Posted by Ivey on May 27th, 2010
Effective April 22, 2010, contractors performing renovation, repair, and painting projects in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must now be certified and adhere to specific work guidelines to prevent lead contamination, according to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Program. In addition to lead-safe work practices, certified contractors must also follow these three simple procedures:
- Contain the work area
- Minimize dust
- Clean up thoroughly
A commercial vacuum cleaner featuring true HEPA filtration can help you remain RRP-compliant and avoid the health risks associated with exposure to lead dust and chips that often result during renovation and repair activities.
Posted by Ivey on May 20th, 2010
On April 28, the American Lung Association released the bittersweet findings from its State of the Air 2010 report. Many cities in the eastern and midwestern United States—including Atlanta, Cincinnati, Cleveland, New York City, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, and Washington DC/Baltimore—have lowered their levels of deadly particle and ozone pollution thanks to cleaner diesel fuels and engines, as well as reduced emissions from coal-fired power plants. Unfortunately, more than 175 million people (that’s more than 58 percent of the population) still live in areas where pollution levels are often too dangerous to breathe. Some cities, primarily in California, have even experienced an increase in air pollution since the last report.
Posted by Ivey on May 14th, 2010
On May 8, Sylvane employees and friends participated in the 2010 Atlanta Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. The annual 5K run/walk is a breast cancer awareness and fundraising event sponsored by the Greater Atlanta Chapter of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. This year marked the 20th anniversary of the event and attracted more participants than ever before—more than 17,000!
Posted by Ivey on May 5th, 2010
May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, as well as MCS Awareness Month. That means it’s time to test your knowledge of asthma, allergies, and multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS):
- Did you know that an estimated 60 million people are affected by allergies and asthma? That’s more than Parkinson’s, coronary heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s, cancer, and diabetes combined.
- Did you know that asthma is one of the most common serious chronic childhood diseases and the third-ranking cause of hospitalization among children under 15?