Like most hazardous materials, mold is an unwelcome and harmful substance, but what separates this material from others in the group is that it’s a living organism capable of reproduction. When you see that unsightly stain on your walls, floors, and ceiling, it’s a living colony feeding off the dead organic substances within and on the surface of the building materials. Understanding the life cycle of mold and learning how it grows will help you realize how quickly it can spread and what it takes to eliminate it. [Read more…] about The Life Cycle of Mold and How it Grows
The United States military is the occupation with the highest number of mesothelioma patients. One-third to one-half of all mesothelioma patients are veterans. Of course, members of the military are exposed to far more environments than your typical American, but it’s primarily due to the asbestos in military family housing that this disease continues to affect our service members. Given what we now know about asbestos, why is asbestos still prevalent in U.S. military housing? [Read more…] about Why is Asbestos Rampant in U.S. Military Housing?
Asbestos abatement is an essential step when demolishing a building, as the release of asbestos fibers can contaminate the surrounding area. But not only can dismissing or improperly performing such a vital step compromise the health of workers and nearby residents, but it can also have severe financial repercussions. In April, a Milwaukee real estate company and contractor learned this lesson the hard way when they were hit with a heavy fine for violating asbestos regulations. [Read more…] about Violating Asbestos Regulations: How It Can Cost You
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
Not only can mold in your home be a costly problem, but it can also be dangerous, particularly when it comes to black mold. Exposure to toxic black mold can cause a wide range of symptoms and health problems, and the longer the exposure goes unnoticed, the more dangerous these symptoms can become. To help keep your family safe, you must first educate yourself on the harmful effects of black mold on your health.
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When you hire an asbestos abatement team, you’re asking them to remove or encapsulate your property’s asbestos. But what happens when they discover another hazardous material such as lead in the process? One must recognize that where there is asbestos, there is likely lead, which is why it’s important that the abatement company understands the link between asbestos and lead RRP. [Read more…] about The Link Between Asbestos Abatement and Lead RRP