Category: Special Topics in Environmental Management

Can Your Clothes Make You Sick? GAO Looking at Formaldehyde in Clothing

While there are no federal limits on formaldehyde in clothing, a recent report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) may cause Congress and advocacy groups to put pressure on the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to revisit the feasibility of imposing such limits. Formaldehyde is a heavily regulated substance and one of a handful of […]

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Air Permitting FAQs Roundup

How can I calculate emissions based on an inventory of stationary fuel burning equipment on my campus? Using emissions data provided by the equipment manufacturer or a stack test is the most accurate way to quantify emissions, other than direct measurement. However, in most cases, this information is not available or does not exist. In […]

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Green Buildings for Better IAQ

However, he explains that energy efficiency is not the only reason. “Roughly a third of all energy use is associated with buildings, so you’ve seen green become associated with energy efficiency,” he explains. “But for a large employer, the largest expense is personnel.” As a result, IAQ and occupant health and safety issues have “ratcheted […]

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Should You Be Concerned with Asbestos?

Asbestos fibers are tough, flexible, heat- and fire-resistant, and it provides effective insulation and soundproofing. Typically, it may be found in ceiling and floor tiles, insulation materials, in car brake and clutch linings, and in heat-resistant clothing. When the fibers stay bonded together, asbestos is safe. Make your employees aware of asbestos and its potential […]

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What You Can Do to Prevent and Control IAQ Problems

According to OSHA, “Management needs to be receptive to potential concerns and complaints and train workers on how to identify and report air quality concerns.” If employees have issues, it’s the job of leaders to assess the situation and take corrective action. Building owners and managers should develop and implement an IAQ management plan to […]

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IAQ and Your Workplace

What are the causes of unhealthful air? What are the effects on worker health and productivity? What can you do to reduce the risk? Would cleaner, greener building might also save you money? What Is IAQ? IAQ is the quality of the air inside buildings as represented by concentrations of pollutants and thermal conditions like […]

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GHG Standards for Big Trucks

The Standards MD/HD vehicles are typically grouped into seven classes based on gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR), and ranging from 8,501 to 10,000 pounds (Class 2b) to more than 33,001 pounds (Class 8). However, for the purposes of standard-setting, the agencies divided the industry into three discrete regulatory categories: combination tractors, heavy-duty pickups and vans, […]

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