The 411 on CO₂

WHY YOU NEED TO MEASURE THE CARBON DIOXIDE IN YOUR BUILDING  

Each time you exhale, you’re releasing between 35,000 and 50,000 parts per million (ppm) of the asphyxiate gas carbon dioxide (CO2). While carbon dioxide is a trace gas, occurring naturally in our atmosphere, concentrations of 7 percent to 10 percent (70,000–100,000 ppm) can cause


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


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


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


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.”


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


Poison in the Water

THE DANGERS OF LEAD PIPES AND DRINKING WATER  

For many years, lead was used in many readily available materials including paint, gasoline, household plumbing, and municipal water lines — all despite evidence of its dangers being known in the United States as early as 1845. One of the most dangerous realities of lead poisoning is


Harmless Trend or Health Hazard?

HARD FACTS ABOUT E-CIGARETTES  

In the United States, smoking is the biggest cause of preventable death. Every year, more than 480,000 people die from a smoking-related illness. Within the last decade, a new product has emerged, offering an alternative


Deadly Water in the Air

THE DANGERS OF LEGIONELLA BACTERIA  

Legionnaires’ disease is one of the most common building-related illnesses. Caused by Legionella bacteria, this is a respiratory illness, infecting the lungs and causing pneumonia. A less serious case of Legionella infection is called Pontiac fever, which has similar symptoms to affluenza and lasts only about a week. Legionnaires’ disease