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24.5 Million Missed Work Days

OVERLOOKED STRATEGIES TO DEAL WITH WORKPLACE ALLERGENS

Allergies can range from a mild irritation, such as an itchy throat after breathing in cat hair, to a near-death experience, like when a person with a nut allergy comes into contact with peanuts. Most people who are aware of their allergy triggers take precautions to keep themselves safe,


A Wedding at City Hall

CELEBRATING MY DAUGHTER’S BIG DAY

I am happy to report that one of my daughters got married just a few weeks ago. Dana and her now-husband, Cullen, live in Austin with their son, Finn, but they wanted to get married at San Francisco City Hall. Neither of them is from San Francisco, but Dana really loves the Bay Area. And I’ll admit,


A Little of Everything

JODY THOMASON, VP OF PRODUCTS DIVISION & CORPORATE PURCHASING,
EMSL ANALYTICAL, INC.

Since 2006, I have worked with EMSL Analytical, Inc., as their Vice President of the Products Division & Corporate Purchasing. This is a position that covers a wide field, which is fitting, because, as the nation’s leading environment testing firm, EMSL offers


A Tale of Two Buildings

LET’S TALK ABOUT THERMAL IMAGING

Today, I’m going to tell you about two projects I worked on this past summer that involved the tricky business of water. The first project was in a high-rise apartment complex in Houston. A tenant on the eighth floor had a bad water leak which spread throughout the building.


Storm’s a-Brewin’

PREPARE YOUR BUILDING IN HURRICANE SEASON

Last fall marked one of the worst hurricane seasons to date. Several hurricanes devastated the United States and many island territories, and FEMA reported that Hurricane Harvey was “probably the worst disaster in Texas history.” Experts warn this year could be


Under Construction

WHEN CONTRACTORS CREATE A LIABILITY

Indoor air quality is everyone’s responsibility. I say this all the time, and I probably sound like a broken record, but I’m constantly stunned at how often people fail to understand that what they do inside a building can impact everyone else sharing that space. From “noxious” fumes emanating from a woman’s daily


A Nasty Situation

HOW BUILDING OWNERS AVOID MOLD PROBLEMS

Indoor air quality and mold problems go hand in hand. There are many times when mold proves to be the source of a tenant’s IAQ complaints. This is because molds are found everywhere and can thrive with ease.


Keep on Teaching

I’M NOT AFRAID TO TRAIN MYSELF OUT OF A JOB

For years, I’ve made continuing education a priority in my industry, and I don’t just mean the courses and conferences I attend throughout the year. I like to make sure my clients are as well-educated on IAQ topics


Brunch Gone Wrong

AN UNEXPECTED SOURCE OF CO IN YOUR BUILDING

Between 2010 and 2015, 2,244 people died from unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning. With symptoms like confusion, dizziness, headaches, nausea, and shortness of breath, CO poisoning is a threat in both residential and commercial buildings.


A Toast!

THE ART OF COMMUNICATING, LISTENING, AND PUBLIC SPEAKING

In 2002, an elementary school in Katy, Texas, began experiencing symptoms of a mold problem. My name was referred by a friend of a friend, and I went out there to take a look. Sure enough, some water damage had created serious mold growth