Back in Business: Redwoods Rural Opens Back Up After Evacuation Scare
Redwoods Rural Health Center (RRHC) Medical Building is excited to announce we’re back in business and will re-open on February 20 after being closed this last week for facility maintenance.
Following the HAZMAT inspection on Feb. 8, 2017, RRHC fixed a problematic sewer drain and replaced the filters to the heating and air conditioning system. As discussed with the Humboldt County Division of Environmental Health, RRHC hired a certified industrial hygienist to conduct an indoor environmental quality investigation. Forensic Analytical Consulting Services (FACS) inspected the building and tested the air quality to ensure it was safe for reoccupation. FACS’s inspection concluded:
- No notable sources of airborne contaminants were observed during the inspection.
- No unusual odors were observed at the time of the inspection.
- Indoor air quality (IAQ) parameters such as relative humidity (RH), temperature, carbon dioxide (CO2) and airborne particulates were all within normal ranges for similar indoor environments.
- No detectable concentrations of toxic gases such as ammonia, hydrogen sulfide, carbon monoxide, pentachlorophenol, chlorine gas, nitric oxide or nitrogen dioxide.
Moreover, concentrations of detectable volatile organic compounds (VOCs) were all much lower than occupational exposure limits (OEL) such as CalOSHA permissible exposure limits and NIOSH recommended exposure limits (REL). Additionally, concentrations were all less than Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) Acute, 8-hour and Chronic Reference Exposure Levels (REL) where applicable.
RRHC also conducted mold tests which detected very small amounts of spores that are common in outdoor environments, especially after rainfall. Therefore, the investigation results indicate conditions that present no identified health risk to occupants.
Because Redwoods Rural Health Center is conscientious about the importance of providing a safe and comfortable atmosphere for employees and patients, RRHC completed preventive facility maintenance, including:
- Inspections by roofers to identify and fix potential leaks
- Cleaning and sanitization of the entire duct work of the heating and air conditioning system
- Professional carpet cleaning using natural, non-toxic cleaning solutions
- Installation of HEPA filtration systems in the building
Thank you for your patience, flexibility and continued support for Redwoods Rural Health Center. If you have any questions about your upcoming appointments, call RRHC at 707-923-2783 Monday–Friday from 8:15 am – 5:30 pm.
Tina Tvedt Schaible, Executive Director
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