Newsletter – March 2013

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QuanTEM Laboratories
QuanTEM Chronicle
An Informative Newsletter for Environmental Professionals
March, 2013
In This Issue
Senate bill would restore lead paint opt-out
UN voting to add chrysotile to hazardous chemicals list
Lead still troubling Maine children
Mold, bacteria and lead found in high school
Keep out mold and mildew
Canadian Cancer Society issues award
Your rights in an OSHA Inspection

Barbara’s Corner
Barbara Holder, Customer Service Manager

March marks the beginning of spring. It also marks the beginning of the busy season. To ensure a timely turn around without delays, we want to stress the importance of proper sample packaging. Here are two important lists;

 

Do:

1. Do use an air tight sealed bag for each sample.

2. Do use a chain of custody with all information written legibly.

3. Do label each sample clearly.

Do Not:

1. Do not use staples on sample bags or chain of custody.

2. Do not use duct tape.

3. Do not put multiple samples in one sample bag.

I made a short video on sample packaging. Enjoy!

How to prepare samples for the lab
How to prepare samples for the lab

Mold of the Month
Penicillium
Photo Via Peter Halasz

A genus of ascomycetous fungi of major importance in the natural environment as well as food and drug production. Members of the genus produce penicillin, a molecule that is used as an antibiotic, which kills or stops the growth of certain kinds of bacteria inside the body. According to the Dictionary of the Fungi (10th edition, 2008), the widespread genus contains over 300 species. Read More

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John’s Rant
John Barnett, President
John Barnett,
 President

Friends, the 1st quarter of 2013 is almost over. We attended the IAQA conference in Orlando a couple of weeks ago and I learned a new term, “Pause Points.” The idea of a Pause Point is to stop what you’re doing and take a look back, is your project going in the direction you planned? Do you need to back up and make some changes or can you move forward on the same track?

I have always felt that sometimes we get so tied up with our daily work that it’s possible to lose sight of our original plan. With that in mind the end of a quarter is a good time to Pause and take a look back. We’ve already spent one quarter of the year and we need to be sure we know where we’re headed.

For those of us who run a company, division, or group it’s important because the company as a whole and the employees as individuals depend on our guidance. We owe it to them as well as ourselves to make sure we are headed in the right direction. (Now if we only knew what the right direction was we’d all be rich.)

Have a great day and a prosperous summer,

John E. Barnett

President

QuanTEM Laboratories, LLC

 

Senate bill would restore lead paint rule opt-out provision
http://hardwoodfloorsmag.comSenator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) has reintroduced a bill that would amend the EPA’s 2012 Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (LRRP) Rule. Inhofe and his supporters say S. 484 would maintain the original act’s protections of homeowner health while making it more functional for homeowners and remodelers. Read More

Vote to Include Chrysotile on UN Treaty’s Hazardous Chemicals List Hangs in Balance
http://www.mesotheliomanews.comThe sixth United Nations Rotterdam Convention meets in Geneva, Switzerland, April 28-May 10, amid controversy over a vote to decide whether chrysotile (white asbestos) will finally be included on the aggregate list of controlled hazardous substances. The multilateral treaty, ratified in 2002 to protect society and the environment from toxic chemicals, must have a unanimous vote. A small group of national asbestos stakeholders has repeatedly blocked chrysotile by using industry-sponsored research to assert its general harmlessness at controlled levels in the workplace.

The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) says: “Any exposure (to asbestos) is going to prolong the asbestos epidemic. Continued export and continued use of chrysotile will increase the incidence of lung cancer and mesothelioma for many decades to come” (BBC). Read More

Lead still sickening Maine children, but Bangor shows progress
By Tom Walsh, Special to the BDNHeavy metal is more than a genre of rock music. It’s also a public health hazard when it involves human exposure to toxins such as mercury and lead.Lead exposure poisons more than a hundred children each year in Maine, usually toddlers who live in older homes decorated many years ago with lead-based paints. Most commonly the result of hand-to-mouth ingestion of leaded paint flakes or leaded paint dust, lead poisoning in children is associated with a broad spectrum of learning and behavioral disorders, ranging from diminished IQ to hyperactivity, autism and mental retardation. Read More

Mold, bacteria and lead found in testing at Hamilton High School West
By Michael Macagnone, hamiltoninfocus.blogspot.comParts of Hamilton High School West will likely remain closed for the rest of the school year after a report found bacteria, lead-based paint and mold in some athletic areas.Superintendent James Parla asked the environmental firm Karl and Associates to test the areas of the building after closing them last week. Obtained by the Trentonian through an Open Public Records Act request, the report found evidence of mold spores, coliform, E. Coli, Legionella and other bacteria as well as lead-based paint in the closed-off areas of the school.

“These areas will not be used until they are properly remediated,” he said. Read More

 

Keep out mold and mildew
Carole Feldman, The Associated PressIt may start with a couple of small dark spots on the grout where the shower stall meets the tiledwall. A few days later, they multiply. Read More
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Highest award for man who battled for asbestos registry
CTV Saskatoon
The Canadian Cancer Society celebrated the life of a Saskatoon man with an award for his leadership in asbestos awareness.Jesse Todd, Howard Willems’ stepson, accepted his stepfather’s posthumous award on Monday.

Until Willems’ death in November from a rare form of asbestos-related cancer, the former building inspector advocated for an online registry of public buildings that contain asbestos. Willems’ family has continued the fight and says receiving this award is overwhelming. Read More

Your Rights In An OSHA Inspection
Edward V. Walsh

A workplace inspection by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) can result in substantial penalties where violations are found. Employers need to know their rights during an inspection, including the right to say “no” to an OSHA compliance officer (inspector) when he or she seeks to inspect a work place. The protocols to be followed by your company need to be established and understood by supervisory as well as non-supervisory employees ahead of time, and reinforced from time to time. All supervisory employees should be well-versed in the company’s OSHA access policy and must have familiarity with OSHA regulations and the company’s programs for compliance. Non-supervisory employees should understand that they have no right to grant OSHA access and should refer any such attempt to management. They also should be briefed on their rights if interviewed by OSHA in the course of an inspection. Read More
QuanTEM Chronicle Newsletter
Produced & Edited by
Joanna Mueller

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Any publication included in this News Letter and/or opinions expressed therein do not necessarily reflect the views of QuanTEM Laboratories, LLC but remain solely those of the author(s). Such publications have been included only for ease of reference and academic purposes.

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