Good Indoor Air Quality Is More Important Than You Think

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  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 and heart diseases around the world!   In their recent document, “Common Toxins in Our Homes, Schools and Workplaces”, GIHN …

January Is National Radon Month: Is Your Home Safe?

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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 citizens and encouraging them to take action to ensure the safety of their homes.  Radon gas is colorless and odorless, …

Respiratory Protection in Healthcare

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H1N1 Virus Exposure Control Ever since the H1N1 outbreak in the spring of 2009, much attention has focused on how to best protect healthcare workers from the virus that is transmitted by: Droplet exposure of mucosal surfaces (e.g. nose, mouth and eyes) Contact with hands or surfaces contaminated with secretions and exposure to mucosal areas Small particle aerosols in close …

EES Recent News

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Our clients have benefited from our ability to find cost-effective solutions to complex environmental problems. As a boutique firm with decades of experience, we can provide unparalleled services coupled with exemplary client needs focus. Some recent examples of this include: 1) — We provided stack testing and construction permit assistance to a healthcare facility to allow them to upgrade two …

Summary of USP 797 for Compounding Sterile Preparations

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Based on a presentation by Tom N. Petersen, P.E. Post written by Trish Carney Highlights of USP 797 (6/1/08 update) Many of the revision points are touched on within the post. However, the following provides a synopsis to clarify revision content breakdown: Introduction and Organization of the Chapter CSP Microbial Contamination Risk Levels Single-Dose v. Multiple Dose Containers Hazardous Drugs …

Putting Infection Control Into Practice

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Healthcare workers are, like patients, subject to illness from a variety of airborne pathogens common to hospital settings. This risk increases during construction and renovation, as these endeavors release dust as well as disease-inducing microbes into the surrounding environment. Hospitals are under competitive pressure to continually upgrade and expand their facilities. Aging infrastructure, new technologies, and the increasing demand for …

Identifying and Removing Air Quality Issues in your Hospital Environment

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Want to Breathe Easy? Just how serious can air quality issues be in your hospital environment? Consider this statistic from HPAC Engineering: “According to The New England Journal of Medicine and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, 90,000 to 100,000 people die from nosocomial (hospital-acquired) infections each year. This makes hospitals the fourth-leading cause of death in …