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Cystic Fibrosis and Fungal Infections Linked in New Study
Cystic Fibrosis and Fungal Infections Linked in New Study
8/28/2014 4:16:09 PM
Last month, a study from the University of Manchester caught the attention of the medical community and professionals who deal with indoor mold contamination issues.  The study found that almost 50% of adult patients who suffer from cystic fibrosis (CF) are also infected with Aspergillus , a common type of fungi found in the environment and in water-damaged buildings. The …
AkzoNobel improves Performance Coatings set-up to drive leading performance
8/28/2014 1:59:08 PM
The simplified new structure – due to become fully operational in January 2015 – will reduce the number of global management layers. As a result, Performance Coatings will be managed through seven Strategic Market Units under the leadership of Executive Committee Member Conrad Keijzer. The seven units will focus on specific customer segments and technologies. They will be: …
BASF study highlights the need for increased innovations to help feed the world
8/27/2014 12:56:15 PM
A majority of U.S. consumers and farmers agree that farmers are responsible for feeding the world, and new technology and innovations are critical to achieving this goal. These findings were uncovered in the latest BASF Farm Perspectives Study, conducted in early 2014, comparing consumer and farmer viewpoints on agriculture-related issues. More than 9,000 people located in …
Are New Buildings in Canada Being Outfitted with Pipes Containing Asbestos?
Are New Buildings in Canada Being Outfitted with Pipes Containing Asbestos?
8/26/2014 3:33:56 PM
Earlier this summer, The Globe and Mail published an article about new buildings being constructed across Canada that are being outfitted with pipes that contain asbestos. The article “Pipes with asbestos still used in new buildings” discusses asbestos-cement pipes being installed in new installations and potential health concerns. According to the article, “Unlike most …
BASF creates chemistry with summer internship program participants
8/26/2014 3:24:05 PM
BASF opened its doors to five college students, offering firsthand job experience in the areas of chemical process technology and engineering.   “BASF is pleased to provide the summer internship program to students who are pursuing careers in the chemical industry,” said George Vann, Vice President of the BASF site in McIntosh, Alabama. “It is important to us that local …
Aerobiology Laboratory Associates, Inc. Appoints Mandy Palm as Senior Account Manager for the Western Region
Aerobiology Laboratory Associates, Inc. Appoints Mandy Palm as Senior Account Manager for the Western Region
8/26/2014 11:00:00 AM
Aerobiology Laboratory Associates, Inc. is very pleased to announce the appointment of Mandy Palm as its new Senior Account Manager supporting clients in the Western region of the United States.   Mandy has over six years of experience in the Environmental Industry. She has a varied background working for indoor microbiology and environmental chemistry testing laboratories. …
Tropical Storm Iselle Causes Property Damage across Hawaii
Tropical Storm Iselle Causes Property Damage across Hawaii
8/21/2014 9:41:39 AM
A powerful Hurricane Iselle weakened to a tropical storm before hitting the Hawaiian Islands earlier this month.  Heavy winds and rain drenched the islands and knocked out power for some.  In its aftermath, Iselle has left behind a number of water and wind-damaged homes, businesses and schools. As the islands’ residents begin to make repairs and dry out their properties, …
Polysciences, Inc. hosts Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick as part of his ‘100 Businesses in 100 Days’ Tour
Polysciences, Inc. hosts Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick as part of his ‘100 Businesses in 100 Days’ Tour
8/20/2014 12:09:29 PM
Warrington, PA , August 19, 2014 - Polysciences, Inc., an award-winning company specializing in the development and manufacture of high purity chemicals and reagents for laboratory research, histology, healthcare diagnostics and biomedical applications , hosted Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick as part of his annual ‘100 Businesses in 100 Days’ Tour on Monday, August 18, …
Agilent Technologies Setting New Standards in Mass Spectrometry, Lab Productivity
8/19/2014 12:00:58 PM
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced it will introduce a new range of laboratory solutions at the Korean Society for Mass Spectrometry (KSMS) 2014, Aug. 20-22. The new collection of instruments, software and services is intended to help scientists and researchers in Korea push the boundaries of achievement and transform laboratory productivity. The new …
Indoor Air Quality Issues Face Some Returning Students and Faculty
Indoor Air Quality Issues Face Some Returning Students and Faculty
8/18/2014 5:20:07 PM
Earlier this month, The Olympian reported that a high school in Tumwater, Washington was working to remove mold and make repairs before the students begin the new school year next month. Stories like this are common across many school districts as they use the summer months to perform repairs, preventive maintenance work and to complete construction projects. Schools that …
The National Academies Confirm Formaldehyde as a Known Human Carcinogen
The National Academies Confirm Formaldehyde as a Known Human Carcinogen
8/18/2014 3:41:29 PM
Earlier this 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 “known to be a human carcinogen” from the National Toxicology Program’s 12th Report on Carcinogens (RoC). The …
Could Your Respiratory Ailments be the Result of the Air You Breathe at Work?
Could Your Respiratory Ailments be the Result of the Air You Breathe at Work?
8/18/2014 11:33:19 AM
Last month, NBC published a report about workers from an Alabama manufacturing plant that suffer from respiratory conditions ranging from asthma to bronchitis.  According to the article, the plant makes foam cushions for a large foreign car manufacturer and workers believe exposure to isocyanates could be the culprit for their conditions. Toluene diisocyanate (TDI), a type …
Air Products Helps Processors Tackle Particle Size Reduction Challenges
8/18/2014 11:12:43 AM
Particle size reduction can present challenges to processors in industries such as rubber, plastics, food, pharmaceuticals, and others, particularly when working with heat-sensitive and tough-to-mill materials. As a recognized leader in cryogenic grinding, Air Products (NYSE: APD ) has created a  microsite aimed at helping processors overcome these challenges and optimize …
Curing compound from BASF protects concrete against drying cracks during hot summer temperatures
8/18/2014 11:00:52 AM
Summertime construction can be treacherous: With regard to concrete floors, this is particularly true for the phase between pouring and subsequent surface smoothing, known as floating or power troweling. Even at environmental temperatures of 20 degrees Celsius, 50% relative humidity and wind velocities of 20 kilometers per hour, fresh concrete loses about 0.6 kilogram water …
California Wildfires Cause Governor to Declare an Emergency
California Wildfires Cause Governor to Declare an Emergency
8/14/2014 12:31:36 PM
Earlier this month, wildfires raging across drought-ridden California caused Governor Jerry Brown to declare a State of Emergency. Parched conditions and high temperatures have made fighting these fires a challenge.  The wildfires have already resulted in numerous mandatory evacuations and have destroyed or damaged a number of homes and businesses. When evacuated property …
San Diego Petitions to Use DNA-Based Testing for Sewage Contamination in Recreational Water
San Diego Petitions to Use DNA-Based Testing for Sewage Contamination in Recreational Water
8/11/2014 3:23:40 PM
San Diego’s environmental and civic leaders are urging passage of legislation that will allow the use of Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) for water quality testing at its beaches. PCR identifies the genetic material of microorganisms, and rapidly detects bacteria and viruses found in sewage contamination. Results can be evaluated in as little as 4 hours allowing for rapid …
Naturally-Occurring Asbestos Found in Most California Counties
Naturally-Occurring Asbestos Found in Most California Counties
8/7/2014 9:38:37 AM
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), naturally-occurring asbestos can be found in 42 of California’s 58 counties. The agency reports that naturally-occurring asbestos can be found most abundantly in and around Humboldt County, in areas of San Benito and Monterey Counties, and in western El Dorado County. The term “naturally-occurring asbestos” refers …
LA Testing Provides California Residents with Air Testing Services for Diesel Exhaust
LA Testing Provides California Residents with Air Testing Services for Diesel Exhaust
8/5/2014 4:23:42 PM
Diesel engines provide power for a wide variety of vehicles, heavy equipment and other machinery used in a number of industries and manufacturing operations. The exhaust from these diesel engines contains a mixture of gases and very small particles that can create a health hazard if not properly controlled.  In fact, diesel engine exhaust was added to California’s Office of …
GreenWood, Inc. Celebrates 3 Million Safe Hours at West Virginia Operations
GreenWood, Inc. Celebrates 3 Million Safe Hours at West Virginia Operations
8/5/2014 2:07:57 PM
Greenville, SC - - August 5, 2014 - - GreenWood, Inc., an integrated maintenance, operations and construction solutions provider, recently celebrated 3 million safe hours at their West Virginia Operations (WVO) project based in South Charleston, West Virginia.  The major safety milestone was reached after twelve years of continuous operations without a lost time event …
EMSL’s Ottawa Laboratory Achieves NVLAP Accreditation for Bulk Asbestos
EMSL’s Ottawa Laboratory Achieves NVLAP Accreditation for Bulk Asbestos
8/1/2014 5:51:08 PM
EMSL Canada, Inc. is pleased to announce that its Ottawa laboratory has been accredited by the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) for PLM Bulk Asbestos Fiber Analysis (NVLAP Lab Code 201040-0). Through the NVLAP accreditation program, laboratories are certified in compliance with International Standard ISO/IEC 17025:2005. According to NVLAP, the …