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An Airborne Problem

TESTING FOR AND PREVENTING RESPIRABLE CRYSTALLINE SILICA  

There are all sorts of particles that present health risks to workers when inhaled. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is constantly on the lookout for ways to limit disease through monitoring and regulating the levels of contaminants in the air. One particular particle that poses


My Route to Working with Uncle Sam

MY WORK AS A CONSULTANT TO FOH  

Twelve years ago, I received a call from a building owner in the Dallas area. He was having some problems with mold in his building and called a friend for a referral. I was the person who was referred. It turned out that the building having the problem was occupied by the Social Security


Yule Log Woes

WOOD FIREPLACES AND INDOOR AIR QUALITY  

‘Tis the season for chestnuts roasting by the open fire, yule logs burning bright, and fireplaces of all sorts. When used properly, a wood-burning fireplace can reduce the cost of your heating bill and create a nice ambience during the holidays. However, burning wood can have a negative impact


Decisions Made

WHY I LOVE WORKING WITH PROFESSIONAL PROPERTY MANAGERS  

When I started working with indoor air quality — IAQ — in 1988, the field was surprisingly broad. IAQ was a relatively new topic, and I was willing to take any job that came up. However, by 1990, it became obvious I had a choice to make.


Trouble on the Horizon

BE AWARE OF DIY INDOOR AIR QUALITY PRODUCTS
  
In the last decade, the subject of indoor air quality — IAQ — has become a more common concern for the general population. More and more people are taking measures to improve their health by making sure the air quality of their environment


A Marksman or a Sharpshooter

THE COMFORT OF PROTECTION, CAMARADERIE, AND SAFETY  

Around seven or eight years ago, I found myself going through some pretty scary areas of Texas for work. I would be driving long distances across areas in South and West Texas, where you could go for an hour or more without having any cell service. Having car problems


The WELL Building Standard and You

PROS AND CONS OF WELL BUILDING  

The WELL Building Standard is the next step in the construction of “green” buildings. WELL is a “performance-based system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring features of the built environment that impact human health and well-being, through air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort, and mind.”


The Art of Negotiation

HOW I PROVIDE MY CLIENTS WITH EVERY RESOURCE THEY NEED  

Some people are born negotiators. I am not. But I recognize the value of being able to negotiate. That’s why I made a point to include negotiation as part of my continuing education courses. It has allowed me to solve countless problems for my clients.


Hurricane Preparedness 101

STEPS FOR PROTECTING YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY  

September is the peak of hurricane season. As we’ve seen in years past, hurricanes are becoming more frequent and more destructive during each season. While your business is probably well-prepared if a hurricane does occur, it is incredibly important that you create a personal hurricane preparedness


It’s Not Optional

THE VALUE OF CARING ABOUT YOUR WORK  

Last month, I attended Building Science Summer Camp — the annual meeting I attend to discuss building science with other professionals in the field. It’s something I greatly enjoy. This year’s summer camp shed a whole new light on the value of caring. One of the presentations