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Home Chemical Safety Tips

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: ... Read more

New EPA Ruling Does Not Eliminate Asbestos. How Does This Affect You?

The latest ruling from the EPA, which was released on April 17, 2019, does not call for the total banning of asbestos in terms of imports for commercial use. This means that companies that wish to import or use asbestos materials in their products must be approved by the EPA before they can proceed. This new ruling leaves many angry at the EPA for not banning the substance totally. However, there have been asbestos products that are now banned because they put ... Read more

Clean and Effective E-Waste Recycling

The rise of electronic devices, from televisions and radios to computers, laptops, mobile devices, and so much more, has created an electronic waste, or e-waste, issue. With over 50 million tons of e-waste being generated every year, only about 10 million tons are being recycled. The rest piles up in landfills where the toxic materials are starting to cause concern. The natural solution is recycling, but e-waste is different from most items that undergo the recycling process. There is the added expense ... Read more

Lead Exposure and Its Irreversible Damage

Past issues with the water supply in Flint, Michigan, have once again brought the dangers of lead exposure into the forefront. Lead poisoning has been an issue for thousands of years, but it was only in 1978 that the US ban lead in paint and other consumer goods, as its effects were becoming better understood. Symptoms of Lead Exposure One of the reasons lead is so dangerous is that low-level exposure does not create any obvious symptoms. This usually means that the exposure ... Read more

What Every Parent Should Know About Lead Poisoning

Thanks to growing news reports, particularly from Flint, Michigan, and the issues they are having with their water system, lead poisoning is a topic that is garnering more attention. Lead used to be a common ingredient in paint and gasoline until it was banned in the early 1970s. The effects of lead poisoning, especially on children, can be devastating. What is Lead Poisoning? Lead is similar to the many minerals that are absorbed and passed through the body, such as zinc, iron, and calcium. ... Read more

Elevated Lead Levels in Children

After the banishment of lead from paint and gasoline back in the early 1970s, the effort in the United States to test for lead contamination began to decline. This was because it was believed that paint and other sources of lead were no longer being manufactured and that the number of people and children becoming contaminated with lead would also decline. However, recent studies have steered many of the pediatric health care providers in the US to believe that not enough testing for ... Read more

Know the Symptoms of Lead Poisoning

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 ... Read more

Two Unusual Sources of Asbestos

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 ... 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