Indoor Air Quality Training and Toxic Building Solutions
A number of ozone-type businesses started with the intent to treat or solve common odor problems. Over time, these businesses expanded to treat mold and mildew problems, pet odors, and even crime scene cleanup. The industry became a specialty cleaning service, which was a good niche market that filled the needs between a cleaning service and full-blown remediation services.
Over time, the diversity of remediation applications demonstrated one common intersection ... the quality of the air. While the source of the problem may be from a variety of sources in the building, the influence of the threat shows up as the pollution of the indoor air. Like the water of a lake or stream, the health or harm in the water is a contribution of far, far more than nearly anyone might imagine.
Influences that cause harm to those in the building may be CO2 buildup from poor ventilation in the workplace, of CO that can sicken and even kill people from this odorless gas.
While most buildings filter the air, particles float about in the air by the trillions. Some particles aggravate allergies and asthma events. Others are cause mold sickness. Some ultra-fine particles are small enough to enter the lungs and pass directly into the bloodstream.
In this complex mix of threats, there are gases. More than the oxygen and nitrogen normally found in the air, there are hundreds of chemicals in the form of volatile organic compounds that cannot be detected except by testing but cause short and long-term illnesses. Whether grave or mild, many people have experienced the ill-at-ease episodes that occur in one place but dissipate when they pass when out of the building.
Last but now least, the air holds billions of bacterial and viral pathogens that hope to find a breeding place or host to infect.
The reality is that 70% of all buildings are toxic or semi-toxic. Homes hold years and decades of environmental contributions that impact everyone to a greater or lesser degree. Only a few times can we detect these threats as odors. So while odors may be what catches our attention, the full spectrum of threats are often much more profound.
The Axis Training Center works with NOAI to offer an advanced IAQ course called "Allergy and Toxic Building Specialist". After the Certified Ozone Technician course, the next step of growth is the Allergy and Toxic Building Specialist.