Newsletter – November 2007
QuanTEM Chronicles – November 2007
A Message from John Barnett, President
I don’t know if I’m getting older or what, but this year sure seems to have gone awfully fast. The calender says November but I’m still in July, although it does seem to be a little cold for July. Anyway, the holiday season is upon us and it’s time for the parties to begin and to complete the planning for 2008. As we begin to look forward to next year I can’t help but think about all of you who have been loyal customers of QuanTEM. We know how important your business is to all of us here at the lab. You have spoiled us by allowing us to feed our families on a regular basis and for this we are eternally grateful. Remember, it’s your comments, suggestions and requirements which help us to continually improve the service we provide.
From all of us to all of you, We wish you and your families the very best holiday season. Eat well and for those of you traveling, be safe.
President / CEO
QuanTEM Laboratories, LLC
How Does Hexavalent Chromium Help YOU?
Anyone who has ever read “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosake or any number of business books has heard of the importance of multiple streams of income. In short, this concept states that the more streams of income you have, the more stable your income will be if one stream dries up. The more items of services you can sell, the more money you can make. It’s that simple.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has created an opportunity for environmental and indoor air quality consultants and industrial hygienists. In February, 2006, OSHA published a final standard for occupational exposure to hexavalent chromium (CR(VI)). Jonathan Snare, then acting assistant secretary for Occupational Safety and Health said, “OSHA has worked hard to produce a final standard that substantially reduces the significant health risks for employees exposed to hexavalent chromium. Our new standard protects workers to the extent feasible, while providing employers, especially small employers, adequate time to transition to the new requirements.” You can find the new Cr(VI) standard at http://www.quantem.com/hex_chrome_info/ .
According to OSHA, “(e)mployers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace for their employees. OSHA’s role is to assure the safety and health of America’s workers by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health.”
So what does all this mean to YOU? Essentially, it means that you have the opportunity to provide an additional service to your industrial clients, AND get in on the ground floor of a potential boom. At present, not many companies are attempting to comply with the new OSHA standard. This is happening for a couple of reasons: One, they are unaware of the new standard. Two, the employer is delaying the testing because of the cost involved (although the testing is more than likely a lot cheaper than a lawsuit.) Three, the employer simply doesn’t think he’ll get caught. These companies are potential sales opportunities for the savvy consultant. The chemical industry and any company that welds, cuts or grinds on stainless steel or primed metal surfaces are at risk and will need your services as the awareness of the new standards spreads. It is this writer’s opinion that hexavalent chromium is only one good lawsuit from becoming extremely popular!
In our efforts to continuously provide the absolute best service to our clients, QuanTEM Laboratories has re-tooled our Chemistry Lab to include the ability to test samples for hexavalent chromium. If you visit http://www.quantem.com/hex_chrome_info/ you’ll find a wealth of information concerning Cr(VI) including a copy of the EPA’s sampling procedure.
We hope you will take advantage of this exciting opportunity to increase your product line and multiply your streams of income all while helping to preserve the health and perhaps the lives of workers. We also hope you will continue to consider QuanTEM Laboratories, LLC as your lab partner of choice.
If you have any questions or need supplies, call Shawn Garza at (800)822-1650.
|QuanTEM Laboratories Launches New Website
QuanTEM Laboratories’ new website went online in late October sporting a new, exciting look and greater functionality. John Barnett, President and CEO of QuanTEM, said, “We’re excited about the new design and the editing capabilities. Our plans are to include a ‘Resources’ page that will provide our visitors with up-to-date, industry-specific news and articles, business development resources, and links to technical updates about asbestos, lead, mold, bacteria and hexavalent chromium.”
Mr. Barnett went on to say that QuanTEM’s website will soon include an online discussion board for industry professionals allowing greater networking possibilities.
Feel free to visit our new website at www.QuanTEM.com.
|Some Facts About Asbestos
By Laura Russell
While tracing the history of asbestos it was found that its usage dates back to 2000 years. The name ‘asbestos’ was first used by the Greeks, which meant ‘inextinguishable’. Though the Greeks also noted the harmful effect of asbestos, yet they did not pay any heed to its dangers because according to them it had magical powers that had to be used to fulfill the daily purposes of life.
The Roman naturalist Pliny and the Greek geographer Strabo also noted the devastating effect of asbestos on human beings but they did not arise any questions considering its several magical uses in their regular life.
Some Facts about Asbestos What is Asbestos? Asbestos is the term given to a collection of six naturally occurring minerals that are incombustible and separable into filaments. These six minerals are chrysotile, amosite, crocidolite, anthophyllite, termolite and actinolite. Among these six asbestos minerals, the first three are abundantly used in manufacturing of industrial and commercial products.
Uses of Asbestos Asbestos was being used since ancient Greek times and its usage continued till 1700, but it was popularized after the Industrial Revolution. It was used in construction mainly in steel pipes, industries, steam pipes, hand held hair dryers to prevent over heating, household items and in several other industries for various purposes.
Versatility of Asbestos The reason for the popularity of asbestos was its power of resistance to electricity and its fire and heat proofing capacities. Being a fireproof or incombustible material, asbestos is impervious to every weather effect. This high tensile strength and flexibility makes asbestos very versatile for usage in various products and industries.
Diseases Caused by Asbestos One of the deadliest diseases caused by asbestos is mesothelioma cancer. It has become a threat to human civilization causing pain, suffering and loss of thousands of lives. The mortality rate is so high that eight out of ten mesothelioma patients pass away even before the treatment starts. It is a deadly cancer caused mainly to those who are exposed to asbestos in some way.
The other deadly disease caused by asbestos is asbestosis, a serious form of lung illness. The main symptoms of asbestosis are short breath after exercise or exertion, dry prolonged cough, general malaise or feeling tired and wheezing.
Treatment of Diseases Caused by Asbestos Being a form of cancer, all the traditional cancer treatments are applied to treat mesothelioma. Surgery for cutting out the affected part of the lungs, chemotherapy to attack the cancer cells; or radiation to kill the cancerous cells are the only treatments for mesothelioma cancer. However, newer and better modes of treatments are being worked out to help mesothelioma patients.
Diagnosis for asbestosis is necessary in its early stage as prolonged asbestosis can turn into mesothelioma cancer later in life. Regular intake of the prescribed medicine and check-up can help a lot. But the life span decreases on its own as the disease is diagnosed a long time after exposure to asbestos.
Legal Claims for Asbestosis and Mesothelioma
Laura Russell is a professional health writer having expertise in the field of Mesothelioma Cancer.
QuanTEM Welcomes New Business Development Manager
QuanTEM Laboratories recently welcomed Shawn Garza to the team as our new business development manager. Shawn has a background in service marketing and has been a lobbyist for the alternate energy industry and low-cost healthcare systems. His marketing philosophy is “Company-Client Symbiosis” in which, “the Company provides services to the Client, and the Client gives valuable feedback to the Company which allows the Company to better serve the Client. This team-based relationship creates a win-win situation for all parties.”
Shawn says that QuanTEM customers can look forward to seeing a lot of new web-based content and resources becoming available to provide the client with new education opportunities, up-to-date environmental news, business development resources, and other valuable, informative links relevant to the environmental professional.
Shawn says that he is always available for questions, concerns and feedback at (800)822-1650 or via email at marketing@quanTEM.com.
|Mold: A silent, dangerous threat to homes and health
Clearwater, Florida – There are hundreds of thousands of dwellings in the Tampa Bay area. There are apartments, condos, townhouses and single family homes. And each and every one of them is a potential target of mold infestation.
Mold is caused by water intrusion from the roof, in your windows or through the walls of your house.
Wendy Clark lived in a building at the Vinings Apartment Complex in Clearwater. She says she moved in march of this year, and from day one she felt something was wrong.
“The place would have a really bad odor,” Wendy says. After just one month, she moved out because she was constantly getting sick.
Wendy says, “I’ve had several eye infections, breathing problems and anxiety because of this.”
In June of this year, we went in with our cameras and mold was all over her apartment. She had it in her sink, under the cabinets, under the air conditioning unit, in her clothes and in her shoes.
Wendy says she told management at the Vinings about the mold problem immediately, but she says they were slow to respond.
Wendy decided to pay for her apartment to be tested for mold. She hired Innovative Environmental solutions.
And in their report, the total spore count topped more than 117,000 per cubic meter. That is considered “abundant.” They also found an aspergillus count of 112,000, a cladosporium count of more than 3,000 and stachybotrys of 114 count.
It’s important for you to understand some common types of mold. Aspergillus is a common mold linked to allergies and other diseases. And then there is cladosporium, which is easily made airborne and can cause respiratory infections, asthma and hay fever. But stachybotrys is the most toxic and dangerous of them all. This mold has the ability to produce what is called mycotoxins.
Dr. Richard Lipsey, a mold toxicologist says it can kill you. He says while cases of fatalities involving mold are rare, there is no ignoring the symptoms of people exposed to dangerous levels of mold.
“You will have upper respiratory, headaches, nausea and pains, like burning eyes, nose and throat, ” according to Dr. Lipsey.
Wendy’s doctor referred her to a respiratory allergist because of her exposure to high levels of mold.
But her attorney says he’s also concerned about how widespread the mold problem might be at her apartment complex.
“What I’m afraid of in this case of the Vinings, is it appears there’s a possibility it had infected other units.”
He says he does not know how many might be involved. Mr. Berman’s fears are not far fetched. Dr. Lipsey says mold can and will spread quickly.
We asked management at the Vinings about Wendy’s case and if they were having mold problems with other tenants.
They sent Tampa Bay’s 10 News a fax saying, “moisture is an issue for every Florida resident. It’s why we encourage our residents to control the humidity in their apartments.”
The fax goes on to say, “ensuring the health and safety of our residents and employees is our highest priority”.
Article Source: http://www.tampabays10.com/news/local/article.aspx?storyid=67815