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Vapor Intrusion Problems Risk Building Occupants’ Health


EMSL Analytical offers vapor intrusion and volatile organic compound (VOC) testing services to protect building occupants from vapor intrusion exposure.

Cinnaminson, NJ

Vapor intrusion happens when a gaseous substance migrates into a building. Radon, volatile organic compounds, water vapor and other gases can make there way through cracks in foundations or sewer lines and enter a building.

When vapor intrusion occurs it can create an environment that damages structural materials and puts building occupants’ health at risk. Human exposure to vapor intrusion can cause everything from minor irritations including headaches and nausea, to more significant problems such as cancer or chronic disease from prolonged exposure.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website reports that the potential health issues vary and are dependent upon the types and concentrations of the chemicals found. The length of exposure to the chemicals and the overall health of those being exposed are also factors that may determine how vapor intrusion will impact building occupants.

Buildings constructed on redeveloped brownfield sites need to be especially aware of vapor intrusion issues. EMSL Analytical, Inc., a leading provider of vapor intrusion testing services offers testing solutions to developers and environmental professionals.

“Vapor intrusion issues can range from minor health problems to significant risks for building occupants,” reported Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President at EMSL. “The only way to know for sure if a building has problems with vapor intrusion is to have it tested. EMSL Analytical is one of the nation’s largest providers of testing services for this issue and has access to the most sensitive and advanced instrumentation. When a building owner or occupant suspects they may have a vapor intrusion problem it is usually recommended that they hire a qualified environmental professional to assess the situation and provide the necessary testing and expertise to resolve the problem.”

To learn more about testing for vapor intrusion please visit, call (800)220-3675 or email

About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider of environmental and materials testing services and products to professionals and the general public. The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies.


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