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Could Your Summer Vacation Hotel Expose Family Members to Mold or Other Contaminants?

EMSL Analytical, Inc.’s North America Locations
EMSL Analytical, Inc.’s North America Locations

Late last month, ABC affiliate WZZM broadcasted a report about workers from a Michigan hotel who had walked off the job and were protesting on the street.  The protest was not caused by a typical labor dispute, but rather due to what they feel are unsafe conditions for workers and hotel guests. The cause of the workers’ protest in this case was the presence of mold in the hotel that they feel is not being properly addressed.

With the summer season in full swing, hotels and resorts in many parts of the country are busy providing lodging and other services to families on vacation.  In the United States, people spend over $150 billion each year at over 50,000 properties that provide lodging in approximately 5 million guest rooms.  Hotels, as is the case with virtually any type of building, can face a wide range of indoor environmental quality challenges.  In addition to mold, guests and workers may be exposed to volatile organic compounds (VOCs), various allergens, community acquired infectious agents, Legionella, environmental tobacco smoke, radon, lead, asbestos and even bed bugs to name a few potential issues.

“The lodging industry has a responsibility to their employees and guests to provide a healthy environment,” said Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President of Marketing at EMSL Analytical, Inc.  “No matter a person’s budget or location they are traveling to, the indoor environmental quality of the facility is important.  At EMSL, we provide testing services for hotels, motels and resorts to help identify contaminants so that they can be addressed and everyone has safe air to breathe.”

EMSL recently sponsored an educational video about indoor environmental quality at hotels and motels that can be seen at:

To learn more about testing for IAQ concerns or other environmental, health and safety issues, please visit, call (800) 220-3675 or email .
About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider of environmental, indoor air quality 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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