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  • University Custodian Dies after Contracting Tuberculosis (TB)

    Last month, an Emory University custodian died from TB.  He did not know he was sick and had not been to a doctor.  This resulted in more than 400 people at the university being tested for tuberculosis and letters being distributed to students, faculty and staff.   Tuberculosis, also known as TB, is caused by a bacterium known as Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The bacteria ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Apartment Possibly Infested by Mold has a Colorado Family on Edge

    Earlier this month, the local affiliate of ABC News reported about a Northglenn family’s struggle with mold in their apartment.  The mother of three children moved into the complex in early May, a month that saw heavy rainfall.  Shortly after the rains began she noticed water leaking into the apartment.  The flooding was so bad that the tenant claimed she had to use buckets ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • National Radon Action Month Highlights Dangers due to Radon

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has declared January to be National Radon Action Month.  As a leading provider of radon test kits and radon analysis, EMSL Analytical supports this important public awareness campaign meant to protect Americans from this invisible cancer causing public health threat. According to the EPA radon website, “You can’t see, smell, or taste ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • $8.5 Million Awarded to Painter Exposed to Asbestos

    Last month, a jury awarded a former commercial painter and handyman $8.5 million dollars in a settlement over asbestos exposure.  The plaintiff has asbestos mesothelioma that he claimed resulted from repeated exposure to asbestos containing materials. Named in the lawsuit were a number of major companies that the suit claimed knew of the dangers associated with their products, but neglected ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Radon Scrutinized as Illinois General Assembly Passes Two New Bills

    In September, the Chicago Sun-Times published a report about new legislation targeting radon in Illinois.  The Illinois General Assembly had recently passed two bills meant to protect Illinois residents from exposure to radon gas.   One bill requires licensed daycare centers, daycare homes, and group daycare homes to test their property for radon a minimum of once every three ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Are People Unwittingly Releasing Formaldehyde with Air Fresheners?

    National Geographic recently posted a story on their website regarding air fresheners.  “Earth-Friendly & Organic Air Fresheners” discusses both traditional air fresheners and eco-friendly options today’s consumers have available.   The article highlights concerns over traditional air fresheners that millions of Americans have in their homes, offices and ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • St. Louis Residents Surprised to Learn of Potential Vapor Intrusion Issues

    Last month, The St. Louis American published a report about the surprise and shock of many residents who have learned that their homes may have issues with vapor intrusion.  The article discusses a public housing development known as Elmwood Park that is located above an area that may have contaminated groundwater. The story begins 22 years ago when a metal company spilled trichloroethylene ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Government Agency Changes Formaldehyde’s Hazardous Classification

    Cinnaminson, NJ, August 7th, 2012 Last month, Safe Work Australia changed the agency’s hazardous substance entry for formaldehyde.  According to the agency’s website, “Based on the NICNAS (National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme) Priority Existing Chemical Assessment Report for formaldehyde, Safe Work Australia has updated the entry in HSIS for ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • New Study Finds Formaldehyde Levels in California Daycare Centers Exceed Standards

    Last month, it was reported that researchers from UC Berkeley found that 9 out of 10 California daycare centers exceeded state safety guidelines for formaldehyde.  As part of the study, samples were taken from 40 daycare centers in Alameda and Monterey counties from 2010 and 2011. The California Air Resources Board funded the tests.   This research is of special concern since it ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • High Radon Levels Found in Illinois Schools

    Last month, NBC’s Channel 5 in Chicago published a report about a pilot radon testing program started in Illinois back in January.  So far only a little more than 40 schools have applied for testing, but roughly 70% have been found with elevated levels of radon according to the report.   Also last month, KWQC News 6 in Iowa broadcast a report about radon in ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • New Illinois Law Requires Radon Disclosure to Tenants

    A new law that went into effect on January 1st has caught many landlords off guard across Illinois.  An amendment to the Radon Awareness Act now requires landlords to inform renters about any radon testing that has taken place in their unit and what radon hazards may exist.  It also allows renters to request a radon test if it has not been tested in the past.   Radon is a ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Formaldehyde in Homes Can Make People Sick

    Last month, KXLY in Washington published a report about why people should have their homes tested for indoor air quality issues.  The article, “Have home inspected to make sure air doesn’t cause headaches” explains the fact that the air in many indoor spaces is more polluted than the outdoor air.   According to the article, “Poor indoor air quality can seriously ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • California’s Prop 65 and Public Health Concerns over Carbon Black

    In 1986, California voters approved an initiative to address increasing concerns over exposure to toxic chemicals. That initiative, the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, is better known by its original name of Proposition 65.  Proposition 65 requires businesses to notify Californians about significant amounts of chemicals in the products they purchase, in their homes ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • California’s Hunters Point Redevelopment Project under the Spotlight

    The Treasure Island Naval Station-Hunters Point Annex, also known as the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, was established in 1869 as the first dry dock on the Pacific Coast.  It is located in southeastern San Francisco, California. In 1940, the Navy obtained ownership of the shipyard for ship building, repair and maintenance activities. After World War II, activities shifted from ship repair to ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Formaldehyde Fumes from Fire Cause Major Evacuation of Residents

    Last month, a plastics plant caught fire in Zion, Illinois.  Thirty-five fire departments from the area north of Chicago responded to the three-alarm fire.  Evacuations were ordered for a 1 mile radius south of the fire that lasted approximately 2 hours.  The reason for the large evacuation was due to concerns over formaldehyde being released from chemicals burning.  ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Mystery Odor Sickens Seven People at Indianapolis Hospital

    Last month, USA Today published a report about seven adults becoming ill after exposure to an unknown substance at an Indianapolis hospital.� The event closed the hospital’s emergency room for several hours as the Indianapolis Fire Department responded to the scene. The event started when a mystery odor prompted a call to the fire department.� Emergency responders arrived to investigate a ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Textured Paints and Coatings May Expose People to Dangerous Asbestos Fibers

    During the mid-1900s, textured paints and coatings were commonly used in many residential and commercial properties.  Many of these buildings are still in use today. Unfortunately, a number of these materials  contained asbestos. Textured paints and coatings were used for both decorative and protective purposes. Asbestos was added to  these materials due to its strength and ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Vapor Intrusion Risks a Real Threat to Building Occupants

    Vapor intrusion is the process by which chemicals migrate to the indoor air above a contaminated site.  Vapor intrusion generally occurs when there is movement of volatile chemicals from contaminated groundwater or soil into an overlying building. In extreme cases, the vapors may accumulate in dwellings or occupied buildings to levels that may pose near-term safety hazards from explosions, ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • PCBs are Still a Danger Decades after their Ban

    The building consulting experts at EC2 provide testing solutions for polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) to determine if their toxic presence is a danger to building occupants.  PCBs belong to a broad family of man-made organic chemicals known as chlorinated hydrocarbons. PCBs were domestically manufactured from 1929 until their ban in 1979 and were used in hundreds of industrial and commercial ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Lawsuit Filed against Chicago Condominium Association and Complex Management Company

    Last month, Chicago’s CBS affiliate published a report about a woman suing her condominium association and complex management company due to mold in her home.  According to the woman behind the lawsuit, a firm was hired by her complex to conduct mold testing, but she was refused results of the testing.   The woman has complained of rashes, hives and lung problems which she ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

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