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Building Health Check Test Your Nest Indoor Air Quality IAQ Screen Screening Test Testing Kit Environmental Diagnostics Laboratory EDLab EDL Chemicals Allergens Pollen Mold Fungi Particles Formaldehyde VOC
 
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Features

  • A comprehensive total indoor environment testing kit designed to test various contaminants in the air and on surfaces such as Mold and Fungi, Pollen, Insect Fragments, Allergens, Chemicals and Formaldehyde.
  • Tests for air and surface levels of pollutants such as mold, pollen, insect parts, and fiberglass fibers.
  • Identifies pollen, mold, fibers, insect biodetrites (parts) and skin cells in particle counts per square centimeter (cts/cm2).
  • Monitors over 80 different Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC's) in parts per million (ppm).
  • Identifies Formaldehyde vapor in parts per million (ppm).
  • Do-It-Yourself Quick and Easy testing - no special training required.
  • Includes two Bio-Badge Sample Collection Devices, A Bio-Scan 400 Sample Surface Collection Device, a loaner Evalu-Aire Air Sampling Pump and a Micro 5 Air Sampling Cassette.
  • Same sample methodology used by IAQ professionals.
  • Complete Step-by-Step Instructions with Chain of Custody form.
  • Lab analysis of the sample performed by Environmental Diagnostics Laboratory (EDLab), an American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) accredited Laboratory.
  • Lab report includes:
    • Toll Free number to call with any questions on your results.
    • Levels of found Formaldehyde and Organic Chemical Vapors from sample device reported in parts per million (ppm).
    • Breakdown of particle types found, amount and percentage of the total particle count of the sample.
    • Color Graphs displaying relative amounts of particle types found and a detailed breakdown of Fungal Elements / Spores and their relationship to normal levels as defined by EDLAb based on 10 years of sample data.
    • Written explanations of each of the particle types found.
    • Healthy Home / Building Considerations sheet with recommendations for actions you can take that may help improve your indoor environment.
  • Postage prepaid container for mailing your sample and the loaner air sampling pump to the lab.
  • No additional fees - all sampling, analysis and reporting costs included.
  • Results in 7-10 days via email or mail.
  • NOTE: test kit includes an air sampling pump that must be returned to the Lab undamaged with the samples. Purchase of this kit indicates an agreement by the customer that an additional cost of $36 will be charged should the pump be returned damaged or not returned.

Contaminants Tested

Biological Pollutants - this is a group of contaminants that includes Pollen, Mold, Dust Mites and other insect parts and Skin Cells. These are extremely small living organisms or fragments of living organisms.

Sources - Pollens originate from plants and can be carried into the home from the outside or present in the home from indoor plants. Mold/Fungi/Spores are present in all indoor and outdoor environments. They proliferate when environmental conditions are favorable for their growth such as in a warm area with high moisture levels. Molds develop from spores that establish colonies and can cause stains and may release small amounts of toxic chemicals called Mycotoxins into the air. Excessive levels are most common in bathrooms, laundry rooms, basements and areas that have water damage or are constantly damp. Dust Mites and insect fragments can be found in all homes to some degree. Dust Mites live in carpets, upholstered furniture, mattresses and pillows and feed off human and animal skin cells (dander). Pet and human skin cells are released by animals and humans regularly and accumulate around the home.

Health Effects - the primary health impact of excessive Biological Pollutants is an allergic or asthmatic reaction. An allergic reaction occurs when a substance provokes the formation of antibodies in a person that can lead to reactions on the skin or in the respiratory tract. Substances that cause these allergic reactions are referred to as "Antigens" or "Allergens". Rashes, hay fever, asthma (tightness in the chest with difficulty breathing) and runny noses are common symptoms of allergic reactions. Allergic reactions occur only after repeated exposure to a specific biological allergen. Reducing your exposure to Allergens may help minimize your risk of developing allergies and asthma or reduce their severity and frequency.

Particles - this is a classification of a variety of non-living substances that can include Fibers and Other non classified substances. A fiber is a particle that is at least three times as long as it is wide.

Sources - usage of household products and interior building materials that degrade over time are sources of particles and fibers. Interior remodeling will generate substantial particles of a variety of sizes and types. Carpet fibers, rusting equipment, plant fibers, clothing fibers and paper products are several examples. Combustion by-products, such as from poorly vented wood and coal stoves and heating equipment also contributes particulate matter. Particles from outside can also be carried into the home. Fiberglass is a man-made mineral fiber manufactured from extremely fine fibers of glass, that can measure as small as 1-10 microns in diameter (human hair is about 100 microns wide). Fiberglass is most commonly used as an insulating material and is found in duct work, pipe wrapping, furnace filters, ceiling panels and floor, wall and ceiling insulation. It make take the form of loose fill or batt type construction. Fiberglass fibers become airborne when they are not properly sealed in a cavity, or they are disturbed by air or human activity such as when Fiberglass is used in filters or exposed ductwork lining and as loose fill insulation in attics or as exposed Fiberglass batts in a basement ceiling and when cutting and trimming. Once the tiny fibers become airborne, they can travel through the home via the HVAC system or by occupants as they walk through various rooms.

Health Effects - particles lower than 10 microns in diameter pose the greatest health risk because they can bypass the natural defenses of the nose and throat and reach the lower part of the lungs. Inhalation of excessive particulates can lead to respiratory irritation, allergic reactions and aggravation of lung diseases such as bronchitis. Some fibers can cause skin sensitivities when exposed to the skin. Fiberglass fibers can have varying effects based on manner of exposure, a rash can appear when fibers are embedded in the skin, eyes can become irritated during exposure, lung, throat and nose irritation can occur from inhalation. The severity of health effects from Fiberglass fibers depends on the size of fibers and the amount and type of exposure.

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC's) - a large group of carbon based chemicals that evaporate as gases from certain solids and liquids at room temperature. Most people can smell high levels of some VOC's, but other VOC's have no odor. Odor level does not indicate the level of health risk from this group of chemicals. Volatile Organic Chemicals are pervasive in our indoor air with concentrations that can be 2 - 10 times greater than the outdoor air. During and for several hours immediately after certain activities, such as paint stripping, levels may be 1,000 times background outdoor levels

Sources - There are thousands of different Volatile Organic Compounds produced and used in manufacturing goods. Some of the more common chemicals are Acetone, Benzene, Hexane, Styrene, Formaldehyde, Toulene, Ethylene Glycol, Xylene, Trichloroethane and Methylene Chloride. These chemicals and many others "off gas" or are released from products, or during activities, such as:

  • Building Materials - carpets, composite wood products, paints and finishes, adhesives, solvents, vinyl floors, wall coverings, etc.
  • Home and Personal Care Products - cleaning and disinfectant chemicals, cosmetics, fuel oil and gasoline, air fresheners, etc.
  • Household Activities - wood burning stoves, copy machines, cigarette smoke, dry cleaning, non-electric space heaters, pesticides, moth repellents, etc.

The concentration of VOC's in the indoor air depends on several factors such as the amount of the chemical in the product, rate of chemical release, volume of air in the room or building, amount of fresh air ventilation, temperature and humidity and the outdoor concentration.

Health Effects - The ability of organic chemicals to cause health effects varies greatly from those that are highly toxic, to those with no known health effect. As with other pollutants, the extent and nature of the health effect will depend on many factors including level of exposure and length of time exposed. Eye, nose and throat irritation, respiratory tract irritation, headaches, nausea, allergic skin reactions, fatigue, dizziness, visual disorders, and memory impairment are among the immediate symptoms that some people have experienced soon after exposure to some organics. Asthma symptoms may worsen after exposure to VOC's. Many organic compounds are known to cause cancer in animals; some are suspected of causing, or are known to cause, cancer in humans. Volatile Organic Compounds refer to a group of chemicals with each individual chemical having its own toxicity and potential for causing various health effects.

Formaldehyde - a colorless water soluble gas that is one of the large family of chemical compounds called Volatile Organic Chemicals (VOC's).  A VOC is a compound that becomes a gas at normal room temperatures. Due to it's wide use it is often considered separately from other VOC's. It has a pungent odor and is detected by many individuals at 0.2 parts per million (ppm).

Sources - pressed wood products (plywood, wall paneling, particleboard, fiberboard, underlayment), especially those containing urea-formaldehyde glues and furniture made with these pressed wood products. Urea-formaldehyde foam insulation (UFFI). Combustion sources from burning wood, kerosene and natural gas and environmental tobacco smoke. Durable press drapes, other textiles such as chemically treated carpeting, and glues. Products such as carpets or gypsum board may not contain significant amounts of formaldehyde when new. They may trap formaldehyde emitted from other sources and later release the formaldehyde into the indoor air when the temperature and humidity change. Formaldehyde levels in the indoor air depend mainly on what is releasing the formaldehyde (the source), the temperature, the humidity, and the air exchange rate (the amount of outdoor air entering or leaving the indoor area). Increasing the flow of outdoor air to the inside decreases the formaldehyde levels. Decreasing this flow of outdoor air by sealing the residence or office increases the formaldehyde level in the indoor air. As the temperature and humidity rises, more formaldehyde is emitted from the product. Generally, as products containing Formaldehyde age, the Formaldehyde release decreases.

Health Effects - Formaldehyde is normally present at low levels, usually less than 0.03 ppm, in both outdoor and indoor air. In homes with significant amounts of new pressed wood products, levels can be greater than 0.3 ppm (parts in a million parts of air). When present in the air at levels above 0.1 ppm, it can cause watery eyes, burning sensations in the eyes, nose and throat, nausea, coughing, fatigue, chest tightness, wheezing, skin rashes, and allergic reactions. High concentrations may trigger attacks in people with asthma. There is evidence that some people can develop a sensitivity to formaldehyde. It has also been shown to cause cancer in animals and may cause cancer in humans. Typical exposures to humans are much lower, thus any risk of causing cancer is believed to be small at the level at which humans are exposed.

How it Works

The Building Health Check Test Your Nest Kit is a comprehensive system designed to test for the level of a variety of indoor pollutants. Tests the air and surfaces for biological and non biological Allergens such as Pollen, Mold, Fungi, Fibers, Insect Fragments and Skin Cells. Chemical air sampling includes Formaldehyde and up to 80 Volatile Organic Chemicals (VOC's). Great for testing baby nurseries or any room in the house where air quality is a concern. This is a Do-It-Yourself test kit that requires no special training. The user performs the tests through air and surface sampling and sends the test samples in a postage prepaid box to an accredited Laboratory for analysis. The test kit provides valuable quantitative information on the collected samples. Environmental Diagnostics Laboratory, an accredited environmental microbiology laboratory of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), performs the laboratory analysis. Once the analysis is complete, a test report is sent to the customer in 3-5 days. A Healthy Home / Building Considerations sheet is included with recommendations on actions you can take that may help improve your indoor environment if elevated levels of pollutants are found. The Test Your Nest Screen Test Kit is ideal for indoor environmental investigation and those individuals that have concerns about a variety of pollutant levels and health risks.

Surface Test Sampling Procedure

Building Health Check Allergen Dust Mite Indoor Air Quality IAQ Screen Screening Test Testing Kit Step One

Step One

Remove plastic case containing Bio-Scan 400 test strip from enclosed envelope and open tamper resistant seal using scissors.

 

Building Health Check Allergen Dust Mite Indoor Air Quality IAQ Screen Screening Test Testing Kit Step Two Step Two

Remove the Bio-Scan 400 test strip from the plastic case. Select a surface area of concern to be tested, such as  Tabletop, Wall, Ventilation Supply Vent, Ductwork, Air Handler, etc. for a Bio-Scan 400 surface sample.

Building Health Check Allergen Dust Mite Indoor Air Quality IAQ Screen Screening Test Testing Kit Step Three Step Three

Hold the left side of the Bio-Scan 400 and peel the white backing paper to expose the adhesive side of the red grid area.

Important: Do not touch the adhesive side of the red grid.

Building Health Check Allergen Dust Mite Indoor Air Quality IAQ Screen Screening Test Testing Kit Step Four Step Four

Gently place the sticky side of the red grid against the surface you wish to test.

Building Health Check Allergen Dust Mite Indoor Air Quality IAQ Screen Screening Test Testing Kit Step Five Step Five

Gently reseal the Bio-Scan 400 back onto the white backing paper.

Building Health Check Allergen Dust Mite Indoor Air Quality IAQ Screen Screening Test Testing Kit Step Six Step Six

Place the Bio-Scan 400 sample back in the plastic case. Complete the Chain of Custody card, filling out all information in black ink. Be sure to record the sample location and the surface the sample was collected from.

Building Health Check Allergen Dust Mite Indoor Air Quality IAQ Screen Screening Test Testing Kit Mail Step Seven

Place the Bio-Scan 400 sample and Chain of Custody card in the EDLab postage prepaid envelope and mail it to the laboratory for analysis.

VOC and Formaldehyde Test Sampling Procedure

Building Health Check Formaldehyde Indoor Air Quality IAQ Screen Screening Test Testing Kit

Step One

Remove Bio-Badge from the silver protective zip-top bag and then from the secondary zip-top bag. Save both bags.

Building Health Check Formaldehyde Indoor Air Quality IAQ Screen Screening Test Testing Kit Step Two

For personal exposure monitoring, clip the badge near the breathing zone. Record the Start Time on the Chain of Custody form. Leave Bio-Badge exposed for a period between 15 minutes to 24 hours (24 hours recommended).

Building Health Check Formaldehyde Indoor Air Quality IAQ Screen Screening Test Testing Kit Step Three
For room monitoring, place approximately 4 feet above the ground by taping to a wall or placing on a shelf or tabletop. Record the Start Time on the Chain of Custody form. Leave Bio-Badge exposed for a period between 15 minutes to 24 hours (24 hours recommended).

Important: Do not obstruct the white membrane of the sample device.

Building Health Check Formaldehyde Indoor Air Quality IAQ Screen Screening Test Testing Kit Step Four

Record the Stop Time on the Chain of Custody form. Place the exposed Bio-Badge back into the clear secondary zip-top bag and seal, then place into the protective silver zip-top bag. Seal the bag completely.

Building Health Check Formaldehyde Indoor Air Quality IAQ Screen Screening Test Testing Kit Mail Step Five

Place sample and Chain of Custody Form in supplied EDLab envelope and mail to the laboratory for analysis.

Air Test Sampling Procedure

Step One

Remove the round cap from the bottom of the Micro-5 cassette. Attach the round end to the intake of the Evalu-Aire Sampling Pump using the provided adapter. 

 

Step Two

Remove top sticker from the top/inlet end of the Micro-5.

Step Three

Hold the cassette so it is approximately 4 feet above the ground. To start the pump press and hold the black button continuously allowing the pump to run 3-5 minutes.

Step Four

After 3-5 minutes release the pump button and apply the "sample complete" sticker to the top of the Micro-5 cassette.

Step Five

Remove the Micro-5 cassette from the Evalu-Aire Air Sampling Pump and replace bottom plug.

Step Six

Place the Micro-5 cassette sample and Evalu-Aire Air Sampling Pump with the Chain of Custody card in the EDLab postage prepaid mailing box and mail it to the laboratory for analysis.

Chain of Custody Form

Building Health Check Mold Indoor Air Quality IAQ Screen Screening Test Testing Kit Chain of Custody

Lab Report

An easy to understand lab report is provided that indicates the amount of various Organic Volatile Chemicals, Formaldehyde, Mold, Fungi, Fibers, Pollen and Insect Parts present in the air and surfaces tested during the sampling period. A Healthy Home / Building Considerations sheet is included with suggestions for actions you can take that may help improve your indoor environment.

Sample Reports

NOTE: This is only a partial representation of the full report. 

Building Health Check Allergen Dust Mite Indoor Air Quality IAQ Screen Screening Test Testing Kit Test Report
Building Health Check Allergen Dust Mite Indoor Air Quality IAQ Screen Screening Test Testing Kit Test Report
Building Health Check Allergen Dust Mite Indoor Air Quality IAQ Screen Screening Test Testing Kit Test Report
Building Health Check Allergen Dust Mite Indoor Air Quality IAQ Screen Screening Test Testing Kit Test Report
Building Health Check Organic Vapor VOC Indoor Air Quality IAQ Screen Screening Test Testing Kit Test Report
Building Health Check Formaldehyde Indoor Air Quality IAQ Screen Screening Test Testing Kit Test Report


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