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OSHA Compliance – What Does it Mean?

In the United States, OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) is the federal agency that has the authority to issue and enforce workplace health and safety standards put in place to protect workers. OSHA was formed in 1971, as a result of the OSH Act...

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How is Asbestos Formed?

One common misconception that we hear from clients is that asbestos can grow in a property. While some environmental contaminants such as mold or bacteria can grow within a property, asbestos can not. The term asbestos refers to a group of minerals that are inorganic...

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Dust: How much is too much?

Dust in a property is normal and inescapable. It may seem that no matter how much you dust and clean, it always seems to build up again. At what point should you be concerned about it? This blog will talk about house dust and how it impacts health and indoor air...

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Asbestos Surfacing Materials

Have you ever seen a popcorn ceiling in a property built before 1980? It is possible that this material is an asbestos-containing surfacing material. Asbestos-containing surfacing materials are materials that are sprayed or trowelled on surfaces. Examples of this...

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How is asthma related to indoor air quality?

Millions of people suffer from asthma. While there is no cure, those who have it can improve their quality of life by having a better understanding of what triggers asthma attacks. Some of those triggers are related to the indoor environment. This blog post will discuss asthma and indoor air quality.

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The Basics of Fentanyl

Fentanyl is a powerful opioid and is responsible for many deaths across the world. Since the introduction of fentanyl has been relatively recent, testing regulations and remediation protocols are scarce. In this blog, we will discuss the basics of this substance,...

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Rental properties and VOCs

What’s a renter to do?  Imagine that you just rented a new apartment or leased commercial space.  Now imagine that after being in the property for a little while that something doesn’t feel quite right.  It might be that there is a funny odor. ...

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Respirable and Total Dust Testing

In industrial hygiene, there are few tests more common than for dust and particulate matter. Some dusts, which may also be referred to as aerosols, are specifically regulated, such as silica, asbestos, heavy metals, and combustible dusts. However, for most industries,...

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Does Mold Remediation Prevent Future Mold?

The short answer to this question is no. Mold can come back after remediation. Unfortunately, even if you’ve had a lot of repairs, remediation work, clean up, and testing, you may still need more mold remediation in the future. This blog post will discuss why mold may come back after remediation was completed.

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Friable vs. Non-Friable Asbestos

The risk of exposure to asbestos depends on several factors. The condition of the material, type of disturbances, and the material’s friability play a large role in this. However, it could be argued that friability is the greatest factor. Friability refers to whether...

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