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Hazardous Waste in the Workplace

One of the more serious conditions that business owners face is the presence of hazardous waste in the workplace. If hazardous waste is present, employers must have it removed in a prompt, safe manner which limits exposure to employees. Most businesses have a system in place that processes the removal of hazardous waste. However, there may be circumstances in which some waste is unaccounted for or is present but not readily detected. Discovery of Hazardous Waste A business can find itself with hazardous ... Read more

Potential Lead Poisoning in California Drinking Water

It started in a San Diego grade school when a therapy dog refused to drink the water. The water was tested and found to have polyvinyl chloride, a polymer used in PVC pipes that degrades over time. However, the testing also revealed something the dog did not smell, the presence of lead. The elevated levels of lead in the drinking water were not only present in that school, but in other schools in the Southern California area, including Los Angeles. Lead is ... Read more

What You Need to Know About Asbestos

This article is the last in our “Need to Know” series. Check out our other articles explaining the basics of environmental dangers and remediation here!  Asbestos is a combination of six different silicate minerals, all of which consist of thin, long crystals that are fibrous and used in many different commercial and construction projects. Asbestos is also found naturally in areas such as California and has been used over the centuries for many different products. For many centuries, asbestos was prized for its ability to resist ... Read more

What You Need to Know About Interior Strip-Outs

This article is part of our “Need to Know” series. Check out more articles explaining the basics of environmental dangers and remediation here!  For businesses that need more space for offices, buildings, or facilities, it can be an expensive proposition to buy or rent new space. However, thanks to interior strip-outs, businesses can redesign the space they have for maximum efficiency. This form of demolition allows for new walls, flooring, and ceilings to be put in so that the interior space is better used. What ... Read more

What You Need to Know About Lead Paint

This article is part of our new “Need to Know” series. Stay tuned for more articles explaining the basics of environmental dangers and remediation throughout the coming months!  Lead is a metal pigment that was used in paints for many decades thanks to its long-lasting properties. However, it was discovered in the early 1970s that lead is a neurotoxin that may cause brain damage when consumed or breathed in by people and pets. In 1978, lead paint was banned in the US, but before that year it ... Read more

What You Need to Know About Hazardous Waste

This article is part of our new “Need to Know” series. Stay tuned for more articles explaining the basics of environmental dangers and remediation throughout the coming months!  Identifying and cleaning up hazardous waste can be an expensive proposition for many companies that are caught between the presence of the waste materials, the regulations imposed by the government, and the cost of the clean-up itself. What is Hazardous Waste? Hazardous waste is material which is no longer needed and presents a danger to the health and wellbeing of ... Read more

What You Need to Know About Mold

This article is the first in our new "Need to Know" series. Stay tuned for more articles explaining the basics of environmental dangers and remediation throughout the coming months!  Of all the threats to your home or office, mold is one of the most underestimated organisms on the planet. Every year, mold causes millions of dollars in damage to residences and buildings, affecting both the building’s structure and the health of those living or working inside. Left unchecked, mold can spread quickly through any ... Read more

Natural Asbestos in California

Most people know asbestos as a dangerous substance which causes mesothelioma, a deadly form of cancer in the lungs with a low survival rate. However, many people may not realize that asbestos can occur in the natural world as well. Until the 1970s, asbestos was commonly used in offices, buildings, and facilities along with some homes. It was wrapped around pipes or used in firewalls because it is essentially fireproof. Many facilities had blankets made from asbestos to put out fires. Only ... Read more

What Every Parent Should Know About Mold

Mold presents a danger to everyone in your household, but it is especially dangerous for children, whose lungs are not fully developed. Most children exposed to mold will have allergic reactions that will clear up once the spores are removed. It is important to understand why the presence of mold represents a unique danger to babies, toddlers, and young children to a greater degree compared to adults. What is Mold? Mold is a fungus that comes in many different varieties. It thrives in ... Read more

Demolition 101

Most people are familiar with the spectacular destruction of buildings using explosives. However, the truth is that most demolition projects are performed step-by-step using cranes, loaders, wrecking balls, and hydraulic equipment. While explosives may be used from time to time, in most cases demolitions are performed with equipment designed to tear down buildings and structures. The process itself starts with clearing the site of all removable objects (dismantlement), proper site clearance, and remediation of the environment. This means that anything which can ... Read more
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