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Occupational Exposure to Benzene a Global Concern
Occupational Exposure to Benzene a Global Concern
9/30/2014 10:01:06 AM
Last month, Apple made the news once again, but this time it was not for the introduction of their latest consumer electronics.  Instead, Apple announced that they had updated their restrictions to explicitly prohibit the use of benzene in the final assembly processes at their facilities. Benzene is widely used across the globe as well as in the United States and ranks in …
The Health and Safety at Work Act Turns Forty!
The Health and Safety at Work Act Turns Forty!
9/30/2014 4:54:14 AM
The Health and Safety at Work Act recently reached its 40th anniversary. The Act was introduced in 1974 in a bid to reduce workplace accidents and to make employers better protect their workers from harm. The Act sets out guidelines and rules for employees to follow to protect not only their employees, but also members of the public, as well as guidelines for employees …
Formaldehyde Confirmed by the National Academies as a Known Human Carcinogen
Formaldehyde Confirmed by the National Academies as a Known Human Carcinogen
9/26/2014 4:10:53 PM
Formaldehyde is used in many industrial applications and to make a number of building materials and furnishings. Just last month, the National Research Council, a part of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering, issued its assessment of formaldehyde’s ability to cause cancer.  In the report, the council upheld the listing of formaldehyde as …
Identifying Environmental Causes of Occupational Asthma
Identifying Environmental Causes of Occupational Asthma
9/26/2014 1:42:05 PM
Occupational asthma, also known as work-related asthma, results from exposure to allergens or irritants on the job. Exposure to these substances can lead to new cases of asthma or worsen existing asthma in some people. Occupational asthma is the most common occupational lung disease in the United States.  According to OSHA, “An estimated 11 million workers in a wide range …
E. coli in the Home – It’s Not Just Found in Contaminated Foods
E. coli in the Home – It’s Not Just Found in Contaminated Foods
9/24/2014 3:19:48 PM
This summer, The Boston Globe published a report about the tragic death of a child in Norfolk County who had become infected with a dangerous strain of Escherichia coli ( E. coli) .  It was the first child death in Massachusetts due to E. coli since 2012. E. coli are a large group of bacteria found in the environment and the intestines of people and animals.  …
Infineon and Qimonda insolvency administrator reach partial settlement: Infineon to pay 260 million euros, including 125 million euros for the acquisition of the Qimonda patents
9/24/2014 9:37:34 AM
Infineon Technologies AG has entered into an out-of-court agreement with the insolvency administrator of Qimonda AG to settle all disputes – with the exception of the pending lawsuit on the economic re-establishment of a shell company ("wirtschaftliche Neugründung") and liability for impairment of capital ("Differenzhaftung") – against payment of a settlement amount of 135 …
Reducing motorbike accidents on our roads
Reducing motorbike accidents on our roads
9/23/2014 12:21:09 PM
Motorbike riders are some of the most vulnerable users of our roads. They are roughly 35 times more likely to be killed in a road traffic accident than occupants of a car, per mile ridden. In 2012, a total of 238 motorcyclists were killed and a further 5,000 were seriously injured in a road accident in the UK. Junctions pose a particular threat to motorcyclists, statistics …
Water Damage and Mold Concerns Close San Jose State University Building
Water Damage and Mold Concerns Close San Jose State University Building
9/22/2014 5:38:27 PM
Late last month, NBC Bay Area reported that San Jose State University has closed one of its buildings to teachers and students.  The closure occurred at the Dwight Bentel Hall which houses the School of Journalism and Mass Communications just as the new semester was getting underway. According to the report, the closure was the result of a steam leak under the building and …
Deputy Files Lawsuit due to Mold Problems in Orleans Parish Prison
Deputy Files Lawsuit due to Mold Problems in Orleans Parish Prison
9/22/2014 9:43:11 AM
Recently, WDSU News reported that a sheriff’s deputy has filed a lawsuit against the Orleans Parish sheriff claiming deputies and inmates were exposed to mold.  According to the article, the deputy’s attorney has stated that their client has been working in the Orleans Parish Prison and Criminal District Courthouse where contractors have been remediating the buildings for …
A Dozen Wildfires Rage Across California Causing Widespread Property Damage
A Dozen Wildfires Rage Across California Causing Widespread Property Damage
9/17/2014 5:27:57 PM
Currently, thousands of firefighters are deployed across California to battle a dozen raging wildfires. The wildfires have resulted in widespread evacuations and have caused damage or the complete destruction of hundreds of homes and businesses. Chronic dry conditions continue to hinder efforts to stop the wildfires and many of these fires are burning aggressively due to gusty …
Soil Removed from California Neighborhood Due to Lead Contamination
Soil Removed from California Neighborhood Due to Lead Contamination
9/17/2014 3:54:06 PM
Last month, NBC’s Channel 4 in Los Angeles broadcasted a report about residents in Vernon having topsoil removed from their yards.  The topsoil is being excavated down to a depth of 18 inches due to the presence of lead contamination. The lead is believed to have come from a nearby battery recycling plant that suspended operations back in March after the plant was unable to …
Suffered a Personal Injury? Use a Professional. Use a Solicitor.
Suffered a Personal Injury? Use a Professional. Use a Solicitor.
9/17/2014 9:00:00 AM
The Law Society has launched its ‘Use a Professional. Use a Solicitor’ campaign with the aim of encouraging people to use accredited solicitors when in need of legal advice instead of ‘DIY’ unregulated providers. The new ‘Use a Professional. Use a Solicitor’ campaign has been rolled out to remind the public that highly qualified and professionally trained solicitors are the …
Speed limits raised for HGV’s – which side of the road are you on?
Speed limits raised for HGV’s – which side of the road are you on?
9/16/2014 4:35:49 AM
The government has raised the speed limit for lorries travelling on a single carriageway road to 50 mph – a move that has divided opinion from prominent campaigners on both sides. Transport Minister Claire Perry hopes the new initiative will reduce congestion as well as dangerous overtaking. Heavy goods vehicles are currently stuck at a 40mph speed limit on single …
Cindy Crawford Pulls Kids from Malibu School due to PCB Concerns
Cindy Crawford Pulls Kids from Malibu School due to PCB Concerns
9/15/2014 4:10:46 PM
Last month, it was reported that supermodel Cindy Crawford had pulled her two children from Malibu High School due to recent tests that found elevated levels of PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) in some of the classrooms.  According to several media reports, the PCBs are believed to be coming from window caulking. Production of PCBs in the United States was halted in the …
Tropical Storms Create Potential Indoor Environmental Hazards for Building Occupants
Tropical Storms Create Potential Indoor Environmental Hazards for Building Occupants
9/15/2014 10:24:11 AM
September 10th is generally considered to be the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season that starts at the beginning of June and runs through the end of November. During a typical hurricane season there may be several powerful hurricanes that make landfall, but there are often even more tropical storms that form and create concerns for anyone living near the coast.   A …
Testing for Airborne Contaminants that Could Cause Lung Cancer
Testing for Airborne Contaminants that Could Cause Lung Cancer
9/8/2014 9:42:31 AM
There are numerous airborne pollutants that are known to cause lung cancer.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths and the second most common cancer among both men and women in the United States. The agency states that the most important thing a person can do to lower their lung cancer risk is to …
Google, Photographers Settle Litigation Over Books
9/5/2014 3:21:09 PM
A group of photographers, visual artists and affiliated associations have reached a settlement with Google in a lawsuit over copyrighted material in Google Books. The parties are pleased to have reached a settlement that benefits everyone and includes funding for the PLUS Coalition , a non-profit organization dedicated to helping rightsholders communicate clearly and …

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