In Part One of a two-part project, Wonder Makers Environmental, Inc. conducted an extensive review of existing literature regarding the air quality of post-fire environments and the potential risk to restoration contractors when working in such situations. This research paper answers important questions about the types and quantities of residual contaminants that may be present in structures at the time that restoration work is undertaken. Areas of review include evaluating the general safety of a fire-damaged structure during the various stages of restoration work, and determining if there is any consensus in the current body of knowledge regarding the recommended use of personal protective equipment (PPE) during the restoration and cleanup process.
Part Two of this project will include creating a test chamber to simulate a real world post-fire environment and measure the amount of contaminants present. An extensive evaluation of air samples will be performed by a highly reputed third-party laboratory, as well as an evaluation of what effect, if any, the Odorox® hydroxyl generators have on the harmful contaminants. This study will help determine if the Odorox® technology places restoration contractors at a greater risk, or if it provides a safer working condition for them in a post-fire environment.
About Michael Pinto and Wonder Makers Environmental:
Michael A. Pinto, CSP, CMP, is the chief executive officer of Wonder Makers Environmental, Inc., a manufacturing and environmental consulting firm that specializes in identification and control of asbestos, lead, IAQ, mold, industrial hygiene, and chemical problems. Mr. Pinto is the author of over 200 published articles and 5 books. He has completed doctoral course work in environmental engineering and holds numerous certifications an the environmental and safety areas, including Certified Safety Professional and Certified Mold Professional. He was a member of the Mitigation Assessment Team for FEMA following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and is known for his contributions to the EPA’s Healthy Home Initiative. He has worked closely with the restoration and abatement industry for the past 27 years as both an international instructor and consultant, and is widely regarding as an industry expert. Michael is also recognized for his “practical “ approach to difficult scientific and environmental problems as they relate to air quality.