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  • Formaldehyde Hazards in Homes Identified with Convenient Test Kit

    Just last month, KXLY in Washington published and article about indoor air quality (IAQ) problems in homes and why people should get their homes tested.  According to the article, “Poor indoor air quality can seriously impact health. Many chemicals, including formaldehyde and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are often found in homes and offices, can contaminate indoor air, ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Macon, GA now meets smog standards

    Today, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing a final determination that the Macon area meets the 1997 federal fine particulate matter standard. The Macon area includes Bibb County, in its entirety, and a portion of Monroe County in Georgia. "We commend local and state officials, as well as the residents of the Macon area, who have been working collaboratively with ...

  • Rome, GA now meets smog standards

    Today, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing a final determination that the Rome area meets the 1997 federal fine particulate matter standard. The Rome area includes Floyd County, Georgia in its entirety. "We commend local and state officials, as well as the residents of the Rome area, who have been working collaboratively with us to reach this milestone," said EPA ...

  • Caribbean’s EHS Experts Identify PAHs & Other Hazardous Chemicals

    Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, commonly referred to as PAHs, are a group of chemicals that are formed during the incomplete burning of coal, oil and gas, garbage, or other organic substances like tobacco or charbroiled meat. PAHs are often found as a mixture containing two or more of these chemical compounds.   The Department of Health and Human Services ...


    By Zimmetry Environmental

  • New York Building Science Consultants Identify and Mitigate Indoor Asthma Triggers

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 11 children have asthma and 1 in 12 adults have the condition. The chronic disease results in billions of dollars in annual medical costs, and approximately 25 million missed days of work and school. The CDC states that four thousand people die from asthma-related causes and it is a contributing factor in another 7,000 deaths ...


    By VOETS, LLC

  • Analysing C02 levels to detect stowaways

    In addition to safety and security issues posed by stowaways, drivers are now faced with fines of £2000 for each stowaway carried into the country, as well as potential fines for the vehicle's owner. Companies have an ongoing need for a portable, quick and effective way to detect unwanted travellers inside containers or any other confined space. Geotech's ...


    By Geotech

  • EPA takes next step to implement 2008 ozone standards / most areas that need to take steps to reduce ozone pollution are close to meeting the standards; only three new areas have been added

    Working closely with states and tribes, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is identifying areas that meet or do not meet the 2008 air quality standards for ground-level ozone, known as smog. The agency’s approach to implementing these standards will improve air quality, protect public health, increase certainty for states and tribes, maximize flexibilities and minimize the ...

  • Identifying Respirable Hazards to Protect Workers in Puerto Rico

    Once each year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) releases a preliminary list of the 10 most frequently cited safety and health violations for the fiscal year. The list is compiled from thousands of workplace inspections conducted by federal OSHA staff. Year after year, 1 of the top 10 cited violations involves respiratory protection. OSHA reports that an estimated 5 ...


    By Zimmetry Environmental

  • 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

  • Chattanooga, TN now meets smog standards

    Today, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing a final determination that the Chattanooga area meets the 1997 federal fine particulate matter standard. The Chattanooga area includes Hamilton County, Tennessee, in its entirety; Catoosa and Walker Counties in Georgia, in their entireties; and a portion of Jackson County in Alabama. "We commend local and state ...

  • IMO sets sail for global action on pollution from large ships

    With the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) adoption of new emissions standards for large diesel ships and their fuels, EPA can now move forward with a domestic rulemaking action under the Clean Air Act. When fully implemented, this will help reduce harmful emissions by 80 percent or more from large diesel ships, including those that are foreign-flagged operating in US waters. 'Massive ...

  • Puerto Rican Companies Turn to Zimmetry Environmental for Compliance with OSHA’s New Crystalline Silica Rule

    In March, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) issued their highly anticipated final rule to protect workers from exposure to respirable crystalline silica. OSHA estimates that the rule will save over 600 lives and prevent more than 900 new cases of silicosis each year, once its effects are fully realized. The Final Rule is projected to provide net benefits of about $7.7 ...


    By Zimmetry Environmental

  • Asbestos Threats in the Home Revealed in New Video

    The indoor air quality consulting experts at Future Environment Designs (FED) provide asbestos testing & training solutions to keep construction workers and the public safe.   Asbestos is a mineral fiber that was added to many products to strengthen them and to provide heat insulation and fire resistance in the past. From studies across the globe we now know that breathing high levels of ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Cleanup from California Floods Expose Asbestos Dangers

    LA Testing provides environmental and air testing services to ensure remediation efforts across California do not cause additional indoor air quality (IAQ) problems. Last week historic rainfall and flooding caused havoc across much of California.  Five days of storms pounded many communities and caused widespread damage to countless homes and businesses.  The damage was so vast that ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Popular Hair Products May Emit Formaldehyde

      The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently warned the public against using the Brazilian Blowout, a hair-smoothing solution that releases formaldehyde into the air. Popularized by Hollywood celebrities, the product is sold in salons nationwide.                 The FDA contends that the brand is ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Miniaturized sensors that control indoor pollution

    The indoor building environments that we live and work in contain several contaminants that threaten the quality of the air that we breathe. Compounds like benzene and formaldehyde, which come from cleaning products, cosmetics, varnishes and paint, float in our indoor environment, along other polluting agents that tend to come in from outside (carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides). These compounds ...

  • Is Your Furniture Emitting Formaldehyde?

    Did you know that furniture and building materials may release noxious gas into air? The process, known as off-gassing, can pose a serious threat to a family’s health as they breathe in volatile chemicals.   Major sources of one such chemical, formaldehyde, are pressed wood products manufactured with adhesive resins, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The resins ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Long After Structural Fires, Asbestos Hazards May Linger

    Earlier this month, the Belleville News-Democrat published a report about a vacant property in Belleville, Illinois. The vacant parcel of land, located in downtown Belleville, used to be the location of two buildings that housed several businesses. In 2010, a fire destroyed the properties and they were later torn down. A year later, the article reports that the Illinois ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Experts Provide Services to Prevent Silicosis in Puerto Rico

    Silica exposure remains a serious threat to several million U.S. workers, including more than 100,000 workers in high risk jobs such as abrasive blasting, foundry work, stonecutting, rock drilling, quarry work and tunneling. Exposure also occurs during many different construction activities and some manufacturing processes.   These same risks can be found in ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Trichloroethylene Still a Contamination Concern across Puerto Rico`s Superfund sites

    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 ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

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