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Can Asbestos Abatement Contractors Hire the Air Monitoring Firm?

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Can Asbestos Abatement Contractors Hire the Air Monitoring Firm? Traditionally, school systems have hired independent firms to perform asbestos air monitoring and abatement contractor observation. Some school systems are now requiring asbestos abatement contractors to provide asbestos air monitoring and abatement contractor observation on their asbestos abatement projects. I’ve recently heard some school systems are procuring asbestos air monitoring services through the abatement contractors in an effort to cap their asbestos air…

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Do You Have Time to Convert Your Asbestos Management Plans to the AAC-8 Format?

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Do You Have Time to Convert Your Asbestos Management Plans to the AAC-8 Format? The AAC-8 (Required Elements for Asbestos Management Plans for School and State Buildings) takes some getting used to. Last week, we visited the Louisiana School Facility Managers Association meeting in Marksville. We got to talk with school personnel from all across the state about what’s going well for them, and also what’s giving them trouble. Since we’re primarily known…

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Spring Training is Here – Mold Problems & Major League Baseball Are Around the Corner

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Spring Training is Here – Mold Problems & Major League Baseball Are Around the Corner It’s that time of year again! Major league baseball teams have started Spring Training games. If you’ve read The World’s Most Interesting Engineer, you know I have two recurring themes when I write about mold. The first is, well, recurrence. Mold problems can come back if we only clean up the mold and do not correct…

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Les Miles & Mechanical Engineers Deserve A Break

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Les Miles & Mechanical Engineers Deserve A Break I’d love to know what you thought when you read the title. There are some jokes I could make here, but I’ll only say that given how Les gives soundbites, I’d love to hear him explain the Second Law of Thermodynamics. I mean, who doesn’t think of Les Miles and mechanical engineers at the same time? Les Miles has had quite an interesting time…

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Flip, Flop, or Farce? Unknown Environmental Problems Affect Everyone

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Flip, Flop, Or Farce? Flip, Flop, or Farce? Unknown Environmental Problems Affect Everyone – Even Architects, Engineers, and Contractors My television viewing ranges from a lot of Disney Jr. (thanks to the 3 year old), baseball, more kids shows, more baseball, and reality TV. Much of the reality TV is trash, but some shows are pretty good. We also enjoy some the house fixer-upper shows – like the ones where house…

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Baseball Season & Mold Season – What is the Connection?

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What is the Connection Between Baseball & Mold? It turns out that baseball season and mold season are related. If you’ve read The World’s Most Interesting Engineer, you know I have two recurring themes when I write about mold. The first is, well, recurrence. Mold problems can come back if we only clean up the mold and do not correct what caused the original mold problem. The second is that most…

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Are Your Welders At Risk From Manganese Exposure ?

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This article is in the October 2015 BIC Magazine. To read the magazine article, click here. Also check out the BIC Magazine Online website. Are Your Welders At Risk From Manganese Exposure ? To answer in true engineering fashion, “It depends.”  Do you ever see your welders in a little bit of a plume or working directly over or downwind of the weld? Get the picture? How can the welders be…

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Hurricane Rita – 10 Years Later

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As expected, the news stories covering the 10 Year Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina outnumber those remembering the 10 Year Anniversary of Hurricane Rita by about 10 zillion to 1. But Hurricane Rita sure left an impression in Southwest Louisiana and Southeast Texas. It’s sometimes hard to remember how Hurricane Rita affected areas pretty far away. Even here in Baton Rouge, we experienced some pretty rough weather while Hurricane Rita lashed our area….

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Legionella in Buildings is No Joke – Get Proactive

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Legionella in buildings Unless you’ve been on vacation all summer, or you’ve been watching my beloved Chicago Cubs have a great season, you’ve heard or read about the Legionnaire’s disease cases in New York City. The 2015 outbreak, traced back to a Bronx hotel cooling tower, has caused 12 deaths and sickened 120 people. Obviously, this story is newsworthy, but it turns out Legionnaire’s disease can occur anywhere if the…

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Tropical Storm Erika Is Coming – Are You Ready?

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It’s definitely that time of year – storm season. The 10 year anniversary of Katrina is tomorrow, and the 10 year anniversary of Hurricane Rita is coming up next month. By the way, are you watching the news coverage about Hurricane Katrina, or are you avoiding it? I can certainly understand wanting to watch it – or steer clear of it. Anyway, Tropical Storm Erika is coming, and right now…

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