal of Debris

Debris from lead-based paint renovations should be double-bagged and disposed of in small quantities. This can be placed in your household trash.  Never burn lead debris and don’t dump liquid wastes onto the ground. Instead, filter waste water through a rag before dumping into a sanitary sewer.

Get a Professional

The best thing to do is not undertake removal of lead-based paint on your own. Contact the qualified contractors at Quality Environmental Inc. who are experience in lead removal.

Posted: Jul, 27, 2015 by qualityenviro
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When asbestos products are incorrectly handled, the fibers can be released into the air, and when inhaled, asbestos fibers are hazardous.

To minimize the risk of exposure, you should appoint a licensed asbestos removal contractor. It is never a good idea to remove asbestos yourself, because there could be legal implications.

The Legal Requirements for Managing Asbestos Waste

  • Always store asbestos waste on your premises in an environmentally safe manner. This could include sealing it in heavy-duty plastic and wetting it down before transporting it.
  • Soils that have been contaminated by asbestos should be wetted down.
  • Asbestos should be transported in a leak-proof, covered vehicle.
  • Asbestos waste has to be disposed of at a landfill site that is lawfully able to receive the waste. Check with a landfill operator before disposing of it.
  • Bonded asbestos material has to be securely packaged at all times. This is any material, besides friable asbestos material, that contains asbestos.
  • If you want to remove more than 10 square meters of bonded asbestos, or friable asbestos, from your house, engage the services of a licenses asbestos removal contractor to do the job. As the owner of the waste, you need to ensure that the asbestos is disposed of legally. To make sure this is done, ask your contractor for a copy of the disposal receipt.
  • It is illegal to recycle, re-use or illegally dump any asbestos products.
  • It is also illegal to dispose of asbestos waste materials in domestic garbage bins.
  • Keep friable asbestos in a sealed container. This is any material that contains asbestos and presents itself in the form of a powder or substance that can be crumbled or reduced to powder by hand.

Breaking the Law: There Are Penalties

There are indeed penalties for mishandling and illegally removing asbestos. Recently, a Bay City contractor was found guilty of failing to remove asbestos before demolishing a building. He also failed to wet down and keep the asbestos wet until properly disposing of it and failed to ensure that a trained person handled the procedures for removing asbestos.

If you fail to comply with clean air laws, you can indeed face criminal prosecution.

Get the Professionals to Remove Asbestos

Quality Environmental Inc. use state-of-the-art systems to meet your legal, health and safety requirements for the correct removal and disposal of asbestos.

Posted: Jul, 17, 2015 by qualityenviro

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Quality Environmental Inc.’s abatement team is top in the industry when it comes to safe removal and abatement of the ever harmful effects of Asbestos!

Asbestos is used in (but not limited to) per Wikipedia:

  • Roofing and siding materials
  • Some roofing and siding shingles are made of asbestos cement
  • Insulation of a home built between 1930-1980
  • Attic and wall insulation as vermiculite ore
  • Textured paint and wall patching
  • Artificial ashes and embers used in gas fireplaces
  • Old stove-top pads
  • Walls and floors around woodburning stoves can have asbestos fiber, millwork or concrete pads
  • Vinyl floor tiles and the backing on vinyl sheet flooring
  • Vinyl floor adhesives
  • Asbestos blanket or tape on hot water and steam pipes in older homes
  • Oil and coal furnaces door gasket insulation
Posted: Jul, 7, 2015 by qualityenviro

Quality Environmental Inc. has teamed up in support of The LAPD Boxing Team for this year’s annual “Brawl at City Hall” to be held on Saturday July 18th. The charity event is held to support the families of fallen officers in the line of duty and all proceeds are to benefit the Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation. Quality Environmental Inc. will be a featured sponsor for th event and will be donating a one of a kind framed and autographed set of Tito Ortiz’s shorts, gloves, autographed action figure and an autographed poster to be auctioned.

For more information click on the link below.

Posted: Feb, 11, 2015 by qualityenviro

There are many sources where renewable energy can come from. Each state can utilize their resources to provide renewable energy.
Wind Energy
Wind energy costs just as much as electricity. Wind energy comes from coal and gas-fired power plants, and is pollution-free.

Solar Energy
This resource is inexpensive and without bounds in supply. Solar energy powers items that required electricity like portable radios.

Biomass Energy and Cellulosic Ethanol
Plant, wood, corn and soy can provide renewable energy, but it’s not always sustainable.

Biogas Energy
Farmers can convert animal waste into a clean-burning gas, providing their own heat and electricity with less pollution.

Geothermal Energy
Renewable energy can come from reservoirs of steam and hot water beneath the earth’s surface.

Hydropower
The largest source of renewable electricity in the US comes from moving water; however, while water is renewable, rivers are not.

Off Shore Wind, Wave and Tidal Energy
Offshore renewable energy can provide much energy and can be developed in a way that protects ocean resources.

Source: http://www.nrdc.org/energy/renewables/default.asp

Posted: Feb, 10, 2015 by QualityMedia

WHEN YOU SUSPECT THERE IS A BIOHAZARD

There are several indicators that you need a bio-hazard cleanup.  Any hazard to humans or the environment that is biological in nature is considered a biohazard.  If you suspect a bio-hazard, avoid entering the area unprotected.  If the bio-hazard occurred as an aftermath of biological issues, you will most likely need a bio-hazard cleanup.

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These conditions must be cleaned as soon as possible to prevent spread of hazard:

 

  1. Blood spill

Consider any blood as “contaminated” and “potentially dangerous.” Any blood in the area requires a bio-hazard cleanup.

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2.   Unidentified Contaminants

If the area has been exposed to a potential virus or bacterial pathogen, the area must be cleaned by a restoration or biohazard company.

 

3. Contaminated Organisms or Rodents

If the area has been exposed to rodents, as they carry many infectious diseases, or any kind of contaminated organism, the area must be professionally cleaned.

 

4.  Sewage Leakage

Sewage leakage exposure with potential threats of fecal matter and hazards must be cleaned up professionally.

 

5.  Controlled Substances

Drugs or sensitive materials also pose hazardous risks.  If the site was a location for a drug lab or working area, it is important to rid the biohazard, which is a service that a professional restoration company or biohazard contractor can provide.

 

Make sure that if you believe any area was contaminated, call Quality Environmental Inc. to treat the area or ensure that there are no contaminants. Prolonging the biohazard cleanup will only be detrimental to your health in the long run. For more information or any concerns you have, contact Quality Environmental at 562-941-1434.

 

Source: http://www.strategiesonline.net/biohazard-cleanup/

Posted: Feb, 5, 2015 by qualityenviro

Hyatt Regency Orange County
March 10-11, 2015

This 2-day jam packed conference is a must-see for all claims adjusters. The conference will provide the latest issues and regulations that will keep you up to date on current trends. Filled with well-informed speakers, the conference covers issues pertinent to the industry. Some topics for the 2 day conference are listed below:

Day 1: Informative topics on electricity, water-borne and air-borne infectious diseases, liability, vehicle forensic fire investigations, worker’s compensation, motivation for your co-workers, losses from defective construction, evaluating case worth, the future of worker’s compensation, meth cleanup, fire handling claims, and media impact on claims.

Day 2: Large loss recovery, videos and claims, collision scams, loss scene management issues, fraud and worker’s compensation, medicare compliance update, storm related roofing assessments, time limit demands on liability, cell phone records in suspicious claims and the ethics of medical marijuana.

For more information visit: https://www.combinedclaims.com/SitePages/Program.aspx

Posted: Feb, 4, 2015 by qualityenviro

Anaheim Convention Center
May 20 & 21, 2015
Reach a diverse audience of facilities industry professionals when you exhibit at Southern California Facilities Expo. Gain exposure to customers and prospects, generate leads, close sales, and introduce new products – all at a reasonable cost.
For exhibiting information, contact George Runckel at 800-827-8009 x 4405 or george.runckel@cygnus.com

Posted: Feb, 4, 2015 by qualityenviro

Black Gold Golf Club

Yorba Linda, CA

Join us for a day of fun, mingling, golf and Margaritas at Black Gold Golf Club in Orange County. Foursomes will compete for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place as food and drink hole sponsors treat them to a “Fiesta on the Green!”

Posted: Feb, 4, 2015 by qualityenviro

PLRB (Property & Liability Resource Bureau)
Anaheim Marriott and Hilton Anaheim

The 2015 PLRB Claims Conference will provide nearly 100 educational classes, more than 50% new topics, of your choice, and nearly 300 different service providers that will be representing a wide spectrum of the industry at the Insurance Services Expo.

This year’s PLRB theme is Tell Us What’s New. Find out new technologies and products to incorporate into your claims management responsibilities from this year’s exhibitors.

For more information, visit: www.plrbclaimsconference.org

Posted: Jan, 29, 2015 by qualityenviro

A study led by atmospheric physicists at the University of Toronto found that global warming doesn’t necessarily affect the warming of the atmosphere and melting of ice caps, but that the atmosphere actually adjusts on its own. In other words, strong storms will become stronger, but weak storms will become weaker, but the overall number of storms will not change.

According to Frederic Laliberte, a research associate at UT’s physics department, said that the atmosphere is like a heat engine that requires fuel to do work. Air mass near the surface takes up water through the evaporation as it is warmed by the Sun and moves closer to the Equator. The warmer the air mass, the more water it takes up. As it reaches the Equator, the air mass begins to ascend, and cools as it radiate heat out into space. Cool air can hold less moisture than warm air, so as the air cools, condensation occurs, then it releases heat. When enough heat is released, air rises further, pulling more air behind it, causing thunderstorms. The final “output” of this atmospheric engine is the amount of heat and moisture that is redistributed throughout the Equator and the North and South Poles.

“By viewing the atmospheric circulation as a heat engine, we were able to rely on the laws of thermodynamics to analyze how the circulation would change in a simulation of global warming,” said Laliberte. “We used these laws to quantify how the increase in water vapor that would result from global warming would influence the strength of the atmospheric circulation.”

“Put more simply, powerful storms are strengthened at the expense of weaker storms,” said Laliberte. As a result, the scientists concluded that the atmospheric circulation would be less efficient in transferring heat, resulting in fewer storms or weaker storms become weaker.

Source: http://www.enn.com/ecosystems/article/48222

Posted: Jan, 27, 2015 by QualityMedia

It is often the case that some home buyers are dealt with a heavy blow when they find out that their new home is riddled with environmental toxins like lead, asbestos, and mold inside the house. Prior to the purchase of the home, have a certified home inspector or general contractor inspect the house thoroughly so that you are aware of any potential problems in the future. A home inspector typically inspects structural elements, outer flaws, roofing, plumbing, utility, heating/air conditioning, insulation/ventilation, and interiors/appliances.

Most home inspectors do not check for mold as it is outside of their scope of practice. Black mold remains hidden to the invisible eye, so a licensed mold inspector will discover any black mold or water damage if present. Black mold is definitely not to be ignored, as it can cause severe respiratory problems especially for aging seniors, pregnant women and newborn babies.

It is also a good idea to have a fire damage restoration contractor check for any signs of intense smell or soot destruction. A fire inspector will be able to neutralize the inside air quality in many cases so that a fire damage does not contaminate the home.

A bug inspector should also see if there are any issues with termites, beetles, or other harmful bugs to your home. You may even want to hire a specialized inspector if your home is near earthquake fault lines or near areas that flood.

Make sure to hire an honest, trustworthy and a licensed home inspector or general contractor. You can find home inspectors near your home in the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) at www.ashi.com.

Once you have the home inspections completed, then you should proceed with the final purchase of the house. Not only will you prevent future environmental hazards, but you will also gain peace of mind, knowing that your home is not a “lemon.”

Quality Environmental Inc. has serviced the Southern Californian area for over 30 years and has earned a solid reputation in the community as one of the leading home inspection companies. We are a full-service environmental restoration company, and available at all hours. We take pride in the successful works we have accomplished through the years to keep the public safe and healthy in their neighborhood. Call us today for an emergency dispatch or to set up an appointment at 562-941-1434.

Posted: Jan, 13, 2015 by QualityMedia

Ebola has been said to be in decline, but has it really been eradicated?  According to Doctor Mercola, in Sierra Leone, the one miracle cure, ozone therapy, has been denied by the Ministry of Health.

One of the phenomena occurring in Sierra Leone is a ghastly process that results in sure death.  Once it has been determined that a member of the household has Ebola, that home becomes a “red zone,” so that nobody can go in or out of the confines of their home.  They cannot be treated at home or leave to be treated. There is also an Armed Guard at the front. The household is now quarantined.  Only rich people can have food brought to them, and poor people are left with no food, no water, and no sanitation.  It is only a matter of time before some of them die out of mere starvation or dehydration.

Those who believe they have Ebola are not tested immediately.  If they have signs of illness, they must contact the Ambulance, where they are sent to a quarantine holding center where others suspected of having Ebola are all gathered together.  If they didn’t have Ebola before, they will definitely contract it once they are contained with the other Ebola victims.

Only after they are showing strong signs of Ebola, is a test ordered.  But they have to wait 1-3 days for the results because they are back logged.  After all the delays, they are 2-5 days from death, and they are taken to a “treatment center.”  Only the rich may receive adequate food and water, since the staff is too scared to do anything.  Blood types are not cross checked adequately, so they may die of mismatched blood rather than Ebola.

Dr. Robert Rowen, an expert on oxidative therapy, believes that ozone therapy is an inexpensive and very safe treatment for the deadly Ebola disease.  Ozone therapy improves blood flow and oxygen delivery from red cells.  It modulates the immune system.  Influenza can also be treated with ozone therapy.  It is much safer and far more effective than the flu vaccine, especially since this year’s vaccine is mismatched to the recent flu virus strain.

Dr. Howard Robins and Dr. Robert Rowen traveled to Sierra Leone recently.  They heard Dr. Kojo Carew speak on ozone therapy.  They trained many health care workers on how to administer Direct Intravenous Ozone Gas (DIV), which involved supplements and timing of administration of DIV.  The President of Sierra Leone also tried the ozone therapy and had no problems.

One of the doctors trained in ozone therapy, Dr. Kanneh, accidentally poked himself with an Ebola infected needle, and developed the typical symptoms of Ebola.  He did not get tested because he did not want to be quarantined then sent to a “treatment center.”  Instead, he took the ozone and was symptom free within 48 hours.

Dr. Mbriwa also tested positive for Ebola, but Dr. Kanneh administered ozone to him, and he was free of Ebola.  The government gave credit to themselves for saving Dr. Mbriwa from the virus without mentioning the ozone therapy.  Another doctor had begged for ozone treatment but was refused, and he died.

The Health Ministry of Sierra Leone, the government and the Ebola “czar” Paloh Conteh, have refused to utilize ozone therapy, and continue to see doctors and nurses die.  Even though the President of Sierra Leone approved the treatment, the Minister of Health has flat out ignored and disapproved of ozone therapy.

Ozone therapy has not only been shown to be effective in Ebola, but also other cases such as heart disease, immune disease, chronic degenerative diseases, to name a few.  Ozone therapy will remain a popular discussion and treatment in the future.

Quality Environmental is at the forefront of new methods for handling infectious control. Quality is conscious of the environmental disasters from infectious diseases that can plague your community.  Quality is dedicated to the complete eradication of infectious diseases in your neighborhood. If you believe your area has been contaminated with infectious diseases, please contact 800-941-1434 for prompt service.

Posted: Jan, 8, 2015 by QualityMedia

MOLD AND LEAD ABATEMENT TO RELIEVE CHRONIC ILLNESSES IN COMMERCIAL, MUNICIPAL, AND SCHOOL BUILDINGS

It is no mystery that traces of mold or other indoor toxins to commercial and municipal buildings can be the cause of the air inhalation illnesses to those near the mold or toxin. It is crucial to hire a mold specialist to protect the people inside the structure, breathing the toxins on a regular basis. If left untreated, the mold spores can spread and cause damage to the structure of the building. Any water damage, leakage, or mold damage needs to be treated as quickly as possible.

Building complaints often are the first indications of mold. The building is too hot, too cool, or too dry. Then there are a host of health problems that have common mold symptoms. Some symptoms are headaches, dry and irritated eyes, cough, irritated throat and lungs, shortness of breath, fatigue, etc. The building superintendent often calls an HVAC contractor to fix the air quality problem. However, there may be more severe issues, and determining the root cause of the health problems is key to mold remediation.

The underlying cause of the health problems can usually be detected by experienced medical professionals, not facility managers, engineers or the occupants. When the issue is clearly related to the environment, temperature and humidity, then engineering fixes are warranted.

Often the building occupants will be told that their health problems are due to indoor air issues. But there needs to be a thorough mold inspection and mold testing of the building to prevent more harm. First an indoor air investigation can be conducted, and the issue may be as simple as cleaning the HVAC system and/or adjustments to the air flow, temperature or humidity. Cleaning the visible mold and adjusting humidity may be an adequate solution. For more diverse health complaints, a team of physicians/toxicologists, industrial hygienists and engineers may need to conduct a mold inspection. A comprehensive sampling and laboratory analysis may be required to determine the source of the problem and how to best remedy the situation.

The costs of not handling the health problems are detrimental to the building owner or management company. Worker discontent, lost productivity, expensive testing and remediation, and litigation can be a source of contention due to suspected mold or hazardous chemicals. To ensure that complaints are handled sufficiently, there are some tips to avert costly mold remediation.

Find out if the consultant has a scientific background. A combination of physicians/toxicologists, industrial hygienists and engineers whether individually or as a team, will best resolve the root cause of the indoor health issues.

Find out if the consultant works with an analytical laboratory. If so, they can exaggerate the level of sampling and analysis required. If the consultant has any association with a remediation firm, then you should be wary of them, since they can charge disproportionate fees.

Find out if the goals of the consultant and the owner are the same. Ask how “clean” is clean to the consultant, and at what point the cleanup is complete. Differing views on this goal can unsatisfactorily meet the expectations of the owner.

Find out if the consultant has litigation experience. If the consultant is unaware of health litigation issues, the consultant may not adequately describe the problem, conduct unnecessary sampling, inadequately monitor the remediation, and permit environmental testing groups to incorrectly identify the potential health effects.

Many consultants and mold abatement companies, however, do not seek to find the source of the air-borne problems. Instead, they magnify the problem with unnecessary testing and methods that do not solve the problem of indoor health conditions.

More often than not, the source of the mold problem is faulty water management, ventilation and humidity conditions of the HVAC system, or faulty resolution of water or soil intrusion into the building. If these areas are not addressed, the mold problem may not be eradicated.

Owners should carefully select a team of experts in medicine, industrial hygiene, and engineering. The team needs to verify the real potential hazard of the mold or indoor issue in the building, and apply scientifically-sound and practical solutions. This will avert high costs and resolve the mold contamination issue.

Quality Environmental Inc. is a reputable company with over 30 years of experience in environmental restoration issues such as these. We are able to detect any signs of mold, lead, asbestos, or other hazards that may threaten the safety and health of residents. Call a Quality representative at 562-941-1434 for immediate service, and an emergency response team if needed.

Posted: Dec, 22, 2014 by qualityenviro
Traditional Mexican Christmas Salad

Traditional Mexican Christmas SaladOur Quality family has a rich tradition of celebrating this wonderful time of the year with great recipes!

We thought we would share one of our most healthy Christmas salad recipes from Marcela Valladolidom a premiere Mexican chef we adore & admire.

To all have a wonderful and Healthy Christmas!

Ingredients
6 Granny Smith apples
2 cups diced pineapple
1/2 cup diced celery
1/3 cup raisins
1/3 cup sweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon sour cream
Salt and freshly ground black pepperDirections
Slice 1/4 of the top off of each apple and reserve. Using melon baller, scoop out the apple flesh to leave a hollow cavity (which will be filled with finished salad). Coarsely chop the apple flesh and mix with the remaining ingredients in large bowl. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Spoon about 3 tablespoons of the mixture in each hollowed out apple and place the reserved tops on the filling (any unused filling can be refrigerated for up to 1 day). Serve cold or at room temperature.

Cook’s Note: To prevent the apples from turning brown while preparing the filling, place them in a bowl of water with the juice of 2 limes added.

Recipe courtesy Marcela Valladolid

Posted: Sep, 29, 2014 by QualityMedia

Disinfection and sterilization obviously play a huge role in medical facility safety. A major part of infectious control, the right kind of cleaning practices have to be introduced in an attempt to maximize the safety of both patients and medical staff.

The use of germicides is one of the simplest ways to keep hospital and medical clinic surfaces in perfect condition. There are other specialized practices required for preventing healthcare-associated infections.

Types of Healthcare Items

Items and surfaces in medical facilities are classified according to the infection risk associated with each.

Critical items come with the highest risk and demand the strictest infectious control measures. Surgical instruments, catheters, and implants are all classified as critical items that can cause disease transmission or even death when contaminated. Such items need to be sterilized properly to reduce the risk.

Semicritical items include respiratory therapy equipment, laryngoscope blades, diaphragm fitting rings, and several others. These items come in contact with mucous membranes. The mucous membranes are resistant to infections, which is why semicritcal items have to be cleaned with disinfecting chemicals.

The last category consists of noncritical items. These are the surfaces and the equipment in the hospital that come in contact with intact skin. In such instances, the risk of infection is the smallest and the cleaning practices revolve around the use of germicidal cleaning products.

Why Cleaning and Disinfection Matter

Several clinical studies confirm the fact that infectious control will be very difficult without selecting the right healthcare facility cleaning practices.

Studies also suggest that both hospital workers and patients are at risk of infection because of contact with germ-containing surfaces. One study suggests that patients admitted to hospital rooms previously occupied by people that were infected with certain kinds of bacteria put these people at risk.

The results of one study were published in the Archives of Internal Medicine in 2006. The researchers tested more than 10,000 people admitted to hospitals for acquired antibiotic-resistant bacteria like methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE). The researchers found out that admission to a room that was previously occupied by a person infected with these bacteria increased the risk of infection for a new patient significantly.

The Future?

Proper hospital hygiene and disinfection have become even more important in recent years. The threat of bioterrorism is constantly being examined, forcing medical center staff to look for the most efficient and innovative possibilities for infectious control.

New antibiotic-resistant pathogens and bioterrorism attempts are making more and more people concerned. Various pathogens can be spread easily through person-to-person contact or contact with infected surfaces.

The good news is that most of these contemporary threats are susceptible to chemicals and disinfectants used for cleaning purposes in hospitals and medical facilities. If the hygiene practices are maintained at the right level, the risk of bio-terrorism or the easy spread of infections is minimal.

Standard procedures like sterilization and disinfection for patient-care equipment are adequate enough for proper infectious control. The risks associated with exposure to pathogens are significant. This is why strict standards and guidelines exist and need to be followed carefully in medical facilities and treatment centers.

Posted: Sep, 29, 2014 by qualityenviro

Disinfection and sterilization obviously play a huge role in medical facility safety. A major part of infectious control, the right kind of cleaning practices have to be introduced in an attempt to maximize the safety of both patients and medical staff.

The use of germicides is one of the simplest ways to keep hospital and medical clinic surfaces in perfect condition. There are other specialized practices required for preventing healthcare-associated infections.

Types of Healthcare Items

Items and surfaces in medical facilities are classified according to the infection risk associated with each.

Critical items come with the highest risk and demand the strictest infectious control measures. Surgical instruments, catheters, and implants are all classified as critical items that can cause disease transmission or even death when contaminated. Such items need to be sterilized properly to reduce the risk.

Semicritical items include respiratory therapy equipment, laryngoscope blades, diaphragm fitting rings, and several others. These items come in contact with mucous membranes. The mucous membranes are resistant to infections, which is why semicritcal items have to be cleaned with disinfecting chemicals.

The last category consists of noncritical items. These are the surfaces and the equipment in the hospital that come in contact with intact skin. In such instances, the risk of infection is the smallest and the cleaning practices revolve around the use of germicidal cleaning products.

Why Cleaning and Disinfection Matter

Several clinical studies confirm the fact that infectious control will be very difficult without selecting the right healthcare facility cleaning practices.

Studies also suggest that both hospital workers and patients are at risk of infection because of contact with germ-containing surfaces. One study suggests that patients admitted to hospital rooms previously occupied by people that were infected with certain kinds of bacteria put these people at risk.

The results of one study were published in the Archives of Internal Medicine in 2006. The researchers tested more than 10,000 people admitted to hospitals for acquired antibiotic-resistant bacteria like methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE). The researchers found out that admission to a room that was previously occupied by a person infected with these bacteria increased the risk of infection for a new patient significantly.

The Future?
Proper hospital hygiene and disinfection have become even more important in recent years. The threat of bioterrorism is constantly being examined, forcing medical center staff to look for the most efficient and innovative possibilities for infectious control.

New antibiotic-resistant pathogens and bioterrorism attempts are making more and more people concerned. Various pathogens can be spread easily through person-to-person contact or contact with infected surfaces.

The good news is that most of these contemporary threats are susceptible to chemicals and disinfectants used for cleaning purposes in hospitals and medical facilities. If the hygiene practices are maintained at the right level, the risk of bioterrorism or the easy spread of infections is minimal.

Standard procedures like sterilization and disinfection for patient-care equipment are adequate enough for proper infectious control. The risks associated with exposure to pathogens are significant. This is why strict standards and guidelines exist and need to be followed carefully in medical facilities and treatment centers.

Posted: Sep, 24, 2014 by QualityMedia

The prevention of airborne contamination involves well-establishment assessment practices. Airborne pollutants, contaminants and pathogens could affect individuals having professional occupations ranging from medical workers to agriculture experts. Airborne contaminants can increase the risk of respiratory conditions, as well as other health problems related to the inhalation of such pollutants.

The degree of hazard and level of exposure need to be examined before employers pick the right kind of protective gear for their workers. These practices all feature among the staples for the prevention of airborne contamination.

When Should Assessments Be Performed?

The airborne contaminant assessment is crucial for companies that operate in a wide range of industries and that could potentially be exposing workers to hazards.

Some of these industries include the medical field (where the risk of airborne pathogen infections is relatively high) and companies dealing with hazardous substances like methylene chloride or lead.

Assessment will also be needed in the case of adverse symptoms experienced by the workers. Some of the most common symptoms of airborne contamination include throat irritation, reoccurring respiratory infections, breathing difficulty, coughing and other respiratory problems. Unusual odors at the workplace will also need to be examined.

The final case in which assessment will be needed involves visible emissions. If workers notice fumes, dust and vapor at the workplace, airborne contamination assessment will become mandatory.

Types of Common Airborne Contaminants

In order for the prevention of airborne contamination to be effective, the type of pollutant will need to be identified 100 percent correctly.

Dust, fumes, mist and gases are the most common types of contaminants in various industries. The airborne contaminant could also be biological. This scenario is common in labs, research and medical facilities. The contamination could come in the form of mold, bacteria, fungi and viruses.

The contaminant could also have chemical nature. If there are recommended occupational exposure guidelines, these will be taken in consideration during the assessment process.

The Components of Contamination Assessment

Professionals that deal with airborne contamination assessment rely on four guiding principles for the completion of the procedure. These principles include:

  • Hazard identification
  • Dose-response assessment
  • Exposure assessment
  • Risk characterization

The first part of the process identifies the pollutant and establishes the link between its presence in the air and the adverse health effects experienced by workers. The dose-response assessment is needed to define the level of toxicity. The exposure assessment is needed to figure out which group has been affected by the airborne contamination and how long these individuals have been in contact with the pollutant. The risk characterization is the conclusive part of the process that is needed to determine the overall risks of exposure.

Once all of these steps have been completed, control approaches and strategies can be developed. The prevention of airborne contamination will clearly depend on correct pathogen or pollutant identification and full awareness of the problem’s scope. Prevention is a much more effective approach than trying to deal with an already hazardous situation. This is why regular screening is essential for a number of industries that have a relatively high risk of experiencing airborne contamination.

Posted: Sep, 23, 2014 by QualityMedia

The toxic properties of asbestos necessitate extreme caution in terms of removal and safe handling. Asbestos is a known carcinogen, which is why opting for professional asbestos removal Los Angeles is one of the safest and most effective possibilities for overcoming the problem.

Certain rules need to be followed in terms of removal, handling and disposal. The following guide will shed some light on some of the regulations and recommended practices.

EPA and Asbestos

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has strict regulations concerning asbestos in public building, educational facilities and workplaces. Local authorities and institutions are required to perform thorough inspections for asbestos-containing building materials.

The preparation of asbestos management plans and asbestos response actions are also required by law, in case asbestos-containing building materials have been found and they are in a poor condition.

Where Could Asbestos be Found?

The first step towards successful asbestos removal Los Angeles focuses on identifying the building materials that could potentially contain this carcinogenic substance.

In the past, asbestos was used extensively in construction processes. Here are just some of the places where asbestos could be located:

  • Sprayed asbestos was used in ducts to increase fire safety.
  • Asbestos could also be found in thermal insulation of pipes.
  • Asbestos cement products were extensively utilized in roofing, water tanks and gutters.
  • A few older textured coatings contained asbestos.
  • A number of vinyl materials used for roofing could also potentially contain asbestos.

Compliance with Asbestos Removal Regulations

The process starts with building inspection, as already mentioned. Professionals will take a closer look at the materials used in the construction process, figuring out what the potential risk is.

Next comes the action plan for the safe management, removal and handling of asbestos-containing building materials.

What to Do if You Find Asbestos in Your Home or at Your Workplace

If the presence of asbestos has been confirmed in the building that you currently live or work in, you will need to follow a very strict procedure to increase your safety.

Have you come across construction materials that look like they contain asbestos? Don’t touch them. When disturbed, asbestos turns into a much more significant health risk. Do a visual inspection from a distance to figure out whether the materials have been damaged in any way.

If you decide to do home upgrades or modifications, you should rely on licensed professionals for asbestos removalLos Angeles. The professionals have the protective gear, they know how to remove asbestos and how to dispose of it in the safest way.

The same rules apply to asbestos products identified at the workplace or in a public building. Employees and other untrained individuals should never be expected to handle asbestos removal on their own. All workplaces need to have an asbestos management plan in place, especially if the office building is older and potentially full of asbestos-containing materials.

When in doubt, talk to professionals about the safe handling and the potential removal of asbestos. It’s imperative to understand that dealing with this hazardous material is not a DIY project. You will be putting yourself at significant risk, which is why professional assessment is the best way to go.

Posted: Sep, 11, 2014 by QualityMedia

Floods rank as the natural disaster affecting the biggest number of people, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction reports. Currently, more than four serious floods occur each year in the US. According to 2011 figures, these caused the death of three people in California during that year and the total value of the damages exceeded 199.7 million dollars.

Flood prevention practices can reduce the risk of serious property damage and the loss of human life. There are nationally-approved prevention and preparedness measures that can be executed on personal, local and national level. Thinking about flood prevention, as well as about quality water damage restoration should both be part of a sound strategy for natural disaster management.

Technical Measures

The best flood prevention practices include several technical measures that will reduce the risk.

The construction of dykes is the first part of the process. Retention basins, flow regulation, maintenance of watercourses and the erection of flood protection structures should be implemented prior to expected flooding in an attempt to control water level and the direction in which the current moves.

Construction Flood-Proofing and Water Damage Restoration

The owners of individual buildings or construction companies can also undertake flood-proofing measures. A number of viable options exist for building owners that are looking for ways to improve drainage and do effective backflow prevention.

One of the biggest risks connected to flooding is the collection of groundwater around the foundations of the building. A sump pit that is connected to a sump pump will facilitate the pumping of the water away from the buildings. Rebates are available for such improvements, reducing the financial burden of having those executed.

Backflow prevention happens through the use of mechanical devices that keep water from going back.

Finally, weeping tile should be used as a part of the residential drainage system. Weeping tile is installed to collect the water from the backfill. The weeping tile drains to the sump pit already mentioned as a viable form of construction flood-proofing.

Building owners and constructors should also be fully prepared to act in the case of flooding. Water damage restoration and acting fast will be determining to the scope of the destruction caused by water. Proper water damage restoration starts with immediate inspection of the site, water extraction, dehumidification, cleaning, sanitizing and restoration.

Water damage restoration services will be needed in the case of flooding, property damage caused by storms, hurricanes, tropical storms, tornadoes, sewage backups and the flooding that results from firefighting activity.

Landscaping

Smart landscaping features among the best flood prevention practices. Vegetation can be used to decrease the risk of injuries and damage resulting from the destructiveness of large water masses.

The selection of the right kind of vegetation will resist soil erosion in the case of a flood. Landscape grades running away from building will minimize danger. The same rule applies to the installation of a French drain system. The water will flow into a gravel trench, rather than collect around the building. From there, it will be directed into a pipe and away from the property.

Flood Detection Devices

Flood detection devices will sound an alarm in the case of water entering any part of a residential or a commercial building. These devices can help for quick reaction and the selection of the right measures in the case of a flood.

The flood detection device is usually installed in the basement of the building because water is expected to enter there first. Apart from sounding an alarm, a modern detection system could also message or call a phone in case the owner is away from the property when flooding is taking place.

Taking the right precaution measures can decrease the scope of damage caused by a flood. Dealing with a natural disaster, however, is a very challenging task. You need to be prepared for a worst-case scenario, as well. Choosing the right water damage restoration services will be essential for keeping your property in good condition and overcoming the consequences of a flood in a fast manner.

Posted: Sep, 3, 2014 by QualityMedia

Visiting a site and taking inventory feature among the most important initial steps for hazardous waste management. Misrepresentation can be tremendously costly and dangerous, which is why the types of waste have to be identified before the proper waste disposal and transportation procedures take place.

Hazardous Waste Identification

Whether the client is looking for asbestos removal or the management of other waste varieties, proper identification is the first and the most important step of the process.

Several questions have to be asked. Is the waste solid? Is it excluded from the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regulations? RCRA was issued in 1976 and it amended the Solid Waste Disposal Act. It addresses primarily the management of solid and hazardous waste varieties.

Hazardous waste varieties include:

  • F-list waste: the result of numerous manufacturing and industrial processes
  • K-list waste: is also known as source-specific waste. These are specific industry waste products like the ones resulting from pesticide manufacturing.
  • P and U-list waste: also known as discarded commercial chemical products like pesticides and pharmaceuticals.
  • Toxic, corrosive, flammable and reactive waste varieties.
  • Batteries and mercury-containing equipment.
  • Waste that contains radioactive components.

Is Asbestos Considered Hazardous Waste?

Rules need to be followed for proper asbestos removal but is this variety considered hazardous waste? Currently, asbestos is not regulated as a hazardous waste variety.  Rather, asbestos is labeled as a hazardous substance.

The first rule of proper asbestos removal focuses on its placement in suitable packaging that will prevent the release of asbestos fibers in the air. Appropriate hazard markings need to appear on the package.

Only licensed disposal sites have the right to handle asbestos waste. Only trained and accredited professionals can deal with the process of asbestos removal. The same rule applies to construction workers and demolition professionals that will have to work on the site.

Hazardous Waste Transportation

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a set of strict rules guiding the transportation of hazardous waste.

RCRA hazardous waste should be handled by entities that have an EPA identification number, can maintain all of the required transportation and disposal records and that have the ability to take action in the case of hazardous waste spills or other extraordinary circumstances.  The transportation of hazardous waste can occur by rail, aircraft, motor vehicles and vessels.

Disposal

Under RCRA, hazardous waste can be disposed at a range of land disposal units (LDUs). The most common types of LDUs used include landfills, surface impoundments, waste piles and injection wells.

Landfills are sites that can be used for the disposal of non-liquid hazardous waste. These units are designed to minimize the risk of spills or the release of toxic substances into the environment. Surface impoundments are naturally-occurring depressions or man-made excavations. These are used solely for the temporary storage and treatment of liquid hazardous wastes.

Waste piles are simply piles of solid hazardous waste. This is a temporary disposal option. Finally, an injection well is an LDU regulated under the Safe Drinking Water Act, designed to guarantee drinking water safety.

Strict adherence to procedures can guarantee the safe and efficient removal of hazardous waste from numerous commercial and residential sites. As already mentioned, proper accreditation of the entities dealing with such waste and the ability to do correct identification before getting started will both feature as key prerequisites for the success of the waste removal campaign.

Posted: Jul, 3, 2014 by qualityenviro

With autograph signings by UFC title challenger Chael Sonnen and Bellator’s Bubba Jenkins and Brandon Halsey, Quality Enviro Team’s sponsored hole was a big draw this year at the 2nd Annual Engle Martin Charity Golf Tournament. The autographs were just part of the entertainment which also included top tier Latin fusion catering that featured spectacular ceviche and empanadas that kept the golfers coming back for more. Quality Enviro also donated several items for the charity auction and raffle with donations that included signed memorabilia and tickets to upcoming MMA events. Great networking events like this tournament are a great opportunity not just to meet with industry professionals, but also as a chance to give back. It was a fantastic turn out at the tournament this year and both sponsors and golfers alike seemed glad to be back. The Summer Solstice tournament is a charity event that provides funding for Orange County’s the Raise Foundation which is focused on preventing child abuse. Quality Environmental was a sponsor at last year’s tournament and this year made it a point to reserve an early platinum sponsorship again to promote a local charity that makes a positive effect in their local community.

Posted: Jun, 30, 2014 by qualityenviro

How does a company whose employees work every day in environments where they are subject to mold spore or asbestos exposure, fire and water damaged structural hazards and demolition area risks manage to go three years without a single workplace accident? If it seems like an unlikely claim, Quality Environmental, Inc. doesn’t need any more evidence to back it up than the attained recognition of a California State Fund. However, to answer the question, it’s all about genuine commitment to practical health and safety management and compliance with safety legislation.

Safety Goals Beyond Compliance
For Quality Environmental, Inc. the instillation of safety as a way of life is a primary aspect of employee training. Rather than simply taking a “safety first” approach, the company’s mantra is “safety first, during and after.” Every project is prepared, executed and closed down with the safety of employees, clients and the general public at the forefront of operational processes. Teamwork also plays an important part in Quality Environmental’s exemplary safety record, with all team members looking out for each other’s safety.

With safety something worn as a badge of honor by all within the Quality Environmental organization, compliance with safety standards naturally follows. This inbuilt culture doesn’t merely target compliance with DOHS and OSHA standards. It aims to exceed them on every level. The company believes that prioritizing safety is critical first and foremost for the protection of people and that regulatory compliance should be but a minimum standard to aspire to.
Demolition projects are always commenced with the drafting of a safety plan to protect residents and other buildings during the demolition process. Mold and asbestos abatement tasks are executed under tightly controlled conditions. Measures include sealing off affected areas before using asbestos abatement air cleaners to prevent asbestos fibers becoming airborne. In cases of mold remediation, the company even has a hygienist to finally clear the work area after the primary cleanup tasks have been completed.

Safety Plus Productivity Equals Quality
Of course these are just a few examples of the safety measures employed in the execution of Quality Environmental’s services. Needless to say that all specialist regulations pertaining to lead, infectious material, mold and asbestos remediation and removal are followed to the letter. For Quality Environmental, Inc. safety is considered as paramount in the provision of a quality service to clients. The company believes that a safe worksite and safe work processes are conducive to productivity and therefore to the expedient completion of projects with minimal disruption to client’s activities.

It’s unlikely that anyone would argue the need for an aggressive approach to safety and health in the clearance of harmful materials. However Quality Environmental has attained such excellence in safety management that the company significantly exceeds benchmarks for the environmental service industry. However that’s still not enough for the seasoned professionals who make up the management team. Continuous improvement is the company watchword and, in keeping with this, safety standards continue to be raised on an ongoing basis.

Posted: Jun, 9, 2014 by qualityenviro

The staff members at Quality Environmental, Inc. are used to working when the rest of society may be enjoying their day of rest. That’s because Quality Environmental recognizes the need for their services may come at any time. Environmental emergencies happen at random, and National holidays, Sundays or Christmas Day count for nothing when critical services are needed.

One-Stop-Emergency-Shop

As a true customer-centric and family-run business, Quality Environmental stops at nothing to be there when the need arises. Their services for mold and asbestos abatement, fire and water damage restoration are ready for deployment 24/7, 365 days per year. Furthermore, as a one-stop-shop for all environmental emergencies, all the required resources are immediately available, with no inconvenient and costly delays for subcontractor sourcing and coordination.

Every technician and environmental specialist employed by Quality Environmental, Inc. is fully trained and appropriately licensed to execute fire and water damage restoration as well as lead, mold and asbestos remediation. Furthermore, the company’s employees all have a minimum of five years’ experience in these fields as well as in general and selected demolition.

In addition to the team’s industry knowledge and experience, Quality Environmental utilizes the latest equipment technologies in executing all of its projects. Each member of the team is trained and skilled in the use of these tools. In turn, this enables equipment and manpower to be on hand in readiness for each new client’s call for help. Because many of the jobs taken on involve the safe removal and disposal of hazardous materials, team members are always kept up to date with the latest Hazmat training and certification requirements.

Training and Licensing

Quality Environmental, Inc. recognizes the need for client confidence in any service which deals with hazardous materials such as lead, mold and asbestos. Therefore the management team is happy to supply copies of all licenses and training certificates to clients on request. The company and its employees associations and endorsements include:

  • Certification in asbestos related work
  • US Environmental Protection Agency
  • Indoor Air Quality Association
  • Certification from the Water Damage Restoration Institute
  • Certification in mold assessment and inspection
  • Los Angeles Community Business Enterprise
  • Certificate of Liability Insurance
  • Certification from National Econ Corporation

Knowledgeable and Experienced Management Team

Quality Environmental, Inc.’s founding Escutia family make up the core of the company’s management team. Along with other key management staff, they ensure that Quality Environmental’s services exceed client expectations through their application of hands-on experience in asbestos and mold abatement, demolition and smoke or water damage restoration. As well as practical knowledge, the management team members are all educated in environmental disciplines and between them have over 30 years overall experience in the trade.

In keeping with its mission to stay at the forefront of its industry, Quality Environmental provides training for all field technicians in leadership skills and continuous improvement. The company nurtures a structure where all employees share in business growth through excellent service, fast response to all emergencies and project execution with minimal disruption to clients.

Posted: Jun, 6, 2014 by qualityenviro

Quality Environmental, Inc. is proud to have established a reputation for high quality mold and asbestos remediation and removal services. One of the main reasons for the company’s success lies in the management team’s commitment to investing in the most effective cutting edge technology. Although it’s inevitable that some remediation tasks require the use of hand tools, Quality Environmental, Inc. makes use of the latest technical equipment wherever practicable.

Technology for Environmental Care and Quality Standards

The choice to be at the forefront of hi-tech solutions for the removal of asbestos and mold is born out of care for Quality Environmental, Inc.’s customers and for the environment. By using state-of-the-art equipment, remediation tasks can be carried out largely without the use of potentially harmful solvents or chemicals. In a business responsible for eliminating toxic materials from buildings, it’s only right that efforts should be made to avoid the use of substances which can themselves present health and environmental risks.

Not only does the use of advanced technology make for safer remediation of asbestos and mold, it has also improved Quality Environmental, Inc.’s ability to ensure high quality workmanship. By building synergies with top manufacturers in the field of mold and asbestos remediation, the company’s technicians are able to reduce time on-site and therefore minimize disruption to customer’s lives and businesses.

How Technology is Employed On-Site

When Quality Environmental’s team gets to work on removing asbestos and mold at a customer’s premises, one of the first tasks is to ensure that mold spores or asbestos particles are not able to float around in the air. This is done by creating a negative air pressure environment using HEPA negative air filtration units. After creating a safe work area, the latest abatement equipment is used wherever possible to remove mold or asbestos.

For the removal of mold, Quality Environmental, Inc. uses a COLDJET ice blaster system which makes for fast and clean mold abatement without the use of chemicals. Similarly, bead blasting technology is used for a high level of effective asbestos removal, even from porous surfaces which would otherwise be resistant to abatement processes.

When it comes to the cleanup tasks, Quality Environmental uses only the most effective and robust professional HEPA vacuum machines. Use of these units enables the team to ensure that absolutely no asbestos particles or mold spores are left behind and that customers can be confident in a totally clean interior space.

Care for the Wider Environment

In partnership with HILTI tools, Quality Environmental, Inc. delivers on its commitment to carbon footprint reduction by using the greenest equipment technology. The company is currently phasing out older tools which utilize fossil fuels and can generate silica dust. By employing tools which run on mains electric and battery power, Quality Environmental can complete mold and asbestos abatement and removal projects without running diesel compressors. This policy delivers a number of wider environmental benefits, which include:

  • A reduction in greenhouse gas emissions
  • A reduction in heavier vehicles towing compressors to and from work sites
  • A quieter and less disruptive environment on site

Quality Environmental, Inc. cares about the highest quality of service, with the lowest possible environmental impact. Thanks to the strategic development of partnerships with the largest equipment manufacturers, Quality Environmental is able to take advantage of the latest technology to live up to its mission and values.

Posted: Jun, 14, 2013 by qualityenviro

Quality Enviromental Inc. have just purchase a Gold Package which contain the following:

  • Foursome (round with cart, lunch, banquet dinner)
  • Company Sponsored hole – Option to set-up at hole
  • Name/logo in promotional materials/website including in-cart player’s booklet/PR Media
  • Signage at hole with company’s logo
  • Logo inclusion on tournament’s banner
  • Recognition at awards banquet
  • 1st right of refusal for sponsorship next year

Includes: Signage prominently displayed at sponsor’s hole; optional table at hole or clubhouse for advertising purposes; registration fees for four golfers; name/logo in promotional materials including in-cart Player’s Booklet; recognition at awards reception and included above Gold Sponsor listed items.

Posted: Jul, 29, 2012 by qualityenviro

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Posted: Jun, 25, 2012 by qualityenviro

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13123 Lakeland Rd., Ste. A
Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670

PH: 562-941-1434

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