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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 …
EMSL’s Calgary Laboratory Receives NVLAP Accreditation for Bulk Asbestos
EMSL’s Calgary Laboratory Receives NVLAP Accreditation for Bulk Asbestos
8/1/2014 5:43:51 PM
EMSL Canada, Inc. is proud to announce that its Calgary laboratory has been accredited by the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) for PLM Bulk samples (NVLAP Lab Code 500100-0) for asbestos fiber analysis. Through the NVLAP accreditation program, laboratories are accredited in compliance with International Standard ISO/IEC 17025:2005. According to …
Florida Health Department Issues Health Alert for Cryptosporidium
Florida Health Department Issues Health Alert for Cryptosporidium
8/1/2014 4:20:53 PM
Florida issued a health alert this week after 58 cases of Cryptosporidium were reported in Pinellas County.  Since half of the cases have been associated with public pools and water parks in Pinellas, all related facilities were notified on Thursday. In addition, Northwest Pool has been shut down as a precaution after a child, who may have visited there, was diagnosed with …
BASF predicts Rust Belt cities, unpretentious innovation and sustainable living will help drive North American color choices for 2018 model year vehicles
8/1/2014 9:15:51 AM
This year’s BASF Coatings Color Collection 2014/2015 report, “Under the Radar,” predicts a new level of normality is coming as North America bounces back from the recession and society embraces the unpretentious beauty of the “flyover states.”   “‘Under the Radar’ helps car companies predict the mood of a specific region and provides exterior coating recommendations that …
Durable, Colorable, Silky TPSiV® Elastomers from Dow Corning Proven Safe for Skin Contact in Wearable Electronics Applications
7/29/2014 11:45:39 AM
Dow Corning, a global leader in silicones, silicon-based technology and innovation, announced today that its TPSiV ® 4000 and TPSiV ® 4200 Thermoplastic Elastomers (TPEs) have been shown to be safe for skin contact applications in two independent medical test protocols. The results offer strong independent validation that these industry-leading materials are an excellent …
Maximo Performance Improvements: A CMMS Best Practice Webinar
Maximo Performance Improvements: A CMMS Best Practice Webinar
7/29/2014 10:00:00 AM
GenesisSolutions, a Fully Integrated Global EAM Service Provider, will be leading a complimentary CMMS Best Practice Webinar on Wednesday August 27, 2014 at 11am ET. The focus of the discussion will be on solutions for Maximo Performance Improvements and the resultant benefits.   To register for this event, please click here .   A number of IBM Maximo Asset Management …
California Fines Company for Hair Products that Violated Air Pollution Laws
California Fines Company for Hair Products that Violated Air Pollution Laws
7/29/2014 9:51:59 AM
Last month, the California’s Air Resources Board (ARB) announced that a hair products manufacturer has agreed to settle two cases with fines totaling over $362,000.  The settlement was the result of violations of air quality laws related to the sale of hair styling products across California. The products in question exceeded the volatile organic compound (VOC) limits under …