Safegeuard EnviroGroup, Inc, based in Southern California, is a leading Indoor Environmental consulting company with a staff of multiple disciplines and academia including, PhD, CIEC, CEICC, CIH, CAC, LPM, REA, REPA and master level IICRC designations.
Mr. Kovar founded Safeguard EnviroGroup, Inc. in 2001 and presides as the company’s President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Kovar’s responsibilities include operations management of all service divisions, senior technical overview and oversight of corporate programs, client development and contract negotiation. He implements company policy and operating procedures, developed all technical templates for reporting and actively pursues business opportunities through diversification of services, relationships and business alliances to insure continued growth. Through his dynamic leadership and strategic planning, he successfully guided the organization to become one of the leading indoor environmental consulting firms in California.
Mr. Kovar has extensive experience as a hygienist, instructor and consultant in the indoor environmental industry. He has personally conducted hundreds of investigations and written thousands of analytical reports involving a broad range of indoor environmental issues including; microbiology, allergens, wildfire smoke damage, asbestos, lead and hazardous chemicals in residential, commercial and industrial settings. He has substantial experience in presenting education and certification courses to indoor environmental professionals. He has delivered numerous presentations to groups including hygienist, Realtors, property management professionals, remediation contractors, builders and attorneys. Mr. Kovar serves as a scientific advisor/consultant for insurance companies on major loss claims and provides expert testimony, pre-trial forensic case development and document review/commentary for attorneys in high-profile litigation. Presently, Mr. Kovar is completing numerous indoor environmental research manuscripts for publication in scientific peer review journals and actively participates on several environmental boards and committees writing indoor environmental national standards and reviewing/approving IAQ educational courses which have been submitted to the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA).
PUBLISHED MANUSCRIPTS/ARTICLES (PEER REVIEWED)
P. Chakravarty and B. Kovar, 2013, Evaluation of five antifungal agents used in
remediation practices against six common indoor fungal species. Published in the Journal of Occupational
and Environmental Hygiene 10: D11-D16. A joint peer reviewed publication of the American Industrial Hygiene Association & the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists. Re-published with permission in the June 2014 Journal of Cleaning, Restoration & Inspection. A peer reviewed publication of the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).
Brad Kovar, November 2014, Preventing Indoor Air Quality Hazards during the Holidays, The Interdisciplinarian, Newsmagazine of the Association of Interdisciplinary Doctors of Health Science, Volume 1 - Issue 1, November 2014
Martin L. King and Brad Kovar, 2013, Distribution of Combustion Particles in Buildings. Journal of Cleaning, Restoration & Inspection. A peer reviewed publication of the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). December 2014.
Shufutinsky, A., Kovar, B., Fordyce, L., Shufutinsky, B., Pernsteiner, E., & Johnson, D. (2014). Toward Effective Public Health Emergency Risk Communication: Modification of the Social Cubism Conflict Analysis Model for Assessing Risk Communications to Vulnerable Populations. International Journal of Interdisciplinary and Multidisciplinary Studies, 2(2), 177-189.
Martin L. King and Brad Kovar, 2013, Evaluating Smoke Odor Damage. Journal of Cleaning, Restoration & Inspection. A peer reviewed publication of the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). February 2015.
Brad Kovar, Martin L. King and Dr. Priyotosh Chakravarty, 2013, Suggested Guidelines for Wildfire Smoke Damage Investigations and Remediation. Edited by Dr. Michael Larrañaga, School of Fire Protection and Safety, Oklahoma State University. The Nation’s only ABET accredited Fire Protection and Safety Technology (FPST) program. Journal of Cleaning, Restoration & Inspection. A peer reviewed publication of the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Scheduled for publication June 2015.