Novel Mosquito Control

In his article “Get Wind of this: Mosquitoes can’t fly near a blowing fan”, William J. Broad, of the New York Times reveals a novel method of mosquito control. A method approved by the American Mosquito Control Association, based in Mount Laurel, NJ. Since female mosquitoes in search of a blood meal can only fly at on to on and a half miles per hour, a oscillating household fan blowing across your next dinner party on the deck is all that’s necessary to blow them away. Also, it should be known that mosquitoes are repelled by the smoke from citronella candles not the pleasant lemon smell. And while using a fan blowing over sleeping children to protect them from mosquito bites in a screened in bedroom is a good idea. The use of insect repellent is necessary to protect the kids and  outdoor workers from West Nile bearing mosquitoes when outside is still necessary.

Even so communities must still bait standing bodies of waters and spray as necessary to control West Nile disease bearing mosquitoes in their area.

The full article was published in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, on July 23, 2013; see http://www.cleveland.com/.

Understanding Risk

Note: This information was originally published in 2003. Risk is constantly changing. But then if risk didn’t change it wouldn’t be risk.

You have:

1 in 100 Chance of death in an Auto Accident.

1 in 300      Chance of being a victim of Murder.

1 in 800      Chance of death in an Fire.

1 in 2,500    Chance of death in an Accidental Shooting.

1 in 5,000    Chance of death by Electrocution.

1 in 10,000   Chance of dying due to an Asteroid or Comet Impact.

1 in 30,000   Chance of dying in a Jetliner Crash.

1 in 30,000   Chance of drowning in a Flood.

1 in 60,000   Chance of being killed by a Tornado.

1 in 100,000  Chance of death by Snakebite or Insect Sting.

1in 1 Million Being the victim of a Fireworks Accident.

1 in 3 Million Dying of Botulism Poisoning.

* Please note that the risk of dying in an asteroid or comet impact is high due to the high numbers of people who would be killed in a single event, from 50 to 100 million in the United States alone. Remember when the stakes are high the risk goes up. Also, children under age four have a higher chance of dying due to botulism poisoning (never give a baby honey). This means the vulnerability of stake holders must be taken in account when determining risk.

Average accidental death probabilities for U.S. residents, based upon a 1994 paper by C.R. Chapman & D. Morrison, Impacts on the Earth by asteroids & comets: assessing the hazards, Nature, 367, 33-40, and updated by Duncan Steel in his book Target Earth : the search for rogue asteroids and doomsday comets that threaten our planet, Pleasantville, N.Y. : Reader’s Digest Association, 2000.

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ISO 14000 Environmental Standards

Note: This information was originally posted in the year 2000. Since then many occupational health and environmental compliance concerns have been integrated into ISO9001 Quality Systems.

ANILINE ENVIRONMENTAL is developing practical methodologies to integrate the
International Standards Organization (ISO) environmental management and product
standards into the environmental and safety programs of our small business
clients. To do this we are using both ISO and American Industrial Hygiene
Association (AIHA) documentation.

The goal of the ISO 14000 series standards is to:

  • Define the systems and managerial tools for environmental compliance.
  • Enhance the ability to achieve and measure environmental improvements.
  • Facilitate trade through process evaluation and product labeling.

The AIHA has provided guidance to integrate occupational health and safety
into the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System (EMS) model and a concise
manual for practice for industrial hygiene auditing. This is critical since
workers are the members of the community which are most closest to the
environmental hazards.

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aniline, The Chemical

This post was originally created in the year 2000, when search engines brought a few high school students to the ANILINE ENVIRONMENTAL web site, looking for help with their term papers…..

WATCH THIS SPACE . . . SCHOOL IS UPON US !

Aniline, The Chemical with 1000 & 1 Uses

This report is written for the dozens of professionals and students who have e-mailed me over the past few years asking questions about the toxicology, uses, and environmental control of the chemical aniline.

The 2000 ACGIH TLV & Current OSHA PEL

The current American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienist TLVs(tm) (threshold limit value) for aniline [CAS # 62-53-3] are:

2 ppm Skin toxin. Note: A3 a known carcinogen in animals which may be relevant to humans.

The BEI (Biological Exposure Indices) is 50 mg/g creatinine, 1.5% of hemoglobin, measured as total p-aminophenol in urine and methhemoglobin in blood. These determinants are nonspecific. Blood measurements are subject to background readings and are semi-quantitative, that is only useful as a screening test.

The OSHA PEL (Permissible Exposure Limit) is:

5 ppm [19 mg/m(3)] Skin toxin, according to  Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations Subpart Z 1910.1000 TABLE Z-1.

Next “Effects of Exposure”…..

Steven R. Pressman

 

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