This year’s wildfires engulfed nearly 9 million acres of land in the US, marking the most destructive fire season in 70 years and costing nearly $3 billion so far. While the fires are under control, a toxic threat still looms in the wake of the destruction. By destroying older homes and businesses, the release of asbestos fibers is putting many first responders, cleanup crews, and residents at risk of harmful exposure. In this blog, we’ll review the reasons the western wildfires generated concern about asbestos and what our community can do to prevent similar dangers. [Read more…] about Western Wildfires Generate Concern About Asbestos
Seasonal allergies are rising throughout all seasons, leaving many with stuffy noses and sinus aches almost year-round. However, suppose one doesn’t recognize that seasonal allergies and asbestos exposure share some of the same symptoms. In that case, they may be shrugging off what seems to them as a mild inconvenience while – in reality – they’re beginning to suffer from the extremely hazardous effects of asbestos inhalation. It’s important to ask yourself the following questions to determine whether you’re experiencing seasonal allergies or symptoms of asbestos exposure, as your health depends on it. [Read more…] about Is It Seasonal Allergies or Symptoms of Asbestos Exposure?
There are dangerous chemicals and substances that can make their way through the food chain, such as chlorinated pesticides, herbicides, and mercury. But can asbestos be transmitted between organisms in the same way? Asbestos is a hazardous material that releases airborne microscopic fibers that present a threat to most living creatures, and most are aware of its danger to our respiratory system. However, since the fibers do not break down over time, should we be worried whether asbestos can travel through the food chain as well? [Read more…] about Can Asbestos Travel Through the Food Chain?
The Toxic Substances Control Act Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals (SACC) peer review meeting regarding persistent asbestos risks scheduled for April 27 to 30 has been postponed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Though the meeting was to be virtual, the absence of key members and the importance of the discussion forced the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to put the meeting on indefinite hold. Despite the EPA’s delay of the asbestos review, it serves as a good reminder of the threat of asbestos exposure we still face in this country today. [Read more…] about EPA Delays Asbestos Review Due to COVID-19 Pandemic
Everyone wants to make sure their kids grow up strong and healthy. The last thing they want is for hazardous materials and conditions children can be exposed to cause life-long life or health issues, or even death. Among other hazardous materials found in homes, businesses, and childcare facilities such as schools and daycares is asbestos. It’s important to understand the specific risks that asbestos exposure can cause to infants and children. [Read more…] about Is Asbestos Exposure More Dangerous to Children and Infants?
While now banned in the United States, asbestos was used in construction materials until the end of the 1980s. When asbestos fibers are disturbed from decaying materials, construction, or a host of other possibilities, they can become airborne where they pose a risk to those who live or work within the building. Once asbestos is inhaled, long exposure to the fibers can lead to a host of symptoms that – if left unchecked – can have dire long-term consequences. [Read more…] about The Signs and Symptoms of Asbestos Exposure