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Industry Perspectives
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Growing Pains: Dead Legs Lead to Live Legionella
Asbestos Violations the #1 OSHA Fine in Hospitals
Reducing Toxic Chemical Usage Makes Return-on-Investment Sense for Industry
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Industry Perspectives
Asbestos Violations the #1 OSHA Fine in Hospitals
by EH&E Staff

According to statistics published by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), for fines imposed in 2006 and 2007, failure to properly manage asbestos in healthcare facilities generated the highest fines per violation. Asbestos is a highly regulated material, making it a natural target for any regulatory inspection or audit. It was also the “material of choice” for many building components prior to the 1970s, making it a ubiquitous hazardous material in many healthcare institutions.
Tips from the Experts
Growing Pains: Dead Legs Lead to Live Legionella
A Cost-prevention Plumbing Feature Can Create Unintended Difficulties
by David S. Jessup, M.S., P.E., C.E.M., Senior Engineer

Construction of new facilities typically incorporates some design features intended to ease the cost of future expansion of HVAC and plumbing systems. These features, i.e., extra condenser water piping installed and capped off ("dead legs"), so that the additional chiller and/or cooling tower equipment may later be easily incorporated, are now being discovered to inadvertently promote internal growth of another kind. Unfortunately, the water inside these dead-end pipes doesn’t tend to circulate, and the warm, stagnating water creates a particularly encouraging environment for many kinds of bacteria, including Legionella.
Reducing Toxic Chemical Usage Makes Return-on-Investment Sense for Industry
Lessons Learned from the Massachusetts Toxic Use Reduction Institute Conference
by EH&E Staff

Companies doing business in Massachusetts are already familiar with the requirements of 310 CMR 50.00, the Toxic Use Reduction Act (TURA, MGL c.211) of 1989, that requires that facilities examine and quantify their use of a list of regulated toxic compounds, and create a plan that indicates how they might reduce their use of any chemicals on the list. Lessons learned from the experience of these companies have indicated that toxic use reduction and resource conservation efforts are not the bitter pill that many firms have been led to expect. Rather, in many cases there is a significant return on investment (ROI), and there are many opportunities for conservation that don’t require any initial investment.
News, Events, Services

EH&E has moved! We are proud to have moved to a new, expanded location in neighboring Needham! We have been in our new and environmentally friendly office space since December 24, 2007. Our new address is:

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

May 4 through 6, 2008: John McCarthy, Sc.D., C.I.H., President of EH&E, and Max Chang, M.S., Senior Scientist at EH&E will present "Greening of Healthcare Facilities: A Case Study" at the IFMA Research and Development and Healthcare Council: 2008 Joint Conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Based on experience with a new 350,000 square foot critical care facility, they will discuss what specific functional, operational, and financial considerations facility managers need to apply when evaluating options for green healthcare facilities. For more information, visit:

On April 10, 2008 at 1:00 PM ET, EH&E is sponsoring a Free Webinar entitled: Using Practice Interview Sessions to Strengthen Your Survey Preparedness within the Environment of Care. EH&E has found the use of practice interview sessions with hospital staff to be a great preparation technique for The Joint Commission (JC) surveys in the Environment of Care (EC). This standard area spans a wide range of disciplines and departments in the hospital, and any survey involving the JC’s tracer methodology will require participation by many to succeed. For more information, visit: 

On April 4, 2008, John A. Martin, M.P.H., C.H.M.M., Staff Scientist, will be presenting a module entitled Chemical and Physical Properties of Hazardous Materials, for this year’s C.H.M.M. examination preparatory course, “Essentials of Hazardous Materials Management,” at the New England Academy of Certified Hazardous Materials Managers (NEACHMM).

Susanne L. Simon, M.S., Senior Scientist, will be attending the Joint Technical Meeting of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) New England Section (NEAIHA) and the New England Chapter of The Auditing Roundtable on Wednesday, March 26, 2008 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Brain and Cognitive Sciences Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

March 16 through 20, 2008: Mara Seeley, Ph.D., DABT, Principal Scientist, will be attending the 47th Annual Meeting of the Society of Toxicology; the conference will take place at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center in Seattle, Washington. She is currently serving as Vice President of the Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues (ELSI) Specialty Section, and has organized a Roundtable Session, Reconciling Scientific and Ethical Concerns in the Use of Animals for Toxicological Research. More information can be found here:

EH&E co-sponsored The Cardiovascular Center of Tomorrow with William A. Berry & Son, Inc. and the International Facilities Management Association (IFMA) at the Carl J. and Ruth Shapiro Cardiovascular Center of Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) on Tuesday, March 11, 2008 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. EH&E is serving as the sustainability coordinator on the design and construction team for the Shapiro Center, a 350,000 square foot, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Silver registered project, this facility is dedicated to cardiovascular care. John F. McCarthy, Sc.D., C.I.H., President of EH&E attended, along with
William S. Wade, David M. Shore, Kevin M. Coghlan, M.S., C.I.H., M. Ann Walsh, and Erin L. Higgins. For more information, click here:

February 27 through 29, 2008: James H. Stewart, Ph.D., C.I.H., CSP, Principal Scientist, attended the Defense Research Institute (DRI) seminar in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Toxic Torts and Environmental Law, in order to present “Unique and Innovative Uses of Industrial Hygiene Data and Models.” For further information, click here:

February 25, 2008: Casey M. Lucas of EH&E had an article, “Top 10 Common Compliance Pitfalls in Healthcare & Laboratory Environmental Programs,” published in ADVANCE for Medical Laboratory Professionals.

February 2008: EH&E hosted two webinars. One focused on Joint Commission compliance in healthcare institutions. Steven Bloom, M.S., Senior Scientist at EH&E presented “Meeting Continuous Compliance Requirements in the Environment of Care.” The second webinar involved construction management and
Michael Della Barba, Director of Commissioning Services presented “Getting the Building You Paid For.” For information on future EH&E events, visit our website at:

January 2008: Jennifer S. Bosselman, M.S., TURP, attended the Toxic Use Reduction Institute Conference and completed two courses entitled "Resource Conservation Planning Basics – Day One: Applying TUR Methods to Resource Conservation Planning" held in Milford, Massachusetts and "Resource Conservation Asset Specific – Day Two: Technical Options and Asset Specific Planning," held in Marlborough, Massachusetts.
A description of the courses can be found here:


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