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Spring Maintenance Tips for a Healthier Indoor Environment
Spring Maintenance Tips for a Healthier Indoor Environment
5/3/2016 11:17:05 AM
With the return of spring and warmer weather, now is an excellent time to check the condition of a home or commercial property. Performing some preventive maintenance tasks now can help to ensure a property is in good condition to provide a safe, healthy and comfortable place for the coming months.  Preparing a property for spring and the upcoming sweltering summer …
Increase Reported in Flint Area Deaths Associated with Legionnaires’ Disease
Increase Reported in Flint Area Deaths Associated with Legionnaires’ Disease
5/2/2016 11:47:50 AM
In April, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) updated the number of deaths that have been associated with people in Genesee County who have developed Legionnaires’ disease. According to the MDHHS, 12 deaths and 91 cases of Legionnaires’ disease have now been identified in the county from 2014 through 2015. The agency reports, “The public health …
Asthma Awareness Month in Puerto Rico and Recognizing Indoor Environmental Triggers
Asthma Awareness Month in Puerto Rico and Recognizing Indoor Environmental Triggers
5/2/2016 11:02:59 AM
Each year, May is recognized as Asthma Awareness Month. Asthma impacts up to 19% of Puerto Rico’s population and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that asthma is one of the most common lifelong chronic diseases.   According to an asthma fact sheet published by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the prevalence of asthma attacks is …
ABIH® Board Nomination Deadline for Director Positions is June 15th
ABIH® Board Nomination Deadline for Director Positions is June 15th
5/2/2016 10:34:47 AM
Next month, the due date for self-nominations for several Board of Director positions at the American Board of Industrial Hygiene® takes place.  Interested and qualified candidates have until June 15th to submit their official and completed Nomination Packets.   The Board Selection Committee will then review all candidates who have successfully submitted their information …
El Niño Rains Result in Leaking Roofs and Mold Concerns for Some California Apartment Tenants
El Niño Rains Result in Leaking Roofs and Mold Concerns for Some California Apartment Tenants
4/29/2016 9:47:22 AM
In March, California’s NBC4 I-Team broadcasted a report about residents living at a Studio City apartment complex. According to the report, each time there is a significant rainstorm, water leaks from the ceiling in some units. One resident has even been forced to sleep in her living room during rainstorms because the leaks in the bedroom are so extensive.  While the last …
Water Damage Restoration Service Relocates in Long Island
4/29/2016 8:32:56 AM
Long Island based water damage cleanup company Enviral Restoration are pleased to announce that a new location has become their permanent base of operations. The address at 1507 Smithtown Ave #13, in Bohemia is ideally located to be able to rapidly arrive at any property needing restoration service on Long Island in Suffolk County or Nassau County, being onsite as rapidly as …
Tragedy Highlights the Dangers of Exposure to Ammonia in the Workplace
Tragedy Highlights the Dangers of Exposure to Ammonia in the Workplace
4/28/2016 9:24:59 AM
Last month, WFXT-TV published a report about the death of a warehouse worker in Boston. The tragic incident occurred at a refrigerated seafood warehouse after the man was overcome by fumes caused by an ammonia leak. According to the news report, workers began to notice a strong odor and could actually see a leak occur. The warehouse is believed to store over 5,000 gallons …
Eye and Face Protection Standards Updated in Final Rule from OSHA
Eye and Face Protection Standards Updated in Final Rule from OSHA
4/27/2016 11:10:51 AM
In March, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a final rule to revise eye and face protection standards. It updates requirements for personal protective equipment (PPE) for workers in general industry, shipyards, longshoring, marine terminals and construction.   According to OSHA, thousands of people are blinded each year from work-related eye …
Florida Lawsuit Filed after Employees Claim Exposure to Bat Guano, Mold and IAQ Issues
Florida Lawsuit Filed after Employees Claim Exposure to Bat Guano, Mold and IAQ Issues
4/26/2016 2:13:26 PM
Recently, it was reported that pounds of bat feces were discovered in the ceiling above an office in a Florida state government building in Tallahassee. The  Orlando Sentinel  has since reported that the state is moving 1,500 workers from multiple agencies out of the facility to new locations. The newspaper also reported that three state workers have filed a lawsuit …
Sewer Gas Testing and Consulting Services Allow Residents of Puerto Rico to Breathe Easier
Sewer Gas Testing and Consulting Services Allow Residents of Puerto Rico to Breathe Easier
4/26/2016 12:55:32 PM
Sewer gas is a complex mixture of toxic and nontoxic gases that can be present in a home, school or building depending on various circumstances. It is formed during the decay of household and industrial waste.   There can be highly toxic components of sewer gas which include hydrogen sulfide and ammonia. Sewer gas also contains methane, carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide and …
FleetMind to Speak on “Smart Trucks” at 2016 Canadian Waste Resource Symposium in Halifax
FleetMind to Speak on “Smart Trucks” at 2016 Canadian Waste Resource Symposium in Halifax
4/26/2016 7:00:00 AM
MONTREAL, CANADA – April 26, 2016 - FleetMind Solutions, Inc., the award-winning technology leader for fleet management solutions, today announced that Mr. Terry Scholl, Regional Director, will be speaking on smart truck themes as part of the 8th Canadian Waste Resource Symposium (CWRS) in Halifax, NS, April 27-29, 2016 at the Westin Nova Scotian.   WHEN: Friday, April …
EMLab P&K Helps Mold Testing Specialists in New Jersey and Pennsylvania Through Patent-Pending Lab Report
4/25/2016 12:12:32 PM
– EMLab P&K, a TestAmerica company and the leading commercial indoor air quality (IAQ) laboratory in North America, helps mold testing clients in New Jersey and Pennsylvania through MoldRANGE Local Climate report. The enhanced versions of the patent-pending reports are now available for EMLab P&K’s clients who perform mold sampling in New Jersey and …
Ruptured Water Main in Antioch Causes Property Damage and Mold Concerns
Ruptured Water Main in Antioch Causes Property Damage and Mold Concerns
4/25/2016 9:51:44 AM
In March, the  East Bay Times  published a report about water damage to a shopping center in Antioch, California. The damage was caused by a 10” water main that was accidently broken by contractors digging nearby. According to the article, several businesses sustained damage as water and debris entered the shopping center.   Water incursions, whether due to a broken water …
WattTime Partners With Energate to Launch Green Smart Thermostat Solution to Automatically Power Homes on Clean Energy
WattTime Partners With Energate to Launch Green Smart Thermostat Solution to Automatically Power Homes on Clean Energy
4/22/2016 4:52:39 PM
Every time the heat or air conditioning cycles on inside your home or office there’s a good chance the electricity powering it is coming from a dirty power plant, which contributes to mercury and carbon dioxide pollution, harming the environment. What if there was a way to select the power plant your energy comes from, so your house could run on green, clean energy? Today, …
Dallas Asbestos Testing Laboratory Receives TDSHS License
Dallas Asbestos Testing Laboratory Receives TDSHS License
4/22/2016 10:06:35 AM
EMSL Analytical, Inc. is pleased to announce that its Dallas, Texas laboratory has received the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) license for asbestos PLM analysis. EMSL Dallas is now ready to accept samples for asbestos analysis in materials and environmental samples to help prevent exposure. “EMSL is proud to receive this TDSHS license and extend asbestos …
Parents Concerned about Lead Contamination in Students’ Drinking Water
Parents Concerned about Lead Contamination in Students’ Drinking Water
4/21/2016 11:51:40 AM
Ever since elevated levels of lead were found in drinking water in Flint, water quality and lead contamination have garnered the media’s attention. Recent high profile cases involving schools have caused concern for many parents across the United States.  Just last month, New Jersey’s largest school district shut off water fountains in 30 buildings throughout the district …
TestAmerica Announces Webinar on Polyfluorinated Alkyl Substances
4/21/2016 9:00:00 AM
TestAmerica, the leader in environmental testing, is pleased to announce the newest installment in its Ask the Expert webinar series.  On Tuesday, May 3 at 1:30 P.M. EST, TestAmerica expert Karla Buechler will present a webinar entitled The Analysis of Polyfluorinated Alkyl Substances (PFAS) Including PFOS and PFOA.    The webinar will focus on the unique …
Identifying Sewer Gas Exposure Concerns in Homes and Buildings
Identifying Sewer Gas Exposure Concerns in Homes and Buildings
4/20/2016 10:52:50 AM
Exposure to sewer gas is a concern due to its unpleasant odor, health effects associated with breathing toxic gases and potential asphyxiation concerns. In high concentrations, it can create explosion hazards and even in low concentrations could lower property values. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services reports that sewer gas is a complex mixture of toxic and …
Puerto Rican Companies Turn to Zimmetry Environmental for Compliance with OSHA’s New Crystalline Silica Rule
Puerto Rican Companies Turn to Zimmetry Environmental for Compliance with OSHA’s New Crystalline Silica Rule
4/20/2016 8:37:44 AM
In March, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) issued their highly anticipated final rule to protect workers from exposure to respirable crystalline silica. OSHA estimates that the rule will save over 600 lives and prevent more than 900 new cases of silicosis each year, once its effects are fully realized. The Final Rule is projected to provide net …
See Daily Paintings of Bald Eagle Family in Nation’s Capital
See Daily Paintings of Bald Eagle Family in Nation’s Capital
4/19/2016 10:00:00 AM
A local artist has been watching closely as “Mr. President” and “The First Lady” raise two adorable offspring in Washington, DC. But the family she sees is a mated pair of bald eagles and their two eaglets nesting in the National Arboretum.  Named after the White House residents, the bald eagle family can be viewed on a live webcam set up before this year’s eggs were laid. …