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Blog Archives: Environmental Consulting

Is Your Workplace Hazardous? 5 Occupational Contaminants

Posted on Friday, April 21, 2017 by Tara Valley
Did you know that according to the Environmental Protection Agency, on average, we spend 90% of our entire lives indoors (whether inside buildings or in our cars)? [1] Poor indoor air quality in residential or commercial buildings has long been associated with various health effects. Read More...
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3 Surprising Sources of Lead Exposure for Children

Posted on Monday, April 11, 2016 by Tara Valley
Last month we explored the drawbacks and problems associated with DIY lead testing kits, and mentioned that lead was commonly added to paint before the Canadian government officially banned it in 1976. Read More...
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Asbestos Removal: Key factors to keep in mind

Posted on Monday, September 3, 2012 by Tara Valley
The prevalence of asbestos in domestic and non-domestic properties is a cause for concern for many property owners, especially when the property is more than 30 years old. Yet, a lot of building owners are completely oblivious to the presence of asbestos; with it often only being accidentally discovered during a renovation project. Read More...
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Legionella in the News and Other Indoor Air Quality Issues

Posted on Friday, June 22, 2012 by Tara Valley
Legionella – the bacteria behind so-called Legionnaire’s disease – has made worldwide headlines this year with a recent outbreak in Edinburgh, Scotland. More than 60 cases of confirmed and suspected cases of the bacteria-caused respiratory disease have left one patient dead. Read More...
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Toronto Report Names Indoor Air Quality Key Environmental Issue

Posted on Friday, April 6, 2012 by Tara Valley
A new report that comes from a study conducted by University of Toronto and the Ontario Health Coalition names indoor air quality as one of the key environmental issues that affect the health of Torontonians. Read More...
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ESG on TV

Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2012 by Tara Valley
A recent episode of Wylde on Health, a weekly news magazine on health matters on CP24 TV invited Tara Valley, Senior Environmental Consultant and Indoor Air Quality Specialist for the Environmental Services Group on the set as an expert to comment on common health risks in the home. Read More...
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Survey: Building professionals know indoor air quality is important but not how to improve it

Posted on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 by Tara Valley
The Canadian Committee on Indoor Air Quality and Buildings recently commissioned Environics Research Group to conduct a survey among building professionals and get a deeper understanding of just how much or how little they know about indoor air quality. Read More...
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World Health Organization warns of rising indoor air pollution

Posted on Sunday, October 9, 2011 by Tara Valley
Last week, the World Health Organization released a study on worldwide pollution. It primarily discussed the rising levels of outdoor air pollution; given all the discourse on Global Warming over the last decade,  that type of finding isn’t a huge surprise. Read More...
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Professional cleaning companies are the wrong choice for mold removal

Posted on Sunday, October 2, 2011 by Tara Valley
The U.S. Center for Disease Control and the Environmental Protection Agency recently stated that homeowners should commission professional cleaning companies to tackle mold-damaged areas in homes affected by disasters like flooding. Read More...
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“Green” House generates its own power

Posted on Sunday, October 2, 2011 by Tara Valley
What better way to fight indoor air quality problems in the home than to build a home that fights indoor air quality? Avalon Master Builder has finished constructing its Discovery 4 House – the company’s first-ever net-zero home. Read More...
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