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Wednesday, August 24, 2005 Issue 9   VOLUME 1 ISSUE 9  
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Industry Perspectives
Keeping an Eye Out for Contact Lens Safety
by Nanette Moss, C.I.H. and David Shore

For almost three decades, the use of contact lenses in laboratories and in chemical environments was prohibited, or at least discouraged, by many companies. As of June 2005, NIOSH now recommends that contact lens wear be permitted in chemical environments provided that the following safety guidelines are followed.

Tips from the Experts
Hurricane Preparedness and Response Can Minimize Water and Mold Damage
by Glen Hadwen, M.S., C.I.H., Southeastern Region Office, Miami, FL

As many learned (again) in 2004, the effects of hurricanes can be devastating. The strong winds and heavy rains of a hurricane can cause significant structural damage, water damage, and mold growth in a building. As a building owner or property manager, sound preparation can minimize damage should a hurricane strike your building.

From the Files
How Sweet It Is Sugar Makes Way to Biotech
by Kumkum M. Dilwali, Senior Scientist

The New England Confectionery Company (NECCO) building in Cambridge, Massachusetts had been a candy-manufacturing facility for 75 years, and EH&E provided assistance to the building owner who was converting it to a state-of-the-art biotech laboratory research facility for use by Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research.

Service Spotlight
New Concept in Compliance Management
by EH&E Staff

EH&E has recently introduced a new concept in compliance management eH&E web-based compliance support. If you're a small to mid-size hospital or biotech firm, this self-management tool can improve your program quality, and save you money.


News and Events

September 21 - EH&E is sponsoring "Disaster Day with IFMA Boston" - Bob Mellinger, Attainium Corp, and Victoria Hardy, CFM, CFMJ are the presenters for this mini-seminar that covers emergency preparedness, crisis communication, and emergency preparedness procedures.  For more information and to register, visit the IFMA Boston web site at

September 28 - EH&E will present a biotech workshop entitled "How to Perform a Compliance Audit - A Focus on Biosafety" - This 2.5-hour workshop will help you to perform an Environmental, Health & Safety self-audit by taking you through a simulated survey.  This workshop will specifically target biosafety issues commonly overlooked.  For more information, contact Kirsten Buchanan at 617-964-8550, or visit

September 29 - EH&E President John F. McCarthy, Sc.D., C.I.H. will participate in a seminar entitled "Mold Litigation is Exploding!"at Holland & Knight, LLP in Miami, Florida. Dr. McCarthy will present Investigating and Controlling Mold and Moisture to clients from the legal, insurance, architecture, and building industries.  For more information call 305-374-8500 or email

October 25 - EH&E will present a healthcare workshop entitled "New Directions in JCAHO Surveys -- The Tracer Method and Periodic Performance Review (PPR):  A Practical Workshop for Environment of Care Professionals"  - This 2.5-hour workshop will help you prepare your institution for the new JCAHO PPR 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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