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A person's exhaled breath indicates exposure to toxic substances.

Scientists have developed a technology that uses a person’s exhaled breath to measure exposure levels to potentially harmful substances at work, at home or elsewhere.

Exhaled breath contains traces of potentially toxic substances that people may have inhaled, and this test offers a non-invasive and quick indicator, the scientists say, since research has shown that those amounts are an accurate reflection of the levels that exist in a person’s blood.

While previous equipment for analyzing substances in human breath had to be housed in laboratories, the devices have shrunk to hand-held size, they say, offering a possible solution for helping to limit human exposure and improve health.

Their report appears in Environmental Science & Technology by the American Chemical Society.

Health concerns linked to poor indoor air quality

Poor IAQ at work and at home has been linked to a wide range of health effects, including irritation of the eyes, nose and skin, nausea, dizziness, respiratory disease, and more serious health conditions.

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In many workplaces, the existing ventilation systems are unable to provide workers with enough air exchanges or good air quality.

Indoor air pollutants often come from building materials, furnishings, electronic equipment, large printers, personal care products, harsh cleaning products and industry-specific sources.

Industrial air cleaners made by Electrocorp can remove a wide range of indoor air pollutants, including VOCs, chemicals, gases, odors, allergens, mold spores and mold mycotoxins, bacteria, viruses and particles.

As the odor removal experts in the industry, Electrocorp offers air cleaners with the deepest beds of granular activated carbon and a complete filtration system that also includes HEPA, UV (optional) and other filters.

Contact Electrocorp for more information and personalized recommendations based on your industry and your IAQ needs and requirements.

Health and safety program to be shut down at WSU

A Wayne State University program training scientists to recognize and monitor health and safety risks in the workplace and in the environment is set to be terminated due to financial cutbacks.

The Board of Governors voted Sept. 21 to shut down Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences program at the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, after the college was asked to cut 1.7 percent from its total budget.

The request came as part of university-wide budget restrictions, but the decision to shut down the program has divided staff members at the university.

Board members are hoping that parts of the program will be reinstated in another capacity, so that some occupational health programs would be a part of the public health department, for example.

Health and Safety at the workplace

Many occupations require stringent health and safety measures to protect workers, companies and clients – but even the “average office job” needs to provide a safe and healthy environment to increase productivity and minimize health risks.

Indoor air quality has become a main concern for workers.

That is why Electrocorp specializes in the development and manufacturing of air treatment systems for the workplace.

Whether it’s an air cleaner for the office and office printer fumes, an air scrubber for odor and chemical removal, a source capture unit for welding fumes or hair treatments, or an air cleaner for labs and healthcare settings, Electrocorp offers these and more as part of its diverse product lineup.

The industrial air cleaners remove a wide range of indoor air pollutants from the ambient air, including chemicals, gases, odors, particles, pathogens and other toxins, with a multistage filtration system featuring a deep bed of granular activated carbon, a HEPA, micro-HEPA or Super-HEPA, pre-filters, optional UV germicidal filtration and other specialized options to meet the needs and requirements of your specific industry.

Ask about Electrocorp’s custom carbon blends.

Contact Electrocorp for more information: 1-866-667-0297.

A Chicago policeman died after exposure to toxic cleaning, chemicals, an autopsy report says.

The case of a Chicago police officer, who died after accidentally inhaling noxious fumes from a cleaning product sprayed at his workplace, serves as a stark reminder of how toxic certain chemicals can be.

The 42-year-old officer succumbed to a pneumonia-like illness a few weeks after the product was used on his desk.

In the weeks before, he was treated for breathing problems at the hospital and at home.

The chemical makeup of the cleaning product is not known, according to an article by the Associated Press, but an investigation has been opened under the Illinois occupational safety and health plan for public employees, sources said.

Family members say he had never before suffered from breathing problems.

The officer’s death has been ruled an accident, but many people are demanding answers about the chemicals that could cause such dramatic breathing problems.

Clean the indoor air at the workplace

Employers everywhere are realizing the importance of healthy indoor air quality (IAQ) when it comes to workers’ health, well-being and productivity.

IAQ can be compromised by VOCs and harmful chemicals from cleaning products, building materials, electronic devices, inks and office printers, personal care products and scented products.

Many buildings do not have a proper ventilation system for the number of people there and employees may react to mold, biological contaminants such as bacteria, and viruses as well as high dust levels and particulate matter.

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Electrocorp offers a wide range of industrial air cleaners to treat these indoor air problems. With a powerful carbon + HEPA filter system, these air cleaners can remove chemicals, odors, particles and pathogens from the ambient air.

Electrocorp offers cleaners of all sizes and different designs – choose from portable, small-footprint units, HVAC-compatible air scrubbers and specialized air cleaners with features such as source capture attachments, negative air configuration, reverse flow and more.

Contact Electrocorp for more information, or visit our website: www.electrocorp.net

Salon workers are routinely exposed to hazardous fumes.

The US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a revised hazard alert about the formaldehyde fumes released by popular hair straightening treatments with keratin (like Brazilian Blowout, for example).

OSHA first issued a warning about these products in January.

Since then, formaldehyde has been added to the list of carcinogens rather than suspected carcinogens, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also sent a warning letter to the company in question about misbranding and false information.

OSHA conducted air tests in salons using Brazilian Blowout Acai Professional Smoothing Solution and Brasil Cacau Cadiveu and found that workers were exposed to hazardous levels of formaldehyde.

To make matters worse, two manufacturers and two distributors of hair smoothing products were cited for violations that included failing to list formaldehyde on product labels as well as on accompanying hazard warning sheets (MSDS sheets) that are provided to the products’ users.

“Misleading or inadequate information on hazardous product labels is unacceptable,” said OSHA Assistant Secretary Dr. David Michaels in the press release.

“Salon owners and workers have the right to know the risks associated with the chemicals with which they work and how to protect themselves.”

About formaldehyde: 

Formaldehyde can irritate the eyes and nose; cause allergic reactions of the skin, eyes and lungs; and is a cancer hazard.

For salon owners, stylists and other staff members using these hair products, OSHA’s formaldehyde standard at 29 Code of Federal Regulations 1910.1048 has to be followed.

 

Air cleaners for beauty salons and spas

Electrocorp has developed a range of industrial-strength air cleaners with a multistage filtration system and source capture attachment for salons and spas.

The CleanBreeze 3 captures toxins at the source with a flexible arm.

They are equipped with many pounds of granular activated carbon to remove many chemicals, fumes and odors associated with salon products.

The complete air treatment system also filters out particles, dust and other airborne pollutants such as bacteria, viruses and mold mycotoxins.

The Clean-Breeze 3 is Electrocorp’s first-rate air purifier for salons and spas. Its flexible arm and precision cap captures pollutants at the source to provide employees and clients with safer, more breathable air.

Contact Electrocorp for more information and other options.

Health and safety precautions are paramount when it comes to asbestos removal.

A New York contractor was sentenced to six years in prison last week for knowingly violating the Clean Air Act and making false statements to a federal inspector.

The asbestos abatement contractor and his now defunct company were also ordered to pay fines of about $45,000 in total.

The allegations included letting untrained workers remove asbestos-containing materials and pipes without the necessary safeguards and there by threatening the health of those workers and the public.

No level of exposure to asbestos is safe, according to the EPA.

“Ensuring Clean Air Act work practice standards for asbestos are followed when renovating or razing a building is critical to protecting workers and the public,” said Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, in a press release.

“This sentence shows that when employers fail to adhere to the requirements of the law to make a profit, the consequences are serious.”

The contractor hired a number of workers who had no training in asbestos removal and did not know they were being exposed to the asbestos while removing the copper pipes.

When questioned by the workers, he lied and told them the areas did not contain asbestos.

He also lied to an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspector who came to the site in September and October 2007 to investigate allegations of illegal asbestos removal.

The project wasn’t done correctly. Asbestos was free to flow from upper floors through drains and holes in containment and large amounts of the carcinogenic material was left hidden in the building and had to be cleaned out later.

According to the Clean Air Act, all asbestos must be removed from any structure where it may be disturbed, and during abatement it must be wetted and kept adequately wet at all times and disposed of as soon as practical at an EPA-approved site.

Want to know more about asbestos abatement, indoor air quality and industrial air cleaners

Electrocorp manufactures high-quality portable air cleaners for mold and asbestos abatement sites. 

They are equipped with a multistage filtration system with activated carbon + HEPA to remove a wide range of harmful indoor air pollutants.


Contact Electrocorp for more information.

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