Insurance Industry Targets Indoor Air Quality Concerns to Minimize Risks
The environmental and building consulting experts at EC2 provide solutions for indoor air quality (IAQ) concerns that can trigger health problems and increase risks and liabilities.
There have been thousands of lawsuits brought be people claiming to have been injured by living in, or working around, places with IAQ problems. Both commercial and residential properties are subject to having IAQ problems at some point.
These problems can occur from microbial contaminants due to a lack of maintenance or a water incursion. They could also happen from vapor intrusion, off-gassing of building products or a host of other issues including asbestos and lead contamination.
Even though lead and asbestos has been banned for decades from most building materials, their impact is still being felt today. Also the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is currently concluding a review period of their toxicology review of formaldehyde in which they state, “There is sufficient evidence of a causal relationship between formaldehyde exposure and cancers…”
Another example, mold, begins to grow in as short as 24 hours so a building with no IAQ complaints that suddenly suffers from a broken pipe can within a short period of time become an environmental hazard for occupants. These are just a few examples of the risks and potential liabilities that insurers face from indoor air quality issues.
Fortunately there are ways for insurers to minimize their IAQ risks. The building and environmental consulting experts at EC2 have to date successfully resolved over 5,000 IAQ projects for clients and insurance companies.
EC2 provides complete inspection and testing solutions to determine if properties contain environmental hazards. “Insurance companies can minimize risks associated with IAQ problems by reacting quickly to complaints and through proactive prevention of issues that can lead to IAQ complaints and lawsuits,” stated Ed Chambers, the President of EC2. “The type of services EC2 provides minimizes insurer risks and liabilities.”
About EC2, Inc.
EC2 is a leading provider of environmental consulting and inspection services for clients across the United States. Based in the Chicago area, the company provides their services to clients ranging from local companies and institutions to international Fortune 500 corporations.
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