Statements by Pure Air Control Services on Formaldehyde Test Kits & Accreditation

Pure Air Control Services/EDLab Provides Clarification on Formaldehyde Test Kits & AccreditationLaboratory Analysis - EDLab

NEWS RELEASE:

June 10, 2015

Clearwater, FL — In response to some recent media stories, there has been some confusion regarding Environmental Diagnostics Laboratory’s (EDLab) proficiency and accreditation in testing for formaldehyde.  In short, all samples Pure Air Control Servicesthat EDLab provided its customers were and continue to be processed by our partner labs that are accredited for formaldehyde analysis by the AIHA-LAP,  LLC under the scope of Industrial Hygiene Laboratory Accreditation Program (IHLAP).

To clarify, the collection devices from the testing kits sent to Lumber Liquidators’ customers by Building Health Check, LLC (a manufacturer of over 22 DIY IAQ Test kits) and were received by Pure Air Control Services/EDLab.

EDLab provides environmental analytics for environmental microbiology analysis at its in-house laboratory, and outsources other testing (such as for formaldehyde) to one of its partner laboratories.

To be clear, all of EDLab’ formaldehyde partner laboratories are AIHA-LAP, LLC accredited for formaldehyde analysis.  Confirmation of their respective accreditations and view their certificates can be seen at this site.

All of the test kits submitted by Lumber Liquidators’ customers are based on the passive badge sampling method to measure formaldehyde in the indoor air.

To allow for further transparency, in the case of samples submitted by Lumber Liquidators’ customers, each end users lab report identifies which partner lab has performed the analysis of their specific sample.

Also, to say EDLab’s AIHA microbiology accreditation has been “stripped” is misunderstood.  EDLab has been associated with the AIHA proficiency program for over 20 years and has maintained accreditation with AIHA-LAP, LLC for environmental microbiology in good standing since 2003.  That accreditation had been temporarily “suspended,” and we are complying with AIHA’s requests to regain that accreditation as soon as possible.

Lastly, we’d like to clarify that Lumber Liquidators purchased these test kits from Building Health Check, LLC to send to Lumber Liquidators’ customers

The purpose of the first response Formaldehyde Screen Check (FOSC) test kits is to provide a preliminary assessment that identifies the level of formaldehyde in ppm in the ambient air.

EDLab, with its partner labs, only provides analytical results for the samples it receives.

Pure Air Control Services, an indoor environmental quality (IEQ) leader for over 30 years is proud of its commitment to excellence in all aspects of IEQ, and we are confident we are taking the appropriate steps to continue to provide excellent IEQ service to those we serve.

About Pure Air Control Services, Inc.

Pure Air Control Services, Inc. was founded in 1984 as a small mechanical contracting firm. Today, the firm sets the industry standard for indoor environmental quality diagnosis, laboratory analysis and remediation.

Pure Air Control Services nationally performed services include: Building Sciences Evaluation; Building Health Check; Environmental Microbiology with partner chemistry labs; Environmental Project Management; and PURE-Steam Coil Cleaning/Mold Remediation Services, among other indoor environmental services.

The company’s expanding client roster includes: FAA, General Services Administration (GSA); Allstate Insurance; CBRE, Carrier Air Conditioning; NAVFAC, DOT, USACE, US Army, and many other Fortune 500 companies, school boards, and city, state, and county governments, making Pure Air Control Services the reliable industry leader in IEQ.

Contact information: 1-800-422-7873 ext 802

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Statement by Pure Air Control Services on Formaldehyde Test Kits

NEWS RELEASEPure Air Control Services

April 20, 2015

Clearwater, Fl — The testing kits sent out to Lumber Liquidators’ customers and our other clients by Building Health Check, LLC and received back by Pure Air Control Services/EDLab have been scientifically validated and are based on the passive badge sampling method to measure formaldehyde in the indoor environment.

To analyze our formaldehyde test kits, we work with our partner labs, each of which is accredited by the AIHA-LAP,  LLC under the scope of Industrial Hygiene Laboratory Accreditation Program (IHLAP) for formaldehyde analysis.  In accordance with that accreditation, all original analytical data is developed and maintained by those labs as per the policy.

The specific labs we have partnered with include:

  • Advanced Chemical Sensors, Inc
  • AT Labs
  • Sensors Safety Products, Inc.
  • SGS Galson Laboratories, Inc.

We are proud to work with these excellent partners to provide formaldehyde analysis and other tests.

Recent media reports suggest that we do “not have the proper credentials” to perform these tests. Such claims have no merit and are inaccurate. All of our partner labs have active accreditations and are managed by dedicated, qualified professionals who are committed to providing quality data based upon industry-acceptable technology and methodology. In the case of samples submitted by Lumber Liquidators’ customers, each customer’s lab report will identify which partner lab has performed the analysis.

EDLab provides laboratory services to its customers for environmental analysis. All samples which do not fall within the category of environmental microbiology are analyzed by one of the qualified partner laboratories.

To be clear, every sample has been or will be tested and analyzed by a IHLAP accredited laboratory. You can confirm their respective accreditations and view their certificates at this site.

Our firm, Pure Air Control Services, has been dedicated to the accurate and reliable monitoring of indoor air quality for over 30 years. We have provided indoor air quality monitoring and remediation services for governments, private organizations, schools, and health care facilities. As indoor air quality professionals, our highest priority is to provide reliable information to help consumers and businesses make decisions about their indoor environments. We are proud of our record of quality and stand behind the test results that we have provided.

About Pure Air Control Services, Inc.

Pure Air Control Services, Inc. was founded in 1984 as a small mechanical contracting firm. Today, the firm sets the industry standard for indoor environmental quality diagnosis, laboratory analysis and remediation.

Pure Air Control Services nationally performed services include: Building Sciences Evaluation; Building Health Check; Environmental Microbiology with partner chemistry labs; Environmental Project Management; and PURE-Steam Coil Cleaning/Mold Remediation Services, among other indoor environmental services.

The company’s expanding client roster includes: FAA, General Services Administration (GSA); Allstate Insurance; CBRE, Carrier Air Conditioning; NAVFAC, DOT, USACE, US Army, and many other Fortune 500 companies, school boards, and city, state, and county governments, making Pure Air Control Services the reliable industry leader.

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