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 aflame
  • Poisons: These are toxic if consumed

For the most part, harmful chemicals are marked as such for easy identification. You will need to treat such chemicals differently in terms of use and storage compared to harmless materials.

Storage

Proper storage of harmful chemicals will go a long way to prevent accidents from occurring. What follows are a few tips if you have such chemicals in the home.

Follow Instructions: Proper use of harmful chemicals will minimize exposure to you and everyone else in the household. With insecticides, be sure to clear the area and let the product fully dry before letting children and pets back in.

Keep All Harmful Chemicals Out of Reach of Children and Pets: In other words, store such chemicals high on a shelf and not in a cabinet. Remember that locked cabinets are still not 100% and you may forget to shut the door. But keeping them out of reach will prevent almost all accidents from occurring.

Store in a Cool, Dry Place: Keeping them stored at room temperature and normal humidity conditions will not keep potentially explosive chemicals from becoming unstable. It will also preserve their effectiveness for longer periods.

Toss Out Old, Unused Chemicals: Every so often, you will want to remove old chemicals that are no longer used. While some may not have an expiration date, in many cases they will break down over time.

What to Do in an Emergency

Even the best plans may not prevent the accidental consumption of a toxic chemical or medication. You should have the emergency number handy and a bottle of ipecac. Ipecac is a chemical which causes a person to throw up the contents of their stomach. However, you should only use ipecac when instructed by a poison control center.

If you believe that your home may have harmful chemicals that you want safely disposed, calling the professionals at Brickley Environmental can help.

Call Brickley Environmental Today

The knowledgeable, experienced professionals at Brickley Environmental can provide you with proper guidance when it comes to chemical exposure in the home. Our trained staff will listen to you, ask questions to fully understand the situation, and set an appointment to inspect the issue in your home. We also offer sound advice on how to properly store and dispose of household chemicals to minimize your concerns. Call today and let our professionals provide the guidance you need to identify and remove unwanted chemicals from your residence.

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

EPA ruling asbestosThe 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 the public at risk for asbestos exposure. The fibers in asbestos, when inhaled over time, may cause mesothelioma, which is a rare and aggressive form of lung cancer that has proven to be difficult to treat and quite deadly. The products listed include the following:

  • Adhesives, Roof Coatings, Extruded Sealant Tape, and Sealants
  • Electrical Paper, Acetylene Cylinder fillers, Friction Materials, and Millboard
  • Missile Liner, Arc Chutes, Pipelines, and Wrap
  • Woven and Cement Products, Roofing Felt, and Packing Materials
  • Vinyl-Asbestos Floor Tile, Reinforced Plastics, Building Products, and Separators for Batteries and Fuel Cells
  • Interestingly enough, the new ruling which puts the EPA in charge of whether asbestos is to be used was heavily criticized. This is because EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler has promised in congressional testimony to completely ban the substance from any commercial use.

Bans on Asbestos Use

While the dangers of asbestos are well-known and the substance has been banned for any use in over 60 countries, some of the countries that have not fully banned it include the US, China, Russia, and India. These are some of the leading industrial countries in the world. Plus, Brazil has only recently fully banned asbestos as it was one of the leading producers of the mineral.

In addition, Mongolia, Singapore, and Ukraine were previously on the fully banned list but now have relaxed their regulations in terms of using this mineral.

The fear is that the continued use of asbestos, even in limited amounts, will increase the chances of people developing mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. While the vast majority of uses for asbestos has been banned, such as in building material, there are still products and certain appliances that use asbestos in limited amounts.

If you suspect that your residence, building or property has asbestos present, you will want to call a professional asbestos removal company to find out.

Why Call Brickley Environmental?

If you suspect the presence of asbestos in your residence, office, or facility, call Brickley Environmental today. The professionals at Brickley Environmental have the knowledge, training, and experience to identify and remove mold from your property. Over the years, we have developed the right techniques and use the best tools and equipment to safely remove asbestos from all types of structures.

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 of stripping away the materials from devices which cannot be recycled. Plus, some e-waste has toxic elements that must be carefully handled, which also adds to the overhead in terms of recycling.

Pulse Power

Traditional recycling methods use chemical baths or mechanical crushers to start the transformation process of the material. However, they can be complicated, expensive, and cause health issues when not performed properly.

A chemical bath produces harmful effects in the atmosphere, in which those who work inside are particularly vulnerable. Mechanical crushers break apart items in a manner that may have unexpected results, especially if toxic materials are found inside. Plus, such devices may not be well-suited for separating certain materials, which in the end causes even more waste to be produced.

In Japan, researchers have developed a new recycling method that uses pulsed electric discharges or pulse power to process all types of materials into something that can be recycled. From e-waste to concrete and to water that needs to be treated, pulse power is providing a solution that more companies and organizations are investigating.

How Pulse Power Works

Electrical charges are used to break apart materials in a clean, efficient manner. For e-waste, which often combines both recyclable and non-recyclable materials, this is a simple way to separate the components so they can be handled properly.

For example, CD-ROMs are a common form of e-waste consisting of plastic and metal components. Such components can be separated with an average of 30 electronic pulses. Because the pulses use electricity only, there are no additional materials to purchase, such as the ingredients used for chemical baths. Nor is the equipment used in pulse power devices likely to breakdown as with mechanical recycling machines, which need constant maintenance and monitoring.

In addition, the electricity used is cheap and works on many different types of items that used materials from different sources. Once the materials are separated, they can either be recycled or disposed of properly with less contamination.

Solving Your Waste Recycling Needs

If your company is seeking solutions to its e-waste issues, Brickley Environmental can help. Offering services that help companies identify, remove, and recycle electronic waste, Brickley Environmental has the trained experience and personnel along with the right equipment to get the job done.

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 continues, which can have a considerable effect on the nervous system and the brain, especially in developing children. Some lead exposure symptoms in children include:

  • Short attention span
  • Lower intelligence
  • Difficulty with fine motor skills
  • Violent behavior

Such issues affect children to a greater degree because it affects their development. Plus, the general nature of the symptoms means that the exposure may go undetected for years unless it is specifically tested.

Sources of Lead

Despite the banning, there are still many sources of lead present in many places, including untreated water supplies, such as:

  • Lead water pipes, paints, and other goods, such as toys
  • Soil contamination
  • Jewelry
  • Canned goods soldered with lead

Dangerous Levels of Lead Exposure

While no amount of exposure is considered safe, the CDC has determined that any amount above 5 micrograms per deciliter is considered dangerous. However, even lower amounts are considered dangerous and treatment is recommended.

Treatment of Lead Exposure

To resist low-level exposure, a diet that is high in iron, Vitamin C, and calcium helps to prevent the absorption of lead to a certain degree. To remove the lead in the body, chelation therapy is recommended, which is a chemical injected into the body that binds to the lead and helps the body to pass it through, generally through urination.

Unfortunately, there is no known way to reverse the effects of lead exposure. Once the damage has been done, there is no way to correct the damage.

Testing for Lead Exposure

If you believe that you, your employees, or family might have been exposed to lead, then it is important to undergo tests immediately. Do not wait for symptoms to show up if you suspect lead poisoning, which may occur anywhere there is lead present. The sooner the lead is detected, the faster the treatments can commence, which may help prevent damage.

For children, it is recommended that testing may begin even if they are still infants. Bear in mind, however, that blood testing may not be enough if the child has been exposed for long periods of time because the lead will progress into the bones and organs.

If you suspect that lead might be present in your home, office, or facility, please call the experts at Brickley Environmental.

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. However, lead is a poison that has harmful effects on the mind and body. Because of the way it is distributed throughout the body, lead can remain present for a long time and cause considerable damage.

Exposure to lead over the long-term may lead to serious health issues for young children, toddlers, and babies who are the most vulnerable. While lead is a toxic substance, children are particularly vulnerable because their bodies can retain lead for longer periods of time.

The health effects include the retardation of development in the brain and other areas of the body, which include problems with behavior, anemia, and understanding. The presence of lead in the body may also include pain from headaches and stomach issues that cannot be easily treated. When lead is present in the body long enough, it can get into the bones and affect the production of blood cells and interfere with the effects of helpful minerals, such as calcium.

How Does Lead Poisoning Occur?

The most common source of lead poisoning comes from paints that were made with lead as part of the ingredients. Such paints were banned in the mid-1970s, but there are still many older homes that may still have lead paint on the walls. Lead is also used in paints in some countries overseas, so there is a potential source as well.

Water from old lead pipes and faucets are another common source of poisoning, which reaches the soil and contaminates that as well. It is also important to be cautious of cans, toys, inks, glass, and plaster that come from other counties since they may have the presence of lead inside. The symptoms of lead poisoning can be difficult to discern unless you have a specific test performed.

If you suspect the presence of lead on your property, it is best to call a professional service to treat the issue.

Why Call Brickley Environmental?

At Brickley Environmental, we provide the best services in the identification, isolation, and removal of lead from the home, office, or facility. Our team of experienced professionals understand how to address the presence of lead and provide a step-by-step method for its effective removal. If you suspect the presence of lead in your home, office, or facility, call Brickley Environmental today.