This technical guidance examines the top 10 causes of industrial plant and equipment failure. It looks at issues such as corrosion, external loading, physical impact, pressure, temperature, vibration, the effects of poor maintenance and defective equipment, human error and other issues and how they impact the safety and performance of plant and equipment used in industrial and process environments. Read more
Reducing air pollution by improving environmental air quality in any big city can be a real challenge… but if done correctly it can also deliver significant health and environmental benefits. Here we take a look at the impact of environmental projects supported by the mayors air quality fund have had on air pollution in London, environmental air quality, environmental pollution and emissions, and the benefits to Londoners. We look at initiatives that have worked to raise awareness of air pollution issues, limit emissions and other measures taken to improve environmental and air quality in the UK’s capital.
In today’s modern world you wouldn’t be surprised to learn that on average most of us typically spend around 90% of our time indoors, either in the workplace, at home, or at school, college or university. Spending so much of our time indoors can potentially have an impact on our health and well-being so it’s important to ensure that the overall indoor air quality – the air we and others breathe is not polluted with unwanted contaminants that may cause harm.
This short article is about air conditioning, often abbreviated to AC. Air conditioning is commonly found in modern buildings and describes the process of removing heat from an internal space, helping to cool the air, and control humidity.
Antibiotics have been one of the major breakthroughs in modern medicine. We have Sir Alexander Fleming to thank for discovering them in the first place. However we could be on the verge of saying goodbye to them for good as antimicrobial resistance increases.
It is easy to underestimate the power antibiotics have to get rid of infections of all kinds.
Legionella bacteria is a gram-negative bacteria that is shaped like a rod and can cause heath conditions that are collectively referred to as legionellosis, including the serious flu-like condition Legionnaires’ disease.
Legionella bacteria can be found in many natural aquatic environments, usually at low concentrations, although there are recorded cases of it also being discovered in soil and potting composts.
Few people have ever heard of Pontiac fever, and yet most are aware of Legionnaires’ disease. It is intriguing therefore to discover that both illnesses are triggered by the same legionella bacteria.
Pontiac fever was first discovered in 1968 when a number health workers from Pontiac USA contracted a fever together with mild flu like symptoms but not pneumonia.
Sick Building Syndrome or SBS is linked very closely to the quality of internal environments and in particular indoor air quality. Poor air quality has the potential to make or break the health of the individuals inside any particular building.
Most people now spend the majority of their time indoors, going from home to the office or into school or college and then back home again. Therefore it becomes very important to ensure indoor air quality at each of these locations is as good as it can possibly be.