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ALLIANCE NEWS – NEWSLETTER 18

We have just commenced with the penultimate month of the year, and we have a lot to be thankful for. November marks National Gratitude month. As we move ahead with our daily lives and routines, we should be reminded of the importance of Thanksgiving and giving back. In chronological order, November 11 is Veterans Day. We acknowledge the Veterans and those that have selflessly served to keep us safe. Next up, during November, we celebrate World Kindness Day on November 13. No act of kindness is too small. Small Business Saturday is also a significant occasion. We highlight the impact that small and medium enterprises make on the economy, not just in California or neighboring states but also on the country. We culminate November with Giving Tuesday, which illustrates the need to make a difference to our communities and society through philanthropic and charitable efforts.

Most of all, we are thankful to you, our customers. We are grateful for allowing us to serve your needs. We will continue to aim for and deliver total client satisfaction by exceeding your expectations!

In this edition of the newsletter, we look at welcoming our latest acquisition, Thermatech Northwest Inc., to the ever-growing list of companies that have joined the ranks at Alliance Environmental Group. Based out of Tacoma, Washington, Thermatech is the newest member of the Alliance Environmental Group of Companies.

Hospital-acquired infections (HAI’s) constitute a significant health concern, and infection prevention is a priority in healthcare facility environments. Patient safety is of paramount importance, and proper procedures should be followed to ensure contamination doesn’t materialize, leading to hazardous conditions for patients in hospitals. Coast Environmental are leaders in providing best practices are followed to mitigate these risks.

In keeping with National Gratitude Month and the spirit of giving, Alliance Environmental Group is once again proud to partner with Ronald McDonald House Charities in San Diego for their annual fundraising drive and event. Due to the devastating impact of the pandemic, there is a need for hospitalized children to be close to their families. The Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego could use the support to do so.

Mintie has also had a legacy in providing the best solutions for indoor air quality management. Mintie has focused on leading the industry with innovative products and the highest quality services to offer clients safer, healthier, and more productive environments with minimal disruption and the highest levels of satisfaction and effectiveness. As part of their continued innovation, Mintie has launched a nationwide rental program for their products division.

The final topic of this newsletter focuses on illegal drug decontamination and, most notably, meth lab cleanup. November 30, 2021, is National Meth Awareness Day and the ongoing concern of addiction and abuse on families and communities is a concern. Ever since the pandemic has unfolded, meth labs seem to have increased. Alliance Environmental’s Biohazard division has trained teams to handle this volatile situation through the proper remediation and contamination methods allowing property managers to have peace of mind if these issues were to arise.

Enjoy the read and have a genuinely Gratifying November!

Airtek Indoor Air Solutions, Mintie Service, and Coast IAQ & Life Safety Services effective January 1 2022, will become Alliance Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) & Life Safety Services

AZUSA, Calif., Oct. 26, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Alliance Environmental’s Co-founders Jeff and Joe McLean are proud to introduce Alliance IAQ & Life Safety Services. The company combines the expertise of Airtek Indoor Air Solutions, Mintie Service (part of Mintie, LLC.) and Coast Environmental also known as Coast IAQ and Life Safety Services. Mintie products will continue to operate as its own company and is independent of this merger.

“As part of our market positioning strategy, we are excited to announce the formation of Alliance IAQ & Life Safety Services. We believe that Airtek, Mintie service, and Coast Environmental should have this natural transition with their respective skillset and industry experience. Through this consolidation, we will continue to serve the various verticals of Indoor Air Quality & Life Safety Services across all industries such as healthcare, hospitality, industrial, education, government, commercial, retail, the private sector and residential,” said Jeff McLean, Chief Executive Officer of Alliance Environmental Group.

“Alliance Environmental Group has always been a leader in environmental remediation. It was always my vision for our group to expand into the Indoor Air Quality arena. Having the three companies come together makes strategic business sense. It allows us to better serve our customer segments with the added resources from a leadership and labor workforce perspective,” said Joe McLean, Co-founder of Alliance Environmental Group.

The uniting of Airtek, Mintie service and Coast brings together more than 100 years of experience in the field, in management, and across projects of various sizes over multiple industries. Together, these companies have completed hundreds of thousands of projects over the last century. Satisfied clients have received safer, remediated, cleaner places to live, work, learn, and play. With COVID-19 and the increased need for optimal clean air and indoor air quality, Alliance IAQ & Life Safety Services leads the way in providing outstanding service through exceptional processes and the highest quality solutions and equipment.

Highlights of the Companies in the Group

Airtek Indoor Air Solutions has created cleaner, healthier, more energy-efficient indoor environments for more than three decades. Airtek is a leader in commercial and residential duct cleaning, commercial kitchen exhaust hood cleaning and commercial dryer vent cleaning. Airtek has successfully completed over 95,000 projects throughout the western United States. https://www.air-tek.net/

Founded in 1940, Mintie LLC, began as a specialty maintenance service company and has grown into a company with an International reputation for excellent service and indoor environmental systems. Mintie provides indoor air quality management and preventative maintenance solutions. Mintie has focused on leading the industry with the highest quality services to provide clients with safer, healthier, and more productive environments with minimal disruption and the highest levels of satisfaction and effectiveness. https://www.mintie.com/

Coast Environmental also known as Coast IAQ & Life Safety Service focuses on the healthcare sector providing indoor air quality through its infection control, HVAC duct and coil cleaning, HVAC refurbishment as well as life safety services through its fire damping testing and repair, and firewall penetration repairs since 1979. Working with hospitals and medical facilities requires an exceptionally high level of sterilization and documentation – which Coast excels at https://www.coastenvironmental.com/

Services offered and industries served

Alliance IAQ & Life Safety Services handles projects of all sizes across the commercial, industrial, healthcare, education, government, hospitality, entertainment, retail, maritime, and residential sectors. Services offered include but are not limited to HVAC duct and coil cleaning; HVAC AHU refurbishment; fire damper testing and repair; fire stop services; infection control services; commercial kitchen exhaust systems cleaning and commercial dryer duct cleaning. Alliance IAQ & Life Safety Services combines experience and innovation to provide HVAC and IAQ services to all industries.

Technician certification and ongoing training are of the utmost importance to Alliance IAQ & Life Safety Services. The company is proud to be a part of the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) and International Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning Association (IKECA).

A cleaner & healthier future across the Western States

Alliance IAQ & Life Safety Services, the largest and most qualified IAQ company on the West Coast, looks forward to serving California, Arizona, Nevada, and beyond with safer, cleaner air quality and fire life safety solutions for all. Learn more about the companies under the Alliance IAQ & Life Safety Services banner by clicking the links above.

Contact Details:
Vinay Panday
Director of Marketing
Alliance Environmental Group
626-633-3514
vinaypanday@alliance-enviro.com

Student Health Changes – The Link Could be Mold

Mold, hiding inside the walls and ceilings of public buildings, especially schools, is more common than previously thought. This is because it is often difficult to detect, and health and safety regulators have been slow to react.

In Weaverville California, a quaint, all-American school district near Sacramento, respiratory issues were becoming all too common in students. Parents reported asthma flair-ups and migraines as common reasons for their child being absent from school. Doctors in the community chalked these cases up to being caused by the grind of day-to-day life (i.e. stress from being back at school, auto-immune responses from suddenly being exposed to all those people again, puberty). It turns out they were wrong.

Out of sight, out of mind

One day, someone reported a mold spot in the cafeteria of Trinity School in Weaverville. The investigations that followed of the site were jaw-dropping. Most buildings on the school campus had, to some degree, been contaminated with mold. Often, it would show up behind drywall, above ceiling tiles, or under floorboards. Subsequent airborne mold tests revealed that there were in fact high mold concentrations in the air of many of the contaminated buildings.

How could something like this happen? Surely, the safety inspections conducted on these sites are supposed to catch things like this before they get out of control, right? Not so much. Mold can be notoriously difficult to detect.

Mold is a species of fungi. It is not uncommon for fungi to thrive in dark conditions. What often happens is that, in the event of a leaky pipe, for example, moisture can collect inside ceilings and walls. Because there are often organic components present in most building materials (i.e. wood), the mold spores now have a food source that they can feed on as they multiply. Unfortunately, these onset mold colonies tend to go unnoticed because many state-sanctioned inspection protocols rely on visual evidence only. This means that an annual walk-through by a professional inspector may fail to generate any evidence of mold because it is not visible in plain sight.

Mold takes flight: airborne particles

Adverse health effects tend to show up once the colony of spores gets some inertia behind it. Typically, they release some spores into the surrounding air, where they are then inhaled by the building’s occupants. The higher the concentration of spores in the parent colony, the higher the concentration of airborne ones will result. The greater the presence of airborne spores, the greater the likelihood of people inhaling them. In the case of the children at Trinity School in Weaverville, the airborne mold was exacerbating inflammatory conditions like asthma, and also causing respiratory infections like bronchitis and pneumonia.

Time to update the protocols

At this point, the solution seems somewhat obvious – if the mold cannot be seen upon visual inspection, and the problem is ultimately one of airborne contamination, why not simply test the air for mold spores? Parents and school administrators in Weaverville posed this question to local and state authorities. They responded by underscoring their reluctance to use air quality tests because such tests are expensive and difficult to interpret. This line of thinking might also explain why California, to date, has no formal minimum thresholds for airborne air mold levels in schools.

There are many techniques and strategies used by professional mold abatement companies that go far beyond the efforts of feeble visual inspection. If a test reveals high levels of airborne mold, the next step is often to gather samples from the source to determine what specific species of mold is present. This will help determine the most effective remedy to be used. Modern mold remediation has become less dependent on harsh chemicals like bleach and chlorine. Often, simple heat treatments are enough to eradicate most species of mold. The real trouble is containing the high concentration of airborne spores that come out when a parent colony is exposed during removal.

The use of negative air machines is a must for containing the spread of airborne spores. These work by creating a differential in air pressure so as to prevent the movement of air from one space to another. Suppose one classroom, in particular, has a high concentration of spores compared to other neighboring ones. Instead of sealing off the entire block of rooms, a negative air machine could be used to create a barrier of negative pressure. The negative air pressure would prevent the airborne spores from escaping into the adjacent rooms, hence making it safe to keep them operational during abatement. Another scenario could be that a specific space that everyone uses, like the main foyer near the front doors, for example, could be highly contaminated relative to the rest of the building. In such a case, a negative air pressure barrier would be ideal for keeping the rest of the building operational.

It’s all about the air

As buildings age, the sources for potential mold contamination become innumerable (i.e. leaky plumbing, condensation on windowsills, faulty roofing, dirty HVAC coils). Most of these are impossible to detect from a visual inspection until they have become quite advanced, and highly expensive to deal with. In the long run, the most economical preventative strategy would be to test the air for mold spores at regular intervals. In the event that a particular room or zone tests high, there is no need to think that the whole building will need to be vacant during the remediation process. The benefit of containment structures and negative air machines can keep everyone else safe while the toxic mold gets taken away. Maybe more school districts in California should consider adopting this kind of strategy, instead of relying on visual inspections and then acting surprised when the air in their buildings is toxic.

Alliance Environmental has completed over 25,000 mold remediation projects across California. Our crew members follow all guidelines and protocols as stipulated by the EPA, OSHA and other regulatory standards. Request a Quote for your project by contacting one of our locations today.

MINTIE Provides Proven Worldwide COVID Surge Capacity Solution as International Infection Prevention Week Highlights Tireless Efforts and Bravery of Worldwide Infection Control Community

AZUSA, Calif., Oct. 18, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — With the worldwide healthcare industry commemorating International Infection Prevention Week, October 17-23, MINTIE LLC, a third-generation healthcare product innovator and an Alliance Environmental Group company, continues its efforts at infection prevention in the fight against COVID-19 and the Delta Variant. The company introduced its first line of Environmental Containment Units (ECUs) in 2003 to control the spread of harmful airborne particles during construction or maintenance activities. Since then, MINTIE has continued to push the innovation process forward and now, its ECU4 mobile environmental containment units are currently being used to support surge requirements for airborne isolation in the continued fight against the transmission of COVID-19. https://youtu.be/O0sS1-LpDvc

Since January 2021, over 1,500 ECU4s have been deployed in 400+ Japanese healthcare facilities to provide temporary airborne isolation support as part of Japan’s effort to control the spread of COVID-19. The MINTIE ECU4 also played a critical role during the Tokyo Summer Olympics – supporting 20 Olympic-designated healthcare facilities with additional airborne isolation capabilities.

According to Tsuneki (Neki) Kusaba, President & CEO, Moraine Corporation, MINTIE’s exclusive Japanese distributor, “The main purpose of the ECU4 is to create zoning to distinguish between risk and safety areas in hospitals where regular medical care must be continued to accommodate an ever-growing number of patients. We needed as many ECU4s as possible to handle this emergency, so we have made unreasonable demands on MINTIE. However, MINTIE has definitely supplied the ECU4 in response to our request.”

“We are delighted with the success of the ECU4 business, however more than that, we are proud to have saved the lives of many Japanese healthcare workers and patients. The ECU4 provides a safe and secure medical system for many healthcare workers, and we have received messages of gratitude from many customers,” Mr. Kusaba added.

According to Toshihiro Mitsuda, Ph. D CICD, Director and Associate Professor, Yokohama City University Hospital, “Without the MINTIE product, zoning couldn’t be achieved in healthcare facilities in Japan. It wouldn’t be exaggerating to say that HAI didn’t trigger the collapse of the Japanese medical system because Moraine supplied MINTIE products all over the country. MINTIE and Moraine supported the Japanese government at a critical time and saved many lives.”

The adoption of MINTIE’s ECU4s in hundreds of hospitals has drawn the attention of a number of Asian media outlets, including Japan’s News 8 and TVK news station as well as in South Korea on MBN TV News, Money Today, MBC News, KBS News, and JIBS News. In the US, MINTIE has been named a finalist in the Los Angeles Business Journal’s inaugural 2021 International Business Forum & Awards in the Global Trade Leader of the Year and Private Company — Medium-Sized Business categories.

The MINTIE ECU4 is a product that provides a variety of airborne containment solutions. The ECU4 is patented and has been clinically evaluated and rigorously tested for efficacy of particle containment, ventilation, and stability in healthcare environments where ICRA containment requirement sits in levels 1 to 4. If a hospital is a step away from reaching ICU capacity for COVID-19 patients, ECU4s can be set up with negative air machines to provide temporary, total isolation rooms.

The ECU4’s simple, yet advanced design makes it user-friendly from setup to tear down, and because of their portability, can be setup virtually anywhere. This allows hospitals to create as many isolations rooms as space allows. “Sometimes setting up multiple ECU4s might not be enough – maybe a whole section of a hospital needs to be isolated. The MINTIE ECU4 corridor flange enables an ECU4 to function as a portable anteroom. The corridor flange is used to seal off the entryway of a hallway, creating a larger isolated space,” according to Kyle Hourraney, Director of Facilities at Orange County Global Medical Center, Santa Ana, CA.

MINTIE’s product portfolio also includes multi-use negative air machines, when combined with an ECU4 to create an anteroom, a negative air machine is the “engine” that pulls air out of the anteroom space. As the air passes through the negative air machine’s 99.97% HEPA filter, it creates the negative pressure airlock to protect the general patient population and caregivers. MINTIE’s ECU4s are utilized in all 50 U.S. states. MINTIE is also currently partners with distribution channels in Japan, South Korea, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, and other countries.

About MINTIE LLC
Founded in 1940, MINTIE LLC began as a specialty maintenance service company and has grown into a company with an international reputation for excellent service and innovative indoor environmental systems. MINTIE provides indoor air quality management, preventative maintenance solutions, and portable containment products for airborne particulates, infection control, and bio-security. MINTIE has focused on leading the industry with innovative products and the highest quality services to provide clients with safer, healthier, and more productive environments with minimal disruption and the highest levels of satisfaction and effectiveness. The company serves a diverse mix of companies, ranging from market leaders to entrepreneurial start-ups within healthcare, biotechnology, entertainment, aerospace, manufacturing, and commercial real estate. MINTIE is an Alliance Environmental Group Company. For more information, visit https://www.mintie.com/.

History of IIPW
Established in 1986 by President Ronald Reagan, International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW) focuses attention on the importance of infection prevention in saving lives and healthcare dollars. APIC has spearheaded this annual effort to highlight the significance of infection prevention among healthcare professionals, administrators, legislators, and consumers.

Over the years, this week of recognition has vastly expanded to every corner of the globe, including Australia, the United Kingdom, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. As the reach of IIPW widens, more patients benefit from safer healthcare practices and reduced the threat of healthcare-associated infections.

Contact Details:
Vinay Panday
Director of Marketing
Alliance Environmental Group
626-633-3514
vinaypanday@alliance-enviro.com
Source: Mintie, LLC

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Alliance Environmental Group, LLC. Acquires Thermatech Northwest Inc.

AZUSA, Calif., Oct. 13, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Alliance Environmental Group, LLC is pleased to announce the acquisition of Thermatech Northwest Inc. and the continuation of the expansion of the Group on the West Coast.

“Acquiring a company or opening a division in the State of Washington has been on our radar for the past year. We believe that Thermatech Northwest Inc. is the correct strategic alignment for our latest acquisition, allowing us to further expand across the West Coast” said, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Alliance Environmental Group Jeff McLean. Thermatech Northwest Inc. provides similar services to Alliance Environmental, and thus we are excited to add them to our ever-growing portfolio of brands and companies.

“Alliance environmental Group has grown exponentially, especially with a few strategic acquisitions in recent years. Thermatech Northwest Inc. was the right choice for our Group, we look forward to a continued working relationship with a company that has similar values and goals,” said co-founder Joe McLean.

“Our company is excited to join the ranks of Alliance Environmental Group,” said Bob Guiley, co-founder of Thermatech Northwest Inc. We believe that a group such as Alliance Environmental understands our services and has the necessary experience and track record in environmental remediation and abatement that makes them the natural choice for our company’s evolution.”

About Alliance Environmental Group, LLC:
Alliance Environmental Group has more than 100 years of experience as an environmental remediation and indoor air quality (IAQ) services contractor across California, Nevada, and Arizona. The company has completed more than 200,000 remediation projects, including asbestos abatement, mold remediation, lead paint removal, bed bug eradication, attic insulation removal and replacement, trauma/biohazard cleanup, demolition and Indoor Air Quality services. Learn more about Alliance Environmental Group at https://www.alliance-enviro.com/

About Thermatech Northwest Inc.
Sandra Guiley, her husband Bob, and brother-in-law James incorporated Thermatech Northwest Inc. in 1996, intending to become a leader in the hazardous waste removal industry. The company’s family values and guiding principles have never wavered as Therma Tech’s projects grew to include greater Seattle and the Tacoma region. Therma Tech’s commitment to customer service, outstanding safety record, regulatory compliance, and technical expertise ensure this company sets the standard in its territory. Learn more about Thermatech Northwest at http://www.thermatechnorthwest.com/.

Contact Details:
Vinay Panday
Director of Marketing
Alliance Environmental Group
626-633-3514
vinaypanday@alliance-enviro.com

Household Repairs, Air Quality, and Disclosure – What They Don’t Tell You About Asbestos in Older Homes

Up until the mid-1980s, many common building materials and components in use contained asbestos. It is relatively easy to disturb, even when performing trivial repairs. You could be putting yourself and your loved ones at risk and not even know it.

Asbestos, a fibrous material, was widely used in commercial and residential construction well into the 1980s. It was an economical means of fireproofing and insulating homes. It added strength and durability to heat duct systems and was also a wonderful soundproofing upgrade to ceilings. It even turned out that mixing it with cement created a nice low-cost alternative to metal pipes.

Do not disturb

Problems begin when repairs are needed in these homes. When an HVAC technician, for example, needs to replace a furnace filter or repair some ductwork, the asbestos insulation laying beneath becomes disturbed. When it is exposed to the air, the asbestos bits break apart into tiny, microscopic particles that remain suspended.

Healthy lungs are surrounded by a membrane known as the pulmonary mesothelium, which is a slippery surface around the lung cavities and surrounding chest wall. As the airborne asbestos travels down the respiratory tract upon inhalation, it sticks to the mesothelium on the exterior of the lungs and chest wall. In small doses, this is not life-threatening. However, if one is exposed to this regularly it can cause big problems.

A slippery slope

Normal mesothelial cells produce a complex of proteins that make up the slippery membrane coating most of the body’s major organs. If the one surrounding the lungs and chest wall becomes repeatedly damaged from airborne asbestos exposure, its cells will stop producing the healthy slippery membrane proteins, and start producing alternate proteins that are found in malignant tumors. The cells that produce these alternate proteins, called rogue cells, form the basis for the development of mesothelioma – cancer of the mesothelial membrane.

Unfortunately, this type of cancer is often highly aggressive. Symptoms do not usually present until it is too late to intervene surgically. Because it is usually fatal, lawsuits brought on by the disease often result in substantive payouts to plaintiffs.

The scope of the problem

Various health and safety regulators have attempted to estimate the true prevalence of asbestos in buildings. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) compiled a sample list of possible asbestos-containing materials that included everything from structural components like joint compounds, to floor and ceiling tiles, and even carpet. This is consistent with the Canadian province of Ontario’s Ministry of Labor, Training and Skills Development 2011 estimate that there are as many as 3,000 products still in use today that contain asbestos.

This may seem hard to believe – if most of these products were banned from use by the mid-1980s, how could there possibly be so much of them still out there? The great difficulty with this is that once a building is constructed, it is difficult to do a recall on its core components. Even if there were some kind of civil engineering miracle that would make it structurally and economically viable to do so, the real risk would be one of exposure to all of the workers as they remove the affected materials. It is a job for professional remediators, not the average construction worker.

Another dimension to all of this is regulations. At the time of manufacture and sale of many asbestos-containing products designed for homes, there were fewer regulations that required manufacturers to disclose all of the different materials that went into each product, let alone a breakdown of how much. What has resulted is an outcome of chaos and uncertainty, because it is difficult to know exactly how much asbestos might be in a given building. One common reason why demolition is posed as an alternative to extensive remodeling is because of concerns about asbestos.

Better to be safe than sorry

If you suspect that you might be living or working in a structure that contains asbestos, a good first step is to have air and fiber samples tested at a certified asbestos lab. Professional remediation companies will work with you to determine the extent of remediation necessary – is it just in your HVAC ducts, or in your ceiling too? Once these questions are answered, they will formulate a remediation plan.

To ensure that the remediation is performed safely, it is important to choose someone who adheres to all the best practices and rules set out by the EPA and OHSA. This means that the removal is performed by trained technicians, with the use of containment structures and negative air machines to keep the air clean, and the use of devices to constantly measure air contamination levels in and outside the compartments. Then, the asbestos is packed in air-tight containers and brought to a designated site for special disposal.

Don’t take chances. If your home or building is older, deal with the possibility of asbestos promptly. If someone you love starts experiencing chest pain, shortness of breath, trouble swallowing, and swelling in the face and arms and the biopsy comes back positive, it could be too late. Avoiding the tragedy altogether by calling the professionals early to check for and dispose of asbestos is always money well spent.

Alliance Environmental has been performing asbestos abatement projects for almost 26 years. From residential ductwork removal to large full-scale commercial abatement, the company is a leader in asbestos abatement across California, Arizona, and Nevada. Schedule a free estimate today.

MINTIE LLC Announces Nationwide Rental Program for Award-Winning Lineup of Indoor Environmental Products

The Company’s Environmental Containment Unit (ECU4), VIRUSKILLER® Air Decontamination Products Now Available for Job-to-Job On-Demand Use

AZUSA, CALIFORNIA, USA, October 13, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — MINTIE LLC, an Alliance Environmental Group Company, has announced a new nationwide program that will enable customers to rent its award-winning lineup of indoor environmental products, including MINTIE’s mobile Environmental Containment Unit (ECU4) and the VIRUSKILLER® air decontamination units, according to James M. Mintie, MINTIE LLC Executive Vice President. The Azusa, Calif.-based company provides indoor air quality management, preventative maintenance solutions, and portable containment products for airborne particulates, infection control, and bio-security.

“MINTIE’s new rental platform allows contractors and facilities to rent on a JIT basis based on demand and the particular product requirement for each project.”— James M. Mintie

Mintie said that the company established the rental program due to a dramatic increase in job-to-job on-demand flexibility for its customers, which includes leading companies in health care, long-term care, entertainment, special events, and commercial-industrial sectors. MINTIE provides white glove delivery, set-up, and service of every indoor air purification product.

Mintie noted, “The rental platform allows contractors and facilities to rent on a JIT basis based on demand and the particular product requirement for each project. In addition, healthcare facilities have very limited space for long-term storage of these types of products. Of particular right now – customers throughout the west looking for negative air machines and air purification options during the fire season. We are also renting our VIRUSKILLER air purification units into the entertainment space. For example, feature films, concerts, and sporting events. In addition, the option to rent vs. having to tap into capital funds.”

MINTIE’s state-of-the-art mobile ECU4 is the latest generation of the industry-leading ECU product line that is modular, collapsible, and provides portable containment for temporary isolation during normal facility operation or during a public health emergency. The ECU4 is also a vital component for any facility to contain airborne particulates during work in sensitive healthcare and office building environments.

Unlike other containment solutions, the ECU4 offers the following advantages:
• Lighter Weight, Better Visibility & More Portable
• Smaller Footprint for Easier Transport & Storage
• More Affordable with Faster ROI
• More Durable & Easier to Clean Rip-Stop Poly Fabric
• Modular Capability to Combine More Units & Accessories
• More Flexible to Fit Smaller Openings
• First in the industry, disposal envelope enhances cleanliness

Developed to meet the 2003 SAR-CoV epidemic head-on, VIRUSKILLER is the most awarded clean air technology in the world. The three-stage filtration system and the hydroxyl radical generator filters out “dirty air”, neutralize “toxic air” and decontaminate “sick air.” In a single pass, it removes particulates, dust, pollen, VOC’s, gases, fumes, viruses, bacteria, mold, and fungi up to 99.9999 percent.

The award-winning VIRUSKILLER lineup includes five products that provide air purification from the desktop to large areas up to 1,776 square feet. Each VIRUSKILLER unit has been proven and tested to:

• Control airflow to optimize decontamination in the breathing space
• Deactivate viruses and bacteria with unequaled efficiency
• Effectively neutralize noxious gases and larger particles such as dust, dander, and other allergens.

About MINTIE LLC
Founded in 1940, MINTIE LLC began as a specialty maintenance service company and has grown into a company with an international reputation for excellent service and innovative indoor environmental systems. MINTIE has focused on leading the industry with innovative products and the highest quality services to provide clients with safer, healthier, and more productive environments with minimal disruption and the highest levels of satisfaction and effectiveness. The company serves a diverse mix of companies, ranging from market leaders to entrepreneurial start-ups within healthcare, biotechnology, entertainment, aerospace, manufacturing, and commercial real estate. MINTIE is an Alliance Environmental Group Company. For more information, visit https://www.mintie.com/

Kim Merrill
Merrill Marketing/Communications
+1 619-857-2782
kim@merrillmarcom.com

Best Professional Cleanup Practices When Illegal Drug Contamination is Present

Trauma cleanup specialists can also handle the cleanup after bio-hazardous materials and illegal drug labs. Here are some of the best practices and why you should contact professionals to help in these situations.

When people think about trauma and biohazard cleanup, they often think of awful situations involving the recently deceased. While these situations need to be dealt with inefficient and respectful ways, trauma cleanup experts can help after another type of problem as well: the discovery of an illegal drug lab or operation.

More and more, unwitting landlords are discovering their properties have been turned into drug labs. The most common today is a production space for crystal methamphetamine, commonly called a “meth lab.” Of course, other illegal drug operations besides meth exist and, in every instance, professionals who understand how to make a space safe after criminal activity need to be called in. But what precisely do those professionals do?

Today, we walk through some of the best practices trauma cleanup specialists use when dealing with an illegal drug lab.

The First Step is Always Safety

While there is a lot of technical expertise required to clean up a meth lab, the first thing professionals do is also one of the most important, and one that should always be left to them. That is, properly assessing the safety of space.

Drug operations are unsafe spaces. From dangerous substances to the potential of major structural damage following a raid or fire, every space needs to be made safe before work can begin. That starts with an inspection by the pros.

A trauma clean-up expert will go through a space and assess what needs to happen in order to make it safe again, including any specialized work that needs to happen at the outset to remove combustible materials, biohazardous waste such as blood, and other immediate threats.

Ventilation

Usually, this involves opening all available windows and doors and using giant fans to clear the air inside a space. Since meth and fentanyl commonly use very dangerous chemicals, it’s essential a space be properly ventilated and aired out before people move in to clean. Further steps may need to be taken to contain or vent the airspace, such as the use of negative air machines, procedures to deal with mold, etc.

Disposal

Once the space has been made safe, it’s time to take out the trash. With what’s inside the space, however, you can’t exactly put it in garbage bags and take it to the curb. Instead, the drugs and any related materials need to be properly removed and disposed of in a safe manner.

While there is no federal standard for how to remove these products, the EPA recommends contacting local solid waste authorities to ensure all waste is removed properly. Since much of the potential materials in a meth lab can be odorless, colorless, and exceptionally dangerous to people and the environment, they need to be taken care of with the utmost caution.

It goes without saying that full PPE is needed – these are not materials to be touched, inhaled, or allowed to contact the bare skin.

Initial Washing and HVAC

Once everything that needs to be removed has gone, the initial cleaning begins. This starts with an intense vacuuming with a HEPA-filtered commercial vacuum to suck up dirt, potential stray pieces, fire waste (if applicable), and anything else. This is followed by a sanitation spray or fog, if required, to clean smaller and hard-to-reach spaces.

Since meth labs, in particular, create a lot of fumes and noxious gases, the HVAC system needs to be thoroughly cleaned to ensure these hazardous materials won’t negatively impact the indoor air quality.
Clearing out the HVAC system is complicated and requires specialized skills and equipment, including elaborate snakes similar to what plumbers use in pipes. These devices ensure all the dust and grime are dislodged in the system and properly removed. From there, the materials are disposed of and the HVAC system can begin to run normally again.

Detergent Cleaning

After the HVAC system is cleaned and the space is thoroughly vacuumed and sprayed, the detergent cleaning can begin. This step is where the elbow grease really comes out. Every surface is given a deep scrubbing with specialized commercial cleaning products to completely remove all traces of dangerous chemicals, dust, dirt, grime, and anything else. It is during this phase that space will being to look like its old self again as years of abuse are scrubbed away.

This phase is often completed more than once, with an initial detergent cleaning being followed by a rinsing phase and another detergent cleaning phase. This is done until the space is completely cleaned.

Sampling

After a space has been thoroughly cleaned, it’s time to prove the space is safe and properly remediated. This is done through sampling. Every county and state has different requirements for sampling but the best trauma cleanup experts always offer sampling services to prove the work has been done right. Sampling can often be handled in-house, but some trauma cleanup experts use independent labs to gather and test samples for any potential continued contamination.
Renovation

After the space has been completely cleaned and deemed safe for people to enter, many property owners then look to the future. This means they either think of renovations to do to make the space different from before or they start repurposing it for whatever’s next. Whatever their choice, trauma cleanup experts can help with any concerns about safety or potential dangers involved with the current space.

Conclusion

If you own a property that has been the home of a meth lab or similar drug activity, then you need to call in experts who understand how to safely clean up after the criminal activity. Only dedicated and specialized cleaners with trauma and biohazard experience understand the situation clearly enough to properly remediate the space.

Dedicated trauma cleanup experts understand and follow industry best practices while adhering to local guidelines to keep you, the space, and the community safe. They understand every step of the cleanup process, from initial safety assessments and materials disposal to cleaning and renovation work. If you own a space that was used for drug production, then make sure you call in the experts to get the space safe and working again in a timely manner.

Alliance Environmental Group has a dedicated biohazard and trauma cleanup division that is highly skilled and trained at performing illegal drug decontamination and meth lab clean up. For peace of mind and professional experience, contact Alliance Environmental!

ALLIANCE NEWS – NEWSLETTER 17

With the blink of an eye, the year has almost passed us by, as we approach the last quarter of 2021 and October brings with it quite an interesting and eventful month. With celebrations such as Oktoberfest and Halloween, we also throw the spotlight on a significant cause of Breast Cancer Awareness. October is also officially recognized as National Indoor Air Quality Awareness Month, which highlights the importance of indoor air quality and how it impacts us all.

In keeping with the importance of breathing clean air, we start this issue by acknowledging the need for a safe environment for students and teachers especially since schools have reopened for in-person learning. The Mintie Viruskiller air purification products provide the perfect solution to keep the indoor air quality in schools contaminant-free amidst the health dangers that Covid-19 and wildfire smoke present.

Just over a week ago, we marked National Mesothelioma Awareness Day. Back in 2010, September 26th was earmarked by the US Congress as a special day to raise the American public’s awareness about mesothelioma and to remind us all how important it is to protect the public and our workers from asbestos exposure. We will focus on why it makes sense to hire a professional asbestos removal company. Alliance Environmental has set the industry benchmark in the service of asbestos abatement and removal over the last quarter of a century and continues to do so.

As we have seen from the devastating fires in parts of Northern California, wildfires have continued to wreak havoc in our communities. The air quality index has reflected this, with conditions not just in the Northern part of the state but central and Southern California being affected. The wildfire smoke has traveled far and wide and dissipated into the atmosphere but not after permeating the air with poor air quality. Airtek Indoor Air Solutions is a company all too familiar with completing HVAC restoration after the wildfire smoke has taken its course and settled. The company is your go-to contractor for providing HVAC and duct cleaning services.

Unfortunately, we have seen the impact of Covid-19 and how this has gravely put a strain on our healthcare facilities. Our next topic highlights the concern of infection control in hospital facilities. Coast IAQ and Life Safety Services, a leader in the healthcare industry sector, offers the necessary preventative measures for combating infection control. Our team works throughout the healthcare facility, including the operating rooms, providing services and support to healthcare professionals that have severely strained resources in terms of ICU room capacities. Their deployment of negative air pressure rooms and ICRA barriers helps provide reassurance to not just these healthcare facilities but to patients alike.

We conclude this newsletter with a crucial issue and one that is often neglected: the danger of hazardous lead paint. Traditionally the end of October is National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week. We turn our attention to how to safely and correctly abate lead paint. Lead paint is an environmental concern and presents a danger to all those exposed to it, including children at home or employees in the workplace.

Enjoy the read and have an outstanding and spooktacular October!

Until our next issue, take care and stay safe!

Lead Paint Removal and Disposal

Lead paint was the most common type of paint for many years and used heavily in most homes built before 1978 in the United States. However, after the discovery of the dangers of lead it was phased out of household products and building materials. Today, lead still remains in many older buildings and pipes, causing issues for people and water contamination.

While small amounts of lead have a limited effect on the body, it is bio-accumulative, so as more and more builds up in someone’s body, organs and the brain can be damaged. It’s important to minimize contact to lead in any home, and lead paint removal should be considered the moment it starts flaking, or when any renovations are being considered.

Dangers of Lead Paint

Lead paint has a set safe level of exposure limit, but it is extremely low. Initially, the EPA had set the exposure limit to 50 ppb (parts per billion), however, after more research the amount considered safe was lowered to 15ppb, and when children are involved, it’s recommended that concentration should be even lower, or completely removed. One ppb is equivalent to 0.001 milligrams per liter; an extremely low amount.

When exposed to lead via paint chips or water contamination, the body starts to build up levels of lead, as it cannot be processed by the body. The lead gets absorbed into the bloodstream and starts being deposited in organs, or even the brain. Lead poisoning in organs can start causing them to mutate, creating cancers, and cause organ failure. If it starts building up in the brain, it can cause dementia, memory loss, loss of control of the body, widespread body shutdowns, and ultimately death. The problems are exacerbated in children, as their bodies are still developing; lead can stunt the growth of the brain, reducing intelligence and other brain functions, and mutate organ cells, forming cancers.

Lead paint on the walls is not a major threat on its own, but over time, everybody knows that paint can start to chip, even from a simple scratch. These paint chips can get on surfaces in a home, and touching these surfaces can cause lead chips or dust to get into the body. It is when lead paint is disturbed that it becomes highly problematic.

Lead Paint Removal

With such a high risk from lead paint, it’s important that any home or commercial building that has it eventually gets the paint removed. If the surfaces with lead paint aren’t damaged in any way, they have limited risk to humans or animals, but the moment they get damaged (chips, flakes, wearing down) call in the pros.

For building owners and landlords, it’s important to know that in California, they are required to inform current and future tenants of all instances of lead within the building, so that tenants know where to be careful to avoid lead exposure.

Lead paint removal isn’t a simple process, as the act of just scraping lead off the walls can lead to it becoming airborne and spreading through HVAC systems, or getting into the lungs of the paint removal technician. Professional services should be called in for any lead paint removal, as they will have the training, and equipment to deal with the issue, and be able to handle the disposal of the lead paint afterward.

Issues of Lead Leaching and Water Contamination

Another big issue with lead paint is what to do with it after it has been removed from a building. In the past, people may have considered just throwing it out in a landfill; out of sight, out of mind. However, many studies have shown that lead paint being thrown out in landfills will end up as water contamination in nearby water tables. Lead leaching is a large issue around landfills where people have attempted to cheaply dispose of lead paint. Rain over landfills that have lead will eventually cause lead-contaminated water to soak into the water table, and cause water sources for communities to have to deal with decontaminating water. On top of this is the threat such contamination poses to wildlife.

For people concerned about lead leaching in their water, whether through local landfills, or lead paint getting into water supplies, they should consider getting their water tested. Most water tests can cost between $20 to $100, although there may be local programs available for free water testing.

How to Remove Lead Paint Safely

There are multiple methods for removal, but all safety measures must be taken to ensure the safety of those removing the paint and to ensure there is proper containment of the lead.

Wet removal of lead paint is the most common if the area of removal can allow it. With this method, as the lead paint is removed, it must be wet constantly, as this will prevent errant clips, and dust particulates from being kicked into the air. Special tools are designed to be able to wet down the lead paint while removing it safely to storage bags that will be properly disposed of. While the wet method can keep lead under wraps, it’s often still best to isolate the area so unauthorized personnel doesn’t disrupt the process.

Dry removal of lead paint isn’t ideal, but can still be done. In this method, paint is removed through scraping or just complete removal of the paint wall materials. Without water, however, there is a risk of dust and particulates, therefore the entire area needs to be contained.

Drop sheets should be placed over any furniture left in the room, and the removal workers need to be wearing full PPE to protect themselves. Dry methods may also require a negative pressure area to be set up. After working, PPE suits must be vacuumed off to ensure all lead particles have been captured.
Once safely removed from walls, or other places, lead paint should be secured in proper containers, and then taken to the local disposal site. If using a professional abatement service, they will handle all the requirements for proper lead disposal, following local, state, and federal regulations.

The risks of lead paint are great, and removal is an important process to ensure that a building is safe during renovations, or from lead, chips causing health issues in the future. Hiring a professional team is ideal for lead paint removal, as they have the training, expertise, and equipment to do a full safe removal and disposal.

Alliance Environmental is an experienced remediation contractor that has completed thousands of residential lead paint removal and lead abatement projects. Contact Alliance today for a free estimate.