On The Road Again

The Sper Team hits the road for the first time in 2015.  We are off to Austin Texas!  At first we thought that we would get to go SXSW, but no we were a week late.  We are heading to the National Safety Council Texas Conference and Expo, March 30-31 at the Austin Convention Center (Booth 321).  We may just have to check out the sushi at Uchi or the BBQ at Stubb’s while showing the great people of Texas our outstanding line of Environmental Meters.

At the Texas Safety Show, Sper Scientific will be demonstrating its line of Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) meters and monitors, Environmental meters, and Light & Sound meters.  This is first time that Sper Scientific has exhibited at this event.  Sper Scientific’s focus at this event is to help environmental and safety professionals optimize their processes and to demonstrate its lineup of new and innovative environmental measurement instruments.

Since 1982, Sper Scientific has been a leading supplier of environmental measurement instruments used by science and industry to maintain EPA compliance, meet OSHA regulations, and measure a wide range of environmental parameters. Sper Scientific also offers NIST traceable instrument certification at its headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Is The Relative Humidity (RH) In Your Office Making You Sick?

During the cold winter months buildings are closed up tighter with less outside air being introduced into the buildings, resulting in an increase in various indoor air pollutants. While such a scenario may have some validity in homes and buildings that do not have mechanical ventilation, the same cannot be said for all buildings.

An Indoor Air Quality expert in the New York area collected and analyzed the air quality data from over 125 different “Class A” commercial buildings located in the Metropolitan New York region over a five year span. For most of these buildings, air quality testing was performed two to four times a year for many common parameters including carbon monoxide (CO), carbon dioxide (CO2), total volatile organic compounds (TVOC’s), temperature and relative humidity (RH). In analyzing the extensive amount of data gathered, more than 18,000 readings for some of the parameters, various averages and trends were computed.

When the data collected in the spring and summer months was compared to that which was collected in the fall and winter months, a number of somewhat surprising discoveries were made. As can be seen in the table below, there was virtually no difference between the average spring/summer and fall/winter concentrations for most of the parameters which were tested for.

Parameter Spring/Summer Fall/Winter Applicable Guideline Limit
CO2 614.5 ppm 619.1 ppm 700 ppm above outdoor levels
CO 1.45 ppm 1.72 ppm 9 ppm
TVOC’s 1.25 mg/m3 1.21 mg/m3
Temp. 73.9 F 74.3 F 74-78 F summer/68-75 F winter

A significant difference in indoor RH levels with regards to the seasons was noticed. In the spring and summer months, RH levels were found to average nearly 42 percent. In the fall and winter months, though, RH levels averaged under 29 percent, with over half of all the readings below 30 percent and levels as low as 9 percent recorded in some buildings. Low RH levels have been reported to increase the incidence of upper respiratory infections (i.e., common colds) and to cause dryness and irritation of the skin. Other symptoms include dry and sore nose and throat, bleeding nose, sinus and tracheal irritation, dry scratchy eyes and inability to wear contact lenses.

Humidifiers can help to alleviate the symptoms resulting from low humidity, although they are rarely recommend if the problem is purely a comfort issue. Humidifiers, if they are not well maintained and the water changed frequently, can present a serious health risk to building occupants. Excess moisture levels, if left unchecked, can result in microbial growth on building materials. In addition, bacteria can proliferate in a humidifier’s water reservoir, resulting in endotoxins, which are present in the outer membrane of the cell wall of Gram-negative bacteria, being introduced into the indoor air. Exposure to low levels of these toxins can cause airway inflammation and cough, while acute exposures to high levels can result in flu-like symptoms. So when you hear that people “have been getting sick more often than usual”, realize that the problem is more likely than not due to low indoor relative humidity levels. Do not, however, automatically assume this is the problem. It is always best to properly monitor the levels of RH in the workplace and make proper decisions based on the results of these measurements.

Below is a list of some of the instruments that RH monitor, which are offered by Sper Scientific.

Indoor Air Quality Monitor – 800048

Datalogging Indoor Air Quality Meter – 800050

Indoor Air Quality Wall Monitor – 800051

Datalogging RH / Temperature Pen- 800013

Wireless Thermometer / Hygrometer with Remote Sensor- 900008

RH / Temperature Pen – 800012

Remote Alarm RH / Temp Monitor – 800039

Who Dat Back In NOLA? Sper Scientific Dats Who!

The American Water Works Association hosts its annual Water Quality Technology Conference (WQTC) and Exposition Convention and Exposition in New Orleans November 16-20, 2014.  This established and highly regarded conference provides a practical forum for a wide range of water professionals to exchange the latest research and information. The Opening Session will highlight the 40th anniversary of the Safe Water Drinking Act featuring Peter Grevatt, Chief of USEPA’s Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water, and David LaFrance, AWWA CEO in a discussion on AWWA’s Total Water Solutions™.

2014 will mark the second time that Sper Scientific (Booth 700) will exhibit at WQTC.  Sper Scientific’s focus at the event is to help water professionals optimize their processes and to demonstrate its lineup of innovative water quality products.

Sper Scientific delivers dependable, accurate water quality measurement devices to monitor the changes in water over time from seasonal variations, weather, as well as, man-made pollution. Whether you are in agriculture, aquaculture, industry, education, power generation, or municipal waste water, Sper Scientific offers a complete line of water quality meters, to test the acidity, alkalinity, conductivity, dissolved oxygen (DO), Oxygen Reduction Potential (ORP), of your water.

The Sper Team Heads To “The Big Easy”

The Sper Scientific team heads to “The Big Easy” for the WEFTEC 2014 Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference, September 27 – October 1 at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center.  WEFTEC is the biggest meeting of its kind in North America and offers thousands of water quality professionals from around the world the best water quality education and training available today. Also recognized as the world’s largest annual water quality exhibition, WEFTEC’s massive show floor provides unparalleled access to the field’s most cutting-edge technologies and services.

2014 will mark the fourth time that Sper Scientific (Booth 6744) has exhibited at WEFTEC. Sper Scientific’s focus at the WEFTEC is to help water professionals optimize their processes and to demonstrate its lineup of innovative water quality products.

Sper Scientific delivers dependable, accurate water quality measurement devices to monitor the changes in water over time from seasonal variations, weather, as well as, man-made pollution. Whether you are in agriculture, aquaculture, industry, education, power generation, or municipal waste water, Sper Scientific offers you a complete line of water quality meters, to test the acidity, alkalinity, conductivity, dissolved oxygen (DO), Oxygen Reduction Potential (ORP), of your water.

The Sper Scientific Tour Continues

Join the Sper team at the Tri-Seminar September 23-25 in Las Vegas at the South Point Hotel and Convention Center.  The Tri-State Seminar is the go to event for water professionals in Arizona, California and Nevada.  They are expecting over 2,000 attendees at this event.

At the Tri-State Seminar, Sper Scientific will be demonstrating its line of water quality products.This is first time that Sper Scientific has exhibited at this event.  Sper Scientific’s focus at the Tri-State Seminar is to help water professionals optimize their processes and to demonstrate its lineup of innovative water quality products.

Sper Scientific delivers dependable, accurate water quality measurement devices to monitor the changes in water over time from seasonal variations, weather, as well as, man-made pollution. Whether you are in agriculture, aquaculture, industry, education, power generation, or municipal waste water, Sper Scientific offers you a complete line of water quality meters, to test the acidity, alkalinity, conductivity, dissolved oxygen (DO), Oxygen Reduction Potential (ORP), of your water.

Next up after Tri-State for the Sper Team….WEFTEC 2014 in New Orleans.

See You In San Diego

Sper Scientific is pleased to announce that they will be exhibiting (Booth #5721) at the National Safety Council Congress (NSC) and Expo in San Diego September 15-17.  The NSC Congress & Expo (www.congress.nsc.org) is the world’s largest annual “must attend” event for safety, health and environmental professionals. For more than 100 years, professionals have turned to this event for industry-leading technology, education, networking opportunities and the tried and true products and services needed to stay at the forefront and remain competitive within the industry.

At NSC, Sper Scientific will be demonstrating its line of Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) meters and monitors, Environmental meters, and Light & Sound meters.  This is first time that Sper Scientific has exhibited at this event.  Sper Scientific’s focus at the NSC Congress and Expo is to help environmental and safety professionals optimize their processes and to demonstrate its lineup of new and innovative environmental measurement instruments.

Since 1982, Sper Scientific has been a leading supplier of environmental measurement instruments used by science and industry to maintain EPA compliance, meet OSHA regulations, and measure a wide range of environmental parameters. Sper Scientific also offers NIST traceable instrument certification at its headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona.