September 2010

QuanTEM Chronicle

An informative Newsletter for Environmental Professionals
Message from John Barnett, President
John Barnett, President QuanTEM Laboratories, LLC
John Barnett, President
Someone made up a phony mold report and tried to pass it to their customer in order to get an abatement contract.
Having seen this on several occasions I must assume that there are some very unscrupulous contractors out there who feel ethics are for others.
On a previous occasion an elderly lady living on her own was given a phony report and told that her health was in grave danger if she didn't get the mold removed. They were trying to tap her for several thousand dollars for the cleanup. In this case one of our consultants was called in to take a look at the report. It had our name on it but it wasn't laid out like our reports.
The unscrupulous contractor immediately left town but fortunately he eventually got caught pulling the same stunt in New Orleans. I understand he's in jail today.
Fraud in this industry has many faces and I'm sure everyone of us has seen it rear it's ugly head at one time or another. I think I'm right when I say, "it doesn't cost any more to do it right", then we can be proud of what we do and even sleep nights.
The last two years have been a little crazy business wise. I hope your business is prosperous and continues to grow.

John Barnett
QuanTEM Laboratories, LLC

Did Lead-Based Makeup Poison Samurai Kids and Topple the Last Japanese Shogunate?

Samurai During Japan's Edo period, a series of military dictators called shoguns controlled the country, served by feudal lords known as daimyo and the samurai warriors who protected them.
In 1868, after more than 260 years in existence, this highly stratified system collapsed and imperial rule was restored. Historians point to many reasons for the shogunate's demise, including foreign intrusions, rebellion against the feudal system and sweeping global trends that forced Japan to abandon its policy of isolation.
Writing in a recent issue of the Journal of Archaeological Science, scientists at the University of Occupational and Environmental Health in Kitakyushu have proposed a surprising addition to this list of factors: makeup.
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In This Issue
Did Lead-Based Makeup kill the Last Saumrai?
Could RRP Stress Affect Your Staff?...
Cleaning Up Lead, Asbestos and Other Hazards
100 Worst Cities for Fall Allergies
Barbara's CORNER: Welcome to Fall!

Editors Note

Business Development Director,
QuanTEM Laboratories
I've been told that September is Indoor Toxic Mold Awareness Month. I could not find any reputable references on the web other than a few loose articles written by large manufacturing organizations and the State of Georgia declaring this month-long holiday.
So, I will use this opportunity to remind everyone that QuanTEM Laboratories has a full, accredited microbiology lab ready to assist you with mold analysis.
You need not be a resident of Georgia or a manufacturing company to appreciate the fact that indoor toxic mold is an issue that affects us all at some point.
When you choose a lab, choose the best... give us a call today!
(800) 822-1650 or email our micro lab HERE.

Could RRP Stress Affect Your Staff? By: Lauren Hunter

Besides the expense that accompanies the new Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) rules, (or the potential greater expense for not complying), some remodelers are finding that stress of the new law is extending to their staffs. In California, exterior contractor Phil Isaacs has said goodbye to two sales staff members recently. Keeping up with RRP proved to be too much for them.

The Final Straw
"We expected to be up 30 to 40% this year, and we were headed that way," says the president of California Energy Consultant Service, Rancho Cordova, Calif. "That was even a conservative number, but one of the sales guys I hired that I thought was going to pull three or four jobs a month decided to go into retirement."

The staff member was a former business owner that was closing his doors. Isaacs purchased the business, and the owner, an older gentleman, agreed to stay on in a sales position. "The lead law was one of the things that scared him away, as well as some other hoops we've had to jump through recently," Isaacs says. "We had a healthy relationship, but for him, who had been working in the industry and had been through plenty of peaks and valleys himself, it was an issue he didn't want to deal with."
Cleaning Up Lead, Asbestos and Other Hazards
By: Keith Pandolfi, This Old House magazine
The Ugly Truth
Raveen and Allison Sharma thought they knew what they were getting into when they decided to buy and overhaul a handyman's special, circa 1940, in Auburndale, Mass. Given that the house-the subject of This Old House TV's Fall 2010 project-was built at a time when asbestos was still considered a miracle fiber and lead paint was par for the course, they weren't surprised when a home inspection revealed the presence of both. And since termite damage is the bane of existence for many an old-house lover, they weren't exactly shocked to learn the front sill had been devoured.

What the Sharmas weren't prepared for was the extent of these ills. The asbestos turned up all over the house, the lead paint coated the entire exterior, and the termites had already moved on from their appetizer of sill to the main course of studs. "We were just relieved that we didn't have any mold," Allison says.

The Sharmas faced some big decisions about how far they wanted to go-and how much they wanted to spend-to address all these issues. Their story may well help you tackle those decisions at your own old house. READ MORE
100 Worst Cities for Fall Allergies
By: Miranda Hitti, WebMD Health News
McAllen, Texas, is the worst city in the U.S. this year for fall allergies, according to the new list of "fall allergy capitals" selected by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.
Cities are ranked based on four factors: prevalence data, seasonal pollen, allergy medicine use per patient, and the number of board-certified allergists per patient.
Here is the full list of all 100 fall allergy capitals:
Common Dust Mite
Dust Mites
  1. McAllen,Texas
  2. Wichita, Kan.
  3. Louisville, Ky.
  4. Oklahoma City
  5. Jackson, Miss.
  6. Dayton, Ohio
  7. Augusta, Ga.
  8. Tulsa, Okla.
  9. Knoxville, Tenn.
  10. Little Rock, Ark READ MORE..
Barbara's CORNER
Welcome to Fall
Barbara Holder, Customer Relations Manager
Barbara Holder, Customer Service Manager
As we go into a new season,
I want to give just a few money saving tips.
  • Choose the right size package to ship your samples. You don't need a big box for a few samples. Utilize the envelopes provided by the shipping companies.
  • You may be able to utilize positive stop for homogeneous asbestos samples.
  • For our mold customers, you might want to consider our prepaid air cassettes. You can save the cost of the cassette and still get a 24 hour TAT for $25.00.
Barbara Holder has been with QuanTEM since October 2004 as our Customer Relations Manager. Barbara plays an active supervisory role with all customer interactions with QuanTEM.
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Scott Leavell, Business Development Director
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