Dallas Drug Trafficking Lawyer Explains How to Get a Sentence Reduction

Dallas Drug Trafficking Lawyer Explains How to Get a Sentence Reduction

Dallas, TX, USA, 10/26/2016 /SubmitPressRelease123/

In many federal drug cases, a defendant’s best option is to cooperate with the Government in order to try to earn a reduction in their sentence for “substantial assistance” to the Government, reports drug trafficking lawyer John Helms. The reduction occurs if a prosecutor asks the judge to sentence the defendant below the range called for by the federal Sentencing Guidelines and if the judge agrees to the request, which they usually do.

“Substantial assistance” is a phrase that comes straight out of section 5K1.1 of the Sentencing Guidelines. That is why the Government’s request for a reduction in the sentence based on “substantial assistance” is often called a “5K” or a “5K” motion.

Many defendants, however, cannot realistically qualify for a “substantial assistance” reduction. “Substantial assistance” usually means either testifying in court against another person or giving law enforcement information about someone else that actually helps to arrest or prosecute them.

A lot of defendants may not be able or willing to testify against another person. For example, all of the people against whom the defendant could testify may plead guilty so that they do not go to trial. Or, a defendant may have a legitimate fear that testifying against someone could endanger them or their family, adds federal drug defense attorney Helms.

As far as information goes, a defendant may give law enforcement information about other people’s crimes, but if the Government already knows about it from their own investigation or from another defendant who talked to them first, then the defendant’s information probably will not substantially assist the Government. Even if the Government does not already know it, if the defendant’s information is not important enough or cannot be verified, it still may not be enough to get credit.

If a defendant cannot get “substantial assistance” credit, is there any reason to cooperate with the Government? In many cases, the answer is, “Yes.” This is because cooperation may qualify the defendant for the Safety Valve.

The Safety Valve is a federal law at 18 USC section 1335(f). It is also in section 5C1.2 of the Sentencing Guidelines. It allows a judge to sentence a defendant below a mandatory minimum sentence if the defendant meets five criteria:

1.  The defendant has no more than one criminal history point under the Sentencing Guidelines. This is technical, but it generally means either no past criminal convictions or one conviction with a sentence of less than sixty days in custody.

2.  The defendant did not use, or encourage anyone to use, violence, a credible threat of violence, a firearm, or a dangerous weapon.

3.  The crime did not result in death or serious bodily injury to anyone.

4. The defendant was not an organizer, leader, manager, or supervisor of others who were involved in the crime.

5.  Before sentencing, the defendant truthfully provides all information to the Government that the defendant has about the crime and the same criminal course of conduct and scheme.

Number 5 is about cooperation. It does not require testimony at trial. It also does not require that the information must be unknown to the Government or actually helpful to the Government. In fact, the law and the Sentencing Guidelines specifically state “the fact that the defendant has no relevant or useful information to provide or that the government is already aware of the information shall not preclude a determination by the Court that the defendant has complied with this requirement.” 18 USC section 3553(f).

This means that someone who has no useful information about other people’s crimes can still get a benefit. For example, in situations where a defendant is so low on the totem pole that he is kept in the dark about the other members of a drug organization and knows almost nothing, I have heard federal agents refer to a defendant’s information as “safety-valve information, rather than 5K information.”

It is important for defendants to realize that they still have to tell the Government everything they know. Some defendants think they can cooperate, but keep damaging information about others a secret. Federal agents will almost always test someone who is claiming to cooperate. I have seen it happen over and over again that they know much more about the criminal activity than the cooperator thinks they do.

I remember one meeting in which agents asked a defendant if he had ever been to a store owned by a member of the drug organization. Trying to protect that person, he said he had not. The agents casually asked if he was sure. He said he was. They then pulled out a surveillance photo of the defendant going into the store and put it on the table. “Is this you?” they asked, and it clearly was. So much for being truthful and complete.

The benefit of the Safety Valve is that the judge can sentence below a mandatory minimum sentence. Many federal drug crimes have a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years. Yet in many cases, especially for people with no criminal history, the Sentencing Guidelines call for a sentence of less than ten years. In this situation, the mandatory minimum trumps the Sentencing Guidelines, and the judge has to give a sentence of at least ten years, unless there is an exception to the mandatory minimum. The Safety Valve is an exception. When it applies, the judge can sentence below ten years, in this example.

Anyone accused of a federal drug crime should consult an experienced federal drug defense attorney about whether the Safety Valve applies to them, and what benefit they might receive if it does. More importantly, a skilled drug defense attorney, especially one who has been a federal prosecutor and knows how Government agents think, can prepare you so that you do well in your meetings with the Government. Even if you cannot qualify for a substantial assistance reduction, the Safety Valve might save you from the harsh effects of a mandatory minimum sentence.

If you or a family member have been charged with a federal drug crime or any other drug related crime in Dallas or the nearby counties and have any questions about drug laws, contact drug trafficking lawyer John Helms at 214-666-8010 or fill out this online contact form. We can talk about the situation, how the law could apply in your case and the best legal options to protect your rights and maintain your freedom.

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The 4 Top Causes of Cleanroom Contamination

The 4 Top Causes of Cleanroom Contamination

Riverdale, NJ, 10/26/2016 /SubmitPressRelease123/

Cleanroom facilities are vital to any industry working within the areas of life sciences or electronic component production. Whether manufacturing pharmaceuticals, working with high tech semiconductors or researching biological specimens, even the smallest stray particles in the air can cause disastrous results requiring expensive downtime and cleanup procedures.

In any cleanroom facility, maintaining strict cleanliness requirements is a monumental challenge. Absolutely everything, both inside and outside of the room, is a potential source of contamination. From the equipment used for work all the way down to the very air in the room, everything must be scrutinized and controlled to keep contamination to an absolute minimum.

According to the National Environmental Balancing Bureau (NEBB), the number one cause of contamination within cleanrooms is the staff. In fact, cleanroom operators and technicians are responsible for 70% to 80% of cleanroom contamination problems.

The following are four basic factors that contribute to contamination through cleanroom technicians and/or operators:

Hygiene

Small variations in personal hygiene can make a big difference when it comes to potential contamination within a highly controlled environment. If a person’s hands and/or face are not completely clean, there is a much higher number of potentially damaging particles seeping out from under protective clothing, including dandruff, hair and loose skin.

It is extremely important that operators are given instructions on proper hygiene, and that they follow these practices consistently. Hands and face should be washed thoroughly and left without any excess lotions or makeup. Operators should also be fully dressed in appropriate cleanroom apparel at all times to prevent contamination from the natural shedding of skin and other particles from the body. When considering clothing, it is especially important to make sure gloves and shoe coverings properly cover cuff and ankle openings of the cleanroom garments when arms and legs are extended to prevent particles from escaping.

Undergarments

The street clothes that are worn under cleanroom garments don’t always get the consideration that they should. After all, the purpose of the special cleanroom garments is, after all, to stop contamination from a person’s regular street clothes, right?

While special protective garments do a lot to reduce contamination, the possibility can be reduced even further if operators pay attention to the types of street clothes they choose to wear to work. Fabrics like flannel, suede, velour and others that shed or form “pills” introduce extra risks into the environment. If they are not present in the first place, there is no possibility that these materials will escape from cleanroom garments and lead to contamination.

Residual Smoke

Not quite the same as second hand smoke, residual smoke consists of particles that are left in the lungs and slowly emitted into the air after someone smokes a cigarette or cigar. If employees smoke during breaks or off-time, residual smoke can become a possible contaminant in even the most sterile of cleanrooms. Asking smokers to gargle or rinse their mouths will assist in diminishing this potential risk. The best solution, however, is to use facemasks which will prevent residual smoke, as well as other particles in exhaled breath, from entering the controlled environment.

Operator Attitude

Not a physical factor, but just as important, is the attitude technicians and operators have as it relates to the probability of causing contamination at some point. Employees who don’t understand why they need to follow certain procedures, or just don’t care, are more likely to overlook necessary protocols and eventually cause something to go wrong.

It is important to monitor employee attitudes and morale. Everyone should be regularly encouraged to follow all procedures, as well as make suggestions to improve them where necessary. Everyone has to work together to keep standards high.

Camfil Products Keep Cleanrooms Clean

For more than fifty years, Camfil has been a leading supplier of air filtration products and services to the life science industry. Today, Camfil is clearly recognized as the leading global air filter supplier to the industry.

In addition to filtration products that provide high filtration efficiency and low energy consumption, Camfil also offers Clean Room and Energy Optimization (CREO) software that enables users to create customized clean room applications. This unique and innovative software allows you to calculate the life cycle cost and cleanliness class for different clean room designs.

From planning to implementation, Camfil has the right solution for any cleanroom application.

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Hurt in an Accident Who You Gonna Call? Philadelphia Accident Lawyer Rand Spear

Hurt in an Accident Who You Gonna Call? Philadelphia Accident Lawyer Rand Spear

Philadelphia, PA, USA, 10/24/2016 /SubmitPressRelease123/

If you’ve been seriously injured or lost a loved one because of someone else’s negligence, your life could be turned upside down. What you may have seen as a hopeful future may now be much more uncertain. While in the past you were able to pay your bills, you may now have many more bills and less income. As much as you want to go back in time and prevent the accident from ever happening, you can’t do that. You have to deal with the situation as best you can. Philadelphia accident lawyer Rand Spear is here to help you.

Depending on the situation there may be lifelong disabilities caused by the accident and potentially a large amount of money at stake. If you want to pursue a legal action to protect your legal rights and interests and obtain compensation for the harm caused to you, make sure you get the right car accident lawyer. You need to find an injury attorney you can trust because this isn’t just any lawsuit. This is your lawsuit, your family, and your future.

Rand Spear the accident lawyer has over thirty years of experience helping the citizens of Philadelphia and New Jersey— but he doesn’t go it alone. He has a large and experienced staff and team of lawyers who are all dedicated to handling personal injury claims filed for those who need help. Rand Spear’s legal team does nothing but pursue personal injury lawsuits and they work day in and day out to get the most for their clients.

Many attorneys may say they take personal injury claims. They take these cases, put some work into them and try to settle them with the insurance companies. If the case doesn’t settle they will refer you to a top personal injury lawyer to actually represent you at trial. Many of these attorneys tell their clients to go to Rand because they trust him, his knowledge and his abilities, to provide excellent personal and professional service for their clients.

When injury attorney Rand Spear negotiates with insurance companies they know if they’re not fair or reasonable, they will end up facing Rand Spear’s team at trial. If that happens the insurance company risks having to pay far more than they would like. For example,

A 35-year-old client was involved in an accident at an intersection caused by the defendant. Defendant claimed the plaintiff (Rand’s client) ran through a stop sign. Rand’s client suffered multiple injuries including herniated discs, nerve damage requiring surgery and as a result he was disabled. The insurance company initially made no offer and then an offer of $5,000 was made and rejected. The case went to trial and the jury decided in favor of Rand’s client in the amount of $2,700,000.00.

A 40-year-old client with limited tort coverage on her auto insurance policy was involved in car accident. She was on disability before the accident but it aggravated her injuries. No offer was ever made to her. At a trial the jury’s verdict was in favor of the injured victim in the amount of $900,000.00.

Rand Spear’s team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They will come to you at the hospital, home or work to discuss your case with you; how it happened, how they can get you every dollar you deserve and what you need to do to protect yourself and your family.

Rand does more for his clients than just go to court. He and his team will interact with the insurance companies so you won’t have to. You will be able to focus on your family and recovering from your injuries. They can help you find medical providers in the area who help clients get their lives back by providing the best medical and rehabilitative care. They will also work to get your car repaired, your medical bills paid and collect a cash settlement for you.

Get the right lawyer and the right advice right now! Call Philadelphia accident lawyer Rand Spear at 888-373-4LAW or visit his website. Give him five minutes to see what he can do for you. The initial consultation is free and there is no charge unless the case settles or you win your case.

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Dallas Drug Trafficking Lawyer On How to Get a Search Warrant Thrown Out

Dallas Drug Trafficking Lawyer On How to Get a Search Warrant Thrown Out

Dallas, TX, USA, 10/24/2016 /SubmitPressRelease123/

Many drug trafficking cases involve law enforcement executing a search warrant. They do this to find evidence of drug trafficking, usually in a house or a place of business where drug trafficking might be happening, offers John Helms Dallas drug trafficking lawyer. The evidence could be the drugs themselves, but it could also be indications of drug trafficking like drug ledgers or “pay and owe” notes that show deliveries and payments. It could also be scales, baggies, hidden compartments, large amounts of cash, or other indications of possible drug transactions.

Sometimes, though, a search warrant affidavit may have some kind of incorrect information in it. In other cases, there may be a question about whether the affidavit has enough credible facts to justify the search. But if a magistrate or a judge signed the search warrant, does that mean it cannot be challenged? The answer is, “No,” says drug charge lawyer Helms.

For a drug crime defense there are two primary ways to challenge a search warrant: (1) Based on incorrect information in the affidavit; and (2) Based on failure to establish probable cause to do the search. For the accused, the good news is that, if you win, the court will throw out any evidence found during the search. The bad news is that the showing you need to make to win is not easy.

A challenge to a search warrant affidavit based on incorrect information is made through what is called a Franks hearing. This is named after a U.S. Supreme Court case called Franks v. Delaware. In order to get a Franks hearing, the accused has to make an initial showing of three things: (1) there is false information in the search warrant affidavit; (2) the officer who was responsible for that information knew that the information was false or included it recklessly (meaning that there was a good chance it was not true, the officer did not know whether it was true, and the officer did not care whether it was really true or not); and (3) without the false information, the affidavit would not establish probable cause to conduct the search.

If the accused makes this initial showing, the court will hold a Franks hearing and consider evidence from both the prosecution and the defense on these three issues. After considering the evidence from both sides, if the court believes that the three elements have been proved, the court will throw out the evidence from the search, informs drug crime defense lawyer Helms.

Even if there is false information in the search warrant affidavit, the second and third elements are critical. On the second element, if the officer was just negligent (careless), and not at least reckless, this is not enough. In other words, if all you can show is an honest mistake, you lose. It has to be worse than that.

The third element means that the false information really has to make a difference. If you take out the false information, and the rest of the affidavit still shows probable cause, then you lose. So, minor mistakes are not enough.

Proving all three elements can be difficult, but sometimes the accused can win. It all depends on the specific facts of the case and a drug trafficking lawyer who knows what he or she is doing.

Challenging a search warrant affidavit based on failure to show probable cause is also tricky. If a magistrate or judge has signed the search warrant, both the U.S. Supreme Court and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (Texas’ highest criminal court), have held that you can’t just second-guess the magistrate or judge. As long as the search warrant contains substantial evidence to justify probable cause to believe that there is evidence of a crime at the place to be searched, it is good enough, even if some judges might think it was insufficient. This is because the law gives the magistrate or judge who signed the search warrant the benefit of the doubt.

Keep in mind that a search warrant affidavit does not have to prove someone is guilty of a crime, especially not beyond a reasonable doubt. It does have to be enough to overcome a person’s privacy rights in a place in order to allow law enforcement to search the place.

In any drug trafficking case involving a search warrant, a criminal defense lawyer should carefully analyze the affidavit supporting the search warrant to determine whether it can be challenged.  A successful motion to suppress the results of a search can knock out critical evidence and sometimes be enough to win a case. That is an important reason to hire a criminal defense lawyer who is skilled and experienced in this area.

If you or someone you know has been charged with a drug offense or are facing federal drug charges, contact Dallas drug trafficking lawyer John Helms immediately. Call 214-666-8010.

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Sources and Symptoms of Sick Building Syndrome

Sources and Symptoms of Sick Building Syndrome

Riverdale, NJ, 10/24/2016 /SubmitPressRelease123/

The term sick building syndrome, sometimes referred to as SBS, is used to describe situations in which a building’s occupants experience acute negative health and comfort effects that appear to be associated with time spent in the building, but there is no specific identifiable cause or illness that can be found. In some cases, complaints may be associated with certain rooms or zones within the building, in others, they may be spread throughout the entire building. A key part of the definition of SBS is that the symptoms disappear once the individual has left the building.

The condition is often temporary, but some buildings have exhibited long term problems. The World Health Organization (WHO) has suggested that up to 30% of new and remodeled buildings around the world receive higher than normal complaints related to their indoor air quality. SBS problems are frequently the results of buildings that are operated or maintained in a manner that is inconsistent with their original design or recommended operating procedures. Problems with the indoor air quality can also be the result of poor building design or activities carried out by building occupants.

Sick Building Syndrome Symptoms

Symptoms of SBS can vary quite a bit. Some of the most common complaints include headache, eye, nose or throat irritation, dry cough, dry or itchy skin, dizziness and nausea, difficulty concentrating, fatigue, and sensitivity to odors.

Causes of Sick Building Syndrome

Although it is difficult to identify any singular cause of SBS, in most cases the phenomenon is associated with poor indoor air quality. Overall, it stems from inadequate ventilation within an area, or an entire building, that ultimately causes a buildup of contaminants and toxins in the air.

Indoor chemical sources – Particles, gases and chemicals are released within the environment from things like furniture upholstery, carpets, manufactured wood products, cleaning products, pesticides, copiers and printers, and many types of office supplies such as permanent markers and glues.

Outdoor chemical sources – Pollutants can be pulled into a building through open doors, attached garages or parking structures, loading docks, and even poorly located intake vents. When there is not sufficient ventilation, they become trapped and build up over time. Common outdoor contaminants found in buildings include chemicals from vehicle exhaust, cooking exhaust from internal or external kitchens, pesticides and chemicals released from materials at nearby construction or demolition sites.

Biological contaminants – Many biological contaminants can be found in the air from both internal and external sources. Molds and fungi can grow and spread in areas that have become wet and humid due to things like a leaking roof or condensation in ducts. Bacteria, pollen and other natural pollutants can also build up without proper filtration and ventilation. In addition to all of the above, building occupants will naturally add to contamination in the air as they leave behind things like dead skin cells, hair and body fluids.

Treat The Source, Not The Symptom

Some of those suffering from symptoms of sick building syndrome can find relief in medications provided by their doctors, but the key to eliminating the symptoms — and preventing them in the first place — is proper air filtration and ventilation.

Applying band-aid type solutions like temporary cleanups, medications, or just staying away from a particular building will not solve the root problem. The only way to eliminate the problem of SBS once and for all is to ensure that a building’s air is properly filtered and circulated, and that all of the building’s recommended operational procedures are being followed.

The average person consumes more than 10,000 liters of air every day as they breathe, and spends 90% of their time indoors. If you’re spending your indoor time in an environment with contaminated air, you could be doing serious damage to your health without even realizing it. You owe it to yourself, your family, and your coworkers to make sure the air you’re breathing every day is safe and healthy.

Camfil produces a full line of air filtration products, from self-contained air purifiers that clean a single room all the way up to highly advanced filters and complete systems designed that remove dangerous microscopic contaminants from the most polluted industrial environments.

Backed by over 50 years of experience and innovation, every Camfil product is designed to provide high efficiency air filtration, low energy consumption, and a healthier environment. No matter what your needs, Camfil has a solution that is right for you.

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Camfil USA Air Filters

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AIM Group Releases Its First Africa Classified Intelligence Report

AIM Group Releases Its First Africa Classified Intelligence Report

Altamonte Springs, FL, United States, 10/24/2016 /SubmitPressRelease123/

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. — AIM Group has released its first Africa Classified Intelligence Report, reflecting the continent’s gradual emergence as a growing market after years of promise. The 30-page report focuses on about 15 countries and 30 companies striving to fulfill Africa’s potential as a classified advertising powerhouse, and investors who are pouring in money to develop that potential.

Inside, readers can find:

        * A look at the importance of mobile offerings on the continent, diversity of payment systems, and the present state of Africa’s print industry

  • Company profiles of African companies that began as small, private efforts and grew into market leaders
  • An analysis of key investors on Africa, including Naspers, Schibsted and Rocket Internet

“This one of a series of special reports produced by AIM Group,” said Peter M. Zollman, founding principal of AIM Group. “With help from our able Africa team, the special report delivers a snapshot glimpse of companies, developments and opportunities in Africa.”

This special report was included in the Classified Intelligence Report continuous advisory service for AIM Group clients. The report is also available for purchase by others with a money-back guarantee: $1,295 / €1.225. To buy the full report or view a free preview, visit AIMGroup.com. Or order the report by calling the AIM Group at +1.407.788.2780 or emailing info@aimgroup.com

About the AIM Group: The AIM Group, formally the Advanced Interactive Media Group LLC, is the world’s leading consultancy in interactive media and classified advertising. It publishes Classified Intelligence Report, the continuous advisory service known as “the bible of the classified advertising industry.” Founded in 1998 and based near Orlando, Fla., the AIM Group works with leading media companies, dot-coms, broadcasters, investment companies, yellow-page publishers and technology companies. It provides strategic and tactical consulting; sales training; proprietary and published research about interactive media; and other services.

For more information, email Peter M. Zollman, founding principal, at pzollman@aimgroup.com, or call him at +1.407.788.2780, or Jim Townsend at JimT@aimgroup.com, +1.713.550.0699.

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Sources and Symptoms of Sick Building Syndrome

Sources and Symptoms of Sick Building Syndrome

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The term sick building syndrome, sometimes referred to as SBS, is used to describe situations in which a building’s occupants experience acute negative health and comfort effects that appear to be associated with time spent in the building, but there is no specific identifiable cause or illness that can be found. In some cases, complaints may be associated with certain rooms or zones within the building, in others, they may be spread throughout the entire building. A key part of the definition of SBS is that the symptoms disappear once the individual has left the building.

The condition is often temporary, but some buildings have exhibited long term problems. The World Health Organization (WHO) has suggested that up to 30% of new and remodeled buildings around the world receive higher than normal complaints related to their indoor air quality. SBS problems are frequently the results of buildings that are operated or maintained in a manner that is inconsistent with their original design or recommended operating procedures. Problems with the indoor air quality can also be the result of poor building design or activities carried out by building occupants.

Sick Building Syndrome Symptoms

Symptoms of SBS can vary quite a bit. Some of the most common complaints include headache, eye, nose or throat irritation, dry cough, dry or itchy skin, dizziness and nausea, difficulty concentrating, fatigue, and sensitivity to odors.

Causes of Sick Building Syndrome

Although it is difficult to identify any singular cause of SBS, in most cases the phenomenon is associated with poor indoor air quality. Overall, it stems from inadequate ventilation within an area, or an entire building, that ultimately causes a buildup of contaminants and toxins in the air.

Indoor chemical sources – Particles, gases and chemicals are released within the environment from things like furniture upholstery, carpets, manufactured wood products, cleaning products, pesticides, copiers and printers, and many types of office supplies such as permanent markers and glues.

Outdoor chemical sources – Pollutants can be pulled into a building through open doors, attached garages or parking structures, loading docks, and even poorly located intake vents. When there is not sufficient ventilation, they become trapped and build up over time. Common outdoor contaminants found in buildings include chemicals from vehicle exhaust, cooking exhaust from internal or external kitchens, pesticides and chemicals released from materials at nearby construction or demolition sites.

Biological contaminants – Many biological contaminants can be found in the air from both internal and external sources. Molds and fungi can grow and spread in areas that have become wet and humid due to things like a leaking roof or condensation in ducts. Bacteria, pollen and other natural pollutants can also build up without proper filtration and ventilation. In addition to all of the above, building occupants will naturally add to contamination in the air as they leave behind things like dead skin cells, hair and body fluids.

Treat The Source, Not The Symptom

Some of those suffering from symptoms of sick building syndrome can find relief in medications provided by their doctors, but the key to eliminating the symptoms — and preventing them in the first place — is proper air filtration and ventilation.

Applying band-aid type solutions like temporary cleanups, medications, or just staying away from a particular building will not solve the root problem. The only way to eliminate the problem of SBS once and for all is to ensure that a building’s air is properly filtered and circulated, and that all of the building’s recommended operational procedures are being followed.

The average person consumes more than 10,000 liters of air every day as they breathe, and spends 90% of their time indoors. If you’re spending your indoor time in an environment with contaminated air, you could be doing serious damage to your health without even realizing it. You owe it to yourself, your family, and your coworkers to make sure the air you’re breathing every day is safe and healthy.

Camfil produces a full line of air filtration products, from self-contained air purifiers that clean a single room all the way up to highly advanced filters and complete systems designed that remove dangerous microscopic contaminants from the most polluted industrial environments.

Backed by over 50 years of experience and innovation, every Camfil product is designed to provide high efficiency air filtration, low energy consumption, and a healthier environment. No matter what your needs, Camfil has a solution that is right for you.

Lynne Laake

Camfil USA Air Filters

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Sources and Symptoms of Sick Building Syndrome

Sources and Symptoms of Sick Building Syndrome

Riverdale, NJ, 10/24/2016 /SubmitPressRelease123/

The term sick building syndrome, sometimes referred to as SBS, is used to describe situations in which a building’s occupants experience acute negative health and comfort effects that appear to be associated with time spent in the building, but there is no specific identifiable cause or illness that can be found. In some cases, complaints may be associated with certain rooms or zones within the building, in others, they may be spread throughout the entire building. A key part of the definition of SBS is that the symptoms disappear once the individual has left the building.

The condition is often temporary, but some buildings have exhibited long term problems. The World Health Organization (WHO) has suggested that up to 30% of new and remodeled buildings around the world receive higher than normal complaints related to their indoor air quality. SBS problems are frequently the results of buildings that are operated or maintained in a manner that is inconsistent with their original design or recommended operating procedures. Problems with the indoor air quality can also be the result of poor building design or activities carried out by building occupants.

Sick Building Syndrome Symptoms

Symptoms of SBS can vary quite a bit. Some of the most common complaints include headache, eye, nose or throat irritation, dry cough, dry or itchy skin, dizziness and nausea, difficulty concentrating, fatigue, and sensitivity to odors.

Causes of Sick Building Syndrome

Although it is difficult to identify any singular cause of SBS, in most cases the phenomenon is associated with poor indoor air quality. Overall, it stems from inadequate ventilation within an area, or an entire building, that ultimately causes a buildup of contaminants and toxins in the air.

Indoor chemical sources – Particles, gases and chemicals are released within the environment from things like furniture upholstery, carpets, manufactured wood products, cleaning products, pesticides, copiers and printers, and many types of office supplies such as permanent markers and glues.

Outdoor chemical sources – Pollutants can be pulled into a building through open doors, attached garages or parking structures, loading docks, and even poorly located intake vents. When there is not sufficient ventilation, they become trapped and build up over time. Common outdoor contaminants found in buildings include chemicals from vehicle exhaust, cooking exhaust from internal or external kitchens, pesticides and chemicals released from materials at nearby construction or demolition sites.

Biological contaminants – Many biological contaminants can be found in the air from both internal and external sources. Molds and fungi can grow and spread in areas that have become wet and humid due to things like a leaking roof or condensation in ducts. Bacteria, pollen and other natural pollutants can also build up without proper filtration and ventilation. In addition to all of the above, building occupants will naturally add to contamination in the air as they leave behind things like dead skin cells, hair and body fluids.

Treat The Source, Not The Symptom

Some of those suffering from symptoms of sick building syndrome can find relief in medications provided by their doctors, but the key to eliminating the symptoms — and preventing them in the first place — is proper air filtration and ventilation.

Applying band-aid type solutions like temporary cleanups, medications, or just staying away from a particular building will not solve the root problem. The only way to eliminate the problem of SBS once and for all is to ensure that a building’s air is properly filtered and circulated, and that all of the building’s recommended operational procedures are being followed.

The average person consumes more than 10,000 liters of air every day as they breathe, and spends 90% of their time indoors. If you’re spending your indoor time in an environment with contaminated air, you could be doing serious damage to your health without even realizing it. You owe it to yourself, your family, and your coworkers to make sure the air you’re breathing every day is safe and healthy.

Camfil produces a full line of air filtration products, from self-contained air purifiers that clean a single room all the way up to highly advanced filters and complete systems designed that remove dangerous microscopic contaminants from the most polluted industrial environments.

Backed by over 50 years of experience and innovation, every Camfil product is designed to provide high efficiency air filtration, low energy consumption, and a healthier environment. No matter what your needs, Camfil has a solution that is right for you.

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Are You Inadvertently Being Poisoned at The Indoor Shooting Range?

Are You Inadvertently Being Poisoned at The Indoor Shooting Range?

Riverdale, NJ, 10/24/2016 /SubmitPressRelease123/

The sport of shooting is popular in the United States. Current estimates put the number of firing ranges in the country at somewhere between sixteen and eighteen thousand, with about ten thousand of those being indoor firing ranges. People of all ages and from all walks of life enjoy the freedom to practice their shooting skills and even fire exotic and legendary guns they’ve only read about or seen in movies.

What many shooting enthusiasts don’t realize is the danger of lead poisoning that is associated with their hobby. The bullets used in any type of gun contain lead. From the bullets themselves, to the primer compound contained in the bullet casings, lead is a major component in the manufacture of gun ammunition.

Lead Lingering in The Air

The danger is not so much in handling the ammunition, although one should take special care to clean their hands properly after doing so. The real danger comes from the large amounts of lead dust and particles that are released into the air every time a gun is fired, or a bullet impacts against any surface, especially indoors. Literally, millions of microscopic particles of lead are dispersed into the air whenever either event occurs.

Several things happen when a gun is fired that set lead particles loose into the environment. The primer compound is made up of about 50% lead containing compounds. When a bullet is fired, the explosion itself creates hot gases that contain lead. The reaction of the heat from those gases on the end of the bullet itself also creates more lead particles. Adding to the poisonous mixture, still more lead particles are produced from the friction created as the bullet travels through the barrel of the gun, and finally, another burst of particles and dust are released when the bullet makes impact with a target or backstop.

In The Air and in Your Body

Tests performed at indoor shooting ranges show that once a gun is fired, the levels of lead in the air increase as the distance from the shooter increases, with the highest level of air contamination being at the target or backstop where the bullet finally makes its impact. Even so, the amount of lead present in the air within the breathing space of a shooter at an indoor shooting range is usually at a level considered to be toxic, which is greater than 50 micrograms per cubic meter. Various tests in this area have recorded results ranging from just 14 micrograms up to nearly 35,000 micrograms per cubic meter.

A side effect of all this lead floating through the air at a shooting range is that these particles and dust, if left unchecked, will eventually settle on surfaces within the building, and even on the clothing of customers and staff. The risk of ingesting lead goes farther than just breathing in particles. Anyone can touch a surface coated with microscopic particles and unknowingly ingest more of this poisonous metal when eating, drinking, smoking, or even just rubbing an itchy eye. Without a solution in place to remove all of this lead from the air, and the environment, lead poisoning is not just a risk, it is a certainty.

Air Filtration Is the Key To Healthy Air

The only viable solution to combat these risks at indoor shooting ranges is proper, consistent and aggressive air filtration. Studies have shown that even ventilation systems which move air in and out of a building in a one-way pattern, never allowing indoor air to recirculate, are not enough to reduce the levels of lead in the air to a non-toxic level. In order to protect customers and staff, airflow patterns must be properly controlled and particulate matter has to be actively removed from the air. Filtration is absolutely essential to keep the air at an indoor firing range clean enough to breathe safely.

Camfil firing range air filtration products are designed specifically for environments where toxic substances are a part of the day to day business. Camfil filters are capable of removing the microscopic particles of lead from the air to help ensure the highest level of protection. In addition to superior air filtration, they provide increased cost savings over competitive products by providing a significantly longer filtration service life, reducing the quantity of filters that need to be ordered and disposed of and reducing the power consumption of fans and circulation equipment. From replacement filters to complete air filtration systems and analysis, Camfil has a solution to fit any need. Camfil gun range air filters capture more lead dust and last longer than any other filter on the market today.

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5 Reasons Industrial Air Filtration Makes a Difference

5 Reasons Industrial Air Filtration Makes a Difference

Riverdale, NJ, 10/21/2016 /SubmitPressRelease123/

When most people think about the HVAC system in their home or workplace, they tend to drop the V (ventilation) and just think about the heating and air conditioning (the H and AC). They think of how the system keeps them comfortable in terms of temperature, but rarely give much thought to how comfortable they are in terms of the quality of the air they are breathing.

In reality, without some type of filtration, the indoor air quality of most spaces would not just be terrible, but actually dangerous. From outdoor pollution that gets pulled inside and trapped, to contaminants released by products and processes that are used inside, all kinds of dangerous substances are in the indoor air that we breathe. This is why air filtration is important. Without it, indoor air pollution continues to build up and become more dangerous to human health.

Below are five reasons why air filtration and proper HVAC system maintenance are critical for indoor spaces and the health of occupants, especially in industrial and commercial areas.

Potential Contaminants in the Air

The air we breathe almost anywhere is surprisingly dirty. A single cubic foot of air can contain anywhere from hundreds of thousands to millions of small particles that have bad effects on the respiratory system as well as overall health. Untreated air can contain ozone, carbon monoxide, bacteria, pollen, dust, mold, fungi and even toxic chemicals like mercury, benzene and dioxins, just to name a few. Constant exposure to these contaminants can lead to everything from minor coughing and sneezing to serious lung and heart disease.

Aggravation of Existing Health Problems

Especially in indoor environments where contamination can build up to levels worse than outside, polluted air can make already existing health problems even worse. Those who suffer from asthma are often among the first to feel the effects of poor indoor air quality. The percentage of people suffering from asthma is increasing substantially each year with many studies associating the rise directly to air pollution. Polluted indoor air has also been shown to worsen conditions such as chronic lung diseases, heart disease and more.

Cause of Illness and Disease

In addition to making existing conditions worse, exposure to polluted air has been shown to create new health problems in otherwise healthy people over time. Various types of contaminants can cause certain types of cancer, lung disease, heart disease, stroke and other serious illnesses.

Risk of Legal Action

Any company, whether they manage a small office space or an industrial complex, is open to potential lawsuits from employees if they become sick because of their work environment. It is the responsibility of every business owner to make sure their employees can go about their day to day work safely.

In addition to lawsuits, there is also the potential for fines or even criminal charges if a business is neglecting to follow relevant laws and/or regulations.

Control of Energy Costs

If the HVAC system in any building is not maintained properly, from periodically cleaning ducts to regularly changing filters, it will drive energy costs up. As filters, fans and ducts become clogged, it gets harder to push air through the system. The result is that the entire system will consume more power, often while producing lower quality results. The cost to move air through HVAC systems is as much as 35% of the total energy spend for our country so proper maintenance can result in substantial energy savings. Proper design and maintenance of the HVAC system can have a substantial effect on overall energy costs.

Camfil Products Can Help

With a full line of filtration products built with more than 50 years of experience behind them, Camfil has a solution to fit any need and any industry. From air purifiers that will clean the air in a single room to high efficiency filtration systems that can clean up the heaviest indoor industrial contamination, no job is too big or too small.

Camfil products offer both high efficiency filtration and low energy consumption. With the lowest total cost of ownership available, Camfil filters can deliver the highest indoor air quality in any environment at a lower cost than other competitive products. No matter what your requirements, Camfil has the right solution for your business.

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