About Us

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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Wildfire Smoke Damage Assessments

The devastating wildfires of 2018 have impacted many communities in both Northern and Southern California. As of this date, the fires have burned tens of thousands of acres and have destroyed thousands of homes and structures, killing many in it’s path of destruction. 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 workplaces as well as residences within a large geographic area … Continue reading

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Growing Pains in the Cannabis Industry

With the recent legalization of Cannabis products, there has also been a resultant increase in regulatory oversight and management within this emerging industry as it relates to the areas of cannabis cultivation, product manufacturing, and distribution.   In California (as well as in much of the Unites States and Canada), this legalization has also resulted in significant cannabis “growing pains” due to the lack of standardized codes, requirements, and enforcement with respect to these industries. In fact, depending on location and relevant local ordinances, … Continue reading

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Fire Residue Sampling

Napa and Sonoma Fire and Smoke Damage Contamination and How BioMax is Helping…

BioMax Environmental Inc. is actively participating in the assessment, testing, and categorizing of debris, as well as related smoke damaged household possessions that were destroyed and/or affected by the Napa and Sonoma County wildfires.  BioMax’s Certified Industrial Hygienists and Industrial Hygiene Technicians are actively participating in these activities to aid homeowners and businesses who have been affected by these recent wildfires. Certain protocols must be followed following a wildfire disaster when removing structural ash and debris left by the fire. To be in … Continue reading

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Lethal doses of Heroin, Fentanyl, and Carfentanil

Comparing the relative size of a lethal dose of Heroin, Fentanyl, and Carfentanil… image from the NH State Police Forensic Laboratory. As industrial hygiene specialists, BioMax has recently performed sampling assessments of residences following drug busts and has developed effective procedures to successfully decontaminate and mitigate properties contaminated with synthetic opioid residues. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid-based pain killer that is now being widely illegally used by those addicted to opioid pain killers and added to other illicit drugs such as cocaine, methamphetamine, … Continue reading

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