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Spring Exam Period Begins for Industrial Hygienists on the Path to CIH® Certification
Spring Exam Period Begins for Industrial Hygienists on the Path to CIH® Certification
4/1/2015 10:28:22 PM
The Spring Exam window for successful Applicants looking to take their industrial hygiene careers to the next level begins this week on the first day of April.   The CIH® exam is administered by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene® (ABIH®) and approved candidates have until the last day of May to take the exam.   ABIH offers two exam windows each year: April-May and …
Structure Fires Can Damage More than Just the Property Touched by Flames
Structure Fires Can Damage More than Just the Property Touched by Flames
4/1/2015 10:27:03 AM
Fire departments across the United States respond to over 1 million fires of all types according to the U.S. Fire Administration.  Many of these fires take place in people’s homes and businesses and in addition to causing injuries and deaths in some circumstances, also result in billions of dollars in property damage.   While some fires cause the complete destruction of a …
New Study Links Nursing Home Residents’ Lung Health to their Indoor Air Quality
New Study Links Nursing Home Residents’ Lung Health to their Indoor Air Quality
4/1/2015 10:15:48 AM
In March, the European Respiratory Journal (ERJ) published a study that examined how poor indoor air quality (IAQ) can impact the lung health of elderly nursing home residents.  The EU funded project looked at 600 residents over the age of 65 in 50 different nursing homes.  The nursing homes were located in seven countries.   Indoor pollutant data from five categories was …
Texas Building Science Professionals Identify Indoor Allergens & Pollutants that Impact People with COPD
Texas Building Science Professionals Identify Indoor Allergens & Pollutants that Impact People with COPD
4/1/2015 10:03:17 AM
According to a Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey conducted in 2011, approximately 5.4% of residents in Texas had been told they have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) by a healthcare professional.  That equates to over 1.3 million residents of the state that are afflicted by a group of diseases that cause airflow blockage and breathing-related …
Statement from The Nature Conservancy on the U.S. Commitment in Advance of Paris Climate Change Meeting
4/1/2015 9:36:49 AM
The United States government announced its commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, i.e., its “Intended Nationally Determined Contribution” (INDC), in advance of the United Nations Climate Conference to be held in Paris later this year. The following is a statement from The Nature Conservancy’s Director of International Climate Policy, Duncan Marsh. “The plan, …
Some Los Angeles Students Could be Exposed to Lead-Tainted Drinking Water at School
3/31/2015 5:58:21 PM
Last month, the NBC4 I-Team broadcasted an investigative report into possible lead-tainted drinking water at schools in the Los Angeles area. The program was a follow-up to a report done by the same station seven years previously that had found old pipes and drinking fountains that could be exposing children and faculty to possible lead poisoning …
WWF Statement on US Climate Pledge
3/31/2015 11:42:02 AM
World Wildlife Fund issued the following statement from Lou Leonard, Vice President, Climate Change in reaction to today’s formal submission of the US’ contribution to a global climate pact expected to be signed in Paris later this year: “Climate disruption cuts across national borders and our solutions must do the same. We can only face this threat if we act together. …
Renewables Re-energized: Green Energy Investments Worldwide Surge 17% to $270 Billion in 2014
Renewables Re-energized: Green Energy Investments Worldwide Surge 17% to $270 Billion in 2014
3/31/2015 11:17:26 AM
Global investments in renewable energy rebounded strongly last year, registering a solid 17% increase to $270 Billion in 2014 after two years of declines and brushing aside the challenge from sharply lower crude oil prices. According to UNEP’s 9th annual Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2015, prepared by the Frankfurt School – UNEP collaborating Centre for Climate …
Candlestick Park Demolition has Neighbors Concerned about Potential Health Risks
3/30/2015 11:12:26 AM
Last month, KTVU published a story about the ongoing demolition of Candlestick Park and concerns expressed by neighbors who worry about exposure to hazardous materials in dust generated by the project.  People living in nearby areas are worried about possible exposure to materials such as asbestos and lead that may drift into their neighborhoods.   Originally, contractors …
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 …
Largest Ever Earth Hour Celebration to Send Collective Call for Climate Action
3/27/2015 8:48:51 AM
On March 28 at 8:30 p.m. local time, individuals, businesses, cities and landmarks around the world will switch off their lights for one hour to focus attention on climate change. Since originating in Sydney in 2007, Earth Hour , a global event organized by World Wildlife Fund, has grown into the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment. This year, as lights go …
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 …
Sierra Club Statement on Tucson Electric Power Attacks on Rooftop Solar, Local Clean Energy Jobs
3/26/2015 5:03:19 PM
Tucson Electric Power (TEP), a subsidiary of Canadian giant Fortis Corporation, announced plans yesterday to undercut Tucson’s burgeoning solar economy.  In a filing to the Arizona Corporation Commission, TEP proposed a new tariff on residential rooftop solar customers and requested a waiver of the state’s net metering rules. Net metering gives solar customers full …
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 …
New OSHA Report Discusses Income Inequality Associated with Failure to Protect Workers
New OSHA Report Discusses Income Inequality Associated with Failure to Protect Workers
3/25/2015 7:53:58 PM
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) just released a new report that examines how workplace injuries and illnesses impact income inequality. The report, Adding Inequality to Injury: The Costs of Failing to Protect Workers on the Job explores the impact on employees and their families of the more than three million workers that are seriously injured and the …
5 Star PADI Scuba Center, Pirate Island Divers of Key Largo, acquired by Divers Direct
5 Star PADI Scuba Center, Pirate Island Divers of Key Largo, acquired by Divers Direct
3/25/2015 4:52:11 PM
KEY LARGO, Florida, USA (March 25, 2015) - Divers Direct is proud to announce that they have reached an agreement to acquire Pirate Island Divers , a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Resort located at the Key Largo Bay, Marriott Beach Resort in the Upper Florida Keys. Subject to due diligence, the deal is expected to close on May 1, 2015.   “We are looking forward to …
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, …
71% of Oregon voters support legislation to transition from coal to renewable energy
3/24/2015 4:40:56 PM
Today two hundred leaders from the public health, academic, business, and environmental community traveled to Salem to rally and hold lobby meetings with legislators on this session’s top environmental bills as part of the Oregon Conservation Network’s Clean Green Lobby Machine lobby day. The priority bill for the day was the Coal to Clean Energy legislation, Senate Bill 477 …
Celebrate Spring with the Nature Conservancy and Observe the Spectacular Courtship Flight of the American Woodcock
3/24/2015 3:48:05 PM
The Pennsylvania Chapter of The Nature Conservancy is offering a public walk at our Hauser Nature Center in Long Pond , PA to celebrate spring and view the spectacular and elaborate mating courtship ritual of the male American Woodcock.  This family-friendly walk is free and open to the community, but space is limited, so reservations are required. Each spring, male …