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Recent Lead Poisoning in California

Despite a nationwide effort to remove lead contamination from buildings and residences, children in the Bay Area and downtown Los Angeles are still being diagnosed with lead poisoning. With the focus of lead removal efforts being in the Rust Belt and along the East Coast, it seems that California was overlooked. Lead used to be commonly found in paints, gasoline, and plumbing. It took several studies to confirm that lead poisoning in children caused a considerable and irreversible impact on their health, ... Read more

New Lead-Acid Battery Fees in California

The dangers of lead have been known for decades and both state and federal government entities have taken substantial steps to eliminate lead from a wide variety of products, including gasoline and paint. However, lead is still present in some products, most notably car or vehicle batteries. This has prompted the State of California to charge a fee to both retailers and produces of lead batteries to curb their use. Fees for Purchase or Sale of Lead-Acid Batteries Those who purchase or sell ... Read more

The Dangers of Asbestos

What is asbestos and why is it dangerous? Asbestos refers to a set of six naturally occurring fibrous minerals, which detach extremely durable and resistant microscopic fibers. Although this exact feature used to be in high demand for a number of commercial and industrial uses, the negative health effects of the material were eventually discovered. Today, asbestos is known to be a human carcinogen. The durability that once made it so popular and sought after is now known to be dangerous to humans. ... Read more

The Dangers of Polychlorinated Biphenyls

You may have heard about polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), but not fully understand what they are or the danger that they may present to you and your family. While PCBs have not been in active use since the end of the 1970s, they are still present in many homes and environments where they can become a health threat. What are PCBs? PCBs are man-made chemicals that were used in different applications ranging from inks, paints, flame-retardants, adhesives, surface coatings, and more. They are most ... Read more

Interior Strip-Outs: What to Know

The destruction and removal of a building requires many steps. One of the most important is called the strip-out, a process that is vital towards ensuring that the building is ready for the final demolition process. What is an Interior Strip Out? This is when all the internal materials of the building, save for the supporting structure, is removed. All the parts that can be removed without compromising the structural integrity of the building are taken out so that the final process of ... Read more

Mold Litigation Updates in 2017

Business owners must get proper legal representation and do what is necessary to rid their buildings, facilities, and warehouses of mold before the threat of litigation is made. The same is true for homeowners where mold infestation can have dire financial consequences in terms of property damage and litigation by affected parties. Recent Court Cases About Mold Exposure For the most part, exposure to mold spores results in allergic reactions, skin irritations, and other minor issues. In rare cases, individuals have suffered from ... Read more

Businesses Fined for Illegal Disposal of Hazardous Waste

Any business that must deal with hazardous waste may face considerable fines if they do not remove and dispose of it properly and legally. Recently, the Department of Health & Human Services in Humboldt County issued fines to four separate businesses for their failure to comply with storage and disposal standards. Antich Automotive, Eureka: $6,080 in fines for waste oil spill Figas Construction, Arcata: $14,000 in fines for illegal transportation of hazardous waste Hoopa Valley Ready-Mix, Willow Creek: $7,835 in fines ... Read more

Changes to Asbestos Law by California Supreme Court

On December 8th, 2016, the Supreme Court of California ruled that companies may be held accountable for something known as secondary asbestos exposure in the home of a worker. In other words, companies now have the responsibility to prevent employees from accidentally carrying asbestos on their clothing or bodies into their homes where it may affect others in the household. How the Ruling Came About The Supreme Court of California made its ruling based on two lawsuits. In one case, a woman contracted ... Read more

Mold Found in Some Children’s Toys

  Have you checked your children’s toys for mold recently? Toys made from rubber, including teething rings and sippy cups, can easily trap moisture which could lead to mold growth. If you have witnessed black, watery gunk oozing out of your kids’ bath toys upon squeezing, it is likely black mold. Mold is certainly gross, but what danger does it pose to kids?   What leads to the growth of mold? Anything that has the ability to trap moisture could be a potential site for the growth ... Read more

The Dangers of DIY Renovations

Creating your own home makeover using DIY methods can be appealing. Between the gratification of knowing you built something with your own hands to the potential of saving money, we often forget about the dangers that come with such DIY renovations. Ultimately, it’s important to keep your home safe. Home renovations often mean revealing drywall and insulation that could be hiding dangerous materials. These kinds of renovations are much safer when done with the help of professionals and experts. One of the ... Read more
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