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Media’s Focus on Lead in Drinking Water Reminds Residents of Puerto Rico of Potential Hazards
Media’s Focus on Lead in Drinking Water Reminds Residents of Puerto Rico of Potential Hazards
2/8/2016 5:14:08 PM
For the past several months, the national media has closely covered the growing tragedy of lead poisoned children and adults in Flint, Michigan.  Corrosive water used to supply drinking water was the culprit as it leached lead from old water service lines and plumbing fixtures.   According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “Although the main sources of …
Flood Risks, Property Damage and Indoor Environmental Concerns
2/8/2016 2:01:23 PM
According to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), a flood is a general and temporary condition where two or more acres of normally dry land or two or more properties are inundated by water or mudflow.   There are many natural and manmade conditions that can result in a flood.  They include hurricanes, overtopped levees, outdated or clogged drainage systems and the …
Applications for the 2016 CIH® Fall Exam Are Due August 1st
Applications for the 2016 CIH® Fall Exam Are Due August 1st
2/8/2016 12:46:36 PM
February 1st was the deadline for Applicants to submit a completed application to become eligible for the 2016 CIH® Spring Exam window.  The next opportunity for industrial hygiene practitioners to take the exam will be in the Fall of 2016.   The 2016 CIH® Fall Exam window runs from October 1st through November 30th, which is the last opportunity this year to take the …
Jersey Shore Properties Spared by Hurricane Sandy Damaged by Strong Winter Storm
Jersey Shore Properties Spared by Hurricane Sandy Damaged by Strong Winter Storm
2/5/2016 8:28:13 AM
In late January, a powerful winter storm pounded the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast with record snowfall in many areas and a storm surge that inundated some coastal communities. An area particularly hard hit were the beach communities along parts of the Jersey Shore.  Some area residents are now faced with worse damage to their homes and businesses than was caused by Hurricane …
Home Repairs and Potential Asbestos Exposure Concerns
Home Repairs and Potential Asbestos Exposure Concerns
2/4/2016 4:05:19 PM
Recently,  The Spokesman-Review  published an article about the need for people with home repair projects to be on the lookout for asbestos. The article was in response to several powerful wind storms that damaged thousands of roofs and eaves in the Spokane area. Both residential and commercial properties built up until the 1970s often contain materials that have asbestos, …
TestAmerica to Host Webinar on Laboratory Data Quality and Ethics
2/4/2016 3:40:24 PM
TestAmerica, the leader in environmental testing, is launching a new series of Ask the Expert webinars focused on data quality and efficiency in environmental laboratory projects.  The series of four webinars will begin on February 11, 2016 and cover topics including quality and ethics, basic laboratory procedures, field sampling and the lab, and data delivery …
altE Announces its 5th Annual Solar Installer Conference
altE Announces its 5th Annual Solar Installer Conference
2/3/2016 7:17:10 PM
altE, the leading distributor of solar panels and solar power equipment in the Northeast, announced the 2016 altE Solar Installer and Dealer Conference will be held February 23-24, 2016 at the Holiday Inn in Boxborough, MA. The two day event will include even more solar and wind power product manufacturers exhibiting during the trade show than in years past and an …
Tips to Avoid Renting a Moldy Apartment in Los Angeles
Tips to Avoid Renting a Moldy Apartment in Los Angeles
2/3/2016 2:21:52 PM
By some estimates, there are over 550,000 apartments in Los Angeles that make up over 40% of all housing in the city. These apartments are managed by landlords and professional management companies and range from low income apartments to luxury living accommodations. As is the case with virtually any type of building, water damage and elevated humidity levels can result in …
GPSTrackIt.com Steps Up with Hardware Promo To Combat 2G Networks Shutting Down
2/3/2016 2:11:06 PM
As of the end of 2016 2G networks will be gone. Upgraded users with 3G/CDMA in place ensure seamless operation far into the the future, as well as preparing and opening the opportunity for new innovative services that are now being developed.   As the 2G network ending date is December 31st, 2016, some carriers are already ending 2G service in some major markets or …
Legionella Found in a Florida Hospital’s Water
Legionella Found in a Florida Hospital’s Water
2/2/2016 10:16:24 AM
Earlier in January, a hospital located in Orlando, Florida tested positive for  Legionella.  Testing was conducted after a patient was discovered to be infected by  Legionella . According to hospital officials, the water system has been flushed by an outside company.  Legionella  is a type of bacteria that is commonly found in water and can occur naturally in the …
Texas Heritage Protection Initiative Launched
2/2/2016 5:00:00 AM
Today, a group of Texas business and community leaders announced the launch of a new initiative designed to raise public awareness of the growing litter problem in our state and to help clean Texas clean by educating Texans about the high cost of litter and the economic development and increase tourism opportunities that come with litter abatement and preserving our state’s …
Water Damage from Faulty Water Heaters Can Cause Mold and Other Indoor Environmental Concerns
Water Damage from Faulty Water Heaters Can Cause Mold and Other Indoor Environmental Concerns
2/1/2016 9:55:46 AM
Across the United States and Canada, there are tens of millions of water heaters in residential and commercial properties. Hot water is one of the modern conveniences many people take for granted with a simple turn of the tap providing a warm bath, shower or hot water for washing dishes and clothes.   Millions of water heaters are sold in North America each year to replace …
Flood Risks in Puerto Rico & Indoor Environmental Issues Associated with Damaged Properties
Flood Risks in Puerto Rico & Indoor Environmental Issues Associated with Damaged Properties
2/1/2016 8:46:12 AM
Islands in the Caribbean, including Puerto Rico, are known to experience severe weather that often leads to flooding.  While many people think immediately to flooding threats caused by hurricanes such as Hurricane Hugo, which caused approximately $1 billion in damage to Puerto Rico, hurricanes and tropical storms are not the only causes.   Flood risks are also based on a …
Protecting Workers from Exposure to Engineered Nanoparticles
Protecting Workers from Exposure to Engineered Nanoparticles
2/1/2016 7:53:17 AM
Nanotechnology, as defined by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), is the manipulation of matter on a near-atomic scale to produce new structures, materials and devices. This technology promises scientific advancement in sectors including medicine, consumer products, energy, materials and manufacturing.   According to the Occupational Safety …
Veteran Certified Industrial Hygienist the Newest Addition at Clark Seif Clark
Veteran Certified Industrial Hygienist the Newest Addition at Clark Seif Clark
2/1/2016 7:37:02 AM
Clark Seif Clark (CSC) is pleased to announce that William Jones, CIH, CSP, CPE is now part of the company’s esteemed group of industry professionals.  Mr. Jones brings decades of combined engineering, industrial hygiene, environmental, health and safety experience to benefit Clark Seif Clark’s clients.   Mr. Jones has worked as an environmental and safety professional for …
Buffalo Laboratory Receives CDC ELITE Certification for Legionella Testing
Buffalo Laboratory Receives CDC ELITE Certification for Legionella Testing
1/29/2016 10:13:21 AM
EMSL Analytical, Inc. is proud to announce that its Buffalo laboratory received CDC ELITE certification for  Legionella  testing. EMSL now has 13 CDC ELITE laboratories within its network of facilities across North America, which is more than any other laboratory in the United States.   “We are very proud of EMSL Buffalo and our other 12 laboratories that are now CDC …
Undeclared Food Allergens Cause Los Angeles Company to Issue a Product Recall
Undeclared Food Allergens Cause Los Angeles Company to Issue a Product Recall
1/29/2016 8:14:36 AM
In December, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) posted information about a product recall initiated by a Los Angeles food manufacturer. The smelt roe products in question may contain undeclared wheat or soy which could put people with allergies to these ingredients at risk. According to the FDA, “Each year, millions of Americans have allergic reactions to food. …
National Radon Action Month and Occupational Exposure Risks
National Radon Action Month and Occupational Exposure Risks
1/28/2016 7:40:08 AM
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has designated January as National Radon Action Month. Radon is a cancer-causing radioactive gas that has been found in buildings across the globe. It comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water and gets into the air people breathe.   Exposure to elevated levels of radon over time may increase a person’s …
New Study Finds C. diff Infections Dramatically Increase Hospital Stays and Costs
New Study Finds C. diff Infections Dramatically Increase Hospital Stays and Costs
1/27/2016 10:42:03 AM
A new study recently published in the  American Journal of Infection Control  provides some remarkable insights into the health of patients and costs associated with healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) due to  Clostridium difficile  ( C. diff ).  The study examined over 170,000 patients from 2009 through 2011 who had been discharged from hospitals across the United …
A Proposition on Water Reprocessing to be the Norm of the Future
A Proposition on Water Reprocessing to be the Norm of the Future
1/27/2016 3:37:34 AM
Dr. Madan Arora and Professor Joe Reichenberger published a book titled, Turning Sewage into Reusable Water: Written for the Layperson , that does not only describe the process of sewage treatment and water recycling but also addresses health and regulatory concerns that go with it. The book concisely describes the progression by which sewage is treated and converted into a …