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Legalization of marijuana puffs up air quality concerns

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In many parts of North America, it is now legal to buy medical marijuana from licensed producers -- and even to grow your own in limited quantities. Marijuana is often used to treat ailments such as anxiety, nausea, fibromyalgia, epilepsy, eating disorders, HIV, arthritis, chronic pain, and depression.As of early 2017, it is legal to grow marijuana in California, Colorado, Washington, Oregon, New Mexico, Nevada, Alaska, Arizona, Massachusetts, Michigan, Maine, the District of Columbia (D.C.) and Hawaii. In Canada, laws may also change: According to CBC News, the Canadian government is expected to announce the legalization of recreational marijuana by...

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10 tips to improve air quality at the office

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Even though office workers are protected under the occupational health and safety guidelines that apply to all employed individuals, office air quality is proving tough to regulate.Many of the occupational exposure limits for dust or chemicals are supposed to protect workers from illness or health effects in industrial settings where they may be exposed to high levels of pollutants.These exposure limit guidelines are not suited to office settings, where exposure levels may be lower yet more long-term, and involving a variety of pollutants.. Common sense says long-term exposure to a variety of harmful air pollutants should be just as --...

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Air pollution in the office: an occupational health and safety threat

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Over the past few decades, there have been many improvements in offices when it comes to indoor air quality. Believe it or not, there was a time when tobacco smoke clouds gathered over desks and cubicles in the not-too-distant past. Thankfully, smoking in buildings has been banned and many office managers now have policies in place that cover cleaning schedules and personal care products, among other things. New construction buildings are often well insulated and maintained.Still, energy-efficient construction doesn’t necessarily equal clean air, as millions of workers in North America have found out. Many office workers feel unwell or sick in...

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15 Ironclad Reasons to Get an Industrial Air Cleaner

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1 - Good IAQ at the workplace is essential and you know it Health and safety regulations have become an important part of business, and it is up to the employer to make sure workers are protected. Airborne pollutants can be found in every indoor environment and can only be mitigated with source control, ventilation and a good air cleaner. A multi-stage air purifier with granular activated carbon and HEPA removes the widest range of contaminants, even those specific to different industries. 2 - You work with chemicals or substances that release VOCs Regular exposure to chemicals can be dangerous...

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Auto body shops and garages put workers at risk

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   Unless you live in the urban jungle, cars have become a necessity in North America - back in 2014, there were more than 260 million registered passenger vehicles in the United States.    When these vehicles need repairs, car owners often go to independently owned auto body shops or garages.    These businesses can employ from one to up to 100 workers, and the nature of these small businesses means the level of risk may vary a lot from one shop to the next.Chemical exposures a real risk   The nature of car repairs dictates that mechanics and auto body...

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