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Established in 1996 by our founder and Senior Certified Industrial Hygienist, Michael A. Polkabla, CIH, REA, BioMax Environmental Inc. provides a comprehensive range of Certified Industrial Hygiene professional services including occupational health and safety compliance, residential and workplace exposure assessments, contaminant sampling, and environmental consulting services throughout the greater Northern California and Central California areas.  Our high level of technical expertise and risk management capabilities allows us to assist our many clients in the public and private sectors with solutions to address environmental regulatory compliance … Continue reading


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Establishment of Standards for Opioid Contamination Assessment and Cleanup

I am very excited and proud to announce that my peer reviewed technical article and work regarding opioid contamination titled, Establishing Standards for the Assessment and Decontamination Cleanup of Opioid Contaminated Properties was accepted and recently published. This article presents a case study involving the assessment and cleanup of a residence used to receive illegal shipments of the powerful opioids (including fentanyl and carfentanil) and where illicit drugs were produced, handled, and distributed.  The resultant work on this and similar cases involving these … Continue reading

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Wildfire Smoke Damage Assessment Services

The devastating recent wildfires have impacted many communities in both Northern and Southern California. Recent fires have burned tens of thousands of acres and have destroyed thousands of homes and structures, killing many in it’s path of destruction and damaging structures and residences (both inside and outside) with extensive smoke damage. Due to the changing wind patterns and the varying topography of the affected areas, the resultant smoke from these uncontrolled wildfires has also traveled throughout adjacent communities and regions affecting commercial and … Continue reading

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Sampling of Contaminated Surfaces for SARS-CoV-2 (Coronavirus)

As our businesses, communities, and families come out of this worldwide pandemic, we will also need to determine when it is “Safe” and appropriate to do this. The intent of the current Shelter In Place (SIP) orders were specifically designed to limit the spread and transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 (Coronavirus) from exposures associated with person-to-person transmission as well as from surface contact and transmission where the SARS-CoV-2 virus may be present. The ongoing professional and technical debate relative to surface contact transmissions is … Continue reading

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Decontamination and Disinfection Considerations

Let’s start with this fact… All viruses are neither “Living” nor “Dead”… Instead, they are considered to be somewhere in-between these two worlds!!!  This is extremely important when it comes to the “decontamination” and “disinfection” procedures necessary for the prevention of the COVID-19 disease (caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus) and our current worldwide pandemic. To clarify…  When we are referring to “COVID-19”, as is done frequently in the press, we are technically referring to the actual human disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus.  … Continue reading

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