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John Fallon PhD is Head of the Microbiology laboratory at airmid healthgroup

CleanEffects™ Air Cleaner by Trane® Certified asthma & allergy friendly®

The CleanEffects™ air cleaner manufactured by Trane®, a leading global provider of indoor comfort solutions and a brand of Ingersoll Rand, has been announced as the first product of its type to be certified by the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) following extensive research and testing at airmid healthgroup. Central forced air systems have the potential to transport biological particulates such as viruses and moulds, as well as allergens such as those derived from house dust...

Flood Advice from Health Friendly Air

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...

Flood Advice from Health Friendly Air

Flooding, whether it is from high rain fall, storm surges or breaching of sea defences may result in damage to both commercial and household buildings. While the initial clean-up understandably receives the most attention, longer term issues must also be considered. Water damage can create a breeding ground for microorganisms such as mould that can pose a significant health risk to building occupants and can lead to continued damage to building materials.     Moulds and Flooding...

Contamination of bed linen – Factors in microbial and allergen accumulation

Federal health officials recently reported that at least two million Americans are infected every year by antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and at least 23,000 die from those infections (1). This harsh reality of hospital infections means that there is no doubting the importance of their control and prevention. Limiting the spread of infection will require novel infection control strategies. A key element of this strategy is to control the dispersal of microbes via contaminated bed linen,...

Issues with Indoor Air Quality. A Health Friendly Air perspective

This blog has been written by John Fallon PhD, senior scientific officer in the microbiology laboratory of airmid healthgroup.  In this blog, we discuss issues relating to the quality of indoor air and the impact indoor air pollution can have on human health with Health Friendly Air, a division of airmid healthgroup. Given that the majority of a person's time is spent indoors, a good standard of indoor air quality is an essential facet in the prevention of...

Issues with Indoor Air Quality. A Health Friendly Air perspective

Fungal and bacterial microorganisms are ubiquitous elements of the flora that an individual is exposed to on a daily basis. At Health Friendly Air (HFA) we have acquired significant experience in addressing the occurrence of these issues in businesses and homes and as a result are well placed to detect them and subsequently advise on measures which need to be addressed. This article considers these in the context of other indoor environmental factors and how seasonal changes in building...

Indoor Mold: A serious threat to occupant health

By John Fallon PhD   The 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.   There are a number of...

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