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Water Sampling for the Presence of Legionella at a Research and Development Facility

Facility management requires diligence to ensure the safety of the building’s occupants. This diligence should include a water management program for potable and non-potable water sources to prevent the growth of Legionella pneumophila. When this bacteria is present in drinking water or water tanks, it puts building occupants at risk of developing Pontiac fever and Legionairre’s disease--the latter of which is a severe and often fatal form of pneumonia that infects 10,000 to 18,000 Americans each year. For this very good ... Read more

Workplace Testing for SARS-CoV-2: Podcast Interview with Vital Command

Good news for businesses everywhere: it is now possible to test for the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 pathogen--the virus that causes the disease COVID-19. G2’s Matt Harper, a Certified Industrial Hygienist, was interviewed by Vital Command’s AWSAM podcast about the advantages and limitations of this testing, as well as what businesses and owners of facilities can do to help keep their employees safe. You can check out the full interview on Vital Command’s YouTube channel. If you’re interested in testing your ... Read more

COVID-19 Support: The Advantages of Workplace Testing for SARS-CoV-2

As part of our COVID-19 response services, G2 offers workplace surface sampling and testing for the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. We’re starting to see tentative signs that businesses and facilities may be re-opening soon. Obviously, there are a great number of unknowns as to when, if and how that will happen. But one thing is clear: bringing the workforce back into an office or facility must be approached with great care. SARS-CoV-2--the virus that causes COVID-19--will continue to be a ... Read more

G2 Now Providing a Range of COVID-19 Response Services

We are certainly in the midst of unprecedented times, both nationally and globally. To keep employees as safe as possible during the course of this pandemic, numerous organizations have closed facilities and offices for the foreseeable future. However, there will soon be a point at which operations will resume, and everyone will return to the “new normal.” Now is the time for businesses to act and do the important work of preparing their workforce for a safe and efficient return. G2 ... Read more

G2 Investigates Silica Inhalation Exposure Risk at Manufacturing Company

Earlier this year, a manufacturing company in Oregon contacted G2 to perform a respirable crystalline silica personal exposure monitoring on their employees. The company manufactures a powder product that contains silica, and day-to-day, employees are at risk of inhaling silica when bagging the product. Project Background Silica inhalation can cause very serious health issues. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) identified silica exposure as a serious threat to nearly two million U.S. workers, including more than 100,000 workers in high risk ... Read more

G2 Tests Formaldehyde Levels in Anatomy Class Offered at Local University

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) have characterized formaldehyde as a human carcinogen. Once exposed to formaldehyde, people often report irritation to the eyes, nose and throat. The highest potential for occupational exposures to formaldehyde are in the wood product and resin industries. However, individuals in the medical, dental and university fields may also be at risk to formaldehyde exposures. When an anatomy class at a local university left students ... Read more

Improving The Work Environment: Visible Light Assessment

Situation No company should ignore the work environment that they provide to their employees. Recently, a longstanding client of G2’s requested a visible light assessment in two of their office call centers. Prior to this assessment, the client had replaced the standard fluorescent lights with LED overhead lights. Afterwards, complaints of headaches and discomfort associated with the new lighting was made from some of the employees in these areas. The purpose of this evaluation was to assess illumination levels in these two ... Read more
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