Environmental Standards Articles

  • Recent Federal Developments - October 2017

    TSCA/FIFRA/TRI EPA Schedules PPDC Meeting: On October 13, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the scheduling of a Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee (PPDC) meeting for November 1-2, 2017. 82 Fed. Reg. 47733. An agenda is expected to be made available by October 18, 2017.PPDC meetings provide the EPA Administrator with advice and information ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Methods and guidance for testing the efficacy of antimicrobials against Spores of clostridium difficile

    On September 29, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of two final test method Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for evaluating the efficacy of antimicrobials against spores of Clostridium difficile (C. diff):  EPA Microbiology Laboratory Branch (MLB) SOP MB-28: ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Waters 2017 Food Testing Application Notes Booklet

    Abstract / Summary Waters is a leader in developing food and water quality testing systems that incorporate analytical standards and reagents, sample preparation products, chromatographic columns, instrumentation, and data management software. Our comprehensive solutions offer food and beverage laboratories the tools needed to check compliance with food and ...


    By Waters Corporation

  • Ensuring consistent, reliable safety in the global food supply

    Abstract / Summary Waters is a leader in developing food and water quality testing systems that incorporate analytical standards and reagents, sample preparation products, chromatographic columns, instrumentation, and data management software. Our comprehensive solutions offer food and beverage laboratories the tools needed to check compliance with food and environmental regulations, ...


    By Waters Corporation

  • ISO Standard describes aerosol generation for air exposure studies of nano-objects and their aggregates and agglomerates

    The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) recently published standard ISO/TR 19601:2017, “Nanotechnologies — Aerosol generation for air exposure studies of nano-objects and their aggregates and agglomerates (NOAA).”  ISO states that, to evaluate the inhalation toxicity of NOAA, it is important to consider certain ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • On PM 2.5 Filters, Let’s just clear the air between us; ok?

    In the area of a former military building complex in the Chaoyang District of Beijing is a unique and thriving artistic community.  In the middle of this art district, is a strange 7-meter tall tower shaped like an avant-garde metallic pineapple.  Designed by Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde, it is both an artistic creation and a functional tool meant to test a possible solution for ...


    By Sterlitech Corporation

  • Testing modified atmosphere packaging of gluten free bakery products - Case Study

    Gluten free bakery packaging tested using Systech Illinois gas analysis equipment Ultrapharm’s quality control laboratory use the Gaspace Advance, oxygen and carbon dioxide headspace analyser to monitor their modified atmosphere packs at regular intervals. Ultrapharm Ltd started their gluten free bakery business in 1993, manufacturing a small product line to coeliac’s in the UK. ...


    By Systech Instruments Ltd

  • The benefits of monitoring compressed air

    Compressed air is used in many manufacturing processes for many different reasons, from the actuation and control of pneumatic valves and cylinders to the operation of process machinery and tooling. It can also be used as a transport medium for bulk materials or as a purge gas. For all its uses it is nonetheless expensive. This is why, through detailed monitoring, a business can enjoy the ...


    By Contrec Europe Limited

  • ANSI/AHRI standard 420-2008 for fan and coil evaporators - benefits and costs

    Abstract Fan and coil evaporators as used in the industrial refrigeration industry can be certified for performance per ANSI/AHRI Standard 420-2008, Performance Rating of Forced-Circulation Free-Delivery Unit Coolers for Refrigeration. This paper will explain how the standard works and illustrate the costs related to evaporators that may not meet the performance criteria of the standard. ...


    By Evapco Inc.

  • NSF/ANSI Standard 61: Certification vs. Compliance

    Brentwood is committed to delivering high-quality products and services to our customers and the water industry. For this reason, we have invested, and continue to invest, in ensuring our products are certified to the NSF/ANSI Standard 61 for water treatment and distribution applications. Certification Before a product can earn NSF certification, every aspect of its development is ...


    By Brentwood Industries, Inc.

  • Matrix interference reduction for the analysis of carbohydrate in wastewater using H-point standard addition method

    Soluble microbial products, consisting of protein, carbohydrate and humics, are generally considered as the main membrane foulants during the performance of membrane bioreactors. Nitrate and nitrite have been proved to affect the determination of carbohydrate when anthrone-sulfuric acid photometric method is used. In this study, three chemical analytical methods based on photometric assay, ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Creep not a factor for Geocell load support

    An accurate understanding of creep resistance is essential to proper material selection when using polymers, and in the case of geocells, this science is being misapplied.  The definition of creep deformation is the tendency of a solid material to move slowly or deform permanently under the influence of mechanical stress.  Creep is something that creates fear and uncertainty with all ...


    By Presto Geosystems

  • Climate change is more than a tech problem, so we need more than a tech solution

    At the COP 21 climate convention in Paris at the end of 2015, leaders from 194 nations agreed to pursue actions that will cut greenhouse gas emissions enough to keep global warming within 1.5 °C (2.7 °F) above pre-industrial conditions. Meeting this goal will avoid continued and increasing harm to people and ecosystems around the world caused by a changing climate, and it is also a great ...


    By Ensia

  • Laboratory efficacy and field effectiveness of hollow fiber membrane microfilters used for household water treatment in Honduras

    The Sawyer PointONE™ hollow fiber membrane filter is increasingly promoted for long-term household water treatment in developing countries. Limited data demonstrate PointONE™ microbiological laboratory efficacy and short-term diarrheal disease reduction among users, but household microbiological data is lacking. To compare laboratory and household PointONE™ filter microbiological performance, ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Utilizing Restek reference standards for residual solvent testing

    Restek manufactures several different residual solvent standards.  These can be used for testing according to USP, the EP monograph, or other residual solvent assays, such as medical cannabis testing.   The calculations involved for the use of these standards has led to questions for our technical team.  This post should help provide guidance for their usage.  I’ll ...


    By Restek Corporation

  • Making a TO-15 Working Standard and the Super Standard Calculator – V2.01

    We already learned how to calibrate our TO-15 system, what our concentration units mean, and how to properly read our vacuum gauge while pressurizing samples. We are clearly going out of order here, because I have never covered how to prepare a working standard (necessary for ...


    By Restek Corporation

  • Speaking the language of risk: climate change and the future of business

    In an increasingly carbon-constrained economy, it is clear that an organization’s environmental, social and financial performance is dependent on climate action. The development of a thorough and goal-oriented sustainability program, one that integrates climate change impacts into risk management and takes into account the key role of private and public stakeholders, is critical to ...


    By Bullfrog Power Inc.

  • How HDXRF Helps Volcom Comply with Global Regulations - Case Study

    Volcom, Inc. is a lifestyle brand that designs, markets, and distributes high-quality boardsportsoriented products like clothing, footwear and accessories. As a global company, their restricted chemicals list is a combination and reflection of many international standards. CPSC and Proposition 65 lead the way for many of the chemicals’ lower limit regulations, but Canadian, Chinese, and ...


    By X-Ray Optical Systems (XOS)

  • The Rationale for Accelerating Regionally Focused Climate Intervention Research

    Abstract Ten years ago, Paul Crutzen asked whether the time had come to consider undertaking research into intentionally intervening in the climate system so that it might be considered a policy option comparable to reducing emissions for limiting human-induced climate change. Crutzen’s article pointed out how little progress had been made in reducing emissions and suggested that ...


    By Climate Institute

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