Environmental and Sustainability Consultants

Smarter Management of Chemicals in the Printing Industry

Smarter Management of Chemicals in the Printing Industry The printing industry utilizes a variety of chemicals including inks, solvents, coatings, developers and adhesives. Smarter management of chemicals can help address a number of environmental health and safety issues. Focusing on smarter management of chemicals can: (1) reduce exposures to employees who work with chemicals; (2) […]

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Air Quality In New York City Public Schools

Air Quality In New York City Public Schools   Air quality is New York City public schools is not routinely monitored.  Indoor carbon dioxide (CO2)  levels are measured to assess adequacy of ventilation, but increased levels are known to be associated with cognitive effects among occupants as well as poor perceived air quality.  Increased CO2 […]

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Is Portland Cement Covered By the Respirable Crystalline Silica in Construction Standard?

Is Portland Cement Covered By the Respirable Crystalline Silica in Construction Standard? Portland cement is one of the most commonly used formulations of cement in construction and is used in concrete, mortar, stucco, and non-specialty grout. Portland cement is manufactured through a closely controlled chemical combination of calcium, silicon, aluminum, iron and other ingredients. Cement […]

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Respirable Crystalline Silica in Construction Standard Enforcement Guidance Part 1

Respirable Crystalline Silica in Construction Standard Enforcement Guidance Part 1 On October 23, 2017, OSHA began to fully enforce the Respirable Crystalline Silica in Construction standard 29 CFR 1926.1153.  OSHA issued a memorandum (10/19/2017) to provide interim enforcement guidance to Compliance Safety and Health Officers (CSHOs) for enforcing the standard. Employers should review the memorandum […]

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OSHA Begins To Enforce The Respirable Crystalline Silica in Construction Standard

OSHA Begins To Enforce Respirable Crystalline Silica in Construction Standard   OSHA began enforcing the Respirable Crystalline Silica in Construction standard (1926.1153) on September 23, 2017. However, for the first 30 days, OSHA provided compliance assistance instead of enforcement for “good faith” employers attempting to comply with the new construction standard. Effective October 23, 2017, […]

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Hidden Mold Contamination in Homes

Hidden Mold Contamination in Homes by Leon Levine, CIH Leaks and moisture problems are a common occurrence in homes, even in new construction.   Pipes could be leaking inside wall cavities without your knowledge. Persistent leaks and moisture issues can lead to hidden mold contamination in homes. Some moisture problems have been associated with modifications in […]

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Managing and Distributing Chemical Safety Data Sheets Electronically

Managing and Distributing Chemical Safety Data Sheets Electronically by Leon Levine, ECOThink Group Information technology has advanced light years since 1983 when the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard was first adopted. Today, information is accessible on the cloud through smartphones, Ipads, tablets and smart watches.   As chemical inventories grow, the challenge for companies is to continuously […]

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Trump’s Paris Climate Discord

What are Trump’s Real Motives Behind Leaving The Paris Climate Accord? Trump has kept the entire world in suspense about his decision regarding the Paris Climate Accord. He has previously expressed his desire to abdicate and will announce his decision soon.   The U.S. may join Syria and Nicaragua as the group of outsiders not signing […]

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Mold Contamination in Schools

Mold Contamination in Schools When mold contamination is discovered inside a school it can create a multitude of problems.   Children are more vulnerable to environmental exposures, including mold contamination. Students spend up to several hours a day in school and grade school children can remain in the same classroom for extended periods of time. In […]

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The OSHA Silica Standard- Will It Be Enforced?

The OSHA Silica Standard- Will It Be Enforced? The health hazards of inhaling respirable crystalline silica dust have been known for over 400 years.   OSHA has had a permissible exposure limit (PEL) which was based on the 1968 Threshold Limit Value (TLV) established by the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH). Last year, OSHA […]

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