COVID-19 Induced Waste Scenario

The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic will go down as one of the most disruptive events in modern history. Of all the conditions that have affected the world due to the pandemic, one thing that is causing a growing concern is the increase in waste volume. The increase in the volume of waste products has caused considerable concern that the virus may spread faster than ever before. 

Increase in COVID-19 Waste Product

Waste processing systems around the world are predicated on the movement and location of people. Before the days of extended lockdowns, many people during the day are at work, school, or outside the home. This means that the waste product they generate is handled by different systems. 

But more importantly, the amount of waste from residential locations has placed a large burden on waste collection and processing facilities. This is not only about human waste, but the one-time use products used to help keep the spread of the virus in check. 

Such products are now filling up landfills and overwhelming processing centers which puts the surrounding environment in danger of leakage. This means that even if the virus is not spread due to the increase is waste products, the environment may be in danger because facilities have become overwhelmed. 

Environmental Impact

In most developed countries, the increase in waste product does not strain the system. This issue is mostly for less developed countries that do not have an adequate waste collection and processing system. 

However, there are local areas even in developed countries such as the US that may be impacted if a combination of events occurs at the same time. For example, a hurricane or major storm combined with power outages and temporary reduction of services may create an overload to the system. 

While such situations may seem rare, they can happen in areas which may already be close to capacity. States with large homes populations for example are more vulnerable to the environmental impact of reduced waste management processes. 

For business owners who may have issues with their own waste collection and processing systems, there is a company that can help. 

Call Brickley Environmental

If you have concerns about the increase in potentially hazardous waste material due to the COVID-19 pandemic, then call the professionals at Brickley Environmental. They have the knowledge, experience, and equipment to identify any increase in waste product due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

For companies or areas that are seeing an increase in waste production or have concerns about the spreading of COVID-19, then Brickley Environmental may have the answer. Call today and find out more about how such waste material may be identified and checked for the presence of the virus. 

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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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 presence of asbestos particles may be in the atmosphere.

  • Questionnaires
  • Chest Roentgenograms
  • Applying Surveillance Guidelines for Asbestos

In addition, OSHA includes x-rays to identify if those who have been exposed may have been contaminated.

Phase Contrast Microscopy and Transmission Electron Microscopy are methods to determine the type and amount of asbestos fibers in the air. Dust samples are taken from the location and tested in qualified laboratories. Urine is also collected from those who work inside to help determine exposure. A bulk sample analysis is performed which follows both OSHA and EPA regulations. In addition, Polarized Light Microscopy helps to identify the presence of asbestos fibers.

Controlling the Exposure

If asbestos is present, those who work inside must follow the proper protection. Start with identifying the source, isolating it from the rest of the structure, and removing it as quickly as possible.

Workers must be limited in terms of time and exposure inside the building. Personal protective gear must also be worn including the proper respiratory devices and clothing. The US Department of Health and Human Services offers guidance as to the rules and regulations that must be followed.

Why Call Brickley Environmental? 

If you suspect that asbestos may be present inside your home, office, or facility call the professionals at Brickley Environmental. They have the knowledge, experience, and equipment to properly test, identify, and remove asbestos safely. They also follow all rules and regulations that are set by OSHA to ensure accuracy and safety in the identification and removal of asbestos.

Asbestos: Past, Present, and Future

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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 qualities soon became evident as discovered on the island of Cyprus where asbestos was abundant. 

By the early Medieval era which included prominent figures such as Marco Polo, asbestos was commonly used as fireproofing material. Although it was still used for making clothing with those wearing the items unaware of the danger it presented to their health. 

Today

By the mid-20th century, it was used for many different items which included shoes, filters for cigarettes, wicks, and even artificial snow. There was an abundance of it and it could be used for many different purposes.

People began to realize the negative effects on the lungs around the late 1960’s. A condition first called “mountain linen lung” was coined for those who suffered this condition. This later became known as mesothelioma. 

Future

It is still being used today in certain limited forms. However, it was banned in the 1970’s. You may find small amounts of asbestos used in electrical devices or appliances which are sealed to limit exposure. There are still countries that use asbestos commonly, such as China, Brazil, and India, although its dangers are now being addressed. 

However, the widespread use of asbestos for homes and commercial structures means that there is still plenty of material present when it was installed legally before the late 1970s. If you suspect that your home or building has it present, then you should give Brickley Environmental a call for more information. 

Why Call Brickley Environmental?

The experts at Brickley Environmental have the knowledge, skill, and equipment to safely remove asbestos from residences, offices, and facilities. Their experts can answer your questions about the possible presence of asbestos, explain the services provided, and even send out a representative upon your request to discover if asbestos is present. 

Brickley Environmental will offer a free quote for removal services. All will be removed in a safe manner that complies with local, state, and federal laws. If you suspect the presence of asbestos in your home, office, or facility, call Brickley Environmental for more information today. 

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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 is a natural substance found in nature often appearing like a rock. Pure asbestos consists of many small fibers that can be processed to create useful materials such as insulation. For many decades, asbestos was installed into residential and commercial buildings as fireproofing material.

The fibers become airborne when the processed asbestos starts to fall apart. The fibers stuck to the inside of the lungs and remain there when inhaled. This is because the fibers have hooks which attach themselves to the interior of the lungs.

How Cancer Forms Because of Asbestos

The fibers trapped in the lungs continue to do damage to the inner lining. This results in inflammation, scarring, and eventually damage on a genetic level. This is a process similar to when trauma causes cancer in bones or muscle tissue. Mesothelioma is a cancer that is aggressive and has a high rate of death.

The damage from asbestos takes place over years and even decades. The source of the cancer is clear as it stems solely from asbestos. Asbestos was banned from the construction of new buildings in the late 1970s.

Exposure to asbestos is limited due in large part to the removal of asbestos from most buildings and structures. You may still be at risk from asbestos exposure from other less obvious sources and this is where Brickley Environmental can help.

How Brickley Environmental Can Help

Calling the professionals at Brickley Environmental should be the first step for the safety and protection of your home or business.

We have the knowledge, experience, training, and equipment to identify the presence of asbestos in homes, buildings, and structures. We can confirm the presence of asbestos and we can safely remove it.