Several members of the airmid healthgroup team attended the AHR Expo in Chicago, the premier event for the HVACR (Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning and Refrigeration) Industry. With 2,100 exhibiting companies and an estimated 42,000 visitors, the event provided a key platform to showcase new products and meet customers from around the world.
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The Asthma Society of Canada held the inaugural “For Life and Breath” summit in Toronto on the 30th April and 1st May. The event focused on the impact the environment is having on asthma and respiratory allergies in Canada and brought together leaders from government, industry, academia and the not for profit sector to discuss the issue.
Heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems are often described as the "lungs" of a building1. They can range in size from small stand-alone units serving a single room to large centrally controlled systems that serve multiple rooms in a building. HVAC systems in modern public and commercial buildings can provide heating, cooling, filtered outdoor air and humidity control to maintain comfort conditions in the building2. However, not all HVAC systems are designed to accomplish all of these functions. Some buildings rely only on natural ventilation while others lack mechanical cooling equipment (air conditioning, AC), and many function with little or no humidity control. Thermal comfort is commonly maintained with heated or cooled air that is mechanically distributed throughout the building.
Damp materials or high humidity environments contribute to preferential conditions for mould growth. Moulds are capable of colonising and persisting on a vast array of surfaces due to their role in nature in the decomposition and nutrient recycling process in the environment. After flooding or water damage has occurred, insufficient remediation of the affected buildings can lead to favourable conditions for mould/fungal growth, both visible and hidden. Floor coverings such as vinyl, laminate and carpets as well as underlying insulation should be replaced where necessary. Where not replaced or left untreated, flooring can act as a favourable substrate for microbial growth. Additionally, any underflooring materials such as chipboard or joists should be replaced without hesitation if damaged, while any modifications such as cracks, heaves or discolouration may be indicative of damage that needs to remediated.
airmid healthgroup ltd has been shortlisted for the Testing Laboratory of the Year Award 2013. The Irish Laboratory Awards promote and celebrate the success and achievements of Ireland's leading companies in the world of science.
The Health Friendly Air division of airmid healthgroup are delighted to have been invited to host a seminar entitled “Indoor Air Exposure in the Workplace and Legal Compliance” on Thursday 19th September at our facilities in the Trinity Enterprise Campus in Dublin. The event is being organised by the Ireland branch of IOSH (Institution of Occupational Safety & Health), the largest health and safety membership organisation in the world.
This method involves petri dishes, a heating plate/mat and a plastic membrane - Parafilm ‘M’. A small amount of blood is placed into the lid of a petri dish, which is then covered with stretched parafilm ‘M’ plastic. The bottom of the petri dish is used to push down the parafilm so that it is in contact with the blood. A hotplate is used to keep the temperature of the blood at 37°C and the insect containers are placed upside down on the parafilm so that the bed bugs can feed through the mesh lid. The petri dish method shares some disadvantages with the water bath method, such as expensive heating equipment and the leaking of blood. While leakage may occur, one of the advantages of the petri dish method is that there is a reduced risk of this leaking blood causing damage e.g. bed bug drowning. Other advantages include its quick setup and the use of disposable petri dishes (Chin-Heady et al. 2013).
Last week, we discussed the most effective bed bug feeding method—the live host method using human and animal blood—as well as its shortcomings. In this week's installment of our three-part series on bed bug research, we will cover the first of the two main artificial feeding methods in use today: the water bath method.