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Evaluating and Controlling Exposure

The inhalation of asbestos may result in developing mesothelioma, an aggressive form of cancer. Asbestos may still exist in old facilities, offices, and residences even though it has not been used in the construction of new buildings. You will need to identify if the substance exists and whether it is present in the air. This means following the proper procedures in testing, identifying, and removing the asbestos. Determining Exposure OSHA applied the following standards for medical surveillance with the following guidelines in which the ... Read more

COVID-19: Preparing the Workplace

The virus that causes COVID-19 has the potential to cause extensive outbreaks which is leading business owners hesitant to re-open. When reopening an office environment post-pandemic, it is important to follow the guidelines set by the Center for Disease Control to protect your employees, as well as your clients.  Develop a Disease Preparedness and Response Plan If one does not already exist, develop an infectious disease preparedness and response plan that can help guide protective actions against COVID-19. Stay educated on guidance from ... Read more

Asbestos: Past, Present, and Future

Asbestos is a natural substance. It is a mineral that consists of thin fibers that form when it crystalizes. These long fibers provide it with its ability to resist fire, but they also make it a danger to human health. Although most people associate it with fireproofing buildings, this mineral has been used for thousands of years.  History Because the fibers are flexible, ancient societies that mined and used the substance considered it a fiber similar to wood and other linens. It’s fireproof ... Read more

Disinfecting Electronics to Avoid COVID-19

Disinfecting Electronics to Avoid COVID-19 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says transmission of COVID-19 occurs much more commonly through respiratory droplets than through physical objects. Your best precaution is to wash your hands and avoid close contact with people who are sick. In addition, they also state that current evidence suggests novel COVID-19 may remain active for hours or days on all surfaces. Cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces regularly is the best practice to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 ... Read more

Fall Prevention Strategies for Older Adults

As older populations tend to stay more at home, the chances of a fall occurring increase due to a combination of aging and environmental conditions that may promote falling. The chances of falling are still present even with attentive staff on hand for older adults. Older adults are more vulnerable because their reflexes along with physical abilities have become more limited compared to their younger days. Young adults react faster which often means catching themselves before they fall. Older adults tend to ... Read more

COVID-19: How to Protect Yourself and Others

Coronavirus or COVID-19 as it is often called offers a higher risk for adults who are older along with those who possess underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, heart and lung disease, and more. The complications of COVID-19, especially for those at risk means it is important to understand how the virus spreads, what you should do, and if you need professional assistance to disinfect your property.  How COVID-19 Spreads? Generally speaking, COVID spreads through close contact with other individuals. When someone sneezes, ... Read more

Keeping Your Home Healthy and Safe

Being together in one home is what families are all about. However, with so much time being spent indoors, the chances of an accident occurring become greater. Children and older adults are especially vulnerable in terms of becoming injured due to the many hazards that may be present inside the home.  Health Concerns A home is a place where several hazards may exist. Identifying such issues means recognizing the following potential hazards in the home which may include the following.  Lead-based paintWater leaksElectrical issues Mold ... Read more

Stay Safe When Renovating During COVID-19

Whether you started a renovation project before COVID-19 and social distancing went into effect or you urgently need a plumber today, you may need to bring contractors into your home at some point. If you decide to move forward with a renovation or repair, you’ll want to be extra careful for the safety of both you and your contractors. Have Online / Virtual Meetings When Possible Many homeowners halted renovations when the pandemic hit. However, consultations, walk-throughs, and initial meetings are happening online. ... Read more

How Does Asbestos Cause Cancer?

Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that has struck thousands of people across the US. This form of cancer is rare. The source is exposure to asbestos particles in the air. Those who have contracted mesothelioma were at some point exposed to airborne asbestos fibers over extended periods of time. But what is mesothelioma and how does asbestos cause cancer to form in the lungs? Understanding how it develops helps to identify if you may be vulnerable to this horrible form of cancer. What is Asbestos? This ... Read more

New EPA Ruling Does Not Eliminate Asbestos. How Does This Affect You?

The latest ruling from the EPA, which was released on April 17, 2019, does not call for the total banning of asbestos in terms of imports for commercial use. This means that companies that wish to import or use asbestos materials in their products must be approved by the EPA before they can proceed. This new ruling leaves many angry at the EPA for not banning the substance totally. However, there have been asbestos products that are now banned because they put ... Read more
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