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Hospitals can become more environmentally friendly.

The New Jersey Hackensack University Medical Center has officially agreed to become even more “green” by a memorandum of understanding with the EPA.

As part of their continued effort to “go green”, the hospital pledged to reduce air pollution, use less plastic, increase recycling efforts and initiate other environmentally friendly practices.

They plan to reduce energy consumption by 10 percent, install water-conserving equipment, complete a roof garden and more.

The hospital’s women’s and children’s buildings already boast a green design, top-notch energy system and non-toxic cleaning products.

In order to improve indoor air quality, the hospital is planning to install a “living wall” with more than 30 plant species that help clean the air and break down indoor air pollutants.

According to the North Jersey Record, the EPA has developed partnerships to aid hospitals, colleges, retail and other businesses in becoming more environmentally friendly, because buildings are responsible for 40 percent of the nation’s energy consumption and 40 percent of carbon dioxide emissions.

Source: North Jersey Record

Air cleaners for hospitals and healthcare settings

The indoor air quality in hospitals and healthcare facilities is often compromised by a wide range of indoor air pollutants, including bacteria, viruses, chemicals, volatile organic compounds, dust, particles, mold and more.

Electrocorp offers powerful air cleaners for hospitals and healthcare facilities that can remove these contaminants on a 24/7-basis.

The air cleaners feature many pounds of granular activated carbon for gaseous pollutants and odors, a HEPA filter for particles and dust and optional UV germicidal filtration for the neutralization of bacteria, viruses and mold.

For more information and options, contact Electrocorp.

Vapor intrusion can happen in any home.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) warned last week that 10 homes in the Phoenix area of a polluted toxic spill site had concerning levels of chemicals indoors.

The original source of the pollution is a former Motorola plant that accidentally leaked chemicals (including trichloroethylene, or TCE) from industrial solvents into the ground in the 1980s.

TCE is a known carcinogen and scientists say it could be harmful even at relatively low concentrations.

The EPA and others are monitoring the levels of chemicals in the area, but last year, they measured for the first time the ambient air inside nearby homes to check for vapor intrusion.

Vapor intrusion is what happens when chemicals and gases from contaminated groundwater and land enter homes through cracks and fissures in the foundation or building. Once inside the home, they can build up and become an even bigger health hazard.

The homes that measured concerning levels of TCE will be equipped with special machines, which circulate outdoor air inside the home and prevent vapor intrusion by utilizing pressure.

Source: Arizona Republic

Clean the air with portable air cleaners

An industrial-strength air cleaner with many pounds of activated carbon and HEPA as well as other filters can help keep the ambient air clean and prevent a buildup of toxic substances.

Activated carbon is one of the safest and most trusted filter media for the removal of airborne chemicals, gases, fumes and odors (including VOCs such as formaldehyde, benzene, toluene, trichloroethylene and more).

With other filters like HEPA and UV, the air cleaners also remove airborne particles, dust, bacteria, viruses and mold.

Electrocorp offers air cleaners for environmental consultants (to be used in single and double-family homes at certain Superfund sites) as well as air cleaners for a wide range of industrial and commercial applications.

Find out more about our government buyer program as well as selected clients, or contact Electrocorp for more information.

Greener dry cleaning machines can reduce exposure to harmful chemicals.

Some dry cleaning businesses are taking the plunge, investing in new clothes laundering machines that do not use harmful chemicals and solvents.

New closed circuit system machines don’t release volatile organic compounds and work faster than the old machines, helping the company’s bottom line.

Not only do the new machines work 20 minutes faster, they also use much less of a dry-cleaning solution than their predecessors did.

The new machines are much better for the environment and for the air quality inside the business, making it a better health and safety option.

The most common solvent in the dry cleaning industry is still perchloroethylene (perc), a suspected carcinogen that easily becomes airborne or can contaminate the business’ surrounding land, water and air.

The problem is that most dry cleaning businesses are small and located close to schools and homes.

With a closed-circuit system, a smaller amount of solvents is used and the they are contained in the system, making it a much safer and environmentally friendlier choice.

Source: The Spokesman-Review

Clean the air in dry cleaning businesses

Not every dry cleaning operation has the resources to upgrade their equipment right away. However, fumes from perchloroethylene and other petroleum-based solvents remain a concern for the people working there or living close by.

Electrocorp offers industrial-strength air cleaners with deep-bed activated carbon filters, HEPA and other filtration technologies to remove the widest range of indoor air contaminants.

Activated carbon is the most trusted and effective air filter to adsorb chemicals and gases such as perchloroethylene, formaldehyde and petroleum-based fumes.

The air cleaners can be used as stand-alone air purification systems (and can be moved around according to need) or they can be wall-mounted, ceiling-mounted or attached to the existing ventilation system.

For more information and options, please contact Electrocorp today.

Labor Department workers blame poor indoor air quality and black mold for health issues

Indoor air pollution in the office can lead to a range of health effects.

Sometimes, the realization of how important indoor air quality is only dawns when people start feeling sick.

Over the last five years, workers at the Department of Labor and Workforce Development building have submitted multiple health complaints and brought indoor air quality to the forefront of priorities.

The building, which was nicknamed Plywood Palace (plywood emits VOCs such as formaldehyde and other chemicals), has been subject of mold mitigation efforts, renovations to fix leaks and re-wrapping with an aluminum façade, but many employees are still reeling from the health effects.

Some employees have developed allergies or experienced severe allergic reactions to pollutants in the building. Others have reported irritated eyes and throats, difficulty breathing, headaches, confusion, memory loss, swollen glands, sinus infection, chest pressure and other symptoms.

Not only are these symptoms distracting and affecting morale, they have also led to an increase to the absenteeism rate due to sick leaves, for example. Employees are moved around in the building as mold is found and covered up with plastic to prevent the release of spores.

The building was constructed in the 1980s and is suffering from major construction problems, including leaks, breached vapor barriers and more.

The employees say their symptoms subside when they leave the building, which is a major sign for poor indoor air quality issues and sick building syndrome.

Source: Juneau Empire

Improve indoor air with quality air filters

The right air filters can help remove irritating and potentially harmful indoor air contaminants.

Electrocorp offers industrial-strength air cleaners for offices, mold & asbestos remediation and facility management.

The air cleaners contain a large activated carbon filter for the removal of chemicals, gases, odors and fumes, HEPA filters to trap particles and dust as well as optional UV germicidal filtration to neutralize mold, bacteria and viruses.

For more information and options, contact Electrocorp.

Environmentally friendly cleaning products will help with safety, air quality and environment, officials say

A Vermont bill that requires public and independent schools to purchase environmentally preferable cleaning products and air fresheners was passed recently.

Schools often have to deal with poor indoor air quality.

The bill aims to protect school children and staff from toxic chemicals in cleaning agents that have been linked to a wide range of health symptoms, including asthma and cancer.

A similar switch happened in 2004 for all state buildings in Vermont.

According to some officials, many Vermont schools are already using greener and environmentally friendly cleaning products.

More and more schools are participating in the EPA’s Tools for Schools program, which offers tips and tricks to make the school environment safer and healthier.

While some opponents warn about higher costs initially, advocates say the bill will ultimately save money due to illness and absenteeism.

Schools that made the switch reported fewer cases of asthma, nausea and headaches, advocates say.

Source: Bennington Banner

Improve indoor air quality in schools

Even with greener cleaning products, many schools still have to deal with indoor air pollution caused by building materials, mold and moisture problems, poor ventilation, personal care products and other sources.

Room air purifiers with activated carbon and HEPA for individual classrooms.

While opening windows helps a lot to improve indoor air quality, extreme weather, very cold or hot temperatures, outdoor air pollution and noise may stand in the way.

Portable air cleaners with activated carbon and HEPA can help remove indoor air pollutants continuously and provide cleaner air.

Activated carbon can remove airborne chemicals, gases, odors and fumes, while HEPA traps dust, particles, pollen and other irritants. Optional UV germicidal filtration can provide extra protection by neutralizing contaminants such as bacteria, viruses and mold.

Electrocorp offers industrial-strength air cleaners for schools and universities that use environmentally friendly and recyclable materials.

Contact Electrocorp for more information and options.

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