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Candlestick Park Demolition has Neighbors Concerned about Potential Health Risks
3/30/2015 11:12:26 AM
Last month, KTVU published a story about the ongoing demolition of Candlestick Park and concerns expressed by neighbors who worry about exposure to hazardous materials in dust generated by the project.  People living in nearby areas are worried about possible exposure to materials such as asbestos and lead that may drift into their neighborhoods.   Originally, contractors …
Calgary Asbestos and Microbiology Testing Lab Receives CALA Accreditation
Calgary Asbestos and Microbiology Testing Lab Receives CALA Accreditation
3/27/2015 12:31:19 PM
EMSL Canada, Inc. is proud to announce that its Calgary laboratory has been accredited by the Canadian Association for Laboratory Accreditation Inc. (CALA) for asbestos in air by PCM fiber counting (NIOSH 7400 Method), and mould analysis in air (ASTM D7391-09 Method), bulk and surface samples by microscopy. Through the CALA accreditation program, EMSL’s Calgary laboratory is …
California Parents Turn to LA Testing to Ensure Healthy Indoor Air Quality
3/26/2015 5:08:24 PM
For many soon-to-be parents, one of the primary tasks they hope to accomplish before the birth of their child is getting the nursery ready with the child’s health and well-being in mind.  Since newborns and young children spend so much time in their rooms, a critical component of this includes the indoor air quality (IAQ) and indoor environmental quality (IEQ) of the …
Environmental Scientists Help to Resolve Cases of Sick Building Syndrome
3/26/2015 2:25:18 PM
Many Americans have experienced situations where they have not felt well after spending time in a building where they may live, work, attend school or have to visit for any number of reasons.  As defined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the term sick building syndrome (SBS) is used to describe situations in which building occupants experience acute health and …
TCE Exposure Risks Identified by Leading Environmental Laboratory
3/25/2015 10:32:27 AM
Trichloroethylene (TCE) is a type of volatile organic compound (VOC) that is used mainly as a solvent to remove grease from metal parts and is also used in some adhesives, paint removers and spot removers.  It is a non-flammable, colorless liquid with a somewhat sweet odor.   Although TCE is not thought to occur naturally in the environment, it can be released into the air, …
Atlanta Legal Nurse Consultant Tuned In To Burn Care And Telemedicine
3/24/2015 10:00:00 AM
Atlanta, Georgia -- Dr. Shawn Fagan, former medical director of the Summer Redstone Burn Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, presented “Updates in Burn Care and the Role of Telemedicine” at the 8th Annual J.M. Still Burn Center symposium at Chateau Elan on March 2, 2015. “Dr. Fagan has joined the J.M. Still Burn Center team in Augusta, Georgia,” said Atlanta legal nurse …
Private Security Company Officers Save Lives
3/24/2015 9:28:13 AM
Private security officers are expected to perform cool under pressure and that is exactly what many employees did at U.S. Security Associates (USA), an Atlanta-based security company that employs more than 46,000 employees. Officers went above and beyond by playing a critical supporting role in the work of law enforcement professionals, emergency responders, firefighters, and …
PCB Containing Paint Found at Connecticut Middle School
3/23/2015 3:12:35 PM
Recently, media reports have stated that environmental consultants have found elevated levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) at a middle school in New Canaan, Connecticut.  The PCBs were found in floor paint in the school’s auditorium during renovation activities.   Concerns over the presence of PCBs in some of the nation’s schools made headlines last year when …
Some Palo Alto Residents to Receive Notices about Lead Exposure from Aviation Fuel
3/18/2015 2:15:41 PM
Last month, Palo Alto Online published a report about a legal settlement between suppliers of aviation fuel that contains lead and an environmental advocacy group.  According to the article, as part of the settlement, residents within 1 kilometer of the Palo Alto Municipal Airport will be getting notices about the use of the fuel.  In addition, the fuel suppliers must post …
Elevated Levels of Mold Closes Virginia School for the Remainder of the School Year
Elevated Levels of Mold Closes Virginia School for the Remainder of the School Year
3/18/2015 12:20:50 PM
Last month, WTVR broadcasted a report about the temporary closing of a middle school in Virginia. The middle school will reportedly be closed for the rest of the school year due to high levels of mold that has created concern with students and faculty who attend the school.   According to the news story, a leaky steam pipe contributed to the mold problem and unhealthy indoor …
Superbug Outbreak in California Linked to Deaths Results in Lawsuit
3/17/2015 4:40:40 PM
The first lawsuit associated with a recent outbreak of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) was filed recently in Los Angeles County Superior Court.  The lawsuit accuses a healthcare device manufacturer of negligence after a patient contracted CRE following a medical procedure. This person was just one of multiple patients who were recently infected at a California …
Attorney Billy Walker Talks Gas Can Fires And Burns
3/17/2015 10:00:00 AM
Atlanta, Georgia -- Atlanta legal nurse consultant Liz Buddenhagen listened to Billy Walker, product liability attorney with Walker Morgan, talk about gas can fires and burns. Walker presented at the 8th Annual Burn Symposium by the J.M. Still Burn Center in Augusta, Georgia. The symposium was held at Chateau Elan on March 2, 2015. About Fires, Gas Can Fires and …
New Test Kit Allows Property Owners & Managers to Check for Nicotine Smoke Contamination
New Test Kit Allows Property Owners & Managers to Check for Nicotine Smoke Contamination
3/13/2015 5:20:58 PM
In 2010, information about a multi-institutional study that was led by researchers from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory was released. The research looked into health dangers associated with third-hand smoke.  Third-hand smoke refers to the residues left behind on most surfaces and objects after second-hand smoke has cleared.   The study found that nicotine can …
Undeclared Tree Nuts Causes San Francisco Company to Recall Chocolates
3/12/2015 4:58:26 PM
Last month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) posted information about a product recall initiated by a San Francisco chocolate manufacturer.  The chocolates in question may have contained undeclared tree nuts and were distributed nationwide via retail outlets and mail order.   According to the FDA, “Each year, millions of Americans have allergic reactions to food. …
Historic Lead Paint Verdict under Appeal in California
3/9/2015 11:10:14 AM
In 2013, a California Court ruled that three companies created a public nuisance by selling lead-based paints.  Even though the paint was sold before it was banned in 1978, Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge James P. Kleinberg said in his ruling that “the defendants sold lead paint with actual and constructive knowledge that it was harmful.”   The ruling ordered the …
Popular Flooring Products May Contain High Levels of Formaldehyde
3/4/2015 3:18:06 PM
In early March, “60 Minutes” revealed that a national laminate flooring company whose products were manufactured in China may not meet health and safety standards due to high levels of formaldehyde, a known cancer-causing chemical. According to the broadcast, the company’s products averaged six to seven times above the state standard for formaldehyde and even found some …
California Residents Learn that Popular Flooring Products May Contain High Levels of Formaldehyde
California Residents Learn that Popular Flooring Products May Contain High Levels of Formaldehyde
3/4/2015 9:14:49 AM
In early March, “60 Minutes” broadcasted a report about Chinese laminate flooring sold by one of the nation’s largest flooring retailers.  According to the show, more than 100 million square feet of the laminate flooring is installed in homes across America each year.    The investigative report found that many of the Chinese-made laminate flooring products contained high …

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