Tag Archives: indoor air quality

Exercise Effective Oversight during Construction/Remodeling

This is the final post in our 4-part blog series for the healthcare industry. To view part one, click here, part two, click here, and part three, click here. Construction and remodeling projects at hospitals and other healthcare facilities open the doors … Continue reading

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Discovering Potential Pitfalls in Healthcare Facilities

People enter a hospital or continuing care facility to get well, and every facility does its best to make that happen. Despite the best efforts of medical staff, one in 25 patients contracts a hospital-related infection, according to the Centers … Continue reading

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EPA Identifies Health Concern with Paint Stripper Chemical

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released final risk assessments in late August for three chemicals found in specific household products. The assessments were done for Dichloromethane (DCM), antimony trioxide (ATO), and 1,3,4,6,7,8-Hexahydro-4,6,6,7,8,8,-hexamethylcyclopenta-[ã]-2-benzopyran (HHCB) and focused on specific uses of the … Continue reading

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OSHA Proposes Rule to Protect Workers from Crystalline Silica

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a proposed rule in late August that would lower worker exposure to crystalline silica.  Exposure to crystalline silica is usually through airborne silica dust from operations such as cutting, sawing, drilling and … Continue reading

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OSHA Announces National Emphasis Program for Isocyanate Exposure

A new National Emphasis Program (NEP) was announced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in June.  The program is focused on protecting workers from serious health effects that may occur from exposure to isocyanates.  According to OSHA, National … Continue reading

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Exposure to Welding Fumes

The September 2012 issue of Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) featured an article by Robert E. Brown Jr., CIH, CSP, CHMM on the occupational hazards of welding fume exposures.  Welding fumes are created during the welding process and consist of … Continue reading

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Good Indoor Air Quality Is More Important Than You Think

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Global Indoor Health Network (GIHN)    have recently estimated that 50 percent of illnesses globally can be attributed to poor indoor air quality.  Indoor air quality causes more illnesses than all of the cancers … Continue reading

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The Healthier Hospitals Initiative Is The Path To Sustainability In Hospitals

The Healthier Hospitals Initiative (HHI) is an excellent example of how hospitals are beginning to realize that sustainable principles have a major role in the healthcare sector.  Created in May of 2010, HHI is a coalition of major health systems … Continue reading

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January Is National Radon Month: Is Your Home Safe?

The U.S. EPA had declared January as the National Radon Action Month, in an attempt to raise awareness about the dangers of radon gas in homes and businesses.  The agency is trying to promote awareness about the subject by educating … Continue reading

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Combustible Dust Safety in the Recycling Industry – Part 2

Dominick DalSanto is a guest contributor to the EES blog.  Dominick is an environmental technologies expert for www.baghouse.com and has authored numerous articles, whitepapers, and blogs on dust collection systems for industrial sources.  This is Part 2 of his series on combustible … Continue reading

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