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  • Protecting Puerto Rico’s Workers from Exposure to Ototoxicants and Other Hazardous Substances

    In March of this year, The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published Preventing Hearing Loss Caused by Chemical (Ototoxicity) and Noise Exposure.    The advisory bulletin shared information about protecting workers from exposure to ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Indoor Air Testing

    Hygieneering, Inc. provided post construction (IAQ) Indoor Air Quality testing for an international construction management company prior to the new owner occupancy. This (IAQ) Indoor Air Quality testing will assist this new property with LEED Green Building certification. Hygieneering provides safety consulting, environmental consulting, testing and training, asbestos project management, ...


    By Hygieneering, Inc.

  • Identifying Indoor Exposure Risks to Pesticides in Puerto Rico

    A recent survey found that 75% of U.S. households used at least one pesticide product indoors during the past year. The majority of these are insecticides and disinfectants. The use of these products has certainly been a familiar scene in Puerto Rico over the past few months as families and businesses deal with the widespread property damage and cleanup activities caused by Hurricanes Maria and ...


    By Zimmetry Environmental

  • Indoor Allergens & Steps to Reduce Exposure in the Home or Office

    For the millions of Americans with respiratory allergies, asthma or COPD, their home or office can sometimes be the source of allergens that can trigger or aggravate their condition. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, nasal allergies are estimated to affect close to 50 million people in the United States. Allergic rhinitis alone results in more than ...


    By Clark Seif Clark Inc.

  • Occupational and Indoor Methane Exposure Risks in Puerto Rico

    Methane is a colorless, odorless and extremely flammable gas. In its gas form, it is an asphyxiant that in high concentrations may displace a person’s oxygen supply, especially in confined spaces. Decreased oxygen can cause suffocation and loss of consciousness. Exposure can also cause headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting and loss of coordination. ...


    By Zimmetry Environmental

  • Endotoxin Exposure Risks in Puerto Rico Following Floods and Indoor Sewage Contamination

    Residents of Puerto Rico are familiar with occasional beach closures due to sewage spills or high bacteria counts in the water off of the islands’ famous beaches.  Raw sewage can contain a wide range of potentially harmful substances that may include viruses, bacteria, protozoa, parasites and fungi. Health officials take sewage in the water and on beaches serious and so should people ...


    By Zimmetry Environmental

  • Sewer Gas and Indoor Exposure Concerns Discussed in New Video

    Today, the IAQ Video Network and Cochrane & Associates announced the release of their latest educational video.  Their newest production discusses indoor exposure concerns associated with sewer gas.   “Components of sewer gas include hydrogen sulfide and ammonia,” said Paul Cochrane, President of Cochrane and Associates, ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Identifying Concerns Associated with Exposures to Elevated Levels of Indoor Mold

    Mold is a natural part of the environment and people breathe it on a daily basis, but exposure to elevated levels of mold in the air in homes, schools or work environments can lead to indoor air quality (IAQ) issues and potential exposure concerns. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shares the following about exposure to mold:  Exposure to damp and ...


    By Clark Seif Clark Inc.

  • Reducing Indoor Exposure to Formaldehyde in New York and the Tri-State Area

    Just last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a rule to reduce exposure to formaldehyde off-gassing from certain wood products produced domestically or imported. These products include hardwood plywood, medium-density fiberboard, and particleboard, as well as household and other finished goods containing these products.  As far back as 1987, the EPA ...


    By VOETS, LLC

  • IndoorDoctor Tests Harmful Radiation Exposure From Cell Phones

    The World Health Organization (WHO) announced yesterday that radiation from cell phones increases users' risk of getting cancer. According to the WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (EMF) have been classified as possibly carcinogenic to humans. IndoorDoctor LLC, a leading New England-based environmental ...

  • Identifying Indoor Exposure Risks from VOCs in Residential and Commercial Properties across Puerto Rico

    Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted from thousands of different products and building materials that can be found in businesses, homes and schools throughout Puerto Rico. These VOCs are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids and can then inhaled by building occupants.  VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short- and long-term adverse health ...


    By Zimmetry Environmental

  • Commercial Property Damage Claims Can Reveal Unexpected Indoor Environmental Exposure Risks

    Each year, billions of dollars are paid to settle insured property damage claims. While most people hope they never have to file a claim for damage to their home or business, statistics show that as recently as 2013, over 4% of insured homes had a claim and there were billions of dollars in commercial property losses.    Some of the most common commercial ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Residents of Puerto Rico Reminded of Indoor Exposure Risks during National Radon Action Month

    According to the U.S. Geological Survey, several areas in Puerto Rico have the geologic potential to generate locally high indoor radon levels if housing conditions are favorable for the entry and accumulation of radon. Radon is a cancer-causing radioactive gas that has been found in homes and buildings all over the United States and in many places across the Caribbean. It comes from the natural ...


    By Zimmetry Environmental

  • Indoor Exposure to Elevated Levels of Mold in Puerto Rico Can Result in Health Concerns

    In 2004, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) found that there was sufficient evidence to link indoor exposure to mold with upper respiratory tract symptoms, cough and wheeze in otherwise healthy people; with asthma symptoms in people with asthma; and with hypersensitivity pneumonitis (HP) in individuals susceptible to that immune-mediated condition.  The Centers for Disease Control and ...


    By Zimmetry Environmental

  • California Company Offers Testing Solutions for Residents Suffering from Indoor Allergens

    With summer just around the corner, many California residents have already begun relying on their air conditioning to keep their homes cool and comfortable. For those who suffer from indoor allergies, air conditioned homes with closed windows and doors, can under certain circumstances cause issues due to elevated levels of indoor allergens. Indoor and outdoor allergies often produce ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Testing laboratory promotes environmental and indoor air quality industries

    EMSL Analytical, one of the largest indoor air quality (IAQ) and environmental testing laboratory networks, has been involved with providing public education about environmental issues since the company’s founding in 1981. Few companies in the industry have such a long tradition of providing not only testing solutions, but also free educational information about environmental and indoor air ...


  • Allergies or a Common Cold – Indoor Allergen Testing May Provide the Answer

    Most years, the cold and flu season starts in late fall and runs through mid-spring.  Although a person can catch a common at any time of the year, the winter months are when medical professionals generally see the peak in the number of people coming down with a cold.   However, that runny nose, sneezing and congestion could also be due to ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Testing for Indoor Allergens Can Help People Minimize Allergic Reactions

    More than 50 million Americans reportedly suffer from allergies with approximately 80% of those affected by indoor or outdoor allergens. Some sufferers experience short-term seasonal allergies, while a growing number experience chronic, year-round allergic reactions. Indoor and outdoor allergies may produce nearly identical symptoms They may include sneezing, runny or stuffy nose, ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Asthma and the Link to Exposure to Mold and Bacteria

    A new study by European scientists has found that children who grow up on a farm appear to be less likely to develop asthma.  In February of this year it was reported in HealthDay News that, “The risk of asthma was reduced by as much as 51 percent for children living on farms, and researchers suspect that it's the diversity of exposure to different microbes that may offer protection ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • New York Facility Managers Turn to VOETS for Indoor Allergen Testing Solutions

    Employees that go to work or tenants that arrive home, and develop allergy symptoms that improve or go away once they leave the building, could very likely be having an allergic reaction to indoor environmental allergens.    In many circumstances when this occurs, the facility manager of the building will be contacted to investigate the ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

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