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Personnel

All investigations are performed by Don Paxton, an Environmental Scientist with a Bachelors of Science degree, who:

- Is an American Council for Accredited Certification (ACAC) - Certified Indoor Environmental Consultant (CIEC) and Certified Environmental Thermography Consultant (CETC).
- Is a former consultant to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
- Performed anthrax investigations in the U.S. senate office buildings.
- Has performed hazardous waste site investigations and emergency response.
- Has performed 500+ mold, indoor air quality (IAQ), and industrial hygiene (IH) studies.
- Has 18+ years of environmental sampling and consulting experience.
- Has served as an expert witness on the stand and in depositions for mold and chemical
   project litigation cases.
 

Don's Resume Link    Don's Curriculum Vitae is available upon request for litigation purposes by telephone contact.

My Personal Work Ethic:

I believe in using a scientific approach to all projects and not biasing observations or data, so that our reports are legally defensible.  I treat each project as if I was paying for it myself and I don't feel it is ethical to up-sell clients into getting samples they don't need and on occasion have talked them out of unnecessary samples.  I know that when people hire our company it is because they trust us and rely on our judgment and expertise to solve their project problems.  Very often clients do not really understand mold, bacteria, chemicals, gases, etc. so they look to us to explain what is going on and not take advantage of their sometimes vulnerable situation.  Even though nowadays it seems to go against the grain and it is viewed as anti-success or profit, I do what I believe to be right and honest for each of my clients.  So in other words, I get a good nights sleep every night.

Community Involvement:

Since 2009 I have participated as a host for Bartlett High School's Academy of Science, Engineering, & High Technology job shadowing program for students.  In this program students are given the opportunity to spend half a day with me to learn about IAQ, microbial investigations, and other environmental work I do.  In 2011 the student was onsite for a DNA-based microbial investigation and IR thermal imaging survey since we were able to coordinate it with our busy schedules and a very considerate client.  I enjoy sharing the important work that I do and hope it will inspire future scientists to want to be in a field that helps people solve problems the medical field doesn't have the expertise or capabilities to do.  

Published Work:

The image below is a link to an article I wrote for Chicagoland Buildings & Environments Spring 2008 issue "How to Respond After a Water Release Occurs".  The article was written as a guide for building owners and property managers for water releases in high-rise multi-unit buildings.  The link will take you to scanned pages from the magazine.

 

Certifications Held:

The American Council for Accredited Certification (ACAC) develops and maintains independent, third-party accredited certification programs for professionals.  ACAC certifications attest to verified knowledge, field experience and continuing professional development.

The CIEC and CETC certifications are accredited by the Council for Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB), a nationally recognized independent accreditation body.  The CIEC program is also accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). ACAC examinations are compliant with standards published by APA, AERA and NCME. ACAC is a member of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE), formerly known as NOCA.

What is a CIEC?

A Council-certified Indoor Environmental Consultant (CIEC) has earned the most respected certification in the field of indoor environmental consulting.

A CIEC investigates indoor air quality problems.  For example, a CIEC can identify mold and moisture issues during a commercial investigation or a home inspection. A CIEC has verified knowledge of three or more disciplines related to indoor air quality, including HVAC, building science, microbial issues, industrial hygiene, lead-based paint and asbestos. 

Each CIEC has demonstrated at least eight (8) years experience conducting field investigations in one or more of the following settings:

  • Offices and commercial buildings

  • Industrial structures

  • Government facilities

  • Schools and public buildings

  • Healthcare facilities

  • Home inspection

 To earn and maintain the CIEC, every candidate must:

  • Demonstrate at least eight (8) years of verifiable field experience in IAQ consulting

  • Pass a rigorous, psychometrically rated examination based on broad industry knowledge rather than a course curriculum

  • Earn the unanimous approval of the CIEC certification board

  • Re-certify every two years

  • Participate in 20 hours of professional development activities each year

  • Maintain the highest ethical standards

 

What is a CETC?

A Council-certified Environmental Thermography Consultant (CETC) investigates structural and environmental issues in the built environment using infrared thermography.  For example, a CETC can identify mold and moisture issues during a commercial investigation or a home inspection that may be invisible to the naked eye. A CETC has verified knowledge of thermal and infrared physics as they apply to the building sciences.  A CETC has verified knowledge of the selection, calibration and operation of thermal imaging equipment.  Finally, a CETC knows how to apply the principles and equipment of infrared thermography to a building investigation.

Each CETC has demonstrated at least eight (8) years experience conducting field investigations involving infrared thermography.  Field experience documentation is reviewed by the CETC certification board.

To earn the Council-certified Environmental Thermography Consultant (CETC) designation, every candidate must:

  • Demonstrate at least eight (8) years of verifiable field experience in environmental thermography

  • Pass a rigorous examination based on broad industry knowledge rather than a course curriculum

  • Earn the unanimous approval of the CETC certification board

  • Re-certify every two years

  • Participate in 20 hours of professional development activities each year

  • Maintain the highest ethical standards

 

 

 

 

 

 

Certification link images below will take you to the American Council for Accredited Certification (ACAC) website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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