While lead exposure rates in the US have dropped considerably since the mid-1970s, recent events demonstrate that residents are not totally removed from the issue. Since the 2016 lead contamination and water crisis in Flint, Michigan, it has been discovered that thousands of other communities in the US suffer from lead exposure rates even greater than those documented in Flint.
This new awareness of the presence of lead has caught some off-guard, considering that the substance was banned from products for decades. However, ...
Just like standard mold, black mold can infest residences, commercial buildings, and facilities. This is especially true in damp areas where the mold can attach and grow. Black mold is especially dangerous and identifying it in the early stages may mean the difference in affecting the health of those who live or work inside.
What is Black Mold?
Black mold is a type of mold that appears quite dark, if not fully black in appearance. It gives off a musty, damp odor and ...
Black mold and asbestos are two of the biggest dangers that may be present in your residence, building, or facility. If left unchecked, they may cause considerable damage to the health of those who live or work inside. However, despite the fact that both substances may be deadly, there are considerable differences between black mold and asbestos.
What is Black Mold?
Mold is a common fungus that is found in practically every structure. However, it does not present a threat until it attaches ...
Of the many issues facing the residents of California, one of the most insidious is the expansion of lead poisoning throughout various businesses and into the surrounding communities. While lead itself is an important metal used in various fields, the side effects of exposure have proven to be quite harmful to adults and children.
The increase in lead poisoning cases results from a combination of poor industrial management and a failure of state agencies to act on the problem, even when informed. Only ...
After the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began banning asbestos in products and new constructions in the 1970s, there was a considerable effort to identify where the substance was present and have it removed. This became especially concerning in the mid to late 1980s when more people contracted mesothelioma, an aggressive form of cancer that is primarily caused by long-term exposure to asbestos.
People at Risk
The risk is not limited to those who worked in facilities that had asbestos, but also extends to ...
Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous material that has been linked to cancers such as mesothelioma. Although asbestos exposure is considered dangerous, it is not completely banned in the US and other countries because it is naturally occurring and does serve a valuable purpose thanks to its fire-resistance and durability.
History of Asbestos
Asbestos has been around for millions of years, but its name derives from the Greeks, which means “inextinguishable”. The Greeks recognized the ability of asbestos to resist fire, and the first ...
It’s not surprising that renovations have become quite common in recent years, given the changes both in the home and in businesses trying to get the most out of their properties. However, there are plenty of dangers involved in the renovation process, so homeowners need to be careful when making changes to their residences.
Here are some of the more common dangers that you may face when renovating your property. By taking the right precautions, you can minimize the chances for injury ...
Lead has been an important metal used for thousands of years in many different products. However, it was not until the 20th century that the threat of lead poisoning was fully understood. By the 1970s, lead was banned from most products, especially paints, and many considered the issue to have been successfully addressed.
However, recent discoveries in states like California have shown lead remains in the water supply and still poses a threat. Even today, it is still important to be able ...
Even though the dangers of asbestos are well-known, as exposure to asbestos becomes less frequent the symptoms may be misdiagnosed more often. It is possible that some people who might be successfully treated instead suffer and become worse. That’s why it is important to understand the symptoms associated with asbestos exposure, which can cause certain forms of cancer and asbestosis.
What is Asbestosis?
This is a version of pulmonary fibrosis where the lungs are scarred by the presence of asbestos over a long ...
Most people associate asbestos with its use in buildings as heat and fireproofing measures from decades ago. Indeed, asbestos was commonly used as fireproofing material which wrapped water pipes and was placed in walls to prevent the spread of fire from one room to another.
However, as the asbestos wrapping aged, it released the substance now know to lead to mesothelioma when inhaled. Asbestos was banned or severely limited for use in the late 1970s and since then there has been large-scale programs ...