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Black Mold vs. Asbestos

Black mold and asbestos are two of the biggest dangers that may be present in your residence, building, or facility. If left unchecked, they may cause considerable damage to the health of those who live or work inside. However, despite the fact that both substances may be deadly, there are considerable differences between black mold and asbestos. What is Black Mold? Mold is a common fungus that is found in practically every structure. However, it does not present a threat until it attaches ... Read more

Toxic Mold Syndrome and Its Effects on the Brain

The effect of mold on residences, buildings, and facilities is well-known. When uninhibited, mold can spread quickly, consume organic materials, weaken structures, and in some cases, cause buildings to become so fragile that they are condemned. However, a lesser known effect of mold is the health of those who live or work inside structures that have been invaded by mold. The condition known as toxic mold syndrome is relatively rare, but real. Every year, it affects thousands of people, and the results ... Read more

Asbestos Deaths Remain a Public Health Concern

Decades after asbestos was banned from being used in the construction of residences, commercial buildings, and facilities, people are still dying from exposure today. Mesothelioma, a cancer which is caused by long-term exposure to asbestos, is still claiming lives despite the fact that the substance has been banned from new construction and removed from thousands of buildings starting in the late 1970s. While most people who succumb to mesothelioma were exposed decades ago, there are still younger people who are dying from ... Read more

Suit Alleges Manufacturers Failed to Warn about Asbestos Fibers in Their Products

On June 27th, Thomas D. Griffith filed a claim against Dow Chemical and related corporations in the St. Clair County Circuit Court alleging that they did not adequately warn about the dangers of asbestos present in their products. As a result, Griffith was unnecessarily exposed to asbestos and developed a specific type of lung cancer that is known to be associated with asbestos exposure. In the brief filed by Griffith, he had served in the US Navy from 1969 to 1973. He returned ... Read more

Playskool Crayons Found to Contain Asbestos

Although asbestos was banned from the construction of new homes and buildings in the 1970s, the substance still creeps up in various products and appliances in small amounts. Every year, it is estimated that about 2,500 Americans die from asbestos poisoning. One of the more unusual discoveries where asbestos was found was recently discovered in Playskool crayons. Playskool Crayons with Asbestos According to the US Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PRIG) Education Fund, toxic levels of asbestos was discovered in Playskool crayons. If ... Read more

Lead Poisoning Spreading Among California Workers

Of the many issues facing the residents of California, one of the most insidious is the expansion of lead poisoning throughout various businesses and into the surrounding communities. While lead itself is an important metal used in various fields, the side effects of exposure have proven to be quite harmful to adults and children. The increase in lead poisoning cases results from a combination of poor industrial management and a failure of state agencies to act on the problem, even when informed. Only ... Read more

The Possible Health Risks of Asbestos

It may seem that asbestos exposure is old news given the efforts starting in the late 1970s to ban and remove the substance from buildings across the nation. However, there is still asbestos present in some buildings, and it is still used in certain products. To fully understand the dangers that is present in asbestos, it is important to know more about the substance itself, how it is used, and why it is still used in today’s world. What is Asbestos? Asbestos is a natural ... Read more

The Dangers and Risks of Asbestos

After the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began banning asbestos in products and new constructions in the 1970s, there was a considerable effort to identify where the substance was present and have it removed. This became especially concerning in the mid to late 1980s when more people contracted mesothelioma, an aggressive form of cancer that is primarily caused by long-term exposure to asbestos. People at Risk The risk is not limited to those who worked in facilities that had asbestos, but also extends to ... Read more

10 Ways of Dealing with Mold

Mold is one of the most damaging organisms to homes, offices, and facilities around the world. The spores generated by the mold may also affect the health and well-being of those who live inside mold-infected buildings. Here are ten ways of dealing with mold along with recognizing the dangers that it presents: Carpet If you have an area which has a consistent moisture issue, do not put carpet near the source, as it will only provide shelter for the mold to form. This includes places ... Read more

Five Places Asbestos is Hiding in Your Home

Are you thinking about doing a home remodel, or you might still be using an old appliance because it is operational? If so, you may be running the risk of being exposed to asbestos. While the use of asbestos in construction and products has been banned since the 1970s, it is still possible that it might be present in your residence or products that you use frequently. Here are five places or products where asbestos may be hiding in your home: 1) Hair Dryers Hair dryers ... Read more
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