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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 …
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 …
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 …
Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto Is All Abuzz With The Addition Of A Custom Bee Wall Installation In Collaboration With Birks
Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto Is All Abuzz With The Addition Of A Custom Bee Wall Installation In Collaboration With Birks
8/28/2015 11:56:15 AM
Honeybees are checking in on the third floor Garden Terrace this summer. The hotel is pleased to introduce a new Bee Wall installation in partnership with Birks, Canada’s leading jeweller, and Alvéole, a Montreal based organization that promotes and assists with beehive installation, maintenance and honey extraction. Since the late 1990s, concerns about colony collapse …
Over 100,000 Nail Salon Workers in California Could be Exposed to Toxic Chemicals
8/27/2015 5:20:18 PM
According to the Los Angeles Times, there are approximately 120,000 licensed nail technicians who work in some 48,000 nail salons across California.  This information was part of an article published by the newspaper in May that looked into working conditions and potential chemical exposure risks faced by these workers.  Chemical exposure concerns for nail salon workers were …
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 …
TestAmerica to Present Radiochemistry Webinar
8/27/2015 1:59:44 PM
TestAmerica Laboratories, Inc., the leader in environmental testing, will present a webinar entitled Fundamental Instrumentation and Methods for Radiochemistry Analysis in the Environmental Industry as part of its Ask the Expert Webinar Series. The webinar, hosted by TestAmerica Technical Director Terry Romanko, will be provided live on September 8, 2015 at 1:30 P.M. Eastern …
TestAmerica Laboratories, Inc. recognizes 50 years of service from Matt Lardy
8/27/2015 9:00:00 AM
TestAmerica Laboratories, Inc., a leader in laboratory support services to the Department of Energy and the Nuclear Power Industry, congratulates Matt Lardy on 50 years of service at the Richland, Washington Laboratory.   Mr. Lardy has dedicated much of his working career to the disciplines of radiochemistry and radiobioassay analysis.  He has worked in both technical and …
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 …
Aerobiology Laboratory Supports Legionella Testing Clients Following New Legislation
Aerobiology Laboratory Supports Legionella Testing Clients Following New Legislation
8/25/2015 3:29:14 PM
Following the largest known outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in New York City, which has caused the death of twelve people and sickened more than 125 others, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has signed legislation to prevent future spread of this deadly disease.  A summary of the legislation requires all cooling towers to be registered, tested for Legionnaires’ disease, and …
TestAmerica Laboratories, Inc. Announces In-House Capability for Passive Air Sampling at Refineries
8/25/2015 8:48:21 AM
TestAmerica Laboratories, Inc., a leader in air testing services, announced today the introduction of an in-house capability to analyze for benzene and other organic compounds in air using passive sampling tubes.    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a rule that will require the monitoring of air concentrations at the fence line of refineries.  The proposed …
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 …
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 …