by Sabrina Salas Matanane
Guam - Industrial Hygience Professionals (IHP) will be conducting tests Wednesday
at the Guam Police Department's Crime Lab and Evidence Control Section.
According to police spokesperson AJ Balajadia testing at the Evidence Control Section was prompted after a police officer assigned to the section at around 2 o'clock
this afternoon expressed concerns about asbestos. Capt. Kim Santos, who has been assigned by Chief Fred Bordallo to address the concerns raised at Crime Lab and Evidence Control Section, subsequently made a decision to send personnel assigned to the section home.
Balajadia adds that while it was unclear whether the asbestos was airborne, Capt. Santos, decided to err on the side of caution to protect the safety and health of her fellow officers. She sent everyone home, then contacted Industrial Hygience Professionals (IHP) and made arrangements for the environmental testing and safety company to test the building for airborne asbestos.
Meanwhile as for the situation at GPD's Crime Lab where the air conditioning system is broken, Balajadia says personnel assigned there were given the option to leave at noon
if it was too hot. On Wednesday
, IHP will be testing air quality because of concerns that the broken air conditioning system could have allowed mold to grow in the facility. Balajadia added that IHP representatives noted that the initial walkthrough didn't indicate airborne mold. Also, there was no visible mold growth and there were no complaints from employees interviewed by the IHP representatives of musty odors indicating mold growth.
Both sites are scheduled to be among the many issues that will be discussed during a legislative oversight hearing with the Guam Policr Department scheduled for Wednesday