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Vapor Mitigation Telemetry – Adding Short & Long-Term Certainty

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Reduce Liability & Add Certainty to Your Vapor Mitigation Projects

Typically, the monitoring of vapor intrusion mitigation systems consists of regular, and costly, on-site visits to assess operating conditions. The time between these assessments risks the potential for undetected system failures that could put building occupants at risk of exposure to hazardous radon or chemical vapors. It’s important to have a long-term management plan for your vapor mitigation projects that protects occupants and reduces your liability.

By adding 24/7/365 telemetry monitoring to an ASD system, it is possible to eliminate on-site challenges and the potential for performance gaps to go undetected. The result is a high degree of certainty that a vapor mitigation system is protecting building occupants at any given time. 

Liability is reduced with defensible data demonstrating current and historical performance to all stakeholders. The  case studies reviewed in the presentation show how a system’s performance was impacted by factors such as weather and building construction.

Vapor Sentinel Remote Monitoring and New Construction Systems provide a better way to manage long-term stewardship obligations on vapor intrusion project sites.

The Remote Monitoring System provides 24/7/365 real-time monitoring of installed mitigation systems and transmits valuable operational data to a secure, cloud-based data portal, a scalable and cost-effective infrastructure, and user-defined alert notifications.

The Vapor Sentinel New Construction System starts with qualified designs generated by NRPP credentialed staff and utilizes the following components: Vapor Mat – gas-permeable layer that can eliminate the need for aggregate backfill, Vapor Barrier –comes in a variety of thicknesses, and exhaust ventilation piping that can either provide a passive discharge solution or be activated by a blower.

Don’t roll the dice on your mitigation system performance! Vapor Sentinel can provide you with an efficient and economical solution to reducing your liability and adding certainty to your vapor mitigation project sites.

Learn more about Vapor Sentinel Solutions for your projects.

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Technical Writer / Technical Services: Remote

Position: Technical Writer, Technical Services
Department: Technical Services
Supervisor: Director, Technical Services 
Hours: FT/40 hours
Location: Remote with possibility of travel M-F, *looking for an applicant based out of the Dallas, TX area
Position Description

The Technical Writer will support organizational operations.  This individual shall support Consulting Services, Construction and New Construction operations through preparation of related technical reports.  Additionally, this individual shall support training initiatives, as may be required.

Principal Responsibilities
  • Using established templates, develop and submit for review, compliance reports in support of
  • New Construction operations, based on PM input
  • Using established templates, develop and submit for review, mitigation reports in support of
  • Construction operations, based on PM input
  • Using established templates, develop and submit for review, measurement reports in support of Consulting Services, based     on PM input
  • Support Company training programs by providing input to leadership to build and execute training plans
  • Provide field support to Consulting Services, as may be occasionally required
  • Support Company initiatives
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities that may be required
Qualifications
  • Prior experience preparing technical reports
  • Ability to acquire and maintain required certifications
  • Possess valid driver’s license
Position Compensation
  • Full time, salary
  • Base compensation payable biweekly
Position Benefits
  • Eligibility for benefits is earned upon successful completion of a 90-day introductory period. Benefits will be administered in accordance with the current benefits plan. Benefits include:

    • Health, dental, vision, life insurance
    • 401(k) plan with company match
    • Paid PTO and holidays

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Field Professional: Dallas, Texas

Department: Consulting
Supervisor: Director, Consulting
Hours: FT/40 hours
Location: Remote with possibility of travel M-F, *looking for an applicant based out of the Dallas, TX area

Position Description

Field Professionals support the organization’s clients. This position installs testing devices in a variety of facility locations around the country. Successful Field Professionals will have at least 2 years customer service experience, preferably in the field vs. the office environment. Environmental experience is preferred, but not required. Protect Environmental will invest and pay for the acquisition of industry credentials and certifications. Field Professionals will be working inside a variety of facility types, including, but not limited to commercial single/multifamily homes and will need to review and make onsite decisions based on project specs to ensure proper installation and successful testing events.

Principal Responsibilities

  • Creating positive customer relationships and referrals by providing exemplary service and support.
  • Managing communication with clients and other project stakeholders for each assigned project.
  • Travel locally and nationally
  • Ensuring proper installation of testing devices
  • Completing project documentation, reviewing project documentation.
  • Meet project deadlines to ensure customer satisfaction
  • Safeguarding confidential business information and / or practices to ensure the company maintains its    competitive position.
  • Attending training events and maintaining credentials, reading industry publications, maintaining business networks and participating in professional associations.
  • Consistent and constant communication with other team members
  • Prepare and submit required documents and reports to the client or designated representative.
  • Onsite decision making to ensure successful consultation
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities that may be required.

Qualifications

  • Minimum 2-3 years of experience in customer service
  • Detail oriented
  • Excellent organizational skills, ability to prioritize tasks and manage time effectively
  • Ability to work within deadlines
  • Punctuality

Position Compensation

  • Full time, salary
  • Base compensation payable bi-weekly, plus bonus incentive

Position Benefits

Eligibility for benefits is earned upon successful completion of a 90-day introductory period. Benefits will be administered in accordance with the current benefits plan. Benefits include:

  • Health, dental, vision, life insurance
  • 401(k) plan with company match
  • Paid PTO and holidays

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Protect Environmental Participates in Computing for COVID-19 Project

Protect Environmental cares about the health and safety of its community and has recently signed up to host a node to support the efforts of a parallel computing Coronavirus research initiative.

Rosetta@Home is a distributed computing project that engages community involvement by utilizing volunteered computer space to speed up and extend research being conducted on existing biomolecules, including coronavirus proteins, as well as designing new proteins. Rosetta’s Computing for COVID project supports the research necessary to create medicines and vaccines as potential cures for the coronavirus.

How it works: a computing grid uses distributed computer resources to reach a common goal. These computers work together by assigning certain tasks and projects to millions of different nodes hosted on thousands of different servers.

“In a project of this scale, there are millions of large servers hosting thousands of nodes each. We are hosting just a tiny node in a huge effort. This is the largest amount of multi-organizational computing effort that has ever been unleashed to solve a problem in history, and we are excited to be even a small part of it.”

– Kyle Hoylman, Managing Partner of Protect Environmental

The Institute for Protein Design: University of Washington’s Baker Lab actively utilizes volunteered nodes for seven key projects, which are believed to have an immediate impact on containing COVID-19. You can read more about these projects individually by following the links below or by visiting the Institute for Protein Design’s website: Coronavirus Response

Protect Environmental supports the University of Washington’s Baker Lab and the research they are doing to fight the coronavirus. By participating in the Computing for COVID project, we believe we are doing a small part to help our community press on toward discovering an effective solution.  

To learn how you can be a part of the Rosetta@Home project Computing for COVID, visit their websites, consider giving online toward their research efforts, and share about the work they are doing. When we all band together, each contributing even in a small way, the impossible can be made possible. 

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Radon and the Symptoms of Radon Gas Poisoning

Many parts of the country are at high risk for exposure to radon. In Kentucky and Southern Indiana, almost 50% of all buildings contain radon concentrations above the US EPA action level of 4.0 pCi/L. This risk is even higher in Louisville and Lexington, where the percentage of buildings with a radon problem can exceed 65% in certain areas! So, what is radon gas and why should you care?

What is radon gas?

Radon is a naturally occurring, cancer-causing, radioactive gas that you can’t see, smell, or taste. The gas derives from the breakdown of uranium and seeps up through the ground, diffusing into the air. In a few areas of the country, radon is contained in ground water, where it off-gasses into the air when the water is used. Radon gas usually exists in relatively low concentrations in outdoor air, averaging 0.4 pCi/L. However, when radon intrudes into buildings and becomes trapped in higher concentrations, significant health risks arise.

According to the US EPA, exposure to radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers (second overall to smoking) and is responsible for more than 21,000 annual deaths in the United States. Read on for more about the health risks associated with radon gas and how to protect you and your loved ones from this silent killer.

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Understand your risk of radon exposure and radon gas poisoning.

How are you exposed to radon gas?

Most commonly, radon intrudes into buildings through gaps, cracks, and other pathways. In a small percentage of buildings, the gas can also be released from a private water source or emanate from building materials. Radon concentrations can also be higher in buildings that are more energy efficient – well-insulated, tightly-sealed buildings decrease the number of air changes per hour, which can increase exposure to radon.

Hazardous concentrations of radon can be found in all buildings, such as your home, your place of work, or even the school your children attend. According to the US EPA, about 1 in 15 buildings contain hazardous concentrations of radon gas. However, in some parts of our country, 50% or more of buildings have a radon problem!  

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How Radon Enters Your Home.

How does radon gas cause lung cancer?

Radon gas decays quickly, releasing tiny radioactive particles. When these particles are inhaled, they can damage the cells that line your lungs. Long-term exposure to radon can lead to lung cancer. If you smoke, your risk is even greater. An increased risk of leukemia associated with radon exposure in adults and children has also been suggested.

Due to lung shape and size differences, children have higher estimated radiation doses than adults. Children also have breathing rates faster than those of adults. Risk of lung cancer in children resulting from exposure to radon may be almost two times greater than the risk to adults exposed to the same amount of radon. Sadly, an estimated 70,000 classrooms contain hazardous radon concentrations because most schools and childcare facilities aren’t required to test for radon gas.

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Radon can be found at elevated levels in the air you breathe. Radon is a radioactive gas that damages the tissue in your lungs. Damaged lung tissue can mutate and develop into lung cancer.

What are the symptoms of radon gas poisoning?

Unlike with other gases like carbon monoxide, symptoms of radon poisoning won’t show up right away. Exposure to radon gas is chronic, meaning health problems from exposure, such as lung cancer, show up after many years.

Early signs of lung cancer may include a nagging cough, shortness of breath, or wheezing. Coughing up blood or chest pain, as well as loss of appetite, weight loss, and fatigue are other symptoms association with lung cancer.

What do I do if I have radon gas poisoning symptoms?

Specific medical testing to determine if you have been exposed to hazardous concentrations of radon gas don’t exist. That’s why it’s important to be aware of the symptoms of lung  cancer, talk with your doctor about whether you should be tested to check for lung cancer. If you smoke – stop!

How can I protect myself and my family from radon gas?

Testing where you live or work is easy and cost-effective. If you have children attending school, request the building where they learn be tested. If you find you have a radon problem, take steps to have the building mitigated to control your exposure to radon gas.

Ensure that all testing and mitigation is done by a qualified professional using the national consensus standards. Better yet, let the professionals at Protect Environmental provide you with peace of mind protection in knowing that you and your family are safe from the silent killer – radon gas.

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A Protect Professional comes to your home and conducts a Radon test.
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We evaluate your test results and work with you to develop the best course of action for YOUR home. The EPA recommends mitigation when radon levels are at 4.0 pCi/L or higher.
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If you choose to mitigate, a Protect Professional comes to your home to install the radon mitigation system. Once the system is installed, we test again to ensure that the mitigation system is working properly to reduce the radon levels in your home.

How can I protect myself and my family from radon gas?

Exposure to radon gas presents a significant health concern. The only way to know if you and your family are at risk is to test the buildings where you live, work, or learn. Testing is easy and cost-effective. If you have a radon problem, affordable options for mitigating your exposure exist. You should always use a qualified professional for testing and mitigation.   

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National Radon Action Month

A call to action.

The colorless, odorless, tasteless, radioactive radon gas that may be in your home, has overstayed its welcome. 700 Kentuckians are diagnosed with radon-induced lung cancer every year.

January is National Radon Action Month (NRAM) and all month long we will be sharing facts about what radon is, why testing is important, and how mitigation works to reduce the levels in your home.

Our social media pages will be sharing staggering statistics about the cancer-causing gas, so follow along with us!

National Radon Action Month not only reminds all of us of just how dangerous the radioactive gas is, but it also highlights the importance of testing our homes.

Kick radon out.

It is a naturally occurring gas that is emitted from the breakdown of Uranium metal underground. It is dangerous to be breathing in at home.

When breathed, it damages the lungs and can lead to lung cancer. Although, the process to reduce levels in the home is relatively simple, straightforward, and inexpensive.

If you have not tested your home, January is the best time to do so! The levels in your home are more concentrated in the winter when doors and windows stay shut against the cold.

Experiencing the health risks of radon is completely preventable.

During the month of January, the Kentucky Radon Coalition is offering free test kits to all Kentucky residents. And when test kits aren’t offered for free, the process is relatively inexpensive, quick, and simple. There are a couple of ways to test.

Disposable charcoal tests, like the one pictured here, hang undisturbed for 3 days before you mail them off to the lab.

Team up with Team Green

Here at Protect Environmental, we use a device called a CRM to conduct an electronic test. We work with you to determine the best course of action for your home for your peace of mind. Schedule an appointment with one of our certified professionals to know if your home is at risk.

Know your number and know your risk. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends mitigating a home when radon levels are tested at a level of 4.0 pCi/L of air. The only way to know if your home has elevated levels is to test. Contact us to schedule an appointment or go to freeradontestkit.com to register for a free test today.

Be a part of the conversation

Testing for radon in homes is the focus of National Radon Action Month, although it does not end there. Spreading awareness is one of the greatest hurdles when it comes to protecting Kentuckians and the greater United States from the radioactive gas.

You can help by sharing this post with your friends and family! Their homes could be at risk, too.

Radon is an odorless, colorless, tasteless gas that causes damage to our lungs when breathed. Test your home and tell your loved ones to do the same.

And don’t forget! You can receive a free radon test kit through the Kentucky Radon Coalition through January 31st.

January is National Radon Action Month. Take action to protect your family and yourself from the harmful effects of exposure to radioactive gas.