Home Chemical Safety Tips

You may be surprised to learn just how many hazardous chemicals are in your home. This is because many chemicals are used for cleaning, providing anti-freeze or brake fluid for your vehicles, and even nail polish remover or contact cement. There are four basic types of substances that are harmful to you, your family, and pets that may be in your home.

  • Acidic: They destroy materials on contact
  • Explosive: Under the right conditions, they can explode
  • Flammable: Easy to set aflame
  • Poisons: These are toxic if consumed

For the most part, harmful chemicals are marked as such for easy identification. You will need to treat such chemicals differently in terms of use and storage compared to harmless materials.

Storage

Proper storage of harmful chemicals will go a long way to prevent accidents from occurring. What follows are a few tips if you have such chemicals in the home.

Follow Instructions: Proper use of harmful chemicals will minimize exposure to you and everyone else in the household. With insecticides, be sure to clear the area and let the product fully dry before letting children and pets back in.

Keep All Harmful Chemicals Out of Reach of Children and Pets: In other words, store such chemicals high on a shelf and not in a cabinet. Remember that locked cabinets are still not 100% and you may forget to shut the door. But keeping them out of reach will prevent almost all accidents from occurring.

Store in a Cool, Dry Place: Keeping them stored at room temperature and normal humidity conditions will not keep potentially explosive chemicals from becoming unstable. It will also preserve their effectiveness for longer periods.

Toss Out Old, Unused Chemicals: Every so often, you will want to remove old chemicals that are no longer used. While some may not have an expiration date, in many cases they will break down over time.

What to Do in an Emergency

Even the best plans may not prevent the accidental consumption of a toxic chemical or medication. You should have the emergency number handy and a bottle of ipecac. Ipecac is a chemical which causes a person to throw up the contents of their stomach. However, you should only use ipecac when instructed by a poison control center.

If you believe that your home may have harmful chemicals that you want safely disposed, calling the professionals at Brickley Environmental can help.

Call Brickley Environmental Today

The knowledgeable, experienced professionals at Brickley Environmental can provide you with proper guidance when it comes to chemical exposure in the home. Our trained staff will listen to you, ask questions to fully understand the situation, and set an appointment to inspect the issue in your home. We also offer sound advice on how to properly store and dispose of household chemicals to minimize your concerns. Call today and let our professionals provide the guidance you need to identify and remove unwanted chemicals from your residence.

Hidden Health Hazards in the Home

There are many hazards in your home that can be seen. However, many hazards in the home are not visible to the naked eye. It is this type of unseen hazard that is the most dangerous. They can be present in the home for years and can cause damage to you and your family. You can increase awareness of these potential dangers by understanding what to look for.

Most Common Health Hazards

Cleaning Products: Traditional cleaning products made from ammonia or bleach have been linked to respiratory issues. Absorbing such products through the skin may lead to nerve damage. It is imperative to use caution with these products. Only use chemical-based products in a well-ventilated area while wearing gloves and a ventilation mask. Alternative products such as baking soda, white vinegar, and hydrogen peroxide do not pose a threat to health.

Solvents & Paints: Inhaling the fumes from paint and solvents may cause many respiratory conditions and can contribute to cardiovascular issues. This is because many solvents and paints contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that leak into the indoor air. This can occur for years even after the paint has dried.

Pesticides: The danger of using pesticides is considerable as exposure may lead to short-term health issues. At first, the symptoms may include headaches or nausea. Long-term exposure has been linked to damage to the central nervous system, reproductive system, and even the development of cancer.

Clothing: It may seem odd, but older clothing contains chemicals that may cause harm to the respiratory system. These chemicals are usually fire-retardants or water-repellents which are no longer being used. It is wiser to purchase clothing made from all-natural materials such as cotton. Do not use mothballs because they contain a toxin that damages the lungs.

It is best to call a professional service that can identify these hazards if you are concerned about the safety of your home.

Why Call Brickley Environmental?

Getting in touch with the professionals at Brickley Environmental can bring peace of mind. We can explain our services, answer your questions, and inspect your home at your convenience. Do not take chances with potential hazards that threaten you and your family.  Get in touch with Brickley Environmental today.

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 to deal with this issue.

Here are a few tips for getting rid of the electronic waste in your home the proper way, which will avoid potential health issues and perhaps even make you a little money.

Recycle

First, you’ll want to locate the nearest recycling center that takes electronic devices. There is a big market for used electronic parts of all types and the metals inside may be valuable as well. You can look for recycling centers that pay for certain types of metals and materials to see if they might be valuable. However, in most cases you will probably only get a small amount back.

Donate

If you have devices that still work, but are no longer useful to you such as an older computer, consider donating them instead. There are many non-profit organizations that provide used electronics to adults and children around the world who need them. They will take your device if it is still in good working condition, refurbish it, and ship it to those who need it.

Sell

If you have devices that still work that you think might be valuable enough to sell, it’s easy to find out. You can go to auction sites such as eBay and check out similar items that are up for sale. This will give you an idea of the market price for what you own. Be sure to add shipping costs and all the details about your device, including photos which show any marks, scrapes, or damage which may affect its value.

It really helps if you look for green products when buying new electronic devices to minimize the hazardous waste associated with these products. Gadgets that have an Energy Star label or have been certified by Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool or EPEAT are good places to start. That way, you can reduce the amount of needless electronic waste while getting the most out of the products that you own.

For more information about electronic waste disposal, contact the experts at Brickley Environmental. They can help you properly dispose of such devices to create a safe environment in your home, office, or facility.

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 waste on their property for a variety of reasons. One of the more common is when a business purchases the property without the full knowledge of what might be present. Another is older waste that was stored and either forgotten or overlooked when new procedures were introduced. In either situation, the waste can go unaddressed for years.

Whatever the case, it pays for any business that might not have full records of the previous ownership or might have overlooked hazardous waste that was stored on the site to do a full investigation to see if it is present. If hazardous waste is discovered, the company can properly dispose of it with professional assistance.

Worker’s Rights & OSHA

Under OSHA, employees have rights when it comes to the presence of hazardous waste on the property. OSHA oversees all businesses that have hazardous waste present, so there are rules and regulations that need to be followed. Because employees have a right to a safe workplace, the removal of the hazardous waste becomes paramount. There are three steps required by OSHA: identification, information and removal.

Identification: The first step is the proper identification of the waste material and whether it qualifies as hazardous under OSHA rules. Once that is determined, the waste must be removed according to schedule.

Information: Workers do have rights when it comes to keeping their workplace safe, which means that they can file a complaint with OSHA if there is hazardous waste present that is not scheduled for removal and it presents a danger to the employees. Compliance with all rules and regulations concerning hazardous waste must be observed.

Removal: At this point, the hazardous waste must be removed from the property according to OSHA rules. Plus, any complaints that your employees have filed with OSHA regarding the presence of the hazardous waste must be addressed as well. Once it is removed the area where it was kept will be inspected to ensure that any residue is cleaned up so that it does not present a danger.

Once all hazardous waste has been dealt with accordingly, practices should be put into place to ensure that waste oversite does not happen again.

If you think you may have hazardous waste in the workplace, call the professionals as Brickley Environmental. They can provide the services you need to inspect, evaluate, and remove the waste from your property in a prompt, professional manner.

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! 

hazardous waste

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 those who are near it. The waste can be generated from industrial use, manufacturing, or the creation of certain products. The waste material can be solid, liquid, or gaseous in form and, in some cases, may be difficult to identify.

However, there is an identification process for hazardous waste, in terms of its substance and inclusion in EPA definitions of hazardous. Keep in mind that materials may be removed from the list of being hazardous, so what may have been considered dangerous yesterday may no longer be so today.

Removal

Today, there are a series of regulations from the EPA that define the creation, storage, treatment, transportation, and disposal of hazardous waste. All the regulations must be followed from start to finish or the owner risks fines, lawsuits, and in some cases imprisonment depending on the severity of the charges.

For companies that suspect or discover waste material that is hazardous on their property, the first step is to obey the federal, state, and local laws that are set in place. They should begin by hiring a licensed, insured, professional hazardous waste removal company, as they should be familiar with all applicable rules and regulations.

The next step is the proper identification and pricing for removal of the waste materials. It is true that even a small amount of waste may be expensive to remove because of the procedures that are involved. However, once it has been identified and acknowledge, it must be removed and disposed of in a timely manner. Otherwise there is a risk of greater contamination and violation of laws.

Once the material is gathered, it must be transported from the site to an area where it can be properly disposed. Depending on the nature of the hazardous waste, the process may be a simple or complicated one that includes considerations of storage size, type, and location. While the removal process is general is a complicated one, risks can be minimized when proper procedures are followed.

How Brickley Environmental Removes Hazardous Waste

At Brickley Environmental, we offer top of the line hazardous waste removal that is complete and affordable. Our trained technicians have the knowledge, skill, experience, and equipment to properly remove the material safely and effectively from your property. When you call our courteous, friendly staff, they will explain our services to you, answer all your questions, and can set up an appointment so our representative can inspect the situation and provide you with a free quote for our services.