By Brett Wilkins, http://digitaljournal.com
By Jeff Mlekush, QuanTem Labs Vice President
It’s the time of year when a young man’s heart turns to…asbestos sampling. You thought I was going somewhere else with this? Nope. Before the summer rush sets in and you’re running six ways from Sunday, I think a reminder is called for. I want to remind everyone of the AHERA sampling protocol and the difference between the AHERA Method and the NIOSH 7402 Method.
First, which way to go – AHERA or NIOSH? Well, why are you sampling?
The AHERA TEM Air clearance monitoring requires thirteen samples to be collected. Five samples should be collected inside the contained area. Five samples should be collected outside the contained area. Two field blanks should be opened for 30 seconds (one inside containment and one outside containment). One unopened lab blank should be submitted.
So, I hope this brief discussion helps. If you have any questions regarding TEM air sampling or other asbestos, lead, or mold sampling give me a call. If I don’t know the answer, I’ll find the person for you to talk to.
- Six School Districts in Arizona Fined for Asbestos Violations (mesothelioma.com)
Even with all the information we have about the dangers of asbestos the U.S. is still importing more than 2.3 million pounds of the carcinogen.
By Jim Morris, http://www.publicintegrity.org
More than 50 countries have banned asbestos, a toxic mineral used in building materials, insulation, automobile brakes and other products.
The United States isn’t one of them. Last year, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, 1,060 metric tons - more than 2.3 million pounds - came into the country, all of it from Brazil. “Based on current trends,” the USGS says, “U.S. asbestos consumption is likely to remain near the 1,000-ton level …”
Public health experts and anti-asbestos activists find this distressing. Read More
By Carl Bennett, http://www.hivehealthmedia.com
Molds are rather harmless little fungi, present in every single environment, all-year round. But when they find warm and humid conditions, they tend to turn into that matter-decomposing eye sore we all know and dread. Their aspect however is probably the least important characteristic we should worry about; molds can be the cause of many health issues, ranging from itchy eyes and a runny nose to serious respiratory infections. Read More
- Top Reasons Your Respiratory Health is Suffering (belmarrahealth.com)
Lead paint may be banned in the U.S., but that is not stopping some companies from exporting it to unregulated countries.
By Lynne Peeples, http://www.huffingtonpost.com
Not until Perry Gottesfeld pulled up to the front gates of Seigneurie in Cameroon did he realize the African country’s leading paint manufacturer was owned by a U.S.-based corporation.
“A big sign read PPG,” Gottesfeld, executive director of the nonprofit Occupational Knowledge International, recalled from his March 2011 visit to the factory. “We were shocked.”
The reason for the surprise: His research team had just discovered that more than 40 percent of Seigneurie house paints on the market in Cameroon contained high levels of lead, with the neurotoxic heavy metal accounting for up to half the weight of some paints. Read More
- Poison Pushers: Lead Paint, Other Toxic Products Sold To Unsuspecting Customers Abroad (huffingtonpost.com)
- Lead Paint In Africa Supplied By US Company (medicalnewstoday.com)
Straight out of an ’80s horror movie, Cardiff deals with the reveal of an “asbestos spider.”
By Simon Gaskell, http://www.walesonline.co.uk
A web of intrigue surrounds a gruesome discovery in a 19th century attic – where a large tarantula skin, potentially contaminated with asbestos, has been found.
The shock find was made during a routine survey by Cardiff asbestos specialists Kusten Vorland.
After three days in the empty house, on The Parade, in Roath, surveyor Katie Parsons-Young led her team into a pitch-black attic at 4.30pm on Tuesday. In a scene reminiscent of horror flick Arachnophobia, Katie – no fan of creepy crawlies – got the shock of her life when lifting up one of the floorboards and spotting a large, hairy leg. Read More
By RHETT MORGAN World Staff Writer
3/12/2008 9:59:58 AM In the largest asbestos-related settlement on record, W.R. Grace & Co. (GRA) agreed Tuesday to reimburse the federal government $250 million. The money was used by the government in the town of Libby, Montana, where hundreds of people were sickened by asbestos, including some that died. The investigation and cleanup cost the taxpayers $168 million, with another $175 million likely.
The record payout is awaiting approval by a federal bankruptcy judge. The funding for the cleanup was originally taken from the government’s Superfund environmental cleanup program, and the $250 million from W.R. Grace & Co. will reimburse taxpayers….
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