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Is Indoor Air Quality Affecting Your Intelligence?

Posted by Zachary Keefe on Fri, Jan, 15, 2016 @ 14:01 PM

If you think your workplaces is making you dumber, you may be onto something.

In a study published in Environmental Health Perspectives, researcher Joseph G. Allen et al assessed the effect of certain aspects of Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) on higher order cognitive function. What they found may make you view your workplace environment in a new light. Read More

Topics: indoor air quality

Indoor Air Quality: Top 10 Things You Might Not Know About Mold

Posted by Zachary Keefe on Tue, Sep, 22, 2015 @ 10:09 AM

Over the past decade or so, mold has received a lot of coverage in the media. It seems that you couldn't go a week without hearing of another "toxic black mold" case, or someone's home being demolished because of a fungal infestation. Unfortunately, more information does not always lead to better understanding. Below are ten facts about mold that you might not be aware of:

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Topics: IAQ

Nanoparticles in Consumer Products

Posted by Zachary Keefe on Wed, Sep, 16, 2015 @ 11:09 AM

Many people are unaware of it, but nanoparticles (particles that range from 1 to 100 nanometers) are already all around us, and plans are being made to have them be even more ubiquitous.

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Topics: health & safety

Indoor Air Quality: The Hidden Toxins in Dryer Sheets

Posted by Zachary Keefe on Fri, Jan, 16, 2015 @ 09:01 AM

Oftentimes when walking down the street, riding my bike, or simply taking out the trash, I find myself walking past the front of homes and being bombarded by strong, almost perfume-like  odors. Depending on neighbor activity, temperature, and wind patterns, these odors may come right into my home, and linger for quite some time. Sometimes I will give one of my children's friends a ride home only to discover that the compounds in his clothing are releasing into my car's interior at an alarming rate - so much so that I have to roll down windows in order to breathe clearly. Can a dryer sheet cause an indoor air quality issue? 

These odors, peddled with names like "springtime fresh" and "wild orchid", are given off by dryer sheets - that laundry additive found in so many American homes. These scented laundry products may contain up to several hundred chemicals just in the fragrance alone.1 And because of the fact that I seem to be exposed to these odors just about every day, I began wondering exactly what compounds I was inhaling into my body, and what some of the potential toxic effects could be for me and my family.

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Topics: indoor air quality, indoor air quality Issues, IEQ, IAQ, Air Quality

Indoor Air Quality: The Truth About Toxic Black Mold

Posted by Zachary Keefe on Tue, Aug, 26, 2014 @ 12:08 PM

We are frequently asked questions such as "Is this mold toxic, or just common mold?" 

Or, we get calls from worried building owners or occupants saying that they have discovered "toxic black mold." 

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Topics: industrial hygiene, indoor air quality, indoor air quality Issues, IEQ, Indoor Environmental Quality, IAQ, Air Quality, Mold

Industrial Hygiene: What is Relative Humidity and Why is it Important?

Posted by Zachary Keefe on Fri, Aug, 15, 2014 @ 15:08 PM

We hear the term "Relative Humidity" quite often. It is generally viewed as a simple concept - how much moisture is in the air. It turns out that it's a bit more complicated than this (but not by that much).

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Topics: industrial hygiene, indoor air quality, ventilation assessment, air testing, indoor air quality Issues, IEQ, Indoor Environmental Quality, IAQ, Relative humidity

HAZARDOUS BUILDING MATERIALS: IS VERMICULITE ASBESTOS-CONTAINING?

Posted by Zachary Keefe on Mon, Mar, 03, 2014 @ 15:03 PM

You may have come across it in between the floor joists of your attic, or in between the studs of your walls - a lightweight, granular material that looks a bit like gravel, but seems almost as light as air.

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Topics: hazardous building materials, Asbestos, vermiculite

Why is Asbestos Hazardous?

Posted by Zachary Keefe on Mon, Feb, 24, 2014 @ 09:02 AM

For much of the 20th century, asbestos was viewed as the "miracle mineral" due to its various desirable properties. It was fire-resistant, non-corrosive, chemical-resistant, and made a great insulator. Further, it could be added to just about anything. Industrialization of the mining process allowed for asbestos fibers to be ground so small that the mineral could be sprinkled into anything from joint compound to cigarette filters.

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Topics: hazardous building materials, Asbestos

Diesel Exhaust: What's in It and Why It's Bad for You

Posted by Zachary Keefe on Wed, Feb, 19, 2014 @ 08:02 AM

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Topics: industrial hygiene, indoor air quality, occupational health, OSHA, air testing, indoor air quality Issues, IEQ, Indoor Environmental Quality, IAQ, Air Quality, Certified Industrial Hygienist, diesel emissions

Industrial Hygiene - What is Soot and Why is it Dangerous?

Posted by Zachary Keefe on Wed, Dec, 11, 2013 @ 16:12 PM

The word "soot" sounds so simple and harmless. To some, it conjures up images of campfires and candles, and perhaps a charming dance number from Mary Poppins.

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Topics: indoor air quality, air testing, EPA, indoor air quality Issues, IEQ, Indoor Environmental Quality, IAQ, soot, Clean Air Act, Air Quality

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