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Indoor Water Leaks Invite Termites and Mold Growth Resulting in Costly Damage and IEQ Concerns
Indoor Water Leaks Invite Termites and Mold Growth Resulting in Costly Damage and IEQ Concerns
6/28/2016 9:00:55 AM
While some types of water damage, like a natural flood, leave behind obvious signs of damage, a small water leak in a wall cavity or crawl space may go unnoticed for months or more. Even a pinhole leak in a water supply line can cause expensive repairs as it ruins building materials and may even result in structural damage. The presence of moisture from a water leak can …
Water Test Results Show Many Illinois Residents Could be Exposed to Elevated Lead Levels
Water Test Results Show Many Illinois Residents Could be Exposed to Elevated Lead Levels
6/27/2016 10:52:36 AM
In May, the  Chicago Tribune  published an article about the safety of tap water in people’s homes across Illinois due to concerns over elevated levels of lead. According the article, an analysis of state data showed that some 700,000 residents served by approximately 170 public water systems could be at some level of risk. The exposure risk is due to elevated lead levels …
Secondhand Asbestos Exposure Risks for Families of Some Workers in Puerto Rico
Secondhand Asbestos Exposure Risks for Families of Some Workers in Puerto Rico
6/27/2016 10:03:00 AM
Due to the unique properties found in asbestos, it was used for decades in thousands of commercial products and building materials. While asbestos-containing materials may have many beneficial attributes, they can also release fibers into the air when they are disturbed and as they age and become friable.   Asbestos fibers cannot be seen with the naked eye so they can be …
Multiple Salmonella Outbreaks in California Associated with Contact with Pet Turtles
Multiple Salmonella Outbreaks in California Associated with Contact with Pet Turtles
6/27/2016 10:00:32 AM
From January of last year through April of 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have investigated four separate multistate outbreaks of human  Salmonella  infections linked to contact with small turtles. In each of the outbreaks, some of the victims have resided in California. A total of at least 133 people have been infected with dozens from the …
New York EHS Expert Identifies Microbial Risks Associated with Eyewash Stations
New York EHS Expert Identifies Microbial Risks Associated with Eyewash Stations
6/27/2016 9:54:40 AM
Emergency eyewash stations are required and are an integral component of many health and safety programs at companies and institutions in New York and across the tri-state area. Eye injuries are a significant workplace hazard in some occupations and according to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), thousands of people are blinded each year from …
Cleanaway’s Sustainable Recycling is Making a Difference
6/27/2016 9:18:12 AM
Every time you recycle with Cleanaway you are helping keep metal and plastic out of the environment and putting the materials back into new bikes, barbecues, and wheelie bins. Cleanaway is a leader in sustainable recycling and offers environmentally friendly solutions for your business and home. Cleanaway Executive General Manager Sales and Marketing Dave Aardsma says …
Cleanaway Is The Leading Provider Of Secure, Lockable Bins For Scheduled Or Flexible Collection
6/27/2016 9:12:47 AM
Leading waste management provider Cleanaway will make sure your sensitive material never sees the light of day. Executive General Manager Sales and Marketing, Dave Aardsma, explains the documents are then recycled or disposed of in ways that will help the environment. “We understand your sensitive material needs to be destroyed, but that does not mean it can’t be treated …
Cleanaway - The Leader For Skip Bins
6/26/2016 3:03:58 PM
Cleanaway provides safe, strong, easy-to-manage skip bins with prompt delivery and removal. If your business needs a versatile single lift bin system, Cleanaway has the solution for you. “Skip bins are a necessary part of waste disposal and we do a great job of making it as easy as possible for you to use them at your business,” Cleanaway Executive General Manager Sales …
Mold Forces Bay Area Family to Vacate Million Dollar Rental Home
Mold Forces Bay Area Family to Vacate Million Dollar Rental Home
6/24/2016 3:13:42 PM
In May, KTVU broadcasted a report about a family of six who discovered high levels of mold in their rental property in Danville, California. According to the report, the family had been living in the home for 15 months as their children began to develop a myriad of health issues ranging from wheezing and coughing to nosebleeds. The family had an inspector check the attic …
New Nutritional Facts Label Rule Featuring Additional Information Finalized
New Nutritional Facts Label Rule Featuring Additional Information Finalized
6/24/2016 11:29:43 AM
In May, the final rules were released for the updated Nutritional Facts Label. Starting July 26, 2016, companies will have two years to comply with the changes. An extra year to meet compliance has been given to companies that do less than $10 million in annual food sales. To assist with updating food nutritional labels, EMSL Analytical, Inc. offers full Nutritional Labeling …
Georgia Parents Concerned after Elevated Levels of Mold Found at Daycare Center
Georgia Parents Concerned after Elevated Levels of Mold Found at Daycare Center
6/23/2016 11:53:22 AM
Recently, WGCL-TV broadcasted a report about indoor environmental concerns at a Marietta daycare center. According to their investigative report, the facility has been plagued with issues of mold contamination on desks, walls and other locations. A state agency that oversees daycare centers in Georgia also investigated the situation and reportedly found elevated levels of …
Cleanaway Powering Homes With Renewable Energy From Landfill
6/23/2016 8:27:42 AM
Sustainable waste management leader, Cleanaway, has turned landfill gas into enough renewable energy to power over 16,000 homes for a year. Rather than letting waste sit, Cleanaway is managing sustainably to ensure a healthier future for our planet and a smaller environmental footprint for your business. “Sustainability is our stock in trade. We’ve built our business …
Legionnaires’ Disease Cases Reported in Quebec Caused by Occupational Soil Exposure to Legionella
Legionnaires’ Disease Cases Reported in Quebec Caused by Occupational Soil Exposure to Legionella
6/22/2016 11:16:46 AM
According to an article in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Emerging Infectious Disease Report, two cases of Legionnaires’ disease (LD) occurred one month apart in the same area of Quebec during the summer of 2015. Both patients were hospitalized in intensive care. Lab tests from sputum samples revealed an infection caused by  Legionella longbeache . An …
Enviro Concepts Celebrates 10 Years with A Free Giveaway
6/22/2016 12:27:42 AM
Enviro Concepts, a leader in modular, above ground wash bays and containerised wastewater treatment systems is giving away their much coveted wash bay wastewater checklist that they use to evaluate client sites from small auto workshops to large mining facilities. On this occasion of their 10th anniversary of operations, they are releasing this checklist to celebrate their …
California Company Recalls Packaged Salads due to Salmonella Concerns
California Company Recalls Packaged Salads due to Salmonella Concerns
6/21/2016 10:06:44 AM
In May, a Fontana, California company issued a voluntary recall of thousands of packages of kale and edamame salad due to potential concerns over contamination from  Salmonella . The announcement was posted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) recall list by the company after routine product testing by a supplier of the kale used in the packaged salads revealed …
Butch Biendara Gives Tips on How to Fix the World One Problem at a Time in His New Work
Butch Biendara Gives Tips on How to Fix the World One Problem at a Time in His New Work
6/21/2016 8:14:48 AM
Without a solid plan, a problem will never be fixed. Butch Biendara provides concrete solutions to the major problems our planet faces in his book, Answers to World Problems .   Global warming, high-speed transit, poverty and unemployment, renewable clean energy, coastline stabilization, taxing calories, and economic democracy—these are the issues that the book tackles on …
AC Preventive Maintenance to Ensure a Comfortable Indoor Environment and Superior Air Quality
AC Preventive Maintenance to Ensure a Comfortable Indoor Environment and Superior Air Quality
6/20/2016 2:18:19 PM
With hot summer temperatures impacting many parts of North America, millions of people have their air conditioners running in their homes and offices. A properly functioning central air conditioner provides a comfortable indoor environment for building occupants and depending on where they live, air conditioning could be an absolute necessity this time of year. Maintaining …
EMLab P&K’s Chicago Legionella Testing Lab Now CDC ELITE Certified Lab
EMLab P&K’s Chicago Legionella Testing Lab Now CDC ELITE Certified Lab
6/20/2016 10:05:20 AM
EMLab P&K, a TestAmerica company and the leading commercial indoor air quality (IAQ) laboratory in North America, announces that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has certified EMLab P&K’s Chicago laboratory for Legionella testing through the CDC ELITE Program. The Chicago lab is EMLab P&K’s fifth location to achieve the distinction of …
Occupational and Indoor Methane Exposure Risks in Puerto Rico
Occupational and Indoor Methane Exposure Risks in Puerto Rico
6/20/2016 8:22:57 AM
Methane is a colorless, odorless and extremely flammable gas. In its gas form, it is an asphyxiant that in high concentrations may displace a person’s oxygen supply, especially in confined spaces. Decreased oxygen can cause suffocation and loss of consciousness. Exposure can also cause headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting and loss of coordination.   The U.S. …
Identifying Exposure Risks to Microbial Contaminants in Metalworking Fluids in New York and the Tri-State Area
Identifying Exposure Risks to Microbial Contaminants in Metalworking Fluids in New York and the Tri-State Area
6/20/2016 8:09:57 AM
In New York and across the tri-state region, numerous manufacturing companies depend on the use of metalworking fluids (MWFs). MWFs are used to reduce heat and friction and to remove metal particles in industrial machining and grinding operations.   There are a number of MWF formulations ranging from straight oils to water-based fluids, which include soluble oils, and …