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Healthy Indoor Air Quality is an Important Factor for California Students Returning to School
Healthy Indoor Air Quality is an Important Factor for California Students Returning to School
9/2/2015 5:06:11 PM
It’s back to school time of year in California as many school districts get ready to begin the 2015-2016 school year. The state’s largest school district with over 650,000 students, the Los Angeles Unified School District, began classes on August 18th.  Many factors can impact the learning environment of a school, including its indoor air quality (IAQ).  According to the …
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 …
Costly Property Damage Caused by Arizona’s Monsoon Season
Costly Property Damage Caused by Arizona’s Monsoon Season
8/31/2015 8:47:17 AM
Powerful thunderstorms, dust storms, heatwaves, lightning, wildfires, hail and flash floods are all a common occurrence for residents of Arizona during the monsoon season.  In fact, the 3 ½ months that make up the monsoon season typically brings about half of the region’s annual rainfall.   With a month left to go before the official end of the monsoon season, the powerful …
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 …
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 …
Transcend is 2015 Small Business Award Finalist
8/25/2015 11:50:03 AM
The Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County has announced that Transcend is a finalist in the Chamber’s 2015 Small Business Awards . Transcend, the Fearless Company, was founded in 2002 by Laura Huckabee-Jennings and delivers practical solutions for business leaders through its leadership development programs.  Transcend is one of the contenders for the Small …
Direct Selling: The Answer to South Africa’s Rising Unemployment
8/25/2015 2:00:00 AM
A new blog, www.jtphalwane.co.za is promising to provide cutting edge solutions to the rising unemployment challenges South Africa faces today. Failure to create jobs for over 25 percent of the population has placed government and business on a colliding warpath with the masses. A mining company recently announced that its planning to retrench 5000 employees and that can be …
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 …
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 …
Kentucky Middle School’s Equipment Failure Results in Mold Growth
8/21/2015 2:15:02 PM
Last month, WPSD broadcasted a report about the temporary closing of a middle school in McCracken County, Kentucky. The middle school was reportedly closed so remediation crews could begin removing mold recently found in the building to get the facility ready for students and faculty preparing for the new school year. According to the news report, a compressor failed which …
WorkTime Introduces New Service Package for IT Service Providers
WorkTime Introduces New Service Package for IT Service Providers
8/20/2015 2:42:07 PM
WorkTime (www.worktime.com), a computer monitoring software by NesterSoft Inc., today introduces its New Service Package, which offers new price models and new set of features specialized for IT Service Providers. This package is a good addition to already existing services offered by IT Service Providers, requiring minimum maintenance and time. This release offers New …
EAT Club Launches in Los Angeles, Reinventing Workplace Lunch with Top Restaurants Like Gracias Madre and Bay Cities Deli
8/20/2015 2:03:15 PM
EAT Club , the company redefining workplace lunch with personalized meals and snacks that are always on time, launches today in L.A. Since its inception in 2010, EAT Club has scaled its service in the Bay Area, delivering more than three million meals to allow thousands of companies like Netflix , Tesla and Cisco to find their workplace zen. Here’s how EAT Club …
Nationwide Workplace Safety Checks Ordered by Chinese Government Following Tianjin Disaster
Nationwide Workplace Safety Checks Ordered by Chinese Government Following Tianjin Disaster
8/19/2015 5:44:31 PM
Earlier this month, a catastrophic series of explosions took place at the Chinese port city of Tianjin.  The explosions originated at a warehouse filled with hazardous materials.  Some media reports have stated that there were 700 tons of sodium cyanide being stored in the location, a safety violation.  Managers of the facility have provided limited information to emergency …
Blue Star Recyclers Launches Computer Refurbishment Partnership
8/18/2015 6:00:00 AM
DENVER (August 18, 2015) – Blue Star Recyclers (http://www.bluestarrecyclers.com) a Colorado-based recycler of electronic waste, today launched a new partnership with PCs for People (http://www.pcsforpeople.org).  The partnership expands Blue Star Recycler’s recycling capabilities to refurbishment and repair.  Computers refurbished by the PCs for People team are distributed at …
Could an Outbreak of Legionnaires’ Disease Occur in Puerto Rico?
Could an Outbreak of Legionnaires’ Disease Occur in Puerto Rico?
8/17/2015 12:14:14 PM
The nation’s attention has been riveted by daily media reports about additional deaths and infections due to the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in New York City.  So far, 12 people have died and 113 have reportedly developed the life-threatening infection in the South Bronx area.   The outbreak in New York is believed to be associated with contaminated cooling towers that …
Inspect for Common Interior Sources of Water Leaks to Prevent Damage in Homes and Commercial Buildings
Inspect for Common Interior Sources of Water Leaks to Prevent Damage in Homes and Commercial Buildings
8/17/2015 12:05:20 PM
Water damage in all types of buildings is one of the most common causes for an insurance claim.  It can be caused by everything from a natural flooding event or indoor plumbing leak to a sewer backup, faulty hot water heater and numerous other reasons.   Water can destroy building materials, furnishing and belongings.  Its presence can even lead to costly structural damage.  …