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Healthy Indoor Air Quality is an Important Factor for California Students Returning to School
Healthy Indoor Air Quality is an Important Factor for California Students Returning to School
9/2/2015 5:06:11 PM
It’s back to school time of year in California as many school districts get ready to begin the 2015-2016 school year. The state’s largest school district with over 650,000 students, the Los Angeles Unified School District, began classes on August 18th.  Many factors can impact the learning environment of a school, including its indoor air quality (IAQ).  According to the …
Mold in Classrooms a Problem for Some Students and Faculty as the New School Year Begins
Mold in Classrooms a Problem for Some Students and Faculty as the New School Year Begins
9/1/2015 4:37:54 PM
Students in many parts of the country have already been in class for weeks, while others start the new school year after Labor Day.  Regardless of when students begin school, the indoor environmental quality of their classrooms and other facilities is an essential component for their well-being and ability to learn.   Some schools have been forced to delay the start of the …
Construction Companies in Puerto Rico Reminded of Asbestos Regulations as Illinois Companies Face Nearly $2M in Fines
Construction Companies in Puerto Rico Reminded of Asbestos Regulations as Illinois Companies Face Nearly $2M in Fines
9/1/2015 12:46:49 PM
Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Labor announced that several Illinois construction companies and a manager now face nearly $2 million in fines for exposing workers to known asbestos hazards.    An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) found that the affiliated companies violated numerous health …
Humid Conditions at Texas Library Results in Costly Mold Issues
Humid Conditions at Texas Library Results in Costly Mold Issues
9/1/2015 11:19:54 AM
Earlier this month, the Waco Tribune-Herald published an article about indoor environmental issues taking place at the West Waco Library.  According to the article, a lack of humidity control in a section of the building has resulted in the growth of mold on over 22,000 items in the genealogy department.  A company has been hired to remediate the mold, which will result in …
New Service Opens for Help with Remodeling Issues
New Service Opens for Help with Remodeling Issues
9/1/2015 10:04:20 AM
One of the most vexing issues with virtually every major remodeling job is communication problems among all the parties involved: the owner of the project, the architect or designer, and the contractor who performs the actual construction. According to Benny Rowe , consultant at The Homeowners’ Advisor , Owner’s Advocacy is a service concept that’s new to the …
Water Damage at Huntington Beach Apartment Complex Creates Indoor Environmental Concerns
8/31/2015 5:49:10 PM
Late July brought heavy rains to parched areas of Southern California. One apartment complex in Huntington Beach was particularly hit hard.  According to a news report from ABC 7, the apartment complex in the seaside community was having solar panels installed on the roof when the heavy rains arrived.  Although the roof had tarps installed, water still caused damage on …
Costly Property Damage Caused by Arizona’s Monsoon Season
Costly Property Damage Caused by Arizona’s Monsoon Season
8/31/2015 8:47:17 AM
Powerful thunderstorms, dust storms, heatwaves, lightning, wildfires, hail and flash floods are all a common occurrence for residents of Arizona during the monsoon season.  In fact, the 3 ½ months that make up the monsoon season typically brings about half of the region’s annual rainfall.   With a month left to go before the official end of the monsoon season, the powerful …
California Foreclosures and Potential Indoor Environmental Quality Issues
California Foreclosures and Potential Indoor Environmental Quality Issues
8/28/2015 12:13:44 PM
Foreclosure rates have been steadily decreasing in most parts of the country.  According to recent media reports, even with this trend, California still has one of the highest number of completed foreclosure rates in the country.  Approximately 29,000 properties completed the foreclosure process in California from the middle of 2014 through the middle of this year. For many …
Tenants Advised to Inspect for Mold and Water Damage before Renting a Home or Apartment
Tenants Advised to Inspect for Mold and Water Damage before Renting a Home or Apartment
8/27/2015 4:20:55 PM
In early August, KTVB broadcasted a story about an Idaho family who had to move out of the home they were renting due to mold.  After the family brought in a mold inspection professional to investigate their claims, long-term water and moisture damage was found that supported the growth of fungi in the residence.  Allergic reactions to mold are common and can be immediate …
Is Toxic Lead Lurking in Your Water Supply?
Is Toxic Lead Lurking in Your Water Supply?
8/26/2015 5:23:00 PM
According to CBC News , in late July, Memorial University in St. Johns, Canada temporarily closed its campus after higher than acceptable levels of lead were found in the drinking water of several buildings. The campus reopened several days later as bottled water and special lead-removing filters were added to some of the drinking fountains as more tests were …
Radon and Other Natural Sources of Radiation Exposure
Radon and Other Natural Sources of Radiation Exposure
8/25/2015 5:09:02 PM
Even though many people may not be aware of it, radiation is all around them. In fact, this natural “background” radiation has been here since the birth of the universe. People are exposed to small amounts of radiation from natural sources every day. This radiation exposure can be measured. In the United States, the dose, which is the amount of radiation energy absorbed by …
Is Lead Contamination Around Vernon Recycling Plant More Widespread than Previously Thought?
Is Lead Contamination Around Vernon Recycling Plant More Widespread than Previously Thought?
8/24/2015 2:05:34 PM
In July, KCAL, the Los Angeles CBS affiliate, broadcasted a report about the ongoing contamination issues surrounding a recycling plant located in a heavily populated area in Vernon, California. According to the news report, environmental health experts have found additional lead contamination in a much larger area than previously known. The soil at 146 homes, out of …
Sulfur Dioxide Occupational Exposure Risks Identified by EMSL Analytical, Inc.
Sulfur Dioxide Occupational Exposure Risks Identified by EMSL Analytical, Inc.
8/24/2015 11:22:15 AM
Sulfur dioxide (SO2) is one of a group of highly reactive gases known as oxides of sulfur. It is a colorless gas with a pungent and suffocating odor.  It is also a common air pollutant found in many parts of the world.  Much of the sulfur dioxide in the air comes from the burning of coal and oil at electric power plants. Other sources of sulfur dioxide come from industrial …
Lita Dirks, CEO and Owner of Lita Dirks & Co., Chosen to Judge the SoCal Awards 2015
Lita Dirks, CEO and Owner of Lita Dirks & Co., Chosen to Judge the SoCal Awards 2015
8/24/2015 11:00:00 AM
Lita Dirks, owner of Lita Dirks & Co. , a nationally recognized interior design and merchandising company, has been selected to be a judge for the prestigious SoCal Awards 2015. These awards, held on Saturday, September 26th at the Grove of Anaheim, will recognize the best in professional achievement, sales, marketing and design throughout Southern California. “I am …
After the Fire – Steps a Property Owner Should Take Following Damage to a Commercial or Residential Property
After the Fire – Steps a Property Owner Should Take Following Damage to a Commercial or Residential Property
8/24/2015 10:34:57 AM
According to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), as recently as 2013, fires caused an estimated $11.5 billion in direct property loss in the United States.   The NFPA also reports that year there were approximately 487,500 structure fires and every 85 seconds there was a fire reported in a home. While no one ever expects a fire to impact their home or business, these …
Summer Allergies in Puerto Rico due to Outdoor Pollen & Mold or Indoor Contaminants?
Summer Allergies in Puerto Rico due to Outdoor Pollen & Mold or Indoor Contaminants?
8/24/2015 10:27:29 AM
Many Puerto Ricans have allergies and although many associate the condition with the spring season, allergies can be a problem any month of the year.  Summer allergies can be caused by seasonal outdoor culprits or due to the presence of indoor allergens.  Two of the most common causes of summer allergies are due to the presence of pollen and mold.    Just last week, the …
IAQ a Key Component for a Successful School Year as Texas Students Return to Classrooms
IAQ a Key Component for a Successful School Year as Texas Students Return to Classrooms
8/24/2015 10:18:17 AM
Over 80,000 students begin classes today at the Austin Independent School District and similar situations are taking place at school districts across Texas.  In fact, close to 5 million students at over 1,000 school districts statewide are ready to begin the 2015-2016 school year.   School districts face many challenges when it comes to providing a healthy learning …
EMLab P&K Releases Zip Code-Based Mold Lab Report for Mold Testing in Nevada
EMLab P&K Releases Zip Code-Based Mold Lab Report for Mold Testing in Nevada
8/24/2015 6:00:00 AM
EMLab P&K, a TestAmerica company and the leading commercial indoor air quality (IAQ) laboratory in North America, announces the release of the MoldRANGE Local Climate report for clients in Nevada. Now EMLab P&K’s patent-pending, zip code-based MoldRANGE Local Climate report is available across the entire contiguous United States. The mold laboratory report provides …
Kentucky Middle School’s Equipment Failure Results in Mold Growth
8/21/2015 2:15:02 PM
Last month, WPSD broadcasted a report about the temporary closing of a middle school in McCracken County, Kentucky. The middle school was reportedly closed so remediation crews could begin removing mold recently found in the building to get the facility ready for students and faculty preparing for the new school year. According to the news report, a compressor failed which …
TWI Attends F-15 Sustainment Programs Industry Day
TWI Attends F-15 Sustainment Programs Industry Day
8/19/2015 2:08:40 PM
TWI recently attended the US Air Force (USAF) F-15 Sustainment Programs Industry Day. Held 4 August at Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins, Georgia, the event brought together key industry and government leaders to discuss multiple programs in support of the Royal Saudi Air Force F-15 fleet. The event provided an ideal opportunity for the USAF and industry to address …