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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

E-waste – A Toxic Waste Stream

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 ... 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

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

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

Protect Your Family From Exposure to Lead

Lead contamination has been in the news recently, most notably in cities where the water supply have been tainted by the presence of lead. However, one of the most common sources of lead contamination originates from lead paint that was used in homes prior to 1978. The dust from that lead paint is one of the most common sources of lead poisoning which affects families around the world. Any lead paint that was used in homes prior to 1978 may be under ... 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

Mold 101: Effects on Human Health

Mold is a term used for a collection of fungi that are found virtually everywhere in the air. When in a dry state, mold is relatively harmless. However, on surfaces that provide a source of food in a humid atmosphere, they can take hold and grow quickly. It does not take long for mold to grow inside the home.  It can consume materials, cause damage to structural integrity, and even create respiratory issues. A damp environment represents a potential home for mold ... Read more

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 ... Read more
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