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GPSTrackIt Introduces Roadside Assistance for Fleet Management Clients
5/26/2015 2:40:16 PM
GPSTrackIt now provides its customers with a comprehensive roadside assistance program. The program supplements GPSTrackIt.com’s Fleet Manager fleet and workforce management system. “We are extremely excited to offer this value­-added service to our customers,” said Eddie Bermudez, Product Development Manager at GPSTrackIt. “Now, in addition to a robust fleet management …
CDC’s National Study on Latino Health Points to Tobacco Smoke as a Major Concern for Puerto Ricans
CDC’s National Study on Latino Health Points to Tobacco Smoke as a Major Concern for Puerto Ricans
5/26/2015 12:18:02 PM
Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published its first national study on the leading causes of death for U.S. Latinos.  The study looked at risk factors and disease prevalence in many groups, including Puerto Ricans.  It found that smoking rates among Puerto Rican men were particularly high at 26%.   While it is known to virtually …
HeiLu Recruits Industry Professional, Lisa Turco, to Lead San Diego Sales Team
5/26/2015 11:00:00 AM
With over 18 years in the commercial furniture space, industry leader Lisa Turco recently joined the HeiLu team. Working strategically alongside HeiLu owners, Scott and Tim, Lisa will lead the Sales team surrounding the San Diego area.   “I met Scott at the 2014 IIDA Fashion Show in San Diego and couldn’t wait to join his team when I heard about HeiLu,” states Lisa Turco. …
Texas Property Owners & Facility Managers Busy Cleaning Up Flood Damage in Many Parts of the State
Texas Property Owners & Facility Managers Busy Cleaning Up Flood Damage in Many Parts of the State
5/26/2015 9:22:05 AM
May has brought a series of powerful storms to large parts of Texas and the Gulf Coast.  Many regions have experienced severe flooding that has caused tragic deaths and widespread damage to people’s homes, schools and businesses.    Once the water has receded, the arduous task of cleaning up the mess and repairing the damage begins.  During flood cleanup, the indoor air …
Spring Floods and Water Leaks Can Result in Costly Property Damage due to Wood Rot Fungi
Spring Floods and Water Leaks Can Result in Costly Property Damage due to Wood Rot Fungi
5/25/2015 8:24:31 PM
Wood is one of the most popular materials used to construct many types of residential and commercial properties. When properly maintained and protected, buildings made from wood can last for centuries.   As a natural material, termites and wood destroying insects have long been blamed for the destruction of wood in buildings, but they are not the only culprits.  Wood also …
New Confined Space Rule Issued by OSHA to Protect Construction Workers
New Confined Space Rule Issued by OSHA to Protect Construction Workers
5/25/2015 8:11:32 PM
On May 1st, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) announced that it had issued a final rule to increase protections for construction workers in confined spaces.  The new rule provides construction workers with similar protections to those of employees from other industries who have had them for over 20 years.   OSHA reports that construction workers …
Mold Discovered and Remediated from California High School
5/22/2015 1:22:58 PM
Last month, The Santa Clarita Valley Signal published a report about the discovery of mold in the cafeteria of Valencia High School.  According to the article, once the mold was discovered plans were put in place to remove it during spring break when students and teachers would be out of the building.   Fortunately, the mold was found and removed. Elevated levels of mold …
Environmental Scientists Help Families Breathe Easier by Identifying Indoor Air Quality Pollutants
5/22/2015 12:26:32 PM
Most people spend the majority of their time in their home.  Regardless of whether it is mansion or a typical family home, condo, duplex or apartment, it should provide a healthy indoor environment for everyone.  Unfortunately, many homes have elevated levels of indoor pollutants that could cause health concerns or aggravate medical conditions that people already …
California Residents Urged to be on the Lookout for Hidden Plumbing Leaks to Prevent Mold Growth
5/20/2015 5:29:00 PM
Last month, the Monterey Herald published a report about a popular soup kitchen in Salinas that suffered water damage.  According to the article, a slow plumbing leak below the floors had been active for some time and caused extensive damage and the temporary closure of the facility. Although the article did not reference mold growth due to the leak, in many circumstances …
California Parents Learn Major Retailer to Remove Phthalates from Vinyl Flooring
5/19/2015 3:36:02 PM
Recently, CNN published a report about one of the nation’s largest home improvement retailers and their plans to stop selling vinyl flooring that contains a group of chemicals known as phthalates.  The new policy is expected to go into effect by the end of this year.   According to the article, tests on vinyl floor tiles by several public interest groups found 38 out of 65 …
Legionella Alert issued by New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
5/19/2015 9:56:54 AM
On May 13th, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene issued an alert about an increase in the number of cases of Legionnaires’ disease taking place in Queens.  According to the Department, 10 cases have been diagnosed from April to May of this year involving residents of Queens.  Of these new cases, 9 of 10 resided in the Flushing-Clearview neighborhoods. The …
Even Minor Tornado Damage can Result in Indoor Environmental Hazards
Even Minor Tornado Damage can Result in Indoor Environmental Hazards
5/18/2015 8:44:49 PM
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), in an average year Texas has 137 tornadoes, more than any other state in the country.  Less than two months into spring and Texas has already been hit with a number of powerful tornadoes that have caused damage to homes and buildings in many regions of the state.    In a typical year in the United …
Hail Damage to Properties is Common in Many Parts of the United States
Hail Damage to Properties is Common in Many Parts of the United States
5/18/2015 9:59:24 AM
This spring has already witnessed severe storms that have caused widespread flooding, tornadoes and even a tropical storm.  A component of many of these powerful weather systems is the presence of hail that can cause property damage across a wide area.   Hail is possible in most thunderstorms.  It can have a diameter of anywhere from 5 millimeters to as large as 15 …
WREA Announces Free Energy Monitoring
WREA Announces Free Energy Monitoring
5/17/2015 9:25:28 PM
WREA, Inc. a Nevada based Corporation, announced today the release of the EMSPRO(TM) platform for energy data monitoring, analysis and advanced diagnostics using PGE’s (Pacific Gas and Electric) “ShareMyData” platform, granting access to more than twenty million Californians. Basic access, through WREA, Inc. for viewing your energy data for upto a week’s duration is free for …
EMSL’s Carle Place Laboratory Receives New AIHA Accreditation
EMSL’s Carle Place Laboratory Receives New AIHA Accreditation
5/13/2015 4:34:32 PM
EMSL Analytical, Inc. is pleased to announce that its Carle Place, New York laboratory has added another accreditation through the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA). Under the AIHA accreditation program, EMSL is in compliance with International Standard ISO/IEC 17025:2005 policies and procedures along with offering high-quality testing services to clients and …
Tips for Facility Managers Tasked with Mitigating Indoor Allergy Complaints
Tips for Facility Managers Tasked with Mitigating Indoor Allergy Complaints
5/12/2015 12:48:12 PM
When an employee comes to work and develops allergy symptoms that improve or go away once they leave their work environment, it is often a good indication that there are indoor allergens in the building.  Once an employee recognizes that this is likely the case, they will often speak to their supervisor or human resources department to share their concerns.  At this time, in …
Electronic Cigarettes and the Work Environment
Electronic Cigarettes and the Work Environment
5/12/2015 10:29:53 AM
In October of last year, the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) released a white paper about electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes).  Electronic Cigarettes in the Indoor Environment discusses the growing popularity of e-cigarettes worldwide and concerns about the limited information about these products and potential exposure concerns for their users and others …
Unicel Architectural provides sealed glass units with integrated louvers to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola (SHHP)
Unicel Architectural provides sealed glass units with integrated louvers to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola (SHHP)
5/12/2015 6:00:00 AM
MONTREAL, Canada – May 12, 2015 – Unicel Architectural today announced its deployment of hundreds of Vision Control® insulating glass units with integrated cord-free louvers as part of the new Bayou Tower expansion for the Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola (SHHP). The 443 Vision Control® units were employed in interior doors, sliding doors and multi-panel windows in …
Asthma Awareness Month and the Importance of Addressing Known Triggers and Airborne Irritants in the Workplace
Asthma Awareness Month and the Importance of Addressing Known Triggers and Airborne Irritants in the Workplace
5/11/2015 11:07:43 AM
The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that between 100 and 150 million people across the globe have asthma and that deaths due to it now total over 180,000 each year. In the United States, the American Lung Association states that approximately 25 million people suffer from the disease. Globally, the rate of those with the condition has been on the increase and figures …
Could Isocyanates from the Application of Spray Polyurethane Foam Cause Indoor Environmental Concerns?
Could Isocyanates from the Application of Spray Polyurethane Foam Cause Indoor Environmental Concerns?
5/11/2015 8:52:42 AM
Across California and the Southwest, spray polyurethane foam (SPF) has become a popular alternative to other forms of insulation in homes and buildings due to its excellent insulating properties.  In many applications, SPF also has the ability to protect against moisture, fill cracks and crevices, and works well to reduce airborne sounds in urban areas.   There are several …