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Paint Over the Danger of Lead

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 ... 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

COVID-19: Preparing the Workplace

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 ... 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

Detecting the Presence of Lead in Food

Lead is a toxic element that is naturally present in the water, air, and soil. Even small amounts of lead can be dangerous, especially to children. Lead inhibits the proper development of the brain, which in turn can affect speech, emotion, and cognitive ability. In addition, recent studies have demonstrated a link between lead and premature death due to heart disease. New concerns about lead in food have surfaced in India where instant noodles, a popular food consumed by tens of millions ... Read more

Suit Alleges Manufacturers Failed to Warn about Asbestos Fibers in Their Products

On June 27th, Thomas D. Griffith filed a claim against Dow Chemical and related corporations in the St. Clair County Circuit Court alleging that they did not adequately warn about the dangers of asbestos present in their products. As a result, Griffith was unnecessarily exposed to asbestos and developed a specific type of lung cancer that is known to be associated with asbestos exposure. In the brief filed by Griffith, he had served in the US Navy from 1969 to 1973. He returned ... Read more

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 ... Read more

Businesses Fined for Illegal Disposal of Hazardous Waste

Any business that must deal with hazardous waste may face considerable fines if they do not remove and dispose of it properly and legally. Recently, the Department of Health & Human Services in Humboldt County issued fines to four separate businesses for their failure to comply with storage and disposal standards. Antich Automotive, Eureka: $6,080 in fines for waste oil spill Figas Construction, Arcata: $14,000 in fines for illegal transportation of hazardous waste Hoopa Valley Ready-Mix, Willow Creek: $7,835 in fines ... Read more