In real estate business, discovery of environmental liabilities can be financially devastating. Decreased
property values, inability to lease or sell, tort claims by injured persons, response costs (including cleanup, mitigation, and containment), and legal fees can bankrupt an otherwise fiscally sound building owner. Further, the abandonment of these diseased buildings by those unable to afford remediation and proper disinfection leaves a lender with problem properties through bankruptcy or foreclosure. Indoor air contamination is widely recognized as a serious threat to public health. As information becomes publicly available, parties involved in real estate transactions must become cognizant of the ramifications of various environmental statutes which can be extended to address the issue of indoor air pollution.
Good indoor air quality in schools and universities is important to provide a safe, healthy, productive, and comfortable environment for students, teachers and other school staff. Harmful bacteria, viruses and various pathogens can impact student’s health, in particular respiratory health, attendance and academic performance. These harmful pathogens travel faster, farther, and are becoming increasingly resistant to traditional disinfection cleaning methods, therefore it’s becoming less effective in protecting us from harmful contamination and infectious diseases. Schools and universities have a legal responsibility to help manage infectious diseases in their facilities. Schools also have an important role to play in supporting the prevention and control of transmission of infectious diseases. Our Recent advances in antimicrobial disinfectant and infection prevention techniques give administrators a great opportunity to keep students and staff safer and healthier by cutting down the spreading of harmful bacteria and/or viruses at their schools.
Although regular exercise is associated with numerous health benefits, individuals who exercise at public gyms can be exposed to dangerous bacteria. Public fitness centers and exercise facilities have been implicated as possible sources for transmitting community-acquired bacterial infections. Pathogenic microorganisms can survive on inanimate surfaces for prolonged periods of time. These pathogens can readily be transferred from surfaces to the human body through the touch of hands or other body parts. Carpets, yoga mats, clothes, equipment handles, etc. may serve as excellent living places for bacteria. Compared to other indoor environments, fitness centers offer a unique setting to explore microbial diversity. This can be attributed to the physical activities with high frequency of surface touch by individuals with different personal hygienic practices. Such factors are likely to have strong influences on the types of bacteria observed on fitness center surfaces.
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