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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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:
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 ...
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 ...
Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous material that has been linked to cancers such as mesothelioma. Although asbestos exposure is considered dangerous, it is not completely banned in the US and other countries because it is naturally occurring and does serve a valuable purpose thanks to its fire-resistance and durability.
History of Asbestos
Asbestos has been around for millions of years, but its name derives from the Greeks, which means “inextinguishable”. The Greeks recognized the ability of asbestos to resist fire, and the first use ...
Past issues with the water supply in Flint, Michigan, have once again brought the dangers of lead exposure into the forefront. Lead poisoning has been an issue for thousands of years, but it was only in 1978 that the US ban lead in paint and other consumer goods, as its effects were becoming better understood.
Symptoms of Lead Exposure
One of the reasons lead is so dangerous is that low-level exposure does not create any obvious symptoms. This usually means that the exposure continues, which ...
Thanks to growing news reports, particularly from Flint, Michigan, and the issues they are having with their water system, lead poisoning is a topic that is garnering more attention. Lead used to be a common ingredient in paint and gasoline until it was banned in the early 1970s. The effects of lead poisoning, especially on children, can be devastating.
What is Lead Poisoning?
Lead is similar to the many minerals that are absorbed and passed through the body, such as zinc, iron, and calcium. However, ...
If your home was built before 1980, there is a chance that it might contain asbestos. While residences are far less likely to have asbestos placed inside the structure compared to offices and facilities, many asbestos-based products, such as floor and ceiling tiles, siding, pipe cement, roof shingles, flashing, and insulation, may contain asbestos.
When the items or products containing asbestos start to decay, it may release the asbestos into the atmosphere. If it is inhaled over several years, the asbestos may cause ...
After the banishment of lead from paint and gasoline back in the early 1970s, the effort in the United States to test for lead contamination began to decline. This was because it was believed that paint and other sources of lead were no longer being manufactured and that the number of people and children becoming contaminated with lead would also decline.
However, recent studies have steered many of the pediatric health care providers in the US to believe that not enough testing for lead ...