Did a Cracked Pipe Cause a Landslide?

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A landslide that released fly ash materials into a drainage stream causing environmental concern was attributed to a failed municipal water pipe. The section of pipe that was removed had been examined by others and specimens had been cut from it during the previous examinations. Once we were afforded access to these specimens, we performed […]

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Concrete Failure Analysis Reveals Multiple Causes

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Concrete Failure Analysis Reveals Multiple Causes Swimming pool owners noticed that their concrete pool, which had been repaired two years earlier, was once again leaking and cracks were reappearing. Findings of the original investigation concluded that a chemical reaction was responsible for the leaks and cracks but that the reaction had mitigated when the pool […]

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Award-Winning ASCAT Technology Provides Accurate, Rapid and Detailed Inclusion Data to Improve Productivity and Product Quality in the Steel Industry

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Industry Problem In any given sample, at any step of the steel production process, the possibility exists that there are inclusions of varying chemistry and morphology that may impact product quality. Traditional examination of inclusions in a processed material could take a trained analyst as much as a week to characterize using microscope techniques. Even […]

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Addressing Chemical Concerns with Fire Code Changes

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  • 1:20PM Apr 15, 2013
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On January 14, 2013, a bill potentially impacting residential fire safety was introduced in the State of California legislature. The proposed bill, AB127, “declares that it is in the best interest of the state to reduce the use of flame retardant chemicals from building insulation, while preserving building fire safety and encouraging healthy building practices.” […]

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Hazardous Drugs and Worker Safety: Emerging Regulations

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  • 1:27PM Apr 12, 2013
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In February, California introduced Assembly Bill (AB) 1202 that would require its state Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board to promulgate a standard for hazardous drugs, which includes antineoplastic agents or “chemotherapy.” If enacted, California will become the second state to regulate hazardous drug handling in the workplace, as the state of Washington passed a […]

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Floor Failure Analysis Reiterates the Need to Consider a Variety of Factors

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  • 2:14PM Oct 14, 2012
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Alkali-silica reaction (ASR) is often the cause of debonding and blistering of epoxy coatings; however, the presence of ASR gel doesn’t necessarily mean that it is responsible for any degradation. Near-surface alkali reaction (NSAR) gel has been reported to have much the same effects. Like ASR, it appears as blistering in the low permeability surface […]

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RJ Lee Group Provides Training to the U.S. FDA on Managing Foreign Particulate Contamination in Pharmaceuticals

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  • 11:24AM Sep 28, 2012
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(MONROEVILLE, Pa., September 28, 2012) Members of RJ Lee Group, Inc.’s Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Services Department conducted a training seminar for U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) field inspectors entitled “Managing Foreign Particulate Investigations.”  The seminar, presented by forensic scientists Ms. Karen Smith, Ms. Julia Patterson, and Mr. Michael Gorski, focused on proactive measures for […]

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