Bedbugs - A problem of the past, a bigger problem for the future, who can help?

airmid healthgroup ltd report by Geraldine Hughes

Bedbug jarThe impact of the rapidly increasing global prevalence of bedbugs cannot be underestimated. Once close to eradication in the late 1940’s, bedbugs have made a staggering resurgence particularly in the United States over the past 10 years but also in western European countries including Ireland and the UK where infestation report rates are increasing and distribution areas are expanding. Although the basis and point source for this resurgence is unclear, large bedbug infestations have been attributed to increased worldwide travel, altered insecticide management, and increased resistance to widely used broad spectrum insecticides. High resistance has been reported to many of the more limited insecticides still available to combat them.

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Indoor Mold: A serious threat to occupant health

By John Fallon PhD
 
aspergillus versicolorThe ubiquitous presence of aerosolised fungi is a substantial threat to maintaining a quality of indoor air for all occupants. Moreover, the growing prevalence of sick building syndrome (SBS) in damp or water damaged homes and workplaces and the potential ill health caused by exposure of individuals to pathogenic fungi means that the there is a need to detect the presence of fungal contamination at the earliest possible opportunity.

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Hay Fever - Not to be Sneezed at...

By Tim Yeomans PhD
 
Rapeseed field Brassica napus in GermanyHay fever is an allergy to pollen or spores and it causes the inside of your nose to become inflamed. It may also affect the sinuses, throat and eyes. For those with hay fever, the condition can range from mildly irritating to debilitating in its effects. Hay fever normally occurs in spring and summer when there is more pollen in the air. However allergy season has been increasing of late and this further exacerbates the problems that hay fever sufferers face.

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Toy Safety Study – non-compliance with EN-71

By Tim Yeomans PhD
 
ToysThe Pro-Safe Report released in 2010 makes for very interesting reading. It was a joint market surveillance action on toys, co-ordinated by the Product Safety Enforcement Forum of Europe. The aim of the action was to investigate the safety of toys on the market that have been tested and certified as being EN-71 compliant (Part 1 and 3). Conformance to EN-71 was judged on the basis of testing of small parts and magnets, as well as of trace heavy metals.

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Dimethyl Fumurate in furniture and footwear

By Tim Yeomans PhD
 
sofaSince 2009 a temporary dimethyl fumarate (DMF) import ban for all member states of the EU has been in place following reports that DMF in leather sofas was associated with severe skin reactions. DMF is an anti-fungal/biocidal agent and is known to cause physical reactions like dermatitis or allergies. It was banned from the European market in consumer products as of 1st May 2009. Products already on the market containing more than 0.1 mg/kg had to be removed from shelves.

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Third Party Certification as a sentry to regulate effective, “green” and health friendly cleaning products

This article is the second of a series of two extracted from the publication "Cleaning Agents: The Divide - Human Friendly vs Environmentally Friendly" by T.C. Yeomans, N. McKeon, J. McKeon and E.B. Mitchell, which appeared in the cleaning technology journal Tenside Surfactants Detergents (issue 02/2010, pages 81 - 86). Read part one here.
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Is it greenThe last decade or so has seen an exponential increase in the amount of products that are sold or marketed as being environmentally friendly. However, for many consumers the main impetus in the purchase of "green" cleaning products is the health of the individual rather than concern for the environment.

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The Choice Between Traditional and "Green" Cleaning Products - Environmental or Health Concerns?

This article is the first of a series of two extracted from the publication "Cleaning Agents: The Divide - Human Friendly vs Environmentally Friendly" by T.C. Yeomans, N. McKeon, J. McKeon and E.B. Mitchell, which appeared in the cleaning technology journal Tenside Surfactants Detergents (issue 02/2010, pages 81 - 86). Read part two here.

cleaning productsConcurrent with the rapid development of cleaning products during the 20th Century was the increased reporting of skin complaints related to these cleaners. Although cleaning products were acknowledged to be useful and necessary, by the 1970s a shift in the sought after qualities of household detergents led to mild products becoming the ideal.

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Particle Size Distribution in Domestic House Dust Samples - A Comparison of the Characteristics of ISO Fine Dust versus Real House Dust

Indoor Air 2011 Meeting

airmid healthgroup ltd's Technical Manager, Dr Angela Southey, recently presented her research at the prestigious 12th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate in Austin, Texas. Dr Southey presented her data with the subject of A Comparison of the Characteristics of ISO Fine Test Dust Versus Real House Dust.

To view the poster that was presented click here (pdf), and to view the paper that was published click here (pdf).

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Sustainable Buildings and Indoor Air Quality Abstract

June 2011
Caitriona O'Donovan RGN H.Dip Occ.Health&Hygiene, Tim Yeomans PhD and Bruce Mitchell MD
airmid healthgroup ltd, Trinity Technology and Enterprise Centre, Dublin, Ireland

The link between adequate ventilation and building occupant health has long been recognized, our forebearers 'aired' their buildings. A generation or more ago, central heating and double glazing altered the natural habitat in our homes and played a part in today's asthma pandemic. In this energy conscious world, 'sustainable' and 'green' concepts are leading us to tightly seal our homes and workplaces, we are creating even more inhospitable indoor environments.

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