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How can I find out about the air quality in my workplace?

How can I find out about the air quality in my workplace?

Test kits: There are many different kits that one can buy to test indoor air quality. I trained at a great respiratory center in denver, co, and they have a kit that works well. Here's a link to the site where you or your workplace can purchase a kit: http://www.Nationaljewish.Org/familyaircare/ the kit is mailed back to the medical center in denver, and the results are sent back to you. It's a great kit! ...Read more

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What are the basic best practices for disease prevention in the workplace? I'm starting a small catering company which will have about 35 employees. As a part of health management, i would like to know if there are guidelines i can put in place to minimiz

What are the basic best practices for disease prevention in the workplace? I'm starting a small catering company which will have about 35 employees. As a part of health management, i would like to know if there are guidelines i can put in place to minimiz

As : As you are starting a business, you will have to abide by all sanitary and safety regulations imposed by the government/regulatory bodies. Here are some basic safety rules surrounding sanitation/quality: 1. Practice good hand hygiene. Employees should wash their hands before eating/drinking, after eating/drinking, upon entrace into the kitchen and prior to touching clean utensils, before touching food, upon exit of the kitchen. Establish 'moments' for handwashing consistently. For instance:"always wash hands before entering the kitchen." hand washing is the single most effective way of preventing infection. 2. Do not eat or drink in the kitchen/cooking area. This is a place of work. Raw foods are present and can contaminate the hands. Touching food and ingesting bacteria from raw food can cause food borne illness. Do not allow eating and drinking in the cooking area. 3. Label all containers with content and expiration dates. It is always best to label a container with the "throw away" date. 4. Empy trash cans everyday, unless they are empty. 5. Based on the space, establish a maximum amount of people that can work in the space at a time. Overcrowding can promote contamination or poor hand hygiene. 6. Create duty lists and logs which help you monitor refrigerator tempurature, environmental cleaning/disinfectant accountability, daily check of operating equipment and stocking of supplies. 7. Ensure a fire extinguisher is handy and that employees know how to use it. Also, ensure the employees have an exit route in case of a fire. Hope this is helpful. These are some of the quality guidelines used in the hospital setting. ...Read more

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I'm curious as to what can you tell me about air embolisms?

I'm curious as to what can you tell me about air embolisms?

Air in blood vessels: Air embolism occurs when air is introduced into the blood stream. It can fill the right atrium and decrease the cardiac output of the heart. It can also block off small blood vessels. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about ozone generators that are sold as air cleaners?

Can you tell me about ozone generators that are sold as air cleaners?

Ozone air purifiers: Ozone air purifiers that exclusively use ozone do not remove allergens from the air. According to the epa, ozone air purifiers should not generate in excess of 50 parts per billion of ozone, but many companies circumvent this by simply not calling their machines medical devices. The epa states that ozone is dangerous due to the potential for lung damage. ...Read more

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I accidentally injected a little air into my body while giving myself a shot. Should I worry about it?

I accidentally injected a little air into my body while giving myself a shot. Should I worry about it?

No: Small amounts of injected air are easily absorbed. If there was going to be a problem it would happen within a few seconds or minutes. Relax. If you are having symptoms, then check with your doc, but the chances are good you did no harm. ...Read more

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3y/o cough at night in bed. no other issues. we have horrible air quality. keeping indoors. is it related or need checked?

3y/o cough at night in bed. no other issues. we have horrible air quality. keeping indoors. is it related or need checked?

Need to know.: We need to know how long this cough has been going on for, how bad it is, wheezing? If it is just a simple cough and only for a few days it is usually associated with a virus and should be resolved in a few days. Honey at this age is ok to use to control symptoms. However, if severe and difficulty breathing and /or wheezing associated you should take your child to the ED for immediate evaluation. ...Read more

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I avg 30 apneas/hr and woke one morning unable to take in any air. After about one min air gushed in. Can one last that long?

I avg 30 apneas/hr and woke one morning unable to take in any air. After about one min air gushed in. Can one last that long?

Yes Apnea can: Sounds like you have severe sleep apnea. You should be treated with CPAP for this problem. See your physician. Since you know how many apneas you have /hour on average you must have had a sleep study. If you have a CPAP use it. ...Read more

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New carpet just put in. Off-gassing a lot. Concerned abt air quality & health effects. Short of removing it, what can I do to mitigate off-gassing?

Off gassing: Off gassing is usually nothing more than an unpleasant odor from new carpet and not harmful, but to spead it up you can turn the heat up to 90 F and after a few hours ventilate the room well or shampoo the carpet with really hot water. It should pass on its own in 2-3 days. ...Read more