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Know the Symptoms of Lead Poisoning

Lead has been an important metal used for thousands of years in many different products. However, it was not until the 20th century that the threat of lead poisoning was fully understood. By the 1970s, lead was banned from most products, especially paints, and many considered the issue to have been successfully addressed. However, recent discoveries in states like California have shown lead remains in the water supply and still poses a threat. Even today, it is still important to be able ... Read more

Know the Symptoms of Asbestosis

Even though the dangers of asbestos are well-known, as exposure to asbestos becomes less frequent the symptoms may be misdiagnosed more often. It is possible that some people who might be successfully treated instead suffer and become worse. That’s why it is important to understand the symptoms associated with asbestos exposure, which can cause certain forms of cancer and asbestosis. What is Asbestosis? This is a version of pulmonary fibrosis where the lungs are scarred by the presence of asbestos over a long ... Read more

Increased Threat of Mold After Hurricanes

Recent hurricanes, Harvey and Irma, have done extensive damage to both Houston and Puerto Rico respectively. But the impact is not just in physical damages. In the wake of flooded homes and damaged properties lies the growing threat of mold which may cause respiratory issues for the many thousands returning to their homes. What is Mold? Mold is a living organism that is present virtually everywhere on land. You can find mold and its spores in outdoor and indoor environments, but for the ... Read more

What to Do With Electronic Waste in Your Home

Of the many different types of waste that people have in their homes, one of the most overlooked is electronic devices. From chargers to old cellphones to other electronic gear, these types of devices carry both valuable metals and hazardous waste that needs proper recycling and disposal. The average household has more than 24 electronic devices of some type, and around the holiday season some of these devices get upgraded and replaced. At some point or another, every homeowner will need ... Read more

Two Unusual Sources of Asbestos

Most people associate asbestos with its use in buildings as heat and fireproofing measures from decades ago. Indeed, asbestos was commonly used as fireproofing material which wrapped water pipes and was placed in walls to prevent the spread of fire from one room to another. However, as the asbestos wrapping aged, it released the substance now know to lead to mesothelioma when inhaled. Asbestos was banned or severely limited for use in the late 1970s and since then there has been large-scale programs ... Read more

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
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