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 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


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


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.


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.


They Started a Mold Farm …

SHOULD BUILDING MANAGERS BAN OFFICE PLANTS?

In 1989, as part of their Clean Air Study, NASA released a list of common indoor plants they determined were able to “play a major role in removal of organic chemicals from indoor air.” The chemicals used in this study were benzene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde, which occurred during longterm


It Can Happen to You!

DUCT CLEANING IN COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS

When it comes to duct cleaning, no operating space is exempt, including commercial buildings. Dirt, dust, and debris containing allergens and contaminants love to collect in hidden areas, and commercial buildings have these spaces in spades. The HVAC systems in buildings need


Proactive Intervention Prevents Escalation

WHAT’S ANTIFREEZE DOING IN YOUR BUILDING?

Some time ago, our team was called to the 13th floor of an office building. The receptionist reported smelling a sweet chemical-like odor a few times every week. The scent was so powerful that it made her physically ill.


Who’s Responsible for IAQ?

When it comes to property management or home ownership, one might wonder who is responsible for indoor air quality. In truth, just about everyone has a role to play, including management and tenants.


The Accidental Terrarium

IS YOUR AHU HIDING UNDISCOVERED LIFE?

When a tenant starts to complain about the indoor air quality of a building, the first thing your IAQ expert will do is examine the air handler units (AHU) in the complaint area. It’s easy to mistake an AHU as clean as a whistle based on outward appearances, but inside the AHU, an entire ecosystem can thrive.