CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta Reports: Poor Indoor Air Quality in Schools Sickens Students
Dr. Rajiv Sahay, FIAS, laboratory director at EDLab, an AIHA and CDC Elite lab stated that they too have “found a direct correlation between school deferred maintenance and an increase occupant symptoms in teachers and children.”
January is National Radon Action Month – The Second Leading Cause of Lung Cancer
Exposure to radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. Radon is an odorless, tasteless and invisible gas produced by the decay of naturally occurring uranium in soil and water. Radon is a form of ionizing radiation and a proven carcinogen.
Poor Indoor Air Quality in Americas Schools Showcased by CNN This Weekend
According to CNN an estimated 14 million American children attend public schools that are in urgent need of extensive repair or replacement and have unhealthy environmental conditions, including poor air quality, unsafe drinking water and inadequate safety systems.
Receding flood waters are typically tainted with sewage and other toxins. Flood water is toxic and may contain a number of harmful microorganisms such as viruses, mycoplasma, bacteria, protozoa, molds and other detrimental remains of biological and a-biological pollutants.
The main sources of fiberglass particles in indoor environments includes, but are not limited to, ceiling tiles, debris from renovation projects, or degradation of HVAC system liners. These particles are very important from health and hygiene point of view. OSHA regulates fiberglass particles as a nuisance dust since 1991 and some agencies and states list them as a potential carcinogen.
Each year, between 8,000 and 18,000 people are hospitalized with Legionnaires' disease in the U.S. However, many infections are not diagnosed or reported, so this number may be higher. More illness is usually found in the summer and early fall, but it can happen any time of year.
Hunter Fans Provides Solutions to IAQ with DIY IAQ Test Kits and Air Purifiers
To help with the professional identification of indoor allergens and pollutants Building Health Check manufactures of the DIY IAQ Screen Check product line has made the product available through many fine distributors such as The Hunter Fan Company who carry the product that is being sold to their millions of customers.
Pseudomonas aeruginosa Isolated in Healthcare HVAC Evaporator Coils
Dr. Rajiv Sahay, Laboratory Director at Environmental Diagnostics Laboratory (EDLab) and his colleagues sampled evaporator coils in healthcare air handling systems and isolated Pseudomonas aeruginosa a known noscocomial pathogen
Mycotoxin Test Kits Available Through WW Grainger & INDOORAIRTEST.com
Production of mycotoxins are also highly influenced by the environmental factors especially growth substrate, temperature, pH and others. Some of the mycotoxins are volatile in nature where as others may be non-volatile. S
Clean Air Ducts Creates Better Buildings and Healthier Occupants
An air duct system in a home or office provides recirculation of not only air, but particles that float in the air. These particles consist of dead skin cells (humans and pets) fragments, pollen, carpet fibers, fiberglass fibers, carbon based particulate, mold, bacteria, etc….
Legionnaires’ Bacteria Found in New Hong Kong Federal Building
Dr. Rajiv Sahay, Laboratory Director at EDLab stated “The expansive and expensive Hong Kong government building is an example that Legionella bacteria can be found even in new, high tech buildings and older buildings. The bacteria can cause significant health implications to those affected.”
GBS/Pure Air Control Services Awarded GSA Contract to Perform HVAC Environmental Cleaning at Federal Courthouse
After the completion of the project the GSA building manager stated that she “would like to thank both contractors for an outstanding job! I am very pleased with the outstanding success of this project.”
Air and Surface Mold Guidelines Published in Worldwide Exposure Standards for Mold and Bacteria 9th Edition
Environmental Diagnostics Laboratory (EDLab), a division of Pure Air Control Services, an AIHA accredited laboratory is a contributing author/editor in the 9th Edition book. Both surface Bio-Scan400™ and airborne bioaerosol (Fungi and Bacteria) guidelines are referenced.