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Industry Perspectives
The importance of maintaining proper building pressurization for air quality, occupant comfort, and for saving energy
An interview with Jerry F. Ludwig, Ph.D., P.E.
by Linda Goodspeed

Jerry Ludwig, Ph.D., P.E. Problems caused by negative building pressurization range from issues of comfort (cold drafts and noxious odors that rush in through cracks and door openings) to serious safety concerns. However, these problems can be avoided entirely through regular building audits that measure the building’s exhaust, intake and flow capacity.

Tips from the Experts
Does Your Biosafety Program Stack Up? 10 Questions to Test Your Compliance Status
by Brenda E. Barry, Ph.D.

Brenda E. Barry, Ph.D. Remaining in compliance with current biosafey guidelines and regulations can be demanding as research and development efforts continue to expand into new areas. As a proactive approach, biotechnology companies acknowledge the value of investing in a laboratory review to ensure compliance with the existing guidelines and standards.

A Model for Assessing Health Risks Associated with Exposures to Legionella Bacteria
by Brenda E. Barry, Jerry F. Ludwig, John F. McCarthy

The following article represents excerpts from an article of the same title originally published in Bioaerosols, Fungi and Mycotoxins: Health Effects, Assessment, Prevention and Control, Johanning E, ed. Albany, NY. While the article primarily deals with the model itself, the initial results present some interesting insights concerning relative exposure risk to occupants and maintenance personnel.

News and Events

Hospital Preparedness Standard Approved by ASTM International Committee on Homeland Security - ASTM International Committee E54 on Homeland Security has approved its first standard, E 2413, Guide for Hospital Preparedness and Response.  To view the complete standard, go to

Boston Water and Sewer Commission Regulation - The BWSC now requires a testing point down stream of all grease traps to verify compliance with sewer use regulations.  This regulation will apply to all restaurants and cafeterias, and takes effect Feb. 28th, 2005.  For more information, contact the BWSC at 617-989-7286.

March 22 - EH&E will present a healthcare workshop entitled "Surviving a JCAHO Tracer Survey, a Practical Workshop for Environment of Care Professionals" - This 2.5-hour workshop will help you prepare your institution for the new JCAHO Tracer survey process within the EOC area by walking you through several "table-top" excercises.  For more information, contact Kirsten Buchanan at 617-964-8550, or visit


For additional information on any upcoming event, please send an email request to Kirsten Buchanan
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