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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 …
Disston™ Company Celebrates 175th Anniversary as a Global Manufacturer of Power Tool Accessory Products
Disston™ Company Celebrates 175th Anniversary as a Global Manufacturer of Power Tool Accessory Products
3/26/2015 2:59:39 PM
Disston™ Company, the global manufacturer of a wide range of power tool accessory products for DIY, contractor and industrial markets, has announced today that April 2015 marks the company’s 175th anniversary. 175 years ago, founder Henry Disston set out with a vision and became the first domestic manufacturer of handsaws in the country with Disston Saw Works. He knew that …
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 …
Is it Spring Allergies or Indoor Air Quality Issues Causing Running Noses and Itchy Eyes across Texas?
Is it Spring Allergies or Indoor Air Quality Issues Causing Running Noses and Itchy Eyes across Texas?
3/25/2015 11:29:23 AM
Last week ushered in the official start of the spring season. After a long and chilly winter in many parts of Texas and the Gulf Coast, people are beginning to enjoy outdoor activities and open doors and windows that have been kept shut for months. During this time of year, trees and plants begin to bloom and release large amounts of pollen into the air. Moist weather 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, …
Puerto Rico’s Air Quality Professionals Identify Indoor Allergens & Pollutants to Help those Suffering from COPD
Puerto Rico’s Air Quality Professionals Identify Indoor Allergens & Pollutants to Help those Suffering from COPD
3/24/2015 9:59:44 AM
In Puerto Rico, over 3% of the population suffers from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, also known as COPD. That amounts to close to 110,000 residents who are afflicted by a group of diseases that cause airflow blockage and breathing-related problems. COPD includes emphysema, chronic bronchitis and in some cases asthma. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute …
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 …
Casino Industry Looks to UVDI’s Air Cleaning & Odor Removal Technologies at the NIGA Indian Gaming Convention
Casino Industry Looks to UVDI’s Air Cleaning & Odor Removal Technologies at the NIGA Indian Gaming Convention
3/23/2015 8:41:39 AM
On March 30th, representatives from the Indian Gaming industry will converge in San Diego for the National Indian Gaming Association’s (NIGA) Annual Tradeshow and Convention. The four-day event is taking place at the San Diego Convention Center. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the convention and it is anticipated to be the year’s largest gathering of tribal leaders …
Nation’s Leading Public Adjusters offer Tips to Prevent Water Damage as Families take Spring Break Vacations
Nation’s Leading Public Adjusters offer Tips to Prevent Water Damage as Families take Spring Break Vacations
3/23/2015 8:29:36 AM
Each year in March and April, millions of Americans take a break from their daily routines to enjoy time with family and friends during spring break trips. Unfortunately, few things can turn a dream vacation into a nightmare as quickly as coming back to a water damaged home or business. Water damage is one of the most common reasons for an insurance claim and when it …
Modern Industrial Adds Forklift Quote Service to Its Industrial E-Commerce Website
Modern Industrial Adds Forklift Quote Service to Its Industrial E-Commerce Website
3/20/2015 10:25:23 AM
A newcomer to the industrial e-commerce scene, Modern Industrial officially announced today that it is adding a new service to it’s industrial products e-commerce website.  The company is now offering a quoting service that helps match prospective buyers with equipment distributors in the material handling category.  Customers can now quickly and easily use this new service to …
The Cultural Capital Of Australia To Get A Cultural Hotel Company Icon When The Ritz-Carlton, Melbourne Comes To Town
3/18/2015 2:18:17 PM
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. and Fast Consortium (FEC), a leading Asian property developer, have signed an agreement for the development of The Ritz-Carlton, Melbourne located at 250 Spencer Street in the UNESCO city of literature. The Ritz-Carlton, Melbourne will be the centrepiece of an urban mixed-use project in the central business district which will include …
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 …
Countdown to the 2015 Northeast IAQ & Energy Conference Begins
Countdown to the 2015 Northeast IAQ & Energy Conference Begins
3/16/2015 3:36:47 PM
On April 15th, many of the nation’s foremost experts involved with indoor air quality (IAQ) and energy efficiency for residential, institutional and commercial properties will converge for the 2015 Northeast Indoor Air Quality & Energy Conference.  Those in attendance will enjoy two of the most rewarding days this year to network and learn from experts in their …
Sick Building Syndrome Cases in Puerto Rico Solved by Zimmetry Environmental
Sick Building Syndrome Cases in Puerto Rico Solved by Zimmetry Environmental
3/16/2015 11:25:48 AM
As far back as 1984, a World Health Organization Committee report suggested that up to 30 percent of new and remodeled buildings worldwide may be the subject of excessive complaints related to indoor air quality (IAQ). Often this condition is temporary, but some buildings have long-term problems.   Frequently, problems result when a building is operated or maintained in a …
Texas Building Science Experts Resolve Sick Building Syndrome Cases across the Gulf Coast
Texas Building Science Experts Resolve Sick Building Syndrome Cases across the Gulf Coast
3/16/2015 10:23:58 AM
As far back as 1984, a World Health Organization Committee report suggested that up to 30 percent of new and remodeled buildings worldwide may be the subject of excessive complaints related to indoor air quality (IAQ).  In some of these buildings, the term sick building syndrome (SBS) has been used to describe situations in which building occupants experience acute health and …
The “Category of Water” in Flood Damaged Buildings can Directly Impact Repair & Rebuilding Costs
The “Category of Water” in Flood Damaged Buildings can Directly Impact Repair & Rebuilding Costs
3/16/2015 9:12:25 AM
Water can enter a home or building in many ways.  Local flooding, leaking roofs and broken plumbing are all potential water sources that can damage or destroy personal belongings, building materials and even result in structural damage.  Water damage can even create potential indoor environmental and indoor air quality concerns for building occupants.   If a property does …
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 …
RTO Backs Government Crackdown On Shonky Training Providers
RTO Backs Government Crackdown On Shonky Training Providers
3/12/2015 10:43:13 PM
A crackdown on shonky training providers in the Vocational Education and Training industry announced yesterday by Senator Birmingham is long overdue.   This crackdown is also welcomed by many within the VET sector according to an RTO in the Occupational Health and Safety training field. Melbourne based OHS expert of 20 plus years, James Sandman, also the Director and …