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Award-Winning Interior Design Company, Lita Dirks & Co., Hires Marketing and Administrative Assistant, Elizabeth Campanella
Award-Winning Interior Design Company, Lita Dirks & Co., Hires Marketing and Administrative Assistant, Elizabeth Campanella
8/21/2014 6:09:04 PM
Denver-based interior design and model merchandising company, Lita Dirks & Co., is proud to welcome Elizabeth Campanella as its new marketing and administrative assistant. Campanella, a recent graduate from Colorado State University with a degree in Communication Studies and Sociology, brings to the company a new, fresh perspective regarding social media and …
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, …
$50 Million Claim for Mold-Related Illnesses at California Board of Equalization
$50 Million Claim for Mold-Related Illnesses at California Board of Equalization
8/20/2014 9:21:44 AM
Last month, the Sacramento Business Journal published a report about the ongoing problems at the building that houses the California Board of Equalization (BOE).  According to the article, a new claim was recently filed on behalf of employees whose alleged health problems were due to mold at the BOE headquarters.  A previous lawsuit concerning similar issues was settled in …
Respirable Particulates, Airborne Contaminants & Lung Cancer Risks
Respirable Particulates, Airborne Contaminants & Lung Cancer Risks
8/19/2014 4:25:10 PM
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths and the second most common cancer among both men and women in the United States according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).    The CDC states that the most important thing a person can do to lower their lung cancer risk is to quit smoking and to avoid secondhand smoke. The second leading cause of lung …
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 …
GPSTrackIt.com’s Fleet Manager Earns Rave Reviews
8/18/2014 12:30:03 PM
For fifteen years, Capterra.com, with the most extensive collection of software on the web, has been helping millions of businesses find the best business software using reviews, ratings, and directories along with their blog, infographics and informative e-books. “Capterra puts thousands of software vendors on one website. Feature sets and review ratings take the guess work …
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 …
TWI and Safar Deliver Critical Food Supplies to Refugees in Iraq
TWI and Safar Deliver Critical Food Supplies to Refugees in Iraq
8/12/2014 2:22:50 PM
TWI and Safar personnel recently delivered critical food supplies to support the increasing number of refugees fleeing the violence in Iraq.  Due to the deteriorating security situation in the region, over 50,000 refugees have been forced to flee areas of Northern Iraq in search of safety. Our local team in Erbil quickly sourced, consolidated, and delivered water and various …
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 …
Schools in Puerto Rico Turn to Zimmetry Environmental for Healthy Indoor Environments
Schools in Puerto Rico Turn to Zimmetry Environmental for Healthy Indoor Environments
8/11/2014 9:39:27 AM
Students and teachers across Puerto Rico are getting ready to start the new school year.  In many school districts, the summer months have been spent performing repairs, renovations and preventive maintenance activities.   These activities can either improve the indoor environmental quality or make matters worse if they have not been performed correctly.  Schools with water …
McMurray Stern Receives WBE Certification from CPUC
8/8/2014 5:53:45 PM
SANTA FE SPRINGS, CA—August 8, 2014—McMurray Stern, Southern California’s leader in innovative storage development and records management solutions, announced today that it was certified as a Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).   The CPUC regulates privately owned public utilities and ensures reliable service at …
Back to School Can Sometimes Mean a Return to IAQ Problems for Students & Faculty
Back to School Can Sometimes Mean a Return to IAQ Problems for Students & Faculty
8/6/2014 12:52:46 PM
In some parts of the country, students and teachers have already returned to the classroom to start the new school year. Many other districts are gearing up for the annual return as they wrap up building repair and renovation projects that took place during the summer break.   These projects often include preventive maintenance and repairs to classrooms and school buildings …
GPSTrackIt.com Unveils New Open API for Fleet Manager
8/5/2014 3:50:49 PM
GPSTrackIt.com already provides data pumps and data queues that pull data from the Fleet Manager system.  Now they’ve developed an Application Programming Interface (API) that functions as a web service, enabling customers and third-party developers to more efficiently move vehicle location data, performance data, and engine diagnostics to other systems for use in resource …
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 …
Tropical Storm Bertha Causes Property Damage in Puerto Rico
Tropical Storm Bertha Causes Property Damage in Puerto Rico
8/5/2014 10:33:48 AM
This past weekend, heavy rains and winds pounded parts of the Caribbean, including Puerto Rico.  The storm knocked out power for many and dropped between 3 and 5 inches of rain in Puerto Rico as it crossed the region.   Bertha’s strong winds and heavy rain caused water damage to some homes and buildings.  Whenever water enters a building, no matter the source, it’s important …
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 …
Summer Painting Projects Could Expose Building Occupants to VOCs
Summer Painting Projects Could Expose Building Occupants to VOCs
7/28/2014 4:01:28 PM
Painting projects in a home, multi-tenant complex, school or business can create health concerns for not only professional painters and DIY enthusiasts, but also anyone exposed to paint odors and fumes.  Paints contain various chemicals, including many that have volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that easily evaporate into the surrounding air. Exposure to paint fumes can …