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  • Identifying Particulate Matter Pollution Hazards in Businesses and Institutions throughout Puerto Rico

    There are many industries across Puerto Rico and the Caribbean that expose workers to elevated levels of particulate matter, also known as PM. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) describes particulate matter as a mixture of solid particles and liquid droplets found in the air. Some particles, such as dust, dirt, soot or smoke, are large or dark enough to be seen with the naked eye. ...


    By Zimmetry Environmental

  • How to Set Up a Perimeter Monitoring Kit

    It’s that time of year again: construction season!  Which means perimeter monitoring has again become necessary to measure worker exposures to noise, dust, gas emissions, and provide documentation that you’ve implemented procedures to keep the surrounding community safe from these issues. RAECO Rents perimeter ...


    By Raeco Rents

  • Woman Seeks $5 Million after Contracting Legionnaires’ disease

    Last month, Alabama’s ABC 33/40 published a report about a local woman filing a lawsuit against the owners of a motel in Kentucky. The woman claims she got Legionnaires’ disease at the hotel from a contaminated air conditioning unit.  She is seeking $5 million. Legionnaires' disease is caused by a type of bacteria known as Legionella. The bacteria are found ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • New legislation on nanomaterial register, Belgium

    New Belgian Royal decree on the marketing and production of substances at the Nanoscale The Belgian authorities approved last month a new decree which has four objectives: Ensuring that the development of this innovative technology is being done in compliance with the protection of human health Acquiring better knowledge on the market, on characteristics of nanomaterials, on ...

  • Valley and Butte Fire Response Update 10/28/15

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and its federal, state, and local partners continue the assessment and clean-up of household hazardous wastes in the aftermath of the Valley Fire in Lake County, Calif. and the Butte Fire in Calaveras County, Calif. EPA mobilized to the two fire-impacted areas first to clear properties near public schools in Lake County, then more broadly in fire ...

  • Preventing Occupational Exposure Risks to Asphalt Fumes

    The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) reports that over 500,000 workers are exposed to fumes from asphalt. Asphalt as it known in the United States, or bitumen, as it is called in many other parts of the world, is found in natural deposits or can be obtained by refining crude oil. The primary use of asphalt is for road construction where it is mixed with granular materials ...

  • Advanced Ultra-High Performance Liquid Chromatography Systems Enhance Lab Productivity

    The analytical complexity of new and emerging pharmaceuticals and biopharmaceuticals can now be met with advanced ultra-high performance liquid chromatography (UHPLC) systems designed to streamline workflows and help reduce cost per sample. The ...

  • EPA Encourages public to comment on plan for ground water cleanup near new cassel industrial area in Nassau County, N.Y.

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced its proposed plan to clean up an area of contaminated ground water within the New Cassel/Hicksville Ground Water Contamination Superfund site in the towns of Hempstead, North Hempstead and Oyster Bay in Nassau County, New York. Ground water throughout these areas is contaminated with harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are ...

  • Tracing CO2 elements in the ocean

    The surface waters of the vast Southern Ocean are suffering from 'marine anaemia' – a serious deficiency in the micronutrient iron. Just as iron deficiency negatively affects the health and productivity of humans and other land-based creatures, so it affects the phytoplankton (microscopic marine plants) existing in the oceanic realm. The environmental consequences of this condition restrict ...


    By Australian Government

  • Norovirus Outbreak Sickens Dozens at George Washington University

    Last week, students, faculty and staff from George Washington University were warned to take extra precautions following an outbreak of norovirus on campus.  Approximately 85 cases of the gastrointestinal illness have already been identified.  This latest outbreak is the third this year that has been investigated by the D.C. Department of Health.  In the United States, the Centers ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Certified Industrial Hygienists in Demand Following Hurricane Harvey

    This past weekend, Hurricane Harvey left a path of destruction across large parts of Texas.  In addition to the tragic loss of life, the historic storm has also caused countless dollars in property damage to residential, commercial and institutional properties. In fact, the damage has been so severe that a few days ago, the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said the ...

  • Floods Cause Asbestos Scare in Washington

    LA Testing provides asbestos testing services to keep area residents and cleanup workers safe from its deadly fibers. Garden Grove, CA, September 27th, 2010 Earlier this month The Seattle Times reported about asbestos concerns along the Sumas River in Washington.  It all began with flooding that occurred back in January of 2009 that spread debris carried ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Preventing another Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak in New York

    Just last year, the worst outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in New York's history claimed a number of lives and infected over 100 people. The outbreak was associated with contaminated cooling towers and resulted in new statewide regulations.  Cooling towers use water to regulate heat exchange throughout the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system (HVAC). During the cooling ...


    By VOETS, LLC

  • New particulate measurement technology enables climate change ‘quick hit’

    More accurate measurement of Black Carbon particles is now within reach of UK local authorities, air quality and climate change researchers and industry thanks to a highly-specified device, newly available via Enviro Technology.   Reducing levels of Black Carbon in the air improves human health and slows climate change. Because it is dark, Black Carbon absorbs a lot of heat from the sun and ...

  • Personal exposure monitors help specify health impacts of indoor, outdoor air quality

    Indoor and outdoor pollutants can adversely affect the heart in ways different from outdoor air pollution alone, according to a new cardiovascular study conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan, in collaboration with an exposure study conducted by RTI International. The Cardiovascular Sub-Study of the Detroit Exposure and Aerosol Research Study (DEARS) has shown for the first time ...


    By RTI International

  • Climate research targets Western wildfire smoke

    Researchers are flying over Western wildfires to sample the thick smoke they emit and study its role in cloud formation and climate. The data-gathering campaign is intended to help scientists flesh out one of the least understood areas of climate: the role of aerosols, or particles given off by wildfires, and how they evolve over time. Biomass burning, such as forest fires and agricultural fires ...


    By Associated Press

  • Deaths due to Legionnaires’ Disease Results in Widespread Order to Inspect Cooling Towers

    The outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in New York continues to grow.  So far, 10 people have died from the condition and over 100 have reportedly been infected.  New York health officials have called in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to assist with their investigation of the outbreak. Five cooling towers have already tested positive for the bacteria that ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • ABIH Encourages Awareness of Respirable Hazards during Lung Cancer Awareness Month

    Across the United States, November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month.  In the U.S., more people die from lung cancer than any other type of cancer.  It is also the second most commonly diagnosed form of cancer.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as recently as 2010, over 201,000 people were diagnosed with the condition and over 158,000 died due to lung ...

  • ABIH® Advocates Respirable Hazard Recognition during Lung Cancer Awareness Month

    November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. In the United States and many parts of the world, more people die from lung cancer than any other type of cancer.  It is also the second most commonly diagnosed form of cancer.  The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be more than 221,000 new cases of lung cancer diagnosed in the United States this year and over 158,000 deaths. ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Water Park Agrees to $1.3 Million Settlement Following Outbreak

    Last month, it was announced in the media that a large water park in New York had agreed to settle a class action lawsuit following an outbreak of illnesses in 2008.  Reports indicate that the company that owns the water park agreed to a $1.3 million settlement with attorneys representing hundreds of people that claimed to have gotten sick. People involved in the outbreak ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

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