6 steps for Testing Health Issues

Foam Problem Remediation – Typical Roles & Responsibilities

H.C. Fennell Consulting, LLC (HCFC) – Foam Consultant

  1. Introduce the remediation process to the clients
  2. Inspect the structure and evaluate the condition of the SPF
  3. Assess the foam’s quality and physical properties
  4. Take pictures – inside & outside – including roof shapes and directions of their slopes
  5. Obtain floor plans designating SPF installation
  6. Note HVAC and other ventilation system components
  7. Document client concerns
  8. Determine next steps for the project
  9. Submit an inspection report to the client and the Toxicologist or Industrial Hygienist

Toxicologist or Industrial Hygienist

  1. Design a sampling plan for client – air, SPF, coating, substrate – as needed
  2. Select appropriate analytical laboratories for the required analyses
  3. Solicit an estimate for the testing and interpretation of lab results
  4. Obtain client approval of analytical plan costs
  5. Assure coordination between sampling entity and a selected analytical laboratory
  6. Schedule sample acquisition with client, sampler, and analytical lab approval

Foam consultant (HCFC) or sampling specialist

  1. Collect all foam, coating, and/or substrate samples as stipulated by the analytical laboratories and the sampling plan
  2. Sampling to be by personnel experienced with all phases of foam sampling
  3. Ship or deliver all samples as stipulated by the selected analytical laboratory under the appropriate chain of custody

Selected Analytical Laboratory (based on price, location, and testing capabilities)

  1. Perform the various analyses as stipulated in the sampling plan
  2. Provide an analytical report to the Toxicologist or Industrial Hygienist
  3. Report to include lab certifications, chain of custody documentation, methodology citations, and quantitative test results, including any guidance on unique analytical issues or observations

Toxicologist or Industrial Hygienist

  1. Analyze analytical reports submitted by the Selected Analytical Laboratory
  2. Toxicologist or Industrial Hygienist’s role in this team approach is to contribute three areas of scientific expertise:
  3. SPF chemistry knowledge – impact on sample and analytical objectives
  4. Toxicology – exposure pathway analysis for sampling protocol development
  5. Medical/Toxicology – client symptom correlation with known chemical effects
  6. Research exposure guidelines, as necessary
  7. Generate client toxicological report and submit report to client and H.C. Fennell Consulting, LLC

H.C. Fennell Consulting, LLC – Foam Consultant

  1. Based upon Toxicologist or Industrial Hygienist’s science-based report, develop a remediation plan for the project
  2. Toxicologist or Industrial Hygienist is to verify that the plan addresses all of their recommendations in a way that will be effective in addressing the chemical issues discovered
  3. Oversee the remediation plan’s implementation. Verify that proper site protection is used, that the remediation work is complete, and that the indoor air quality has been tested and is certified as “safe to occupy”