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  • Identifying areas at risk for arsenic contamination

    The contamination of groundwater with arsenic poses a risk to the health of millions of people, especially in the densely populated river deltas of Southeast Asia. To date, no method has been available for identifying high-risk areas without conducting costly sampling campaigns. Now, Eawag has developed a model that allows vulnerable areas to be pinpointed using existing data on geology and soil ...

  • More high risk chemicals identified

    The fifth batch of chemical substances recognized under the Chemicals Management Plan as having potential risks to human health have been announced by the federal government. The announcement, jointly made by Health Minister Tony Clement and Environment Minister John Baird, was accompanied by a notice in the ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Identifying Environmental and Occupational Exposure Risks to Suspected Carcinogens in Puerto Rico

    Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the 14th Report on Carcinogens (RoC). It contained newly reviewed substances that are known or reasonably anticipated to cause cancer in humans. Included in this list was the metallic element cobalt and cobalt compounds that release cobalt ions in vivo. The National Toxicology Program (NTP), ...


    By Zimmetry Environmental

  • Identifying and Mitigating Particulate Matter Pollution Exposure Risks

    Particulate matter (PM) is described by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a mixture of solid particles and liquid droplets found in the air. Some of these particles, such as dust, dirt, soot or smoke, are large or dark enough to be seen with the naked eye, but others are so small they can only be detected using powerful instruments.   Because PM ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Identifying and Preventing Exposure Risks to the Growing Number of Superbugs

    Last month, for only the fourth time in its history, the United Nations General Assembly took up a health issue and voted to take a broad and coordinated approach to confront antimicrobial resistance. The historic action by the United Nations was due to the growing list of drug-resistant microorganisms that are now found across the globe, including in United States.  The Centers for Disease ...


    By Clark Seif Clark Inc.

  • Identifying Phthalate Exposure Risks in Puerto Rico

    The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) has been funding a study known as the Puerto Rico Testsite for Exploring Contamination Threats (PROTECT). The study follows pregnant women to try and determine if environmental exposures to phthalates and other chemical compounds are contributing to preterm births. So far, results indicate that women in Puerto Rico have higher ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Identifying Occupational Exposure Risks to Chlorine in Puerto Rico

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that chlorine is one of the most commonly manufactured chemicals in the United States. It is also an element that is widely used in industry in the production of thousands of manufactured items and can be found in some household products.   Chlorine is used in drinking water and swimming pools to kill ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Environmental Sampling Identifies Heroin and other Illicit Drugs

    The National Survey on Drug Use and Health reports that over 605,000 Americans abused heroin in 2009.  This staggering number shows the significant level of abuse of this Schedule I substance as listed by the Controlled Substances Act. Heroin is a highly addictive drug and one of the most rapidly acting of the opiates. On the street it goes by names such as Big H, Black Tar, Chiva, Hell ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Identifying Sewage Contamination to Protect Building Occupants from Exposure Risks

    Sewage contamination, two words that no property owner or tenant ever wants to hear. While any type of water damage to the interior of a home or business can cause expensive repairs and indoor environmental quality (IEQ) issues, when the damage is due to sewage these concerns and costs only increase. In addition to the odors and unpleasant nature of sewage contamination, it can also ...


    By Clark Seif Clark Inc.

  • Identifying occupational exposure risks to particulate matter in New York

    Throughout New York and the tri-state area there are countless workers in numerous occupations that are exposed to elevated levels of particulate matter, also known as PM. Some particulate matter, such as dust, dirt, soot, or smoke, is large or dark enough to be seen with the naked eye. Others are so small they can only be detected using an electron microscope. ...


    By VOETS, LLC

  • Identifying Occupational Exposure Risks to Nanomaterials in New York and the Tri-State Area

    Technology-based companies in New York and the surrounding area often look to advances in materials science to innovate and create new products to sell globally. One of these technologies is the development and advancement of nanotechnologies. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) defines nanotechnology as the manipulation of matter on a near-atomic scale to ...


    By VOETS, LLC

  • Identifying and Mitigating Asphalt Fume Exposure Risks in Puerto Rico

    The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) reports that over 500,000 workers in the United States are exposed to fumes from asphalt. This staggering figure includes many workers in Puerto Rico, not to mention thousands of other workers throughout the Caribbean.   Asphalt as it is referred to in the United States or bitumen, as it is called in ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Identifying Exposure Risks to Methylene Chloride and other Chemical Hazards in Puerto Rico

    Methylene chloride, also known as dichloromethane, is described by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) as a volatile, colorless liquid with a chloroform-like odor. The agency reports that the chemical compound is used in various industrial processes in numerous different industries.   These include paint stripping, pharmaceutical ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Technology enables collaboration in the Energy industry

    The Energy industry is currently at a cross roads. The combination of a routine fluctuation of price-per barrel, a shifting regulatory environment and the latest discoveries of alternative sources of energy are creating uncertainty for key players. We received validation of this at the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA) Conference & ...


    By EnviroSuite

  • Texas Indoor Air Quality Professionals Identify Legionella Risks

    In December, multiple media outlets reported on the tragic case of a Texas newborn who developed Legionnaires’ disease and passed away early last year.  The infant was born during a water birth that some health experts believe may have exposed the child to the bacteria that causes the disease. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Each ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Identifying Sewer Gas Exposure Risks in Commercial and Residential Properties

    Many people have at one time or another walked into a home or building and immediately encountered the unpleasant odor associated with sewer gas. Exposure to these objectionable odors can not only be distressing, in high enough concentrations they can even create health and safety concerns for building occupants.   Sewer gas is a complex mixture of ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • New York Building Science Experts Help to Identify VOC Exposure Risks

    Volatile organic compounds are a diverse group of organic chemical compounds that are used in numerous building products, furnishings, and products found in homes and buildings.  VOCs include chemicals with familiar names, such as formaldehyde, and others many people have not heard of before.  VOCs are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids.  Common materials ...


    By VOETS, LLC

  • New risks identified for aquatic wildlife from plastic compound

    New evidence suggests that the adverse effects on aquatic ecosystems of chemical compounds used in the manufacture of plastics are greater than previously thought. The study reviewed data on five substances with known endocrine-disrupting effects on wildlife in rivers and waterways. Compounds such as bisphenol A (BPA), and the phthalates DBP, DEHP, DIDP and DINP2, are known as endocrine ...

  • Environmental Consulting Firm Provides Information and Testing Services to Identify Phthalates

    In recent years, there has been growing concern over human exposure to a group of widely used chemicals known as phthalates.  Phthalates are used in numerous products and materials to soften and increase the flexibility of plastics and vinyl.   People can be exposed to low levels of phthalates through air, water or food.  Exposure to low levels of the chemicals ...


    By Clark Seif Clark Inc.

  • Identifying Occupational Exposure Risks to Ethylene Oxide and Other Airborne Hazards in Puerto Rico

    Ethylene oxide (EtO) is an organic compound that is produced in large volumes. It is primarily used as an intermediate in the production of several industrial chemicals, the most notable of which is ethylene glycol. However, it is also used as a fumigant in various agricultural products and to sterilize moisture and heat sensitive medical equipment and supplies.  According to the ...


    By Zimmetry Environmental

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