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New ActiClean Toilet from American Standard Stays Sparkling Clean with the Press of a Button
New ActiClean Toilet from American Standard Stays Sparkling Clean with the Press of a Button
9/23/2016 9:22:03 AM
Keeping a sparkling clean bathroom just got easier with the American Standard ActiClean self-cleaning toilet . The new ActiClean system is the toilet that cleans itself, combining the power of revolutionary VorMax flushing technology — which delivers the cleanest flush ever engineered — with a fully integrated self-cleaning system . Simply press a button, walk away, and let …
Legionella Bacteria Identified in New York Hospital
Legionella Bacteria Identified in New York Hospital
9/22/2016 8:19:36 AM
During routine inspections of the water supply systems at a New York City hospital,  Legionella  was detected. As of August, only one patient has contracted Legionnaires’ disease, an illness associated with the bacteria  Legionella . Legionella  is a bacteria found naturally in surface water, ground water and soil. It can also be found in manmade environments. …
“Switzerland at Pier 17” Festival Breathing New Life into Historic Wharf; Transforming Public Space into Experimental Global Collaborative
“Switzerland at Pier 17” Festival Breathing New Life into Historic Wharf; Transforming Public Space into Experimental Global Collaborative
9/21/2016 1:22:07 PM
The weekend of September 24th marks the renaissance of San Francisco’s historic Pier 17, and new home to swissnex, Switzerland’s Bay Area innovation lab bringing academics, creatives, and entrepreneurs together under one hangar. During the inaugural “Switzerland at Pier 17” festival weekend, swissnex will open its doors to ideas, dialogues, and panel discussions around the …
Cases of Legionnaires’ Disease Reported at a Washington Hospital
Cases of Legionnaires’ Disease Reported at a Washington Hospital
9/21/2016 10:52:48 AM
During the first week of September, two patients were diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease at a hospital in Washington. One patient was released from the hospital, but the other patient died while being treated at the hospital. Legionnaire’s disease is an illness caused by aerosolized water containing  Legionella  bacteria is inhaled or aspirated. Cooling towers, along …
Indoor Environmental Consultants Celebrates 15 Years of Service in Texas and the Gulf Coast
Indoor Environmental Consultants Celebrates 15 Years of Service in Texas and the Gulf Coast
9/20/2016 10:26:14 AM
In 2001, a group of the leading building science, indoor air quality, environmental, and microbiology professionals officially opened the doors at Indoor Environmental Consultants, Inc. (IEC). The environmental consulting firm quickly made a name for themselves in their home state of Texas and across the Gulf Coast.   Today, IEC is the area’s premier indoor environmental …
Lighting Project at California School District Leads to Lawsuit over Asbestos Contamination
Lighting Project at California School District Leads to Lawsuit over Asbestos Contamination
9/20/2016 9:22:42 AM
Last month, the  Whittier Daily News  published a story a school district filing a multimillion dollar lawsuit against two companies. The companies were hired in 2015 as part of a project to upgrade to energy-efficient lighting in three of the district’s schools. The project reportedly came to a quick end when the school district’s hazardous materials coordinator feared that …
Legionella Discovered in a Pennsylvania State Building’s Water Supply
Legionella Discovered in a Pennsylvania State Building’s Water Supply
9/20/2016 9:18:20 AM
Earlier in September, higher than acceptable levels of the bacteria  Legionella  were discovered at a state building complex located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The  Legionella  was discovered in the water cooling tower and a building on the complex. The Pennsylvania Department of Health is increasing water testing around the facility to help treat and prevent any further …
Identifying and Mitigating Asphalt Fume Exposure Risks in Puerto Rico
Identifying and Mitigating Asphalt Fume Exposure Risks in Puerto Rico
9/19/2016 11:36:12 AM
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) reports that over 500,000 workers in the United States are exposed to fumes from asphalt. This staggering figure includes many workers in Puerto Rico, not to mention thousands of other workers throughout the Caribbean.   Asphalt as it is referred to in the United States or bitumen, as it is called in many other …
California Residents Learn How to Protect the Value and IEQ of Coastal Properties
California Residents Learn How to Protect the Value and IEQ of Coastal Properties
9/19/2016 10:50:27 AM
The 800+ miles of California’s coast are world renowned and stretch from San Diego County all the way to Del Norte County. Over a dozen counties line the Golden Coast and are home to some of the most desirable and expensive oceanfront property in the world. Tens of thousands of homes are located on or near this exclusive stretch of land and most are valued with …
Could the Caulking in Your Home, School or Office Contain Asbestos or PCBs?
Could the Caulking in Your Home, School or Office Contain Asbestos or PCBs?
9/19/2016 10:45:28 AM
Most people are aware that exposure to asbestos or polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) can be hazardous, but far fewer know that some types of caulking used in the past contained asbestos fibers and PCBs. In fact, there are reports that indicate that some caulking compounds used to build and renovate buildings up until the 1970s had considerable concentrations of these …
Free Home Surveys Now Available from Britain’s Best in Quality Window Shutters
9/16/2016 7:26:57 AM
Britain’s leading name in superior window shutters has proudly announced the launch of a free home survey service across London and the Home Counties. Riverside Shutters has expanded its already market-leading customer service package with the promise of 100% cost-free and obligation-free home design visits, available simply by booking a consultation online. Throughout …
EMSL Radiochemistry Laboratory Offers Radon in Water Testing
EMSL Radiochemistry Laboratory Offers Radon in Water Testing
9/14/2016 9:01:44 AM
EMSL’s Radiological Laboratory Division now provides expanded radon in water analysis. Radon is a radioactive gas that comes from the natural radioactive decay of radium. Radon is a noble gas, meaning it is colorless, odorless and chemically inert; therefore it cannot be detected by human senses. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), radon can …
New Case of Legionnaires’ Disease Reported in Michigan
New Case of Legionnaires’ Disease Reported in Michigan
9/12/2016 2:55:35 PM
In September, a new case of Legionnaires’ disease was reported in Genesse County, Michigan. This is the seventh individual in the county this year to contract Legionnaires’ disease. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is working with the hospital where the case was reported to identify the source of  Legionella .  Legionella  is a type of bacteria …
Facility Managers in Puerto Rico Provided Solutions to Resolve Indoor Allergy Complaints
Facility Managers in Puerto Rico Provided Solutions to Resolve Indoor Allergy Complaints
9/12/2016 12:07:09 PM
Employees that develop allergy symptoms that improve or go away once they leave their work environment are likely being exposed to indoor allergens.  When a worker recognizes that this appears to be what is going on, they will often speak to their supervisor or human resources department about their concerns.    In many circumstances, the facility manager of the building …
Demolition Projects in New York can Create Air Quality Concerns for Workers and Residents
Demolition Projects in New York can Create Air Quality Concerns for Workers and Residents
9/12/2016 9:00:56 AM
Recently, demolition work began in Park Slope to make way for a new high-rise condo building. The 109 unit development will be built on multiple lots that requires older structures be torn down. As is often the case, asbestos first had to be remediated before at least one of the buildings could be demolished.   Each year, demolition projects such as this result in countless …
EMLab P&K Phoenix Hosts Certified Indoor Environmentalist (CIE) Course by Indoor Sciences
EMLab P&K Phoenix Hosts Certified Indoor Environmentalist (CIE) Course by Indoor Sciences
9/12/2016 9:00:00 AM
EMLab P&K, a TestAmerica company and the leading commercial indoor air quality (IAQ) laboratory in North America, will host Ian Cull of Indoor Sciences, Inc. to bring the IAQA Indoor Environmentalist Course to Phoenix. The IAQA Indoor Environmentalist Course is a comprehensive two-day training course taught by Ian Cull of Indoor Sciences. Course topics include: …
EMSL Radiochemistry Lab Offers Radionuclide in Well Water Testing
EMSL Radiochemistry Lab Offers Radionuclide in Well Water Testing
9/9/2016 12:02:05 PM
EMSL’s Radiological Laboratory Division now provides expanded radionuclides in well water analysis packages. Radon, radium and uranium are the most common naturally occurring radioactive elements in the environment. These radionuclides are soluble in water and they can be drawn into private well water. Unlike community water systems, private wells are not regulated or …
Identifying Sewer Gas Exposure Risks in Commercial and Residential Properties
Identifying Sewer Gas Exposure Risks in Commercial and Residential Properties
9/6/2016 5:49:11 PM
Many people have at one time or another walked into a home or building and immediately encountered the unpleasant odor associated with sewer gas. Exposure to these objectionable odors can not only be distressing, in high enough concentrations they can even create health and safety concerns for building occupants.   Sewer gas is a complex mixture of toxic and nontoxic gases …
Protecting New York Workers and Residents from Mercury Poisoning Hazards
Protecting New York Workers and Residents from Mercury Poisoning Hazards
9/6/2016 8:21:52 AM
Last month, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) announced that a remediation contractor from Schenectady has been fined over $140,000 for exposing workers to mercury poisoning and for not providing the proper employee safeguards.   According to the OSHA news release, the employees were removing liquid mercury and mercury-contaminated soil and wood …
Bad Credit Construction Equipment Financing Brings In Working Capital For Business Owners
Bad Credit Construction Equipment Financing Brings In Working Capital For Business Owners
9/6/2016 1:07:25 AM
Bad credit construction equipment financing is available to business owners seeking working capital. VMI LLC, a California company, provides a program specifically for business owners who have bad credit and need working capital. Under this program, the business owners use their free and clear equipment as collateral to secure the working capital loan . Loans …