Combustible Dust Hazards In Manufacturing

One of the most horrific events of America’s industrial manufacturing history was the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Company factory fire in New York City. The tragedy, which killed 146 workers, led to the enactment of a succession of laws and regulations that eventually improved the protections and safety of all factory workers.

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The Occupational Risk: Toxic Benzene Exposure

Back in 1903, German coffee merchant, Ludwig Roselius, invented the first commercially effective decaffeination method. The “Roselius Process” blended steamed coffee beans with a brine solution then coated the mix in a natural chemical solvent to extract the caffeine. Though successful, the practice was no longer used once the extraction compound was deemed unsafe.

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Indoor Air Quality Considerations & Airport Smoking Lounges

While the number of US airports offering designated smoking areas has declined in the past ten years, many still do exist. A study conducted by the Centers For Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) found that the average air pollution levels directly outside airport smoking lounges were 23 times higher than in smoke-free airports.

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Indoor Air Quality Issues For Ski Manufacturers

Ski Equipment Manufacturing, Indoor Air Quality, and Occupational Risks Snow skiing. Once used as a method for hunting game on snow and ice, the activity was built out of necessity, not for sport or exercise. Modern skiing, however, began as a recreational endeavor. In 1849 the first public ski tour was organized in Norway. Less Read More

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Indoor Air Quality Concerns for Laser Marking Applications

From the fridge to the medicine cabinet, home office to the laundry room, products are stamped with dates, serial numbers, and other forms of identification. For consumer safety, brand protection, and traceability, companies permanently stamp their products. One of the ways they do this is by laser marking. In the average home, objects that have Read More

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Indoor Air Quality Issues At Craft Breweries

In the last 20 years, craft brews have amassed a following that would have been unimaginable back when our Founding Fathers briefly entertained the idea to create a federal brewery to curb the growing popularity of spirits with the American public. Though the idea was eventually dismissed, malt beverages remained a favorite among the signers of the Declaration Of Independence. So much so, that when Thomas Jefferson retired from public service, he engaged in the art of beer making full-time. President Jefferson and his wife used hops and malts grown near their Monticello estate and developed their first bottled home brew in 1812.

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Clearing The Air About Workplace IAQ

The energy crisis during the 1970s created a need for environmental reform. Among other topics, indoor air quality became a line item on the agenda for change. Today, workplace IAQ broadly refers to the quality of air in any place of employment.

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The Unseen Occupational Hazard At Shopping Malls

Walk into most shopping malls and you’ll find a feast for the senses. Soothing music piped in to relax; lighting meant to please. The smells from food court staples like fresh baked cookies and waffle ice cream cones are expected to rouse your appetite while scents drifting from department store cosmetic counters are emitted so as to calm and drive you to buy things. For many people, these efforts prove successful. They browse. They eat and socialize. They shop.

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For a Healthy Indoor Air Quality Source Capture is Key

What do woodworkers, artists, dentists, nail technicians, and welders all have in common? Yes, they work with their hands. But that is not all. Those who work in these professions all produce indoor air emissions by just going about their daily duties. Artists who paint or make pottery may breathe in fumes or particulate matter Read More

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