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Tiny but Deadly: Legionella

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Sometimes it’s the smallest organisms that are deadly. Last month we wrote about the deadly meningitis outbreak caused by mold contamination in a compound medicine facility. Now more preventable deaths are being caused by small organisms. You may have heard about recent outbreaks of Legionnaires’ Disease at a Chicago JW Marriot and two VA Hospitals in Pittsburgh, Pa.  and Oakland, Ca. Potentially fatal Legionnaires’ Disease got its name when an…

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Moisture Meters – Useful Tools, or Only Good for Locating Studs?

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Remember the scene in Ghostbusters where the guys get their first job at the hotel? There’s a scene where Egon Spengler (probably the smartest one in the bunch) is walking through the hotel while holding some sort of scanner, and comes across a live guest. He’s staring intently at the readout, and to see if the person is real, reaches out and pokes the guest. But he’s holding a sophisticated…

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Mold Growth is not like Spontaneous Combustion

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Picture a beautiful sunny day, temperatures in the mid 90s, relative humidity at 50%, and a weather front moving through. Tornadoes spawn and destroy the power lines in a ten mile radius. Luckily, your office and home are spared with no damage at all. But you’ll have no power for two weeks. Will mold grow in your home of office simply because you lose power? A story on NPR titled:…

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7 Tips for an Energy Bill Nip Tuck

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We’re all looking for ways to save money these days, and any savings here and there can help. You’ve probably heard that doing things like switching to compact fluorescent light bulbs, shutting down your computer at night, and turning off your modem when not in use can reduce your energy usage. But we thought it might be interesting to compile a list of not-so-well-known tips that might give you some…

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5 Ways to Reduce Waste at the Workplace

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Waste is a symptom of an inefficient process. Reducing waste increases efficiency. Increasing efficiency increases profits. Theoretically speaking, it is better to prevent the generation of waste than it is to recycle. You can only recycle waste that you have failed to prevent. So, place your emphasis on reducing waste if you can, then recycle the waste that you must generate. However, there is an old saying, “In theory, practice…

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