Next week, Safe + Sound Week is observed across the United States. The event is described by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) as a nationwide event to raise awareness and understanding of the value of safety and health programs that include management leadership, worker participation, and a systematic approach to finding and fixing hazards in workplaces.
Several months back, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published an advisory bulletin about protecting workers� hearing.
CMS Publishes Requirements to Reduce Legionella Risks in Healthcare Facility Water Systems – 7/9/2018
In June of last year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a survey and certification memo stating requirements for healthcare facilities to develop and adhere to ASHRAE-compliant water management programs to reduce the risk for Legionella and other water-related pathogens.
Today, in the United States, there are a number of rules and regulations in place that are designed to protect workers from occupational exposure to lead hazards.
Back in June of 2016, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) inaugurated the first annual National Healthy Homes Month (NHHM) with the theme, “Everyone Deserves a Safe and Healthy Home.”
Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a colorless, odorless gas that naturally occurs in the atmosphere as a trace gas. Humans and animals also exhale CO2 as an end product of cellular respiration.
OSHA to Begin Enforcement in May of its Final Rule Covering Occupational Exposure to Beryllium – 5/1/2018
In March, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced the upcoming enforcement date for its final rule on occupational exposure to beryllium. May 11th is the date the agency will now begin enforcement actions for general industry, construction and shipyards.
Environmental Pathogens, Antimicrobial Resistance and the Importance of Surface Disinfection in Healthcare Environments – 4/9/2018
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR), as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is the ability of microbes to resist the effects of drugs – that is, the germs are not killed and their growth is not stopped.
To protect families from exposure to lead from paint, dust and soil, the U.S. Congress passed the Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act of 1992.
In 2013, students missed 13.8 million school days due to asthma, making the disease a leading cause of school absenteeism according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As recently as 2015, the agency reports that 1 in 12 children had asthma.
California’s Rule 1466 to Control Toxic Particulate Emissions from Earth-Moving Operations is in Full Effect – 3/1/2018
Last July, California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) adopted Rule 1466 – Control of Particulate Emissions from Soils with Toxic Air Contaminants. The new rule was amended last December before going into effect earlier this year for all applicable earth-moving operations that take place in parts of California regulated by the SCAQMD.
Throughout the United States, chrysotile is one of the most commonly found forms of asbestos. It is just one of six asbestos and asbestiform minerals that regulatory agencies, such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), recognize and regulate.
General Industry and Maritime Operations Prepare for OSHA’s Crystalline Silica Standard Enforcement – 1/31/2018
On June 23rd, companies and institutions categorized as maritime or general industry will be subject to enforcement of a new final rule from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to limit worker exposures to respirable crystalline silica.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) describes work-related asthma as a lung disease caused or made worse by exposures to substances in the workplace.
Mold is a natural part of the environment and people breathe it on a daily basis, but exposure to elevated levels of mold in the air in homes, schools or work environments can lead to indoor air quality (IAQ) issues and potential exposure concerns.
Building Occupant Exposures to VOCs in New Construction or Recently Renovated Structures – 12/11/2017
Protecting the health and safety of the U.S. workforce has improved over the years, but as recently as 2015, the Occupational Safety & Health Almost everyone has at one time or another walked into a newly constructed or recently renovated home or office and comment about the “new” smell. While the odor is pleasant to some, and may invoke feelings of a clean and fresh indoor environment, quite often it actually means the person is being exposed to elevated levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
OSHA’s Most Frequently Cited Violations and Preventing Injuries, Fatalities and Costly Noncompliance Penalties – 12/4/2017
Protecting the health and safety of the U.S. workforce has improved over the years, but as recently as 2015, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) reports that over 4,800 workers were killed on the job. This is a dramatic improvement from the estimated 14,000 workers killed on the job each year before the creation of OSHA back in 1971.
In the past several months, Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria left paths of destruction worth billions of dollars. The natural disasters destroyed or damaged tens of thousands of homes, business, schools and other properties across hundreds of square miles of the United States.
Veteran Environmental Consultant and Professional Geologist is the Newest Addition at Clark Seif Clark – 11/1/2017
Clark Seif Clark (CSC) is pleased to announce that Donald “Bill” Clarke, P.G. is now part of the company’s esteemed group of industry professionals. Mr. Clarke brings over three decades of combined environmental, engineering, industrial hygiene, hazardous waste, and health and safety experience to benefit Clark Seif Clark’s clients.
Due to their initial high cost, corporate research laboratories and major universities were some of the earliest adopters of three-dimensional (3D) printing technologies. In recent years, 3D printers have become increasingly popular as the cost to own and operate these devices has dropped dramatically.
With marijuana being legal in one form or another in approximately 30 states, legal marijuana grow operations (MGOs) and extraction facilities are becoming big business in many parts of the country. Just this past April, The New York Times published an article entitled, “Marijuana Goes Industrial in California.”
Preventing Injuries, Fatalities and Costly Noncompliance Penalties with Effective Fall Protection Programs – 9/5/2017
Just last month, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced proposed penalties of over $1.5 million for a Florida roofing contractor for repeatedly failing to protect its workers from the risks of dangerous falls and other hazards.
July and August are the months that typically bring the hottest outdoor temperatures. These hot and often humid conditions can create health and safety challenges for workers in countless outdoor occupations. Many other workers are subject to hot conditions year-round due to the physical activities of their jobs, contact with heated objects or radiant heat sources.
Last month, USA Today published a story about a California couple who plead guilty to charges associated with hoarding approximately 170 dogs in their home in Poway, California. According to the article, many of the dogs were in poor condition and the home was covered in animal waste.
One in four people that contract Legionnaires’ disease from a health care facility dies according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These unsettling figures were posted in June issue of the CDC’s Vitalsigns™ publication.
Clark Seif Clark’s industrial hygiene and indoor air quality professionals identify and help to resolve potential occupational exposure risks. – 6/13/2017
Last year, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published the science blog, Coffee Workers at Risk for Lung Disease. It discusses two alpha-diketones, diacetyl and 2,3-pentanedione, both volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that workers can be exposed to when roasting coffee or working with certain food flavorings, such as butter-flavored cooking oils. Each of these chemicals is naturally produced when coffee beans are roasted.
Clark Seif Clark (CSC) provides testing and consulting services to help protect families and workers from lead and other potentially hazardous materials. – 6/1/2017
There are still at least 4 million households in the United States that have children living in them who are being exposed to high levels of lead according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The building science professionals at Clark Seif Clark identify and help to mitigate environmental asthma triggers in all types of buildings. – 5/16/2017
This time of year is the peak season for many allergy and asthma sufferers, making the month of May the ideal time to recognize Asthma Awareness Month and World Asthma Day, which took place on May 2nd.
Millions of workers in the United States are exposed to solvents on a daily basis according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The agency also reports solvents share many chemical, physical and biological properties that warrant national attention be directed to them as a group.
Millions of workers in the United States are exposed to solvents on a daily basis according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The agency also reports solvents share many chemical, physical and biological properties that warrant national attention be directed to them as a group.
Air ducts are a critical component of a building’s HVAC system. They deliver ventilation and a path for warm or cool air to provide a pleasant indoor environment for building occupants in homes, schools and commercial buildings.
Seasoned Environmental, Health and Safety Consultant is the Newest Addition at Clark Seif Clark – 3/8/2017
Clark Seif Clark (CSC) is pleased to announce that Nicole Henson, CMC is now part of the company’s esteemed group of industry professionals. Ms. Henson brings decades of combined forensic engineering, industrial hygiene, indoor air quality, environmental, health and safety experience to benefit Clark Seif Clark’s clients.
More than 500,000 workers in a wide variety of industries are exposed to a unique combination of both safety and health risks according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Last month, the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) announced the agency was coordinating with multiple state and local agencies, public water systems and public schools to proactively conduct a statewide screening program for the presence of lead in the drinking water of schools.
In 2015, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) announced that it had issued a final rule to increase protections for construction workers in confined spaces. The new rule provides construction workers with similar protections to those of employees from other industries who have had them for over 20 years.
Each year, the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) publishes a preliminary list of the 10 most frequently cited safety and health violations for the fiscal year. It is comprised and compiled from thousands of workplace inspections conducted by federal OSHA staff from across the country.
During the cold winter months, many people burn wood in their homes for heat and ambience. While this can provide for an economical way to heat a home, some people could be exposed to wood smoke in the air they breathe.
Last month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the 14th Report on Carcinogens (RoC). It contained newly reviewed substances that are known or reasonably anticipated to cause cancer in humans. Included in this list was the metallic element cobalt and cobalt compounds that release cobalt ions in vivo.
Particulate matter (PM) is described by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a mixture of solid particles and liquid droplets found in the air. Some of these particles, such as dust, dirt, soot or smoke, are large or dark enough to be seen with the naked eye, but others are so small they can only be detected using powerful instruments.
Aspergillus Exposure Concerns in Moldy Residential, Commercial and Healthcare Environments – 11/8/2016
Aspergillosis is a disease caused by some species of Aspergillus, a common type of mold. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), of the approximately 180 known species of Aspergillus, fewer than 40 are known to cause infections in humans.
In February, the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released for public comment and peer review a draft risk assessment for 1-bromopropane (1-BP), also known as n-propyl bromide. The draft assessment was conducted as part of EPA’s Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Chemical Work Plan assessment effort.
Last month, for only the fourth time in its history, the United Nations General Assembly took up a health issue and voted to take a broad and coordinated approach to confront antimicrobial resistance. The historic action by the United Nations was due to the growing list of drug-resistant microorganisms that are now found across the globe, including in United States.
Caulking is a common building material found in virtually all homes and buildings. The flexible material is used to seal gaps and joints to make them water and airtight. Unfortunately, many caulking materials used in the past to build and renovate residential and commercial properties contained polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).
This year has been filled with media reports about lead poisoning hazards faced by the public. Stories have been broadcast about contaminated water in Michigan homes, drinking fountains being shut down in schools in the Northwest and East Coast, and most recently, over 1,000 residents of a housing complex in East Chicago being asked to relocate due to high levels of lead in the soil around their homes.
Many people have at one time or another walked into a home or building and immediately encountered the unpleasant odor associated with sewer gas. Exposure to these objectionable odors can not only be distressing, in high enough concentrations they can even create health and safety concerns for building occupants.
Many different types of industries are required to install and maintain eyewash stations for their employees’ safety and health. These eyewash stations are an important safety device that can be instrumental for mitigating a number of different types of eye injuries.
When a water leak occurs in a residential or commercial property, the presence of water and moisture can not only ruin and destroy building materials and personal belongings, it could also result in mold contamination, indoor air quality (IAQ) issues and even a termite infestation.
Several years ago, an Oakland, California jury awarded over $27 million in compensation to an elderly couple. A lawsuit had been filed because the wife of a man who worked with asbestos insulation years before developed mesothelioma.
The San Gabriel Valley Tribune recently published an article about indoor air quality testing that is being conducted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Over 100 residential homes, commercial properties and recreational facilities have been tested so far for chemical contaminants in the El Monte and South El Monte areas.
Worker exposure to environmental noise is sometimes difficult to avoid. However, understanding noise levels employees are exposed to is not difficult.
Silica is a part of the environment, commonly occurring in most soils. Chronic exposure to respirable crystalline silica particulates has long been known to cause restrictive lung disease and complications that can lead to cancer.
If a company has experienced more than one diagnosed repetitive motion injury (RMI) within a 12 month period and the injured employees were conducting “identical” or even “similar” work, Title 8, Section 5110 of California’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) requires specific actions be taken.
Several weeks into the spring season and people are enjoying warmer weather and longer days of sunlight. The start of spring is also an excellent time to check the condition of a home or commercial property.
Cockroaches are one of society’s most commonly found pests. Worldwide there are thousands of species of cockroaches and several dozen are associated with human habitats.
If a company works with chromium containing materials such as stainless steel, conducts chemical film or plating operations involving hexavalent chromium (Cr+6) or spray paints with products containing Cr+6, it is required by state and federal Occupational Safety and Health Administrations (OSHAs) to take specific actions.
Clark Seif Clark provides testing and consulting services to identify and resolve indoor environmental quality issues associated with flood damage.
Clark Seif Clark welcomes William Jones, CIH, CSP, CPE to their management group and team of seasoned environmental and engineering professionals.
For the millions of Americans with respiratory allergies, asthma or COPD, their home or office can sometimes be the source of allergens that can trigger or aggravate their condition.
National Radon Action Month and Exposure Risks in Residential and Occupational Environments – 1/4/2016
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that at least 4 million households have children living in them that are being exposed to high levels of lead.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that at least 4 million households have children living in them that are being exposed to high levels of lead.
Residents of the West Coast and Southwest Urged to Prepare Properties for a Powerful El Nino – 12/2/2015
According to some meteorological experts, the developing El Nino weather phenomenon now appears to be the strongest that has ever been observed. El Nino occurs approximately every two to seven years as an unusually warm area of water develops in the central and east-central equatorial region of the Pacific Ocean.
Wind Damage – A Common Cause of Moisture and Mold in Residential & Commercial Properties – 11/9/2015
Each year, wind damage caused by thunderstorms, microbursts, tornadoes and hurricanes results in billions of dollars in property damage. While it is true that certain regions of the country are more susceptible to high velocity winds than others areas, they can and do occur virtually everywhere.
With the fall season in full swing, now is an ideal time to check the condition of a home or commercial property and perform some preventive maintenance tasks. Taking steps now can help to ensure a property is in good condition to provide a safe and comfortable place for building occupants before cooler winter weather arrives.
One of the most common reasons for an insurance claim in a commercial or residential property is due to water damage. Water damage can be caused by many factors, including natural flooding events, leaking roofs and windows, indoor plumbing leaks and even sewer backups.
Occupational Allergens May Exist Everywhere from High-Rise Office Buildings to the Factory Floor – 10/1/2015
It may be hard for everyone to accept, but some people are actually allergic to their work. For countless employees in a wide range of professions, occupational allergens can make it difficult, if not impossible, to be a productive employee.
Last month, the U.S. Department of Labor�s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that two affiliated construction companies and one of its managers is facing almost $1.8 million in fines.
Students in many parts of the country have already been in class for weeks, while others start the new school year after Labor Day. Regardless of when students begin school, the indoor environmental quality of their classrooms and other facilities is an essential component for their well-being and ability to learn.
Deaths due to Legionnaires Disease Results in Widespread Order to Inspect Cooling Towers – 8/10/2015
The outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in New York continues to grow. So far, 10 people have died from the condition and over 100 have reportedly been infected.
Thousands Evacuated and Countless Homes and Businesses Threatened by California Wildfires – 8/5/2015
Close to two dozen wildfires are burning across California as of the first week of August. The ongoing draught conditions, warm temperatures and strong winds have fueled the fires that have forced the evacuation of thousands of residents in different parts of the state.
Asbestos is the name given to a group of six different fibrous minerals that occur naturally in the environment. These minerals can be found in soil and rock formations in many regions of the Western United States.
Seasoned Environmental Expert & Forensic Engineer the Newest Additions to Clark Seif Clark – 6/8/2015
Clark Seif Clark (CSC) is pleased to announce that Jeff Bannon, PG and Mike Hennessy are now part of the company’s esteemed group of veteran industry professionals. Together, they bring decades of combined environmental consulting, geology and engineering experience to benefit Clark Seif Clark’s list of clients.
As defined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the term “sick building syndrome” (SBS) is used to describe situations in which building occupants experience acute health and comfort effects that appear to be linked to time spent in a building, but no specific illness or cause can be identified.
Could Isocyanates from the Application of Spray Polyurethane Foam Cause Indoor Environmental Concerns? – 5/11/2015
Across California and the Southwest, spray polyurethane foam (SPF) has become a popular alternative to other forms of insulation in homes and buildings due to its excellent insulating properties. In many applications, SPF also has the ability to protect against moisture, fill cracks and crevices, and works well to reduce airborne sounds in urban areas.
Last month, The Desert Sun published a report about the demolition of a 229 room hotel and spa in downtown Palm Springs. The article stated that the building, constructed in the 1960s, was found to contain asbestos during the demolition project. Due to this find, containment of the worksite and air monitoring was put into place to prevent exposure to any asbestos fibers released into the air.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the third leading cause of death in the United States according to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. The agency reports that it claims more than 120,000 American lives each year and that more than 12 million people have been diagnosed with the condition.
Fire departments across the United States respond to over 1 million fires of all types according to the U.S. Fire Administration. Many of these fires take place in people’s homes and businesses and in addition to causing injuries and deaths in some circumstances, also result in billions of dollars in property damage.
On January 1st, California’s new C-22 Asbestos Abatement Contractor Classification went into effect. This new classification does not replace the existing 7058.5 asbestos certification and a contractor can hold either of these asbestos abatement work authorizations, depending on their licensure needs.
Vapor intrusion occurs when there is a migration of volatile chemicals from contaminated groundwater or soil into an overlying building. Volatile chemicals emit vapors that migrate through subsurface soils and into indoor air spaces that can cause exposure concerns for the building’s occupants.
Environmental Professionals Share Information about Lead Poisoning Risks at Shooting Ranges – 2/02/2015
There are an estimated 9,000 non-military outdoor firing ranges and approximately 16,000 to 18,000 indoor ranges operating in the United States according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The U.S. military alone operates more than 3,000 indoor firing ranges.
Americans spend up to 90% of their time indoors so the indoor air quality (IAQ) in their homes is a critical component of a healthy life. At times, indoor pollutants can accumulate to levels that can pose health and comfort issues, particularly when there is too little outdoor air entering a building.
During the chilly months of January and February, pipes may freeze and burst in any type of building. Each year, this type of water damage results in billions of dollars in property damages.
The first week of December soaked most of California with much needed rain. Along with the rain came flooding in some areas, backed up sewers, toppled trees and even mudslides.
Building Science Experts Offer Tips to Prevent Water Damage, Mold & IAQ Problems during the Winter Season – 12/5/2014
Even though the official start of winter is still several weeks away, many parts of the country have already experienced snow and freezing weather.
According to some estimates, there are approximately 30 million apartment units in the United States. These units are managed by landlords and professional management companies and range from low income apartments to luxury living accommodations.
In the September issue of Restoration & Remediation (R&R) magazine, Clark Seif Clark’s (CSC) Derrick A. Denis had the opportunity to provide his insight into the pros and cons of vacating a building that is part of a restoration or remediation project. The article, “Should I Stay or Should I Go?” sheds light on this touchy subject so that restoration and remediation professionals are not caught off-guard when it is time to make the tough call.
Last month, the City of San Diego was fined for failing to enforce rules that require storm water runoff to be properly treated before it enters nearby bays and the ocean through a municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4).
Occupational asthma, also known as work-related asthma, impacts workers� quality of life and reduces their productivity. It is the most common occupational lung disease in the United States and the condition increases costs to employees, families, businesses and even taxpayers.
Northern California Residents Cautioned to be Aware of Indoor Hazards Following Recent Earthquake – 08/25/2014
On August 24th, the strongest earthquake to hit Northern California in 25 years caused widespread damage to properties and injured dozens of people. The 6.0 magnitude earthquake�s epicenter was a few miles southwest of Napa and it knocked out power for thousands of area residents.
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths and the second most common cancer among both men and women in the United States according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
In some parts of the country, students and teachers have already returned to the classroom to start the new school year. Many other districts are gearing up for the annual return as they wrap up building repair and renovation projects that took place during the summer break.
Allergens Lurking in Your Indoor Environment – 07/7/2014
With the recent arrival of summer, warm conditions in many parts of the country have people closing their windows and turning on their air conditioners. In many circumstances, closing doors and windows in a home or building can allow concentrations of indoor pollutants and allergens to rise.
Last month, media outlets reported that workers from a hotel in Michigan took to the streets with signs warning the public about health hazards and mold where they work.
Many people with malignant mesothelioma have worked or lived in places where they inhaled or swallowed asbestos. Malignant mesothelioma is a disease in which cancer cells are found in the thin layer of tissue that lines the chest cavity and covers the lungs or the thin layer of tissue that lines the abdomen and covers many of the organs found there.
To date, California has experienced a record wildfire season with CAL Fire reporting 1,563 fires between January 1st and May 17th of this year. This number compares to a 5 year average of 831 during the same time period.
While some parts of the country have had a relatively dry spring, other regions have experienced heavy rains that have resulted in flooding events and water damage to homes and buildings.
In the March issue of Restoration & Remediation magazine, Clark Seif Clark’s Derrick A. Denis had the opportunity to provide his insight of some common indoor environmental quality (IEQ) issues and hazards that restoration and remediation contractors might face during the course of their work.
Clark Seif Clark’s Derrick Denis Elected as IAQA Vice President & to the Board of Directors – 04/1/2014
In March, the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) concluded their 17th Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tennessee. The annual meeting and exposition is one of the premier events for professionals from across the globe that provide services and solutions for indoor air quality issues.
For the past 6 years, ‘IAQRadio’ has been providing a venue for professionals dealing with various indoor environmental issues to discuss the industry.
When mold is visibly growing on walls, ceilings or the floor of a home or other type of building it is pretty obvious that there is a moisture problem and a mold issue.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that there are approximately half a million U.S. children, ages 1-5, with blood lead levels above 5 micrograms per deciliter, the reference level at which the agency recommends to initiate public health actions.
Clark Seif Clark Announces Merger with CSC Targhee – 01/02/2014
Established in 1987, Targhee, Inc. has been providing customers with a wide range of technical and consulting services related to environmental chemistry and regulatory compliance. Targhee’s services have been built upon science-based protocols with a strong background in chemistry.
In August of this year, the City of Los Angeles approved a plan to redevelop Jordan Downs Public Housing Community into a mixed-use development. Concerns have been raised because some of the land in the redevelop plan was used in the past for industrial and agricultural purposes.
Environmental Consulting Firm Provides Information and Testing Services to Identify Phthalates – 12/09/2013
In recent years, there has been growing concern over human exposure to a group of widely used chemicals known as phthalates. Phthalates are used in numerous products and materials to soften and increase the flexibility of plastics and vinyl.
For most people, the vast majority of their day is spent indoors. Whether at home, in the office, or attending school, many people spend up to 90% of their time in indoor environments.
Last month, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a news release that stated, “While many chemicals are suspected of being harmful, OSHA’s exposure standards are out-of-date and inadequately protective for the small number of chemicals that are regulated in the workplace.”
In September, what some experts have called a thousand year flood ravaged large parts of Colorado. In addition to the floods destroying roads and bridges, several thousand homes and numerous commercial buildings are likely beyond repair.
Derrick A. Denis had the opportunity to share his vast knowledge of asbestos with readers of Restoration & Remediation magazine.
IEQ Expert from Clark Seif Clark Shares Knowledge with Restoration & Remediation Magazine – 08/08/2013
Last month, readers of Restoration & Remediation (R&R) magazine got a special opportunity to hear from one of the nation’s leading indoor air and environmental quality experts.
Three Veteran Industrial Hygiene, IAQ & Environmental Professionals Join the Growing Team at CSC – 08/01/2013
Clark Seif Clark is pleased to announce that Dianne Franks, Emmanuel Lao and Marie Tullai have joined the company’s expanding roster of environmental, industrial hygiene and building science experts.
Health Concerns due to Hidden Mold – 07/10/2013
When someone walks into a home or building and notices a strong musty odor, this telltale clue may indicate there is microbial growth somewhere in the structure. The building may have visible mold growth, but many times the mold may be growing out of sight.
Coliseum forced the Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners out of their locker rooms after sewage was reported to have flooded the facilities. Sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs) like this happen every day and can cause extensive damage, costly remediation and create potential health hazards.
New Rules Regarding Formaldehyde Proposed by the EPA – 06/10/2013
Last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed two rules to help protect Americans from exposure to formaldehyde.
Flame Retardants under Scrutiny Once Again – 06/4/2013
Last month, concerns over flame retardants and their ongoing impact in young children were in the news once again.
Last week, Southern California�s wildfire season arrived early with several large blazes across the greater Los Angeles area.
Joe Johnson brings over 15 years of construction and HVAC experience to the expert team at Clark Seif Clark (CSC).
Last month, the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) wrapped up their 17th Annual Meeting & Indoor Environment & Energy Expo (IE3) in Orlando, Florida. The important event brought together indoor air quality (IAQ) professionals from across the globe.
Environmental Health Perspectives, of over 3,500 U.S. adults looked at the relationship between exposure to lead and cadmium and hearing loss.
Star published an article about leaking roofs and health concerns over mold at Fillmore Middle School. The school, which is only a dozen years old, has been plagued with roof problems that have resulted in water damage to the school.
Over one million workers in the United States work in machine finishing, machine tooling, and other metalworking and metal-forming operations. Many of these workers could potentially be exposed to microbial hazards in metalworking fluids (MWFs).
Most people have experienced sneezing, a running nose or itchy eyes while cleaning activities are going on in their home or office. These conditions are often caused by exposure to airborne dusts that are often times full of allergens.”
Back in 1991, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services called lead the “number one environmental threat to the health of children in the United States.”
During January and February, many parts of the country experience their coldest temperatures of the year. Even in places many think of as hot deserts, such as Phoenix and Palm Springs, temperatures can reach freezing temperatures at night.
Most people have been unfortunate to at some point witness water damage in their home, school, or place of business. Water damage, whether from a flood, leaking roof, or broken pipe, can lead to mold growth in as short as 24 to 48 hours.
Just Released – Leading Environmental Experts Warn of Asbestos and Microbial Hazards following Hurricane Sandy – 11/16/2012
Two weeks ago, Hurricane Sandy left a path of destruction across many parts of the East Coast. In addition to numerous deaths caused by the historic storm, countless homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed.
Just Released – New 2012 HUD Lead Paint Guidelines that Replace the 1995 Edition Released – 11/7/2012
Recently, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released Guidelines for the Evaluation and Control of Lead-Based Paint Hazards in Housing.
Just Released – Clark Seif Clark Selected for Award of Arizona’s Statewide Environmental Consulting Services for Asbestos and Lead Contract – 11/1/2012
Clark Seif Clark is pleased to announce that they have been selected for award of the State of Arizona�s Contract No. ADSPO12-033355.
Last month, two workers were rushed to a Phoenix hospital after suffering second and third degree burns following a combustible dust fire at their place of employment.
Last month, the California State Water Resources Control Board released the “Leaking Underground Fuel Tank Guidance Manual.”
Mold Closes California Medical Center – 1/25/2012
In October of last year, the Calavera Enterprise reported that the Valley Springs Medical Center was being temporarily closed due to an unexpected discovery of mold…
Odorless Indoor Gases Can Create Safety Issues – 1/19/2012
In September of last year, an 80 year old woman died at a Georgia McDonald’s restaurant after being found unconscious in the ladies restroom…
An article published this year in USA Today described a double outbreak of the norovirus on a single cruise ship providing vacation trips departing that…
In September, The Record published an article about mold being discovered in another California school campus. According to the article, the Washington School Development Center…
This month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released information about a home rental company that was fined for lead violations in Fresno…
In July of this year, the Eastern Arizona Courier reported about a recent outbreak of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) that took place…
Toxic Soil Leads to California Lawsuit – 9/12/2011
In July, it was reported in the Marin Independent Journal that former business owners of a retail store filed a lawsuit against their past landlords…
Deadly Fungal Diseases Spread by Birds – 9/8/2011
Cryptococcosis is a potentially deadly disease caused by Cryptococcus fungi. The major species of Cryptococcus that causes illness in humans is Cryptococcus neoformans, which is found…
Anthrax is a serious disease caused by Bacillus anthracis, a bacterium that forms spores. The B. anthracis spores can remain viable in soil for many years…
In July, Reuters reported that a 4,000 room hotel and casino has been linked to an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease or legionellosis. It was reported…
Environmental Quality Enforcement and Compliance Veteran Joins the Growing Team at Clark Seif Clark – 8/3/2011
Clark Seif Clark is pleased to announce that Randy Ballard has accepted the position of industrial hygienist at the company’s Phoenix, Arizona office…
On July 20th through the 23rd, hundreds of Arizona school business officials and other education professionals will come together for one of the largest and most comprehensive…
Volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) refer to chemicals with significant vapor pressures, so they can easily be emitted into the environment as a gas. VOCs can…
Hunters Point Shipyard was a heavily used naval base from 1941 until 1974. When the base was closed the property was leased to a large machine shop…
The Las Conchas fire in New Mexico has charred thousands of acres and caused the closing the Los Alamos National Laboratory. In addition to closing…
Mold Closes California Daycare Center – 6/30/2011
This May, the College of the Sequoias closed the school’s daycare center after mold was found in up to seven areas throughout the building. Parents were contacted…
Aspergillus is a genus consisting of several hundred mold species found in various climates worldwide. It is commonly found in the environment…
California Air Pollution Control District Reminds Residents about Asbestos Testing Requirements – 6/28/2011
Recently, the Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District issued an advisory regarding cleanup efforts in Capitola Village. The concerns resulted from…
Phase 1 ESA Gives Property Owners Peace of Mind – 6/13/2011
Performing Phase 1 ESAs, also known as environmental due diligence, are common before commercial property transactions are completed. The Phase 1 site assessment…
On March 31st, the El Mirage Fire Department released a news bulletin about a mercury spill at a bank-owned home in the town. Fire crews…
On May 4th and 5th, facility professionals will be meeting at the Southern California Facilities Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center. The Southern California Facilities Expo…
Across the nation educational institutions are recognizing National Healthy Schools Day. The important day is coordinated by the Healthy Schools Network in cooperation with…
A new study by European scientists has found that children who grow up on a farm appear to be less likely to develop asthma. In February of this year it was reported…
An article in the February 2011 issue of Indoor Environment Connections (IEC) discusses the benefits and limitations of utilizing infrared (IR) cameras during IAQ investigations…
Last year the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) cautioned salons using hair-smoothing products about health risks…
Health Conscious Californians Advise How to Improve their IAQ by Selecting the Right Consultant – 3/23/2011
In 1983, California was the first state in the union to create a state IAQ program. The State of California Indoor Air Quality Program is part of the California Department of Public Health…
Crystalline Silica Exposure can be Deadly – 3/22/2011
Earlier this month it was reported at ClaimsJournal.com that the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has fined a marble and granite…
The indoor environmental quality (IEQ) professionals at Clark Seif Clark (CSC) provide mold and indoor air quality (IAQ) testing services for residential, commercial and industrial properties. In…
The indoor environmental health and safety professionals at Clark Seif Clark (CSC) recently completed their oversight of an illegal bomb factory in Southern California. In January of this year a re…
The indoor environmental quality (IEQ) professionals at Clark Seif Clark (CSC) provide testing services to help prevent or respond to outbreaks of respiratory illnesses. Last week the Associated Pr…
The indoor environmental quality (IEQ) professionals at Clark Seif Clark (CSC) provide asbestos sampling to ensure building occupants are not exposed to their deadly fibers. Since 2002, the Califor…
Water Main Break in Van Nuys Causes Havoc – 2/2/2011
The environmental and indoor air quality (IAQ) professionals at Clark Seif Clark (CSC) have been contracted to respond to lead and asbestos concerns at several flooded apartment complexes. Yesterda…
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning is Preventable – 2/1/2011
The indoor environmental quality (IEQ) professionals at Clark Seif Clark (CSC) provide testing services for carbon monoxide and other harmful gases to protect workers and building occupants. In Jan…
Mystery Odor Sickens People in Los Angeles – 1/31/2011
The indoor environmental quality (IEQ) professionals at Clark Seif Clark (CSC) provide testing services to help identify and resolve indoor odor complaints. In early January the Associated Press re…
St. Anne’s, a leading Los Angeles charity, recently recognized the contributions of Franco Seif and Clark Seif Clark (CSC) for years of dedicated assistance. At an awards ceremony last month, the…
The indoor environmental quality (IEQ) professionals at Clark Seif Clark (CSC) provide testing services to help prevent or respond to outbreaks of the deadly disease caused by the waterborne bacteria…
Dangers from Chlordane Pesticides Still a Threat – 12/28/2010
The indoor environmental quality (IEQ) professionals at Clark Seif Clark (CSC) provide inspection and testing services for chlordane and other dangerous pesticides. The United States Environmental…
Mold in Schools Can Make Children Sick – 12/27/2010
The indoor environmental quality (IEQ) professionals at Clark Seif Clark (CSC) provide comprehensive mold testing services to ensure the indoor air quality (IAQ) is safe for students and faculty. I…
The indoor air quality (IAQ) professionals at Clark Seif Clark (CSC) provide moisture inspections and testing services for mold, bacteria and other contaminants following five days of record storms. …
The indoor environmental quality (IEQ) professionals at Clark Seif Clark (CSC) provide comprehensive testing solutions for new construction and remodeling to meet California’s new green building codes …
Franco Seif’s last workshop as the Los Angeles IAQA Chapter Director took place last week on December 10th. Mr. Seif of Clark Seif Clark, Inc. (CSC) founded the L.A. Chapter on behalf of the American …
Mr. Christopher Knobble brings his expertise in industrial hygiene to the lineup of industrial hygiene and indoor environmental quality (IEQ) professionals at Clark Seif Clark, Inc. (CSC). Clark Se …
PCB Dangers Persist in Some Older Structures – 11/30/2010
The environmental professionals at Clark Seif Clark (CSC) provide testing solutions for polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) to identify their presence and protect building occupants. PCBs belong to a …
The building science professionals at Clark Seif Clark (CSC) provide indoor air quality (IAQ) identification services and solutions for commercial and residential property owners plagued by problemati …
The environmental professionals at Clark Seif Clark (CSC) utilize advanced infrared cameras to help solve complex indoor air quality (IAQ) and building science issues. Thermal imaging cameras have …
Bedbug Treatment Options Abound, But Beware of Scams – 11/19/2010
The environmental and building science professionals at Clark Seif Clark (CSC) play a key roll in identifying safe and effective identification services, prevention advices and control solutions to co …
The indoor environmental quality (IEQ) professionals at Clark Seif Clark (CSC) provide comprehensive consulting and testing services to determine of indoor plants are causing a degraded environment fo …
The indoor air quality (IAQ) professionals at Clark Seif Clark (CSC) provide comprehensive consulting and testing services for foreclosed residential and commercial properties. This month a number
Environmental Impact of Nuisance Birds – 10/29/2010
The environmental professionals at Clark Seif Clark (CSC) provide comprehensive investigative and sampling services to determine if nuisance birds are causing health risks for building occupants and d…
IEQ Testing for LEED Certification – 10/21/2010
The indoor environmental quality (IEQ) professionals at Clark Seif Clark (CSC) provide comprehensive air sampling services for residential and commercial structures working to achieve LEED certificati…
The environmental professionals at CSC Targhee, a member of the Clark Seif Clark (CSC) family of companies, are busy helping California companies comply with stormwater regulations. The stormwater
The environmental and infection control professionals at Clark Seif Clark recently announced their contract to help ensure optimum indoor environmental quality (IEQ) for Scripps Health was renewed …
Meth Lab Dangers Risk Building Occupants’ Health – 10/11/2010
The environmental professionals at Clark Seif Clark (CSC) provide environmental sampling services for former clandestine methamphetamine laboratories to protect future building occupants from a toxic …
The environmental professionals at Clark Seif Clark (CSC) provide corrosive Chinese drywall and other indoor air quality (IAQ) testing services to protect building occupants and properties from damage …
The environmental professionals at Clark Seif Clark (CSC) provide asbestos and other indoor air quality (IAQ) testing services to protect building occupants from health hazards. From decades of res …
Buildings with Vapor Intrusion Problems May Pose a Significant Risk to Building Occupants – 9/30/2010
The environmental professionals at Clark Seif Clark (CSC) provide testing solutions for commercial and residential properties to identify vapor intrusion problems and to protect occupants from any tox …
The environmental professionals at Clark Seif Clark (CSC) provide testing solutions for commercial and multi-housing residential properties in preparation of the EPA’s RRP lead testing requirements. …
The environmental professionals at Clark Seif Clark (CSC) provide mercury and other heavy metal testing services to protect building occupants from its toxic health hazards. Mercury is a metal that …
The environmental professionals at Clark Seif Clark (CSC) help medical facilities and infection control professionals combat the growing threat of drug-resistant microbial contaminants. A deadly ba …
Environmental professionals at Clark Seif Clark (CSC) provide testing solutions for commercial and residential properties for thorough fire and smoke damage investigations. A devastating natural ga …