Diseases Caused by Asbestos Exposure

Asbestos could be found in buildings around the world providing cheap fire and heat protection. Exposure to asbestos is everywhere. It has been used to line pipes, used inside walls, and used to fireproof blankets. Asbestos is a cheap, natural material whose unique properties made it well-suited to protect both property and lives.

Asbestos causes diseases that mostly affected the respiratory system. Medical professionals saw a rise in asbestos-related diseases and illnesses from the beginning of World War II until the late 1970s. The mineral eventually became heavily regulated and banned from being used in buildings.

However, exposure is still possible. There are still older buildings that contain asbestos. Here are some of the most common diseases that asbestos is known to cause.

Diseases & Exposure

Exposure to asbestos is always in the lungs. Hence, various forms of lung cancer are a common occurrence. The presence of the fibers in the lung tissues tend to exacerbate the cancer which may have been developed from another source. Therefore, there are two main diseases caused directly by asbestos exposure.

Asbestosis: This is caused by the fibers found in asbestos being inhaled into the lungs. The microscopic fiber irritate the tissues and may cause the following symptoms.

  • Shortness of Breath
  • Coughing
  • Chest Pain

The irritation can turn into inflammation and even scarring. Proper diagnosis is often difficult because it takes time for the asbestos fibers to build up enough to start causing the irritation. It may take up to 30 years after the initial exposure before the symptoms start appearing.

Mesothelioma: The scarring caused by asbestosis may lead to the formation of an aggressive cancer. Mesothelioma is a form of lung cancer that is caused by the irritation and presence of asbestos fibers. The fibers can be absorbed into the bloodstream and may find their way to the vital organs and build up there as well.

Mesothelioma is difficult to diagnose early and treat. This makes it one of the deadliest cancers. Early diagnosis is crucial to survival. Older buildings and structure that may contain asbestos will need to be identified.

How Brickley Environmental Can Help

Contact the experts at Brickley Environmental if you believe that your home, office, or facility may contain asbestos. They have the knowledge, experience, and tools to identify and remove asbestos from your property.

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5 Home Hazards Facing Young Children

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The home is a place of safety and security. However, it can also be a place of danger to children if the appropriate steps are not taken to inspect, identify, and remove potential dangers. The identification of potential hazards may prevent an accident that may cause serious health problems. 

Poisons

Remove all poisons from within reach of children. This means cubbies, drawers, and storage areas in the kitchen, bathroom, garage, and even the shed. Put all poisons and other harmful materials up and away from the reach of your kids. 

Pets

The unpredictable nature of pets can be difficult to control, but you can teach your kids to never abuse, hurt, or tease them. Teach your kids to respect pets and never leave young children alone with them. 

Children Falling

Arguably the most common of all injuries are caused by falls. For the most part, falls do not cause any injury, at least nothing more than a bump, bruise, or small abrasion. However, if your home has a staircase which may constitute a longer fall, then a more serious injury may occur. To help prevent falls, you can do the following. 

  • Clear away all clutter from the floors, staircases, and entranceways
  • Keep all toys, shoes, and the like off the floors
  • Mop up water from the kitchen and bathroom floors

It also helps to teach kids that indoors is no place for running. Which leads to the next issue. 

Children Tipping Over Furniture

When you consider the weight of tall dressers, entertainment centers, and the like, the effect that happens when tipped over may cause a serious injury or worse to take place. To prevent this, you will need to anchor all furniture to the walls or floors. Any furniture that may tip over must be secured in this fashion. 

Hazardous Common Items

This is more difficult, but one that you need to address. Any item that might cause harm from firearms to kitchen knives, utensils, and even tools need to be kept out of the reach of children. After putting up the poisons, secure all household items as well. 

Brickley Environmental is Here to Help

For parents, child care facility owners, and those in charge of children at their facility, proper safety management can help prevent most injuries from occurring. This is where the experts at Brickley Environmental can help.

The professionals at Brickley Environmental can inspect your home, office, or facility to see if there are any hazards that might threaten the health or safety of the children and adults present. Quite often, safety hazards are overlooked or simply not understood. That is where the trained eyes of Brickley Environmental professionals can provide answers.

For more information on how to avoid hazards in the home, visit staysafe.org.

Mold vs. Mildew – The Similarities and Differences

Mold vs. Mildew – The Similarities and Differences

Although mildew and mold are funguses, there are some important differences that you need to know. This is because the differences are such that they will shape how you clean away the organisms from your home, office, or facility.

Similarities – Mold & Mildew

Both mold and mildew are organisms that grow on organic materials. Both are essentially harmless until they reach a warm, moist atmosphere. The moisture will spark both organisms to grow rapidly and consume whatever organic materials are nearby. Mold and mildew will grow on food, shower basins, and especially wood products that include paper.

It is the growth of mold and mildew that must be checked if you want to preserve the structural support of your residence or business assuming it is made from wood. However, there are some important differences that you need to know as well.

Differences – Mold & Mildew

The most important difference is that mildew is a surface organism that does not penetrate materials nearly to the same extent as mold. This means that if you see the familiar page of white or gray patches, then all you really need is a cleaner and scrubbing brush. Because mildew sticks to the surface, it can be removed rather easily. However, mold is far more insidious as it penetrates surfaces to consumer-organic materials. It’s green or black coloring is easy to identify just like mildew. However, the damage it creates is far more extensive.

If not caught in time, the materials themselves may have to be repaired or replaced. Under dry conditions, mold is generally harmless. The spores may cause a mild allergic reaction to those who are sensitive, but that is the extent of the trouble it causes.

Humid or moist conditions, such as those found in the interior of buildings next to water sources cause both funguses to grow. However, with mold, the growth is far more extensive and damaging. In addition to destroying organic materials, there are certain types of mold that are toxic in nature. However, toxic mold is rare.

Symptoms of inhaling the spores from toxic mold include allergic reactions, headaches, and it can be harmful to those with respiratory issues.

How Brickley Environmental Can Help

If you suspect the presence of these issues, call the experts at Brickley Environmental. We have the expertise to identify and remove funguses from homes and buildings using proven techniques.

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To see more information on the dangers of mold & mildew, visit the CDC.

COVID-19: Preparing the Workplace

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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 federal, state, local, tribal, and/or territorial health agencies, and consider how to incorporate those recommendations and resources into workplace-specific plans.

Implement COVID Prevention Measures

For most employers, protecting workers will depend on emphasizing basic infection prevention measures. As appropriate, all employers should implement good hygiene and infection control practices. Such practices include frequent handwashing, use of hand sanitizer, wearing a face mask/covering, avoid touching the face, using only your own equipment and sanitizing post-use, and maintaining regular housekeeping. 

How Brickley Environmental Can Help

If you suspect that your business or workplace may be contaminated with COVID-19, contact the professionals at Brickley Environmental. We have the knowledge and experience to identify and remove viruses.

At Brickley Environmental, we understand the dangers of COVID-19 contamination and what it can do to the health of those living or working on the property.

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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 and other illnesses.

What Do You Need to Disinfect Your Device?

1. Make sure to use bleach-free disinfecting wipes (Clorox or Lysol brand Disinfecting Wipes in the Yellow container). You can also use a solution made of 40% rubbing alcohol and 60% distilled water mixed in a spray bottle. 

2. Microfiber cloths or linen free soft cleaning cloths. 

3. Lastly, a can of compressed air, this is optional but a good option to remove dirt or dust from ports and other hard to reach areas. 

Precautions to Be Aware Of

1. Never use harsh cleaning supplies such as undiluted bleach directly on electronics. They can damage screens and other components of a device. 

2. Never spray any cleaning solution directly onto any electronic device. You should always apply the cleaning or disinfecting solution on a microfiber cloth and then apply it. 

3. Lastly, if you are using a bleach-free disinfecting wipe or cloth with a solution on it, be sure to wring it out before wiping down a device. We want to disinfect the electronic device not damage it.

How Brickley Environmental Can Help

If you suspect that your home, business, or community center may be contaminated with COVID-19, contact the professionals at Brickley Environmental. We have the knowledge and experience to identify and remove viruses that may be present. Over the years, we have worked with home and business owners just like you to ensure that their properties are safe from contamination.

For more information on COVID-19, please visit the CDC’s site.