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Wednesday, December 19, 2007 Issue 19   VOLUME 1 ISSUE 19  
Industry Perspectives
Tips from the Experts
News and Events
Products and Services
A Creative Solution for Managing Institutional Biosafety Committee Research Requests
What You Need to Know about PCBs in Construction Materials
Responding to Indoor Air Quality Issues in Hospitals
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Industry Perspectives
What You Need to Know about PCBs in Construction Materials
by Maximilian P. Chang, M.S.

One hundred million dollars: that’s the estimated average potential environmental clean-up liability for a typical large academic research institution1  – all from a single emerging environmental issue – polychlorinated biphenyls, commonly known as PCBs.

Tips from the Experts
Responding to Indoor Air Quality Issues in Hospitals
An Incident Response Plan Model
by Steven B. Bloom, M.S.

The chapter on Environment of Care in The Joint Commission standards includes Elements of Performance that directly address air quality. EH&E provides management support for the Environmental Health and Safety programs in several large healthcare institutions, and through necessity has developed a detailed Incident Response Plan for dealing with IAQ issues. This plan may be useful as a comparison to your existing program, or might serve as the basis for a new program, should your institution be planning significant construction projects.

News and Events

EH&E is growing! We are proud to announce our move to a new, expanded location in neighboring Needham! We will be in our new and environmentally friendly office space as of December 24, 2007. Our new address will be:

117 Fourth Avenue, Needham, MA 02494
Phone: 800-825-5343

March 16 - 20, 2008 - The Society of Toxicology's 47th Annual Meeting, Seattle, Washington. Mara Seeley, Ph.D., DABT, Principal Scientist/Toxicologist at EH&E has organized the roundtable discussion entitled "Reconciling Scientific and Ethical Concerns in the Use of Animals for Toxicological Research" to be held on Wednesday, March 19, 7:30 - 8:50 A.M.

January 16, 2008 - EH&E is a sponsor of the IFMA Sustaining Sustainability conference to be held at Bentley College. For more information,
click here.

December 12, 2007 - EH&E hosted an audio conference during which Ted Myatt, Sc.D., presented "Viral Vectors in Biomedical Research: The Role of EH&S Staff."

November 8, 2007 - Howard S. Brightman, Sc.D., P.E., C.I.H.Senior Scientist at EH&E, delivered the keynote speech at the Healthy Indoor Environment conference of the Annual Meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology (ACAAI) in Dallas, TX, entitled: "What are the Characteristics of a Healthy Building? Health, Comfort, and Productivity in US Office Buildings."

October 15, 2007 - Howard S. Brightman, Sc.D., P.E., C.I.H., Senior Scientist at EH&E, was invited to present "Health, Comfort and Productivity in United States Office Buildings" at a meeting of the Boston Society of Architects in Boston, MA.

October 14, 2007 - Taeko Minegishi, M.S., Staff Scientist at EH&E, presented “The Sources of PAH and NPAH Compounds to the Buffalo, NY Atmosphere” at the  International Society of Exposure Analysis (ISEA) conference in Durham, NC.

October 9, 2007Ted Myatt, Sc.D., Senior Scientist at EH&E, presented "Application of GIS to Estimate Public Health Benefits of Whole House In-Duct Air Cleaning" at the ESRI 2007 HEALTH GIS Conference in Scottsdale, AZ.

Mara Seeley, Ph.D., DABT, Principal Scientist/Toxicologist at EH&E has co-authored a commentary on the article entitled "Hormesis and Toxic Torts" which appeared in Belle Newsletter (Vol. 14 No. 2). To read the article
click here.

For additional information on any upcoming event, please send an email request to Kirsten Buchanan
New Products and Services
A Creative Solution for Managing Institutional Biosafety Committee Research Requests
by Robert W. Foster, M.S.

The Institutional Biosafety Committee is rapidly increasing in importance at many research institutions due both to an increase in research projects and in compliance requirements. The IBC process of reviewing research requests is important since a proper review is essential for safety and for program integrity, and because it plays a critical compliance role in supporting the research mission of the institution. EH&E has developed a creative solution for streamlining the IBC review process.

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