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  • Vapor Intrusion Problems Risk Building Occupants’ Health

    EMSL Analytical offers vapor intrusion and volatile organic compound (VOC) testing services to protect building occupants from vapor intrusion exposure. Cinnaminson, NJ, October 8th, 2010 Vapor intrusion happens when a gaseous substance migrates into a building.  Radon, volatile organic compounds, water vapor and other gases can make there way through cracks in ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Occupational safety and health issues associated with green building

    The e-fact “Occupational safety and health issues associated with green building” provides information on the work-related risk factors and the occupational safety and health (OSH) issues associated with the planning and construction of green buildings, their maintenance, renovation ...

  • Buildings with Vapor Intrusion Issues Risk Occupants’ Health

    Molecular filtration solutions from UVDI’s Sparks Technology can help remove dangerous volatile organic compounds (VOCs) to improve building indoor air quality (IAQ). Vapor intrusion is described by building envelop professionals as what happens when a gaseous substance migrates into a building.  Volatile organic compounds and other gases can make their way from contaminated soils and ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Meth Lab Dangers Risk Building Occupants’ Health

    The environmental professionals at Clark Seif Clark (CSC) provide environmental sampling services for former clandestine methamphetamine laboratories to protect future building occupants from a toxic chemicals aftermath.   Just last week U.S. Border Patrol agents seized almost $700,000 in methamphetamines near Yuma Arizona.  Methamphetamine is also referred to as meth, crank, crystal, ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • US study finds health and environmental risk in building insulation

    Researchers in the United States are calling for a change to the US building codes, following a study showing that the mandatory flame retardants routinely added to foam insulation are not only harmful to human health and the environment, but also make no difference to the prevention of fire in buildings where a fire-safe thermal barrier already exists. Such a change would bring the US building ...


    By Taylor & Francis Group

  • Sewer Gases Create Health & Safety Hazards for Building Occupants

    Most people can recall having at one time or another entered a building and been overwhelmed by a strong odor.  For some unfortunate individuals, this scenario happens every time they enter their home.   Odors can come from many sources, but one of the most frequent is due to sewer gases infiltrating a building’s occupied space.  According to the Wisconsin Department of ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Deadly Chicago High-Rise Fire Causes Health Concerns for Building Residents

    Earlier this month, a fire at a Chicago high-rise killed one person and injured nine.  The fire broke out on the 12th floor of the building and parts of the structure quickly filled with thick smoke and scorching temperatures.   Structure fires can produce an enormous amount of smoke that infiltrates building.  This smoke is filled with combustion by-products that include ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Do LEED-certified green buildings protect human health?

    Do “green” buildings protect human health from environmental hazards? The answer is “not ...

  • Airborne Fungal Pathogens a Health Threat in Moisture Damaged Buildings

    Water damage in a home, office or school, can result in property damage, structural damage and even create an indoor environment that can be dangerous to people’s health.  According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Molds are very common in buildings and homes and will grow anywhere indoors where there is moisture. The most common indoor molds are ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Hidden Mold & Health Concerns in Residential and Commercial Buildings in Puerto Rico

    If a person walks into a home or building and notices a strong musty odor, this telltale clue often indicates that microbial growth is occurring somewhere in the structure.  In some circumstances the building may have visible mold growth, but many times it may be growing completely out of sight.  In other cases, there may be little to no odor, but people are complaining of respiratory ...


    By Zimmetry Environmental

  • Vapor Intrusion Issues in Buildings Can Cause Dangerous Health Conditions

    Core, one of the most recognized providers of commercial indoor air quality (IAQ) services, utilizes advanced testing methods to determine if vapor intrusion is endangering building occupants.  The migration of volatile chemicals from below ground into buildings is known as vapor intrusion.  When these chemicals, which can be comprised of inorganic analytes, volatile organic compounds ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Do LEED-certified green buildings protect human health?

    Do "green" buildings protect human health from environmental hazards? The answer is "not necessarily," according to a new report released by Environment and Human Health, Inc. (EHHI), titled "LEED Certification: Where Energy Efficiency Collides With Human Health." EHHI is a non-profit organization composed of doctors, public health ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Improving air quality in buildings

    A new system to establish health-protective limits for the emission of hazardous chemicals from products used in our homes, schools and offices has been developed by the EU-LCI Working Group. Cranfield University scientists, as members of the EU-LCI Working ...


    By Cranfield University

  • North Carolina Area Health Education Center Building in Chapel Hill, N.C. Named a Top Finisher in Energy Star National Building Competition

    The North Carolina Area Health Education Center Building in Chapel Hill, N.C. was recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a top finisher in the third-annual Energy Star National Building Competition. The plant was recognized for reducing their energy use by over a 34 percent. In its third year, the Energy Star National Building Competition featured teams from across the country ...

  • Health and safety entrepreneurs commended

    A team of youngsters who developed a safety culture in their start up business have been applauded for their work. The school pupils won the Best Health and Safety category of the East Midlands Young Enterprise Company of the Year. Backed by IOSH, the students, who called their company ‘Reflection’, produced a keepsake photo book of memories, designed to be ...

  • Sick Building Syndrome

    SCHUYLER FALLS, NY—July 31, 2007— James P. Hewitt with the publication of Sick Building Syndrome, educates the public how indoor air quality, noise pollution, lighting, and cleaning chemicals can harm their overall health and well being. Mr. Hewitt with the publication of Sick Building Syndrome educates the reader about a health niche that is poorly understood by the public at large. One ...


  • Health & Safety Training Courses

    As professionals in Health & Safety, with real on-the-job experience, Stansted Environmental Services has a proven track record of providing the highest standard of workplace Health & Safety Training. We will work with you to ensure your company has trained staff who can lead, inspire others and increase your business performance. The training your company and ...

  • Building an Enduring Environmental Movement

    On World Environment Day, Worldwatch Institute’s State of the World 2013calls for a new course of action for the environmental movemen. Washington, D.C.—Fractured, underfunded, and on the defensive, the environmental movement must rethink the way it functions if it hopes to bring about a truly sustainable future. Most environmental groups continue to ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • How Mold in Homes & Buildings across Puerto Rico Can Impact People’s Health

    Earlier this month,U.S. News & World Reportpublished an article about how the presence of mold can impact people’s health and also the value of their property. It discussed the importance of people talking to a professional if they have a mold issue and if they are in the market to buy a property to have any signs of mold and moisture damage investigated before making an offer.   ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Focus on Power Plant Rule`s Health Benefits Could Build Wider Support Among Public

    The Obama administration's emphasis on the public health benefits of its first-ever greenhouse gas emissions standards for existing power plants may help make climate change resonate with more Americans—which could build support for the controversial rule. Communications research suggests that educating the public on the health impacts of climate change and the benefits of curbing ...


    By Bloomberg BNA

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