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Identifying and Preventing Hydrogen Peroxide Exposure Risks in the Workplace
Identifying and Preventing Hydrogen Peroxide Exposure Risks in the Workplace
9/27/2016 9:52:35 AM
Earlier this year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Consumer Update for people who use hydrogen peroxide contact lens solutions. The document reminds consumers to follow manufacturer’s directions and warnings to avoid affecting their vision and health. Contact lens wearers are not the only ones who can be negatively impacted by exposure to hydrogen …
Identifying Superbugs in Healthcare Environments across Puerto Rico
Identifying Superbugs in Healthcare Environments across Puerto Rico
9/26/2016 12:08:53 PM
Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are infections that patients acquire during the course of receiving treatment for other conditions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that on any given day, about one in 25 hospital patients has at least one healthcare-associated infection.   Today, far too often, these infections are due to a growing list …
Texas Experiencing Another Active Year of Infections Due to Cyclospora
Texas Experiencing Another Active Year of Infections Due to Cyclospora
9/26/2016 8:55:39 AM
Last month, the Texas Department of State Health Services announced that 88 cases of cyclosporiasis had been reported to the agency so far in 2016. This included 83 cases that were reported solely in July and August. Texas has experienced several years with high case counts, including 316 cases in 2015 and 351 cases in 2013 - the highest number for any state that …
Another Macadamia Nut Recall Due to Salmonella Concerns Announced by California Company
Another Macadamia Nut Recall Due to Salmonella Concerns Announced by California Company
9/23/2016 9:47:13 AM
Contaminated macadamia nuts continues to surface in the news. Just last month, a California company with offices in Stockton and San Francisco announced a product recall due to macadamia nuts possibly contaminated with  Salmonella . In February of this year, a Berkley company announced that they were recalling macadamia nuts and products containing them because of the …
Identifying Exposure Risks to Ethylene Oxide in the Workplace
Identifying Exposure Risks to Ethylene Oxide in the Workplace
9/23/2016 9:43:38 AM
Ethylene oxide (EtO) is an organic compound produced in large volumes. It is both flammable and highly reactive, and is primarily used as an intermediate in the production of several industrial chemicals, the most notable of which is ethylene glycol. It is also used as a fumigant in certain agricultural products and as a sterilant for medical equipment and supplies. The …
California Residents and Workers Learn about Exposure Risks to Isocyanates
California Residents and Workers Learn about Exposure Risks to Isocyanates
9/22/2016 8:24:17 AM
Chemicals known as isocyanates are powerful irritants to the mucous membranes of the eyes, gastrointestinal tract and respiratory tracts. Workers in a number of industries throughout California can be exposed to isocyanates as they are raw materials in the production of polyurethane products. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) reports that …
Legionella Bacteria Identified in New York Hospital
Legionella Bacteria Identified in New York Hospital
9/22/2016 8:19:36 AM
During routine inspections of the water supply systems at a New York City hospital,  Legionella  was detected. As of August, only one patient has contracted Legionnaires’ disease, an illness associated with the bacteria  Legionella . Legionella  is a bacteria found naturally in surface water, ground water and soil. It can also be found in manmade environments. …
Cases of Legionnaires’ Disease Reported at a Washington Hospital
Cases of Legionnaires’ Disease Reported at a Washington Hospital
9/21/2016 10:52:48 AM
During the first week of September, two patients were diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease at a hospital in Washington. One patient was released from the hospital, but the other patient died while being treated at the hospital. Legionnaire’s disease is an illness caused by aerosolized water containing  Legionella  bacteria is inhaled or aspirated. Cooling towers, along …
Vegetable Recall Due to Listeria Concerns Impacts Nine States
Vegetable Recall Due to Listeria Concerns Impacts Nine States
9/21/2016 10:48:54 AM
Last month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published information about the recall of 30,000 cases of fresh-cut vegetable products by a company out of Texas. According to the recall announcement, the vegetables were shipped to retailers in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. The potential for …
Atlanta Legal Nurse Consultant Reviews Emory Ebola Presentation
Atlanta Legal Nurse Consultant Reviews Emory Ebola Presentation
9/20/2016 10:00:00 AM
Atlanta legal nurse consultant Liz Buddenhagen, RN, attended the Athens Area Georgia Nurses Association (GNA) dinner meeting at Athens Regional Medical Services on April 18, 2016. The main event was welcoming the Emory Serious Communicable Disease Unit (SCDU) registered nurses who presented how they take care of Ebola and Lassa Fever patients.   Emory SCDU:   Sharlene …
EMLab P&K’s Atlanta Mold Lab Now AIHA-LAP, LLC Accredited for Mold Analysis
EMLab P&K’s Atlanta Mold Lab Now AIHA-LAP, LLC Accredited for Mold Analysis
9/19/2016 11:00:00 AM
EMLab P&K, a TestAmerica company and the leading commercial indoor air quality (IAQ) laboratory in North America, announced today the accreditation of its Atlanta, Georgia laboratory by the American Industrial Hygiene Association® Laboratory Accreditation Programs (AIHA-LAP, LLC) for mold analysis (EMLAP #221504). Clients can now send spore trap samples for mold …
New Case of Legionnaires’ Disease Reported in Michigan
New Case of Legionnaires’ Disease Reported in Michigan
9/12/2016 2:55:35 PM
In September, a new case of Legionnaires’ disease was reported in Genesse County, Michigan. This is the seventh individual in the county this year to contract Legionnaires’ disease. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is working with the hospital where the case was reported to identify the source of  Legionella .  Legionella  is a type of bacteria …
Identifying Occupational and Environmental Exposure Risks to High Levels of Copper
Identifying Occupational and Environmental Exposure Risks to High Levels of Copper
9/12/2016 8:45:02 AM
Copper has been used by mankind for thousands of years. It is an element and metal that occurs naturally in the environment. Today, copper, along with copper alloys and compounds, can be found in everything from jewelry, instruments and coins to building materials, electronics, wiring and motors, to name just a few applications. Although copper is an essential element in …

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