building toxics Articles

  • Super rat plague – And it’s not fiction

    You may be wondering what makes a rat so ‘super.’ Well, it’s not an explanation any rodent loather would love.  Super rats are defined by their abnormal abilities to grow larger in size and be impervious to common pest poisons. In places like Britain, these rodents have evolved into 2 foot long creatures that seem to continuously grow in numbers—potentially ...


    By Bird-X Inc.

  • Treatment of denis pond woluwe park brussels, Belgium case study

    Executive Summary As a result eutrification (the process in which oxygen is removed from the water by the decomposition of large amounts of organic matter) the water quality in the Denis Pond in Woluwe Park, Brussels, Belgium began to deteriorate in the 1960’s and accelerated in the 1970’s. This eutrification resulted in a reduction in water transparency, an increase in the ...


    By Nordevco Associates Ltd.

  • VOC Detection in the Construction Industry

    In the construction industry, various building materials can become a source of volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions. From insulation to wood panels, numerous building materials emit toxic compounds. Pollutants from floors, ceilings and walls have a negative impact on the indoor air quality of buildings. Common hazardous substances emitted from building materials include formaldehyde, ...


    By Ion Science Ltd.

  • Evaluating the aquatic toxicity of complex organic chemical mixtures: Lessons learned from polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon and petroleum hydrocarbon case studies

    Experimental designs for evaluating complex mixture toxicity in aquatic environments can be highly variable and, if not appropriate, can produce and have produced data that are difficult or impossible to interpret accurately. We build on and synthesize recent critical reviews of mixture toxicity using lessons learned from 4 case studies, ranging from binary to more complex mixtures of primarily ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • TCE Hot Spots have California Residents Concerned

    For years, many people living near the Moffett Federal Airfield by Mountain View, California, have had concerns over toxic chemicals known to be in the soil and groundwater in the area. After a recent report by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), some residents now admit to being scared. The EPA has found higher than expected levels of trichloroethylene, also known as ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • In addition to formaldehyde, decoration, what harmful gases?

    As the saying goes, clothes can make people more beautiful, in fact, the house is the same, when you buy a house, and give it a beautiful coat, can improve the quality of life, living in the house for a long time, re decoration, the old house and get a new life. However, the decoration pollution problem has become a lot of people's heart disease. Today we are going to talk about the ...

  • Facility siting changes for process plant buildings in the works

    Facility siting identifies hazards that may affect process plant buildings, assesses the potential consequences and leads to the development of a means to manage the risks of these hazards. In short, it is a procedure to make sure process building siting (location, construction and function) is appropriate based on the known hazards (toxic, fire andexplosion) at the facility.Past incidents at ...


    By ABS Consulting

  • Simulants vs Simulators

    Practical, hands-on training is crucial to ensure military personnel, first responders, and hazmat workers are equipped with the skills and confidence necessary to handle CBRNe and hazmat incidents, but creating realistic training experiences can be difficult, expensive, and time consuming. For these reasons, most agencies outsource their hazmat training; however, with new technology and tools ...


    By HazSim

  • Improving reptile ecological risk assessment: Oral and dermal toxicity of pesticides to a common lizard species (Sceloporus occidentalis)

    Reptiles have been understudied in ecotoxicology which limits consideration in ecological risk assessments. The goal of this research was threefold: to improve oral and dermal dosing methodologies for reptiles, to generate reptile toxicity data for pesticides, and to correlate reptile and avian toxicity. We first assessed the toxicity of different dosing vehicles: 100 µL of water, propylene ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Better safe than sorry: using the precautionary principle to prevent harm

    Concerned about the increase in disease, declining natural resources and the rate at which some species are becoming extinct, a group of environmentalists, farmers, industry leaders and health care professionals explored solutions. In 1998, they gathered at ...

  • Red Tide Cleanup with Beach Cleaners

    While the term, "Red Tide" may elicit an image of blood in the water, the coloration is due to an overabundance of microscopic algae, Karenia brevis. Besides discoloring the water, it releases a toxin that paralyzes fish, prevents them from being able to breath, and kills them. These dead fish then wash up on shore. Additionally, by consuming too much oxygen from the water, many forms of sea life ...


    By H. Barber & Sons, Inc.

  • How we can vanquish pollution within our lifetimes

    Simply spreading the message could change the world The following is excerpted The Brown Agenda: My Mission To Clean up The World’s Most Life-Threatening Pollution by Richard Fuller, and is published here with permission from the author. Pollution is the leading cause of death in low- and middle-income countries. The top 10 ...


    By Ensia

  • On-Line Nitrate/Nitrite Probes for BNR Process Control

    ABSTRACTReal time nitrogen monitoring plays an increasingly important role for the successful biological nutrient removal at wastewater treatment plants. Though traditionally dissolved oxygen has been the main process control parameter a greater understanding of the biological mechanisms and process conditions like nitrite/nitrate concentrations to achieve lower effluent values becomes necessary, ...

  • Critical Monitoring of Forklift Emissions and Warehouse Ambient Air Quality - Case Study

    Our team of experts has been hard at work and has just released an industry-leading report detailing Forklift Emissions in Warehouses: The main objectives of this study were to investigate the effects of different engine conditions on exhaust gas emissions and to observe the effect that forklift emissions have on the ambient air quality of the warehouse.             ...

  • The Asbestos Debacle

    Society and industry are diligently working to find better solutions through waste reduction, recycling and reuse, but what is the plan for hazardous materials, such as asbestos, in buildings and property? Known as the miracle mineral, asbestos was used for its resiliency against chemical attack and its excellent tensile strength and superior fire-proofing characteristics. The material was used ...


    By ABCOV Companies , LLC

  • Managing compliance: New Year, new compliance challenges

    Environment, health and safety regulations are increasing in volume and complexity, which in turn makes the associated compliance tasks increasingly difficult to manage. The risks and costs of non-compliance are rising as the regulatory environment becomes more challenging. Compliance needs are pervasive and persistent across all geographical jurisdictions and vertical industries. Today's EHS ...


    By Verisk 3E

  • Air quality in Europe - 2014 report

    Despite considerable improvements in the past decades, Europe is still far from achieving levels of air quality that do not pose unacceptable risks to humans and the environment. Air pollution is the top environmental risk factor of premature death in Europe; it increases the incidence of a wide range of diseases and has several environmental impacts, damaging vegetation and ecosystems. This ...

  • How to Monitor Mercury Emissions

    In recent years, mercury levels in the environment and in the food chain have risen substantially mainly due to human activities. As a long-range pollutant it can affect areas located thousands of kilometers away from its original source of emission. It’s no wonder then that the regulatory pressure to monitor mercury emissions grows stronger.  Before diving ...


    By Gasmet Technologies Oy

  • Warehouse Optimization: Balancing Equipment Performance and Worker Safety Through Emissions Measurements and Air Quality Monitoring

    Successful warehouse functionality is dependent on both maximizing equipment performance and providing a safe and healthy environment for workers that encourages productivity. However, these two factors are often at odds with each other as warehouse equipment such as forklifts, burnishers and delivery trucks emit toxic gases that can have the potential to create poor indoor air quality which ...

  • Strategies for enhancing EH&S Regulatory Compliance and Reducing Risk

    With the advent of new federal and international environmental regulations and safety rules, perhaps more than ever before, risk professionals and insurance customers need visibility into the chemicals used at their sites. The environmental regulatory landscape has become increasingly complex in recent years, and companies that manufacture, transport, use, or sell potentially hazardous materials ...


    By Verisk 3E

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