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California Wildfires Cause Destruction and Smoke Damage for Many Residents
California Wildfires Cause Destruction and Smoke Damage for Many Residents
7/29/2016 9:07:52 AM
According to recent news reports, over approximately 50,000 acres have currently been set ablaze by two wildfires that have spread across Southern and Central parts of California in recent days. Tens of thousands of residents have been evacuated since the beginning of the fires. Recently, some of these residents have been able to return to their homes. Along with damages …
EMSL Seattle Laboratory Receives Washington State Accreditation for PLM Analysis
EMSL Seattle Laboratory Receives Washington State Accreditation for PLM Analysis
7/29/2016 9:04:16 AM
EMSL Analytical, Inc. is proud to announce that its Seattle laboratory has received accreditation by the State of Washington Department of Ecology for asbestos analysis by polarized light microscopy (PLM) for solid and chemical materials. EMSL Seattle (Laboratory ID: C1025) is in compliance with provisions set forth in Chapter 173-50 WAC. “EMSL is pleased to have received …
Possible Mold Growth at Long Beach Apartment Complex Leads to Lawsuit
Possible Mold Growth at Long Beach Apartment Complex Leads to Lawsuit
7/28/2016 10:09:13 AM
In June, the  Gazettes  published a report about an ongoing dispute between tenants at a Long Beach apartment complex and the property management company, along with its owners. According to the article, most of the tenants recently received a three-day notice to vacate their homes due to the possible presence of mold. Some of the tenants have now filed a lawsuit against …
TestAmerica Announces Dr. Kesavalu (Doss) Bagawandoss as the Nashville, Tennessee Laboratory Director
7/27/2016 4:11:26 PM
TestAmerica, the leader in environmental testing, announced this week that Dr. Kesavalu (Doss) Bagawandoss joined TestAmerica as the Laboratory Director of its Nashville, Tennessee laboratory.  Dr. Doss joins TestAmerica from Intertek in Houston, TX where he was the Corporate Technical Director of the Shale Team and Laboratory Technical Services Group.  Dr. Doss is a …
EMSL Charlotte Laboratory Receives North Carolina Accreditation for Coliforms, Metals, Silica and Turbidity in Drinking Water
EMSL Charlotte Laboratory Receives North Carolina Accreditation for Coliforms, Metals, Silica and Turbidity in Drinking Water
7/27/2016 9:26:44 AM
EMSL Analytical, Inc. is proud to announce that its Charlotte laboratory has been approved by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) for Coliforms, Metals, and Turbidity for drinking water. EMSL Charlotte is in compliance with the provisions of regulations 10A NCAC 42 D 0.200 certification for drinking water analysis. EMSL Charlotte (Laboratory …
School District’s Education Center Works to Remove Materials Containing PCBs
School District’s Education Center Works to Remove Materials Containing PCBs
7/27/2016 9:23:22 AM
Recently,  The Monroe Monitor & Valley News  published a report about an investigation regarding air quality complaints at a local education center. According to the article, more than 70 teachers, students and parents have reported symptoms associated with illnesses that they believe were due to spending time in the facility. Indoor environmental testing was …
Apartment Fire Displaces San Rafael Tenant and Creates Potential Indoor Environmental Issues for Others
Apartment Fire Displaces San Rafael Tenant and Creates Potential Indoor Environmental Issues for Others
7/26/2016 9:12:16 AM
Recently, several apartments in San Rafael, California sustained damage after a fire broke out in one of the units. The multi-tenant complex was saved due to the efforts of firefighters and the building’s sprinkler system. Although only one unit was reportedly damaged directly due to flames, other apartments sustained smoke and water damage. This is an all-too-common …
Unicel combines ViuLite® internal blinds with TGP’s Pilkington Pyrostop® glass for UL fire-rated privacy and shading solution
Unicel combines ViuLite® internal blinds with TGP’s Pilkington Pyrostop® glass for UL fire-rated privacy and shading solution
7/26/2016 6:00:00 AM
MONTREAL, CANADA, and SNOQUALMIE, WASH ., – July 26, 2016 – Unicel Architectural and Technical Glass Products (TGP) announced today the availability of Unicel’s ViuLite® Venetian blinds-within-glass combined with Pilkington Pyrostop® fire-resistive-rated glass from TGP for a privacy and shading solution with Underwriters Laboratories (UL) fire-resistive classification. …
Indoor Environmental Quality Issues Caused by Lightning Strikes in Puerto Rico
Indoor Environmental Quality Issues Caused by Lightning Strikes in Puerto Rico
7/25/2016 10:32:38 AM
Puerto Rico’s tropical climate means year-round warm weather and the frequent possibility of lightning storms for residents of the islands. As lightning passes through the air it can heat the air to 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit, which is about 5 times hotter than the surface of the sun according to the National Weather Service.   As lightening makes contact with the ground or …
EMSL Microbiologist Identifies Two New Species of Fungi - Rasamsonia columbiensis and Paecilomyces tabacinus
EMSL Microbiologist Identifies Two New Species of Fungi - Rasamsonia columbiensis and Paecilomyces tabacinus
7/25/2016 9:05:35 AM
EMSL’s Senior Mycologist, Dr. Željko Jurjevic, identified two species of fungi that were encountered during the course of mold surveys in a built environment. Dr. Jurjevic along with Dr. Vit Hubka and Dr. Stephen W. Peterson discovered  Rasamsonia columbiensis  and  Paecilomyces tabacinus  as distinct species. Paecilomyces  and the recently established  Rasamsonia  genus …
New York Licensed Mold Assessors Identify and Resolve Microbial Growth Following Water Damage
New York Licensed Mold Assessors Identify and Resolve Microbial Growth Following Water Damage
7/25/2016 8:56:06 AM
When water damage occurs in a commercial building, school, or home, its presence can not only ruin and destroy building materials and personal belongings, it could also quickly result in mold growth and even a termite infestation.    Some species of termites are attracted to water damaged wood.  While some types of water damage, like a natural flood, will leave obvious …
Michigan Residents Learn of Two Vapor Intrusion Investigations in Grand Rapids
Michigan Residents Learn of Two Vapor Intrusion Investigations in Grand Rapids
7/22/2016 9:43:26 AM
In June, residents of Grand Rapids, Michigan learned that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been asked to investigate two vapor intrusion sites in their city. At the first location, the EPA is addressing high levels of tetrachloroethylene (PERC) from the site of a former dry cleaning business. At the other location, trichloroethylene (TCE) contamination from …
Protecting Workers’ Families from Secondhand Asbestos Exposure
Protecting Workers’ Families from Secondhand Asbestos Exposure
7/21/2016 11:03:10 PM
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 125 million people are exposed to asbestos in the workplace. WHO estimates that 107,000 die each year from asbestos-related lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis resulting from occupational exposures and that one in three deaths from occupational cancer is caused by asbestos.   Workers are not the only ones …
TestAmerica to Present Webinar on Explosives Methodologies
7/21/2016 3:04:37 PM
TestAmerica, the leader in environmental testing, is pleased to announce the next webinar in its Ask the Expert series.  The webinar, entitled Explosives by HPLC, LC/MS and LC/MS/MS , will be presented on Tuesday, August 2 at 1:30 EDT by Corporate Technical Director Karla Buechler.   The United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) promulgated method 8330 in …
Property Damage and Indoor Environmental Issues Following a Lightning Strike
Property Damage and Indoor Environmental Issues Following a Lightning Strike
7/21/2016 9:26:08 AM
The summer season includes the most dangerous months for lightning strikes in many parts of North America. In fact, during any second of the day, there may be anywhere from 50 to 100 lightning strikes that occur somewhere on the Earth.  As lightning passes through the air, it can heat it up to 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit, which is about five times hotter than the surface of …
Secondhand Asbestos Exposure Risks for Some Families of Workers
Secondhand Asbestos Exposure Risks for Some Families of Workers
7/20/2016 10:37:16 AM
Asbestos is the name given to six naturally occurring fibrous minerals. Due to the unique properties found in these minerals, they were used for decades in thousands of commercial products and building materials. While these minerals may have many beneficial attributes, asbestos and asbestos-containing materials can release fibers into the air when they are disturbed or as …
California Health Officials Announce Elevated Lead Levels in Children Living Near Former Recycling Facility
California Health Officials Announce Elevated Lead Levels in Children Living Near Former Recycling Facility
7/20/2016 10:31:10 AM
Recently, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) was asked to conduct a study by the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) and the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC). For the study, CDPH analyzed blood lead levels in children living near a closed battery recycling plant in Vernon, California. CDPH’s analysis found that blood lead levels …
Seasonal Allergies and Contributing Allergens Commonly Found in Homes and Offices
Seasonal Allergies and Contributing Allergens Commonly Found in Homes and Offices
7/19/2016 12:48:37 PM
Seasonal allergies impact millions of people with symptoms ranging from a runny or stuffy nose to itchy eyes. Commonly referred to as hay fever or allergic rhinitis, seasonal allergies begin for many people during the spring months when trees and plants begin to bloom, and outdoor pollen and mold counts begin to climb. Allergy sufferers know to keep windows and doors closed. …
All Three Grand Cayman Fire Stations Battle Mold Issues and IAQ Concerns
All Three Grand Cayman Fire Stations Battle Mold Issues and IAQ Concerns
7/18/2016 3:13:32 PM
Recently, the Cayman Compass published an article about challenges and health concerns at all three fire stations on Grand Cayman. According to the report, the Chief Fire Officer has informed the Legislative Assembly’s Finance Committee that mold is an issue inside of all of the fire stations on the island.   A high number of sick days have been reported among the fire …
Identifying Occupational Exposure Risks to Nanomaterials in New York and the Tri-State Area
Identifying Occupational Exposure Risks to Nanomaterials in New York and the Tri-State Area
7/18/2016 10:07:13 AM
Technology-based companies in New York and the surrounding area often look to advances in materials science to innovate and create new products to sell globally. One of these technologies is the development and advancement of nanotechnologies.   The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) defines nanotechnology as the manipulation of matter on a …