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Safety and Health - OSHA's Fall Protection Campaign

Posted by Mike Cashins on Thu, Jan, 24, 2013 @ 11:01 AM

As a result of the falls being the leading cause of death within construction the Occupational Safety & Health Association (OSHA) has launched a new Fall Prevention campaign.  In 2010 there were 774 total fatalities in construction, with 264 of those fatalities from falls.  That’s more than a third of construction related deaths (34.1 percent), and OSHA’s stance is that all of these deaths are preventable.  OSHA has teamed up with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and The National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) for this campaign. 

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Topics: health & safety

Safety and Health - Norovirus Outbreak

Posted by Mike Cashins on Wed, Jan, 16, 2013 @ 17:01 PM

With Boston's Mayor Menino declaring a public health emergency highlighting the flu outbreak, we thought it would be a good idea to provide our audience with some norovirus awareness.  The city of Boston has had 700 confirmed cases of the flu so far and four flu-related deaths in 2013.  This number has skyrocketed up from only 70 confirmed cases all of last year.

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Topics: health & safety

Work Place Safety and Health - Flu Prevention

Posted by Mike Cashins on Wed, Jan, 09, 2013 @ 16:01 PM

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), influenza (the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. The illness can range from mild to severe, and in some cases can even cause death.  Certain people are at high risk to have serious flu complications.  These people are usually the elderly and young.  Being vaccinated is the best possible way to avoid getting the flu.  The CDC says that this year’s flu vaccine will protect against a few different types of influenza viruses.  The three most common this season are an influenza A (H1N1) virus, an influenza A (H3N2) virus and an influenza B virus. 

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Topics: health & safety, indoor air quality

Hospital Safety and Health - The 7 Most Common Vulnerable Areas

Posted by Mike Cashins on Thu, Jan, 03, 2013 @ 11:01 AM

Of the hundreds of inspections that the Joint Commission performs they have tallied the seven most common vulnerable areas that face hospitals. We have summarized the key components of each area commonly found to be deficient.  

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Topics: health & safety, Hospital

Industrial Hygiene - GHS and the NFPA 704 Standard

Posted by Mike Cashins on Thu, Dec, 13, 2012 @ 11:12 AM

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a notice of proposed rule making amendment for the Hazard Communication Program (1910.1200). The new amendment for the Hazard Communication Program is called the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) which will be in full effect by June 1, 2015.

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Topics: health & safety, industrial hygiene

Dirty Air Diffuser and Indoor Air Quality

Posted by Mike Cashins on Mon, Nov, 12, 2012 @ 17:11 PM

Oftentimes we will be asked about the fine black dust that is sometimes found on or around the metal blades on an HVAC diffuser. Is this a problem that will impact indoor air quality? The concern of occupants, naturally, is that this is an indication of how dirty the air is that is coming out of the vent. 

Many times, however, this is not the case. When air is pushed out of these diffusers, it creates turbulence, which picks up and deposits dust particles onto the ceiling as well as onto its own metal surface. The swirling air picks up dust particles already in the room and projects them into the ceiling and diffuser. The force of impact allows the particles to stick or embed on the surface.

In other words, it many times is not the air coming out of the diffuser, but objects or activities within the room that produce these fine particles.  Other variables that affect how much particulate clings to ceiling surfaces include relative humidity, diffuser air velocity, static electricity, and temperature.

In short, just because the particulate ends up on the vent, it doesn't mean the air coming out of it is the source.  However, just because it's not coming out of the vent, it doesn't mean that people are unaffected by the particulate.

If there are concerns regarding the buildup of particulate on or around a diffuser, it is recommended that an experienced and qualified Indoor Air Quality consultant be retained. These professionals are experts at identifying potential sources, assessing the quality of the indoor environment, and in making proper recommendations for indoor air quality improvement.
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Topics: indoor air quality

How You Can Improve Indoor Air Quality in 8 Easy Steps!

Posted by Mike Cashins on Thu, Oct, 11, 2012 @ 10:10 AM

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Topics: indoor air quality

Do Air Purifiers Improve Indoor Air Quality?

Posted by Mike Cashins on Wed, Oct, 03, 2012 @ 14:10 PM

We oftentimes will come across air purifying devices during our office Indoor Air Quality investigations. For the most part, people seem happy with them. They are silent, relatively small, and create a sense that something is being done to clean the air. This then begs the question: Do they work?

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Topics: indoor air quality

Granite Countertops and Poor Indoor Air Quality?

Posted by Mike Cashins on Mon, Oct, 01, 2012 @ 16:10 PM

The current trend for homeowners across the United States is to install granite countertops in the kitchen. There are a lot of benefits to granite as a kitchen countertop material. Of course granite is strong, it is appealing in looks, and there are various colors and patterns that can be selected.
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Topics: indoor air quality

Industrial Hygiene Meeting October 2, 2012

Posted by Mike Cashins on Mon, Oct, 01, 2012 @ 09:10 AM

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Topics: industrial hygiene

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