In outdoor, dry environments mold is an annoying allergen that may cause a few sneezes but is essentially harmless. However, when it finds its way inside a residence, building, or facility and lands on an organic surface, it can become a costly danger. This is especially true if the location is subject to moisture or humidity that allows the mold to reproduce rapidly.
Left unchecked, the mold will spread and consume organic materials such as wood. The spores created will also cause ...
If you live in a home that was originally painted with lead paint, some of the lead may still be around underneath layers of new paint. When exposed, it may cause lead-poisoning issues that mostly affect children but can affect adults as well.
Where to Look for Lead
Most lead paint was used in the following areas.
Bathrooms, Kitchens, and FloorsBaseboards, Stairs, and WindowsPorches, Exteriors, Woodwork and Trim
Such areas are often painted over numerous times over the years, so the paint may still be ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 aflamePoisons: ...
Paint Over the Danger of Lead
Lead was present in paint prior to 1978. It provided strength and durability, but it also created a serious health risk to those living inside the home, particularly children. Lead has not been included in paint for over four decades. There are still thousands of homes that have lead paint inside.
The lead paint may be under layers of newer paint that keep the exposure to a minimum. Renovation projects may uncover the paint and cause the ...
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.
OSHA applied the following standards for medical surveillance with the following guidelines in which the ...
E-Waste consists of discarded electronic parts. It is quickly becoming one of the largest disposal issues. Finding ways to properly dispose of electronic panels, computers, mobile devices, and other scrap electronic devices are becoming quite problematic.
This is especially true in developing countries where advances in digital technology are rapidly rising. The lack of recycling e-waste is leading to rising health concerns.
The Buildup of E-Waste
The reason why electronic waste is becoming a greater issue is because of advancing technology. Today’s computers, mobile ...
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.
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 ...