Multiple Fatalities and Worker Injuries After Possible Combustible Dust Explosion
EMSL Analytical, Inc. provides combustible dust testing services to help prevent workplace injuries, deaths and the destruction of property.
Cinnaminson, NJ, June 26, 2017In late May, a tragic explosion at a corn mill in Wisconsin took the lives of three workers and injured many more. The explosion also caused massive damage to the plant, turning large portions of it into rubble.While the exact cause of the explosion is not yet known and is being investigated, a likely culprit is combustible dust. In fact, the plant was cited back in 2011 for failure to take the necessary precautions against dust explosions according to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).......[Read More]
EMSL Dallas Receives California ELAP Accreditation for Asbestos Analysis
EMSL's Dallas laboratory is now accepting asbestos samples from the state of California.
Dallas, TX, June 23, 2017EMSL Analytical, Inc. is pleased to announce that its Dallas, Texas testing laboratory is now accredited for asbestos analysis through the California State Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (CA ELAP). Asbestos is a mineral fiber that that has commonly been used in a variety of building construction materials as a fire-retardant as well as for insulation. When asbestos becomes friable and is inhaled or ingested, it can be carcinogenic. Because of this, asbestos has been removed from use in over 3,000.......[Read More]
Healthcare Facilities Linked to Rise in Legionnaires’ Outbreaks
EMSL Analytical, Inc. has 16 CDC ELITE accredited labs and is available to accept Legionella samples for analysis.
Cinnaminson, NJ, June 22, 2017An increase in Legionella outbreaks in nursing homes and hospitals are becoming an ongoing concern for many. In 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report stated that 553 of the 2,800 cases of Legionnaires’ disease were linked to healthcare facilities. The report disclosed that 66 of those hospital or nursing home cases were fatal.Legionnaires’ disease is a severe form of pneumonia that is caused by Legionella bacteria. Legionnaires’.......[Read More]
Commercial Building Renovations and Asbestos Exposure Concerns
EMSL Analytical, Inc. provides testing services and sampling supplies to identify asbestos hazards to protect people and keep companies in regulatory compliance.
Cinnaminson, NJ, June 22, 2017Last month, CBS 12 in West Palm Beach, Florida published a story about public health concerns of residents who live near a large building renovation project. The project, at a multi-story condominium complex, began to worry neighbors when they noticed a white powdery dust. Complaints to the local health department resulted in an inspector visiting the worksite and a report that the required asbestos inspection did not take place before the project began.Another story from May, reported by the Denver Business.......[Read More]
Identifying Lead Dust Hazards at Indoor Shooting Ranges
EMSL Analytical, Inc. provides testing services to help identify lead exposure risks to safeguard workers and the public at the nation’s gun ranges.
Cinnaminson, NJ, June 21, 2017Last month, National Public Radio (NPR) published an article discussing the hidden dangers present at many of the indoor shooting ranges found across the country. The report discussed the case of a one-year-old boy who was found to have elevated blood levels, but had no exposure risks at home. The boy’s exposure was eventually traced to contact with his father who worked at an indoor shooting range and would come home with lead dust contamination on his work clothes.Nationwide, the National Institute for.......[Read More]
Aquatic Microbiology Testing in Water Associated with Swimming
EMSL offers culture testing of fecal indicator bacteria for recreational water as well as specialized testing.
Cinnaminson, NJ, June 20, 2017During the summer months, people visit pools, lakes and rivers in order to find relief from the warm weather. However, many people are unaware that several environmental outbreaks are caused by swimming due to diseases that are spread via the fecal-oral route and transmitted by swimming in the same contaminated water.In addition, several pathogens that are linked to skin infections can also be spread during swimming. Not only may person-to-person illnesses be present, the aquatic environment itself is home to a.......[Read More]