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  • US firefighters pay a heavy price for contaminated breathing air

    A recent incident at a Fire Department in Henderson, Nevada, prompted emergency action and a hefty bill for city officials. Firefighters reported a smell of petroleum coming from the air tanks in their self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). The problem was traced to an air compressor which is believed to have introduced contaminants into the system. The compressor has now been replaced, ...


    By Analox Sensor Technology

  • Is your child breathing toxic air at school?

    Recently the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that they would begin monitoring outdoor air around schools for toxic air pollutants, or air toxics. The EPA selected 63 schools in 22 states and just this month posted the first data from one of four schools picked in the New York and New Jersey areas.The monitoring is designed to help the EPA and states involved learn whether ...


  • Gas detection solutions for monitoring compressed breathing air

    At first glance the physiological demands of the firefighter, the scuba diver and the hospital patient have little in common. One is trained to deal with fire and rescue, one swims underwater and one is concerned with either regaining or improving their health. Yet all three depend to some extent on a safe source of compressed breathing air. In the case of the firefighter, portable breathing sets ...


    By Analox Sensor Technology

  • PhoCheck+ Provides Optimal Breathing Safety For Fire Fighters

    Used widely within the Fire Service Industry, the PhoCheck+ 1000 from Ion Science provides crucial testing of air compressors for safe, uncontaminated use of breathing apparatus. Evidence shows that oils and greases used to lubricate air compressors cause contamination of air that has been compressed into the tank, resulting in fire fighters experiencing an unpleasant ‘chemical taste’ ...


    By Ion Science

  • Shewanella oneidensis Bacteria Found to Breathe Iron

    According to R&D Magazine, researchers have discovered that when proteins on the surface of bacteria touch a mineral surface, the bacteria produces an electric current allowing it to breathe iron the way humans breathe oxygen. Researchers believe that by understanding how the bacteria are able to breathe iron, they will be able to use the microbes for cleaning up soil contaminants, trapping ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Identifying Sewer Gas and Air Quality Issues in New York Buildings Allows Residents to Breathe Easier

    Most people have at one time or another walked into a home or building and were faced with the unpleasant odors associated with sewer gas. Sewer gas is a complex mixture of toxic and nontoxic gases that can be present in a home, school, business, or other type of building depending on various circumstances.   Sewer gas is formed during the decay ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • A Breath of Fresh Air - Hydrogen compressor manufacturer Pdc Machines exhibits at H2Expo 2005

    Untitled Document 22-Aug-05 &ndash, Diaphragm compressors are a key technology for the coming hydrogen economy. Pdc Machines Inc., a ...

  • Crystalline Silica identified as ‘Toxic Air Contaminant’ by State of California

    California environmental contaminant biomonitoring program report updated.In a release from February of this year, the State of California identified crystalline silica as an “air contaminant”. Crystalline silica had also been classified as a ‘human lung carcinogen’ in a fact sheet released by OSHA sometime ago. In addition, it is reported that breathing in crystalline silica dust can cause ...


  • Crystalline Silica identified as ‘toxic air contaminant’ by State of California

    In a release from February of this year, the State of California identified crystalline silica as an “air contaminant”. Crystalline silica had also been classified as a ‘human lung carcinogen’ in a fact sheet released by OSHA sometime ago. In addition, it is reported that breathing in crystalline silica dust can cause silicosis which can be disabling or potentially fatal.Silica is actually a ...


  • Personal exposure monitoring device predicts breathing rates, contributes to more meaningful environmental dose estimates

    A new technology developed by a research team led by RTI International will help scientists better understand the relationship between environmental contaminants in the air and potential adverse health effects. The new approach uses personal exposure monitors with built-in acceleration sensors to determine individual activity levels while predicting how fast adults, and potentially children, ...

  • Trichloroethylene Still a Contamination Concern across Puerto Rico

    Just last June, the U.S. Environmental Protection agency (EPA) released their Final Risk Assessment on Trichloroethylene (TCE) to address potential human health risks associated with exposure to this volatile organic compound (VOC). TCE has been used in Puerto Rico in the past and is now a concern at some of Puerto Rico's Superfund sites, hazardous waste locations and other areas where it is ...


    By Zimmetry Environmental

  • HVAC Inspections Reduces Allergens and Microbial Contaminants

    The building consulting experts at EC2 provide testing solutions for HVAC systems to determine if mold, particulates and other indoor air quality (IAQ) contaminants are present. With Labor Day behind us the summer is coming to a close.  Many HVAC systems have been running nonstop, but will soon be taking a break before they begin providing warm air to keep building occupants comfortable ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Illinois Residents on the Lookout for Biological Contaminants in the Home

    Indoor air quality problems can occur in almost any structure.  Just last month, a woman filed a lawsuit against the owners of an apartment complex in Collinsville, Illinois.  The suit claims that the defendants attempted to conceal sewage and mold that lead to the woman becoming ill after breathing the poor indoor air quality.   The typical home across Chicago and throughout ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Airborne Fungal Contaminants can be an Indoor Health Hazard

    Most people have been unfortunate to at some point witness water damage in their home, school, or place of business.  Water damage, whether from a flood, leaking roof, or broken pipe, can lead to mold growth in as short as 24 to 48 hours.   When mold begins to grow indoors it can lead to indoor allergies that last year round, trigger asthma attacks in susceptible individuals, and even ...


    By Clark Seif Clark Inc.

  • Mold Contamination Adds to Fresno Condo Complex’s Woes

    LA Testing offers mold and other indoor air quality (IAQ) testing services for homeowners and potential buyers to ensure properties are free of mold contamination and other potential indoor contaminants. Pasadena, CA, April 25th, 2011 Earlier this month KFSN-TV of Fresno, California reported on a condo complex that is facing foreclosure in Northwest Fresno.  The ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Flooding & Sewage Contamination can Result in Exposure to Endotoxins

    With the hurricane season officially here, residents along the Mid-Atlantic are aware of the potential for powerful storms to bring flooding to the region again this summer.  Last year, Hurricane Irene left a path of destruction that impacted countless property owners in the area.   When storms bring heavy rains and flooding a number of environmental concerns are left in the wake of the ...

  • Could Your Lotions & Antiseptic Soaps be Contaminated with Mercury?

     Earlier this month, CNN published a report about skin creams, beauty and antiseptic soaps and lotions that may be contaminated with mercury.  The report cited a U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warning of mercury poisoning being linked to skin products. Federal health officials are warning consumers not to use these consumer products that might contain ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Chicago`s Oak Street Beach contaminated with asbestos

    The Illinois shoreline and Illinois Beach State Park have a long history of asbestos contamination, so as the 2008 beach season opens on Lake Michigan, a conservation group is advising beachgoers how to minimize inhalation of cancer-causing asbestos fibers. For at least 20 years, asbestos fibers were released daily and carried southward by Lake Michigan's currents from the Johns-Manville ...

  • Biological Contaminants in the Home Exposed in New Public Outreach Video

    Today the IAQ Video Network released the 13th in a series of public outreach videos meant to educate families about important environmental and indoor air quality issues.  The public outreach videos have all been produced in the past year covering everything from mold and Legionella to the latest video entitled Biological Contaminants in the Home.   The typical home ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • New York City Schools Pressured to Remove Light Fixtures Contaminated with PCBs

    In New York City, 754 schools have fluorescent lights that are likely to contain polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, claims the city’s School Construction Authority. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), PCBs are a group of man-made chemicals that can cause cancer and other adverse effects in the immune system, reproductive system, nervous system, and endocrine system. New ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

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