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Workers who may encounter hazardous events such as fires, explosions and toxic chemicals benefit from hands-on safety training to avoid making deadly mistakes, researchers say.

According to an article published by ScienceDaily, psychologists have interpreted more than 40 years of data, including results from 113 safety training studies to see how training affected safe work behavior.

For the most dangerous jobs, interactive training sessions such as simulation, behavioral modeling and hands-on learning proved to be more effective than less engaging training methods, which included lectures, films, reading materials and videos.  The latter still remained valuable training tools for less dangerous jobs, however.

The study’s lead author Michael Burke, PhD, of Tulane University, said that more interactive training showed better results when it came to instilling the dread factor and teaching workers effectively about possible dangers and awareness.

In other words, interactive training is better suited to create a sense of dread in workers, make them realize the danger they could be in and let them proceed with care.


Reduce dangers with comprehensive safety measures

Activated charcoal

Activated carbon is the most adsorbent material to remove many chemicals, gases and odors.

For health and safety concerns in jobs that involve toxic chemicals, strong odors and other airborne pollutants, consider cleaning the air with the appropriate industrial-strength air purifiers and the most filtration media, along with other important safety measures.

Electrocorp manufactures air purifiers for industrial and commercial odor management, including Law Enforcement, Hospitals and Healthcare, Chemical Processing, Fire Restoration and Laboratories.

Contact us today for more information: 1-866-667-0297.

Air purifier I-6500

The I-6500 Series includes powerful air cleaning models.

In industrial or commercial settings where biological contaminants, odors and particles are the main concern, the I-6500 has become one of Electrocorp’s most sought-after units.

With its sleek, cabinet-style design and small footprint, this powerful air cleaner is as tall as it is effective. The all-metal unit takes in dirty air on the bottom and pushes it through a multi-stage filtration system before it releases the purified air on top, allowing for large-volume airflow and circulation.

The I-6500 series features the most activated carbon for chemical, gas and odor control in its price class and can accommodate 80 pounds or up to 160 pounds of this highly adsorbent filtration media.  A wide range of carbon blends helps to mitigate almost any chemical, gas and odor problem.


Cleaner air with Carbon + HEPA filter combination

These versatile air cleaners also remove particles from the ambient air with an ultra-efficient HEPA filter as well as particle-trapping pre-filters, which prolong the life of the other filters. A pressure gauge facilitates the monitoring of the filters and indicates when a change is required. It is possible to add UV light technology to help neutralize any biological contaminants such as mold spores, bacteria and viruses.

The filter compartment of the I-6500 Series is easily accessible through a hinged door that is secured with latches. No tools are required. A second, similar door provides access to the motor compartment. The motor can run on two speeds at 750 CFM (cubic feet per minute) up to 1000 CFM (and in customized units up to 1500 CFM). We recommend running it at the lowest speed, which is the most effective for activated carbon.

The I-6500 air purifiers function as stand-alone, plug-and-go units that can be moved at will on their wheels, or they can be attached to an existing HVAC system in small to medium-sized buildings.  The I-6500 complies with national and international standards and is CSA-certified.


Industries that benefit from I-6500 Series:

Contact Electrocorp to find out more and to customize the unit to help solve your specific indoor air quality problem.

Chemical lab

Thousands of chemicals are officially registered every day.

Eight societies from the fields of genetics, reproductive medicine, endocrinology, developmental biology and others have written a letter in the journal Science to say that some 12,000 new chemicals are registered with the American Chemical Society daily.

While only a fraction of them make it into the environment, the US Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) still don’t have all the pertinent information about the types of chemicals that are produced in large quantities.
According to the Health and Medicine News article, the letter states, “The need for swifter and sounder testing and review procedures cannot be overstated.”

The scientists urge the top two federal regulators to evaluate more than the toxicity of chemicals with the help of a variety of experts, who can help interpret available data to determine how the chemicals are affecting humans. They suggest enlisting the help of geneticists, developmental and reproductive biologists and clinicians.

Chemical testing lags behind

“As things stand now,” the article quotes Patricia Hunt, a professor in the Washington State University School of Molecular Biosciences and corresponding author of the letter, “things get rapidly into the marketplace and the testing of them is tending to lag behind.”
The scientists are especially concerned about chemicals like the plasticizer bisphenol A (BPA) and others that mimic the effects of hormones.

“Hormones control everything — our basic metabolism, our reproduction,” she said. “We call them endocrine disruptors. They’re like endocrine bombs to a certain extent because they can disrupt all these normal functions.”

Because of growing health concerns, BPA has been widely outlawed in children’s food containers, bottles and drinking cups, but they are still exposed to a wide variety of chemicals in products, water and air.


Activated Charcoal

Granular, activated carbon removes many airborne chemicals and odors.

If you want to improve the air quality at your work or at home, contact one of our air quality experts to find out more about our complete air cleaning solutions for chemical, odor and particle control.

Our air purifiers feature the deepest beds of activated carbon and ultra-efficient filter combinations to provide the cleanest air possible in a wide range of commercial, industrial and residential applications.

Common indoor air contaminants have been linked to a wide range of medical conditions.

There is yet another reason to make sure that the indoor air at home and at the workplace is the cleanest possible.

At a recent seminar in Ghana, a senior program officer of the Environmental Protection Agency, Ebenezer Fiahagbe, talked about the risks of indoor air pollutants to human health – they contribute to an annual 8.5 million deaths worldwide.

The contaminants released into the air by common culprits such as carpets, asbestos, lead paints, cleaning products and dust mites have been linked to a range of lung-related illnesses, including asthma, bronchitis, coughing, respiratory infections and cancer.

Many people regularly exposed to poor indoor air quality

Commonly used building materials, furniture, household products, office devices, cleaning agents and more all contribute to a less-than-healthy indoor air environment. Combustion appliances and wood stoves are also adding to the load of contaminants. Many buildings also have high concentrations of naturally occurring gases such as radon, which can enter houses through cracks in the foundations – a growing problem called soil vapor intrusion.

According to Fiahagbe, the World Health Organization (WHO) has stated in a recent report that over 300,000 lung related deaths are recorded annually. Indoor pollution is cited as one of the major causes, including tobacco or environmental smoke, pesticides, mold, mildew and dust mites.

WHO says that indoor air pollution from biological agents in indoor air related to dampness and mold increases the risk of respiratory disease in children and adults by 50%.

Methods to reduce indoor air pollution

  • Use VOC-free (volatile organic compounds) building materials, paints, and cleaning products to reduce the amount of chemicals released into the indoor air
  • Keep the building ventilated and make sure there is not an excess of humidity or water leaks that create ideal habitats for mold growth
  • Run an industrial-strength air purifier to remove particles and chemicals from the air. Many models nowadays are cost- and energy-efficient. Be sure not to purchase an air purifier that emits ozone which can harm the lungs and is itself a pollutant. HEPA filtration for particles and carbon filtration for odors and VOCs are inert, non-ozone producing purification technologies available commercially

Source: GNA; Article printed from Ghana Business News:

Remove odors quickly and effectively with Electrocorp's RSU Series

Electrocorp’s Radial Scrub Unit (RSU) series represents one of the most versatile and effective series in the company’s diverse lineup of industrial-strength air purifiers.

The units are available in many different sizes and feature a deep-bed activated carbon filter for the removal of chemicals, gases and odors as well as an electrostatic particle filter.

The powerful HEPA + carbon combination gives these air purification systems an extensive adsorbent area, allowing them to capture odor-causing pollutants more quickly than other units.

They can accommodate between 18 and 360 pounds of activated carbon and can be customized even more with regards to the filter media and carbon blends.

Simple and impressive air purification solution

The RSU units are portable, free-standing, plug-and-go air purifiers with a round design for maximum efficiency.  Users can easily change the air flow according to preference.

The main body of the air purifier is covered by a wrap-around pre-filter to capture larger particles and allow for large-volume air intake. The RSU will clean the air and then recirculate it in the room.

The overall design and capabilities of the RSU Series makes these units the best choice for clients who need fast and effective chemical and odor relief.

Industries that benefit from RSU units include:

Electrocorp is a global leader in the research and development of complete and reliable air quality management solutions for industrial and commercial odor removal that feature the most filtration media on the market for the most reasonable prices. For more information, call  one of our air quality experts at 1.888.667.0297.

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