Newsletter – November 2008

 

QuanTEM Chronicles – November 2008

QuanTEM Laboratories

 

A Message from John Barnett, President/CEO

 

 

Dear John 


Hi friends,

It seems to me that the Thanksgiving Season often gets lost somewhere between Halloween and gift buying. That’s too bad, because Thanksgiving is maybe one of the most important parts of our lives.

It doesn’t matter what your religion is, what your background is, or where you grew up. It doesn’t even matter what your political views are.  All that matters is that we each stop and take a minute to consider what we have.  I don’t know how high money ranks, but I know family and friends are most likely at the top of the list.  Maybe the fact that we have a job or a business is a reason for being grateful.  I had an uncle who was blind and although he could do amazing things I can’t think about him without being grateful for my eye sight.

Also, I’m very grateful for you, our friends and fellow environmental professionals.  Working with you is what makes this business rewarding.

Thanks for being a friend.

John E. Barnett
President
QuanTEM Laboratories, LLC

 

 

 

QuanTEM’s Christmas Family

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Dear QuanTEM Customers:

The holiday season is once again upon us, and with all the fuss and fury it is so hard to keep the Christmas Spirit.  But QuanTEM has found that Spirit and a way to spread it around.  Every year QuanTEM provides families with much needed Christmas Cheer.

One of the hardest things for a parent is not being able to see the joy of Christmas on their children’s faces, because they can not afford gifts such as nice clothes, school supplies, toys or even a wholesome meal at times.

So our employees donate items and money,  and they buy bikes, educational toys, computers, clothes and food, etc. so that these families can celebrate the season when otherwise they would not be able to do so.

But this year the economy is taking its toll on all of us.  So we are asking you, our customers, to help by donating to this worthy cause.

Although not tax deductible, the result is very rewarding.  If you would like to donate, please make your check out to QuanTEM Laboratories and mark it: For the Christmas Families.

Here are some of the families we have helped in the past years:

Dad and Mom with 3 children.  Dad was injured and could not work.
Single Mom with 3 children.
Dad and Mom with 4 children. Dad had lost his job.
Grandmother raising her 5 grandchildren.

To keep this tradition going, your help would be greatly appreciated by our Christmas Families and us.  Every little bit helps, and we will keep you informed by emailing you and telling you about the families that we have helped this year.

Thanks,

Your QuanTEM Staff.

 



AIHA Survey Names Top Occupational And Environmental Health And Safety Issues

November 12, 2008

 

Fairfax, VA – The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) recently announced the results of its biennial membership survey that projects the top public policy issues of concern to AIHA members and the occupational and environmental health and safety (OEHS) profession over the next two years.

“This list of policy issues allows AIHA to focus our efforts on the priorities of our members,” said AIHA President Lindsay E. Booher, CIH, CSP. “Industrial hygienists and other OEHS professionals are on the front line of worker safety and public health, and these regulatory and legislative issues have a key impact on the work that they perform.”

AIHA has identified the following as the top public policy issues for 2009-2010:

Find the policies in full HERE

 

Judge in Detroit tosses asbestos case testimony

 

DETROIT – A Wayne County judge has thrown out medical evidence and expert testimony in asbestos litigation from a doctor who diagnosed thousands of patients with asbestos-related ailments.

Circuit Judge Robert Colombo Jr.’s ruling Wednesday involves Dr. R. Michael Kelly, a Lansing internist and occupational medicine specialist. Colombo ruled standards related to expert testimony weren’t met.

The Detroit Free Press reports the ruling could put more than 2,000 asbestos lawsuits on Colombo’s docket in jeopardy, since cases that used Kelly as an expert for diagnosis would need to find new experts.

Kelly testified that his methods were exact and radiologists not experienced in diagnosing asbestos disease could overlook the indicators he saw.

Read the reasons why he was discredited HERE

 

 


Mold forces home foreclosure

Knoxville, TENN. (WVLT) — A West Knoxville family says mold has ruined their health, home, and finances. So much so, the House family says it’s forced them into foreclosure. But they’re not alone.

Tennessee now ranks 18th in the nation when it comes to the number of home foreclosures, according to the online foreclosure tracking company RealtyTrac. The company says 1 in every 504 Sevier county housing units were foreclosed on in October, which is the third highest rate in the
state.


The House family bought a brand new home nearly two and half years ago, and they say they’ve battled mold problems just about ever since.

Now, they’ve given up that battle and their home.

Full coverage HERE

 

EPA Asbestos Standards Weakened

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has decided to ignore the recommendations of its own scientific advisory panel on asbestos exposure. In August 2008, the agency’s Scientific Advisory Board issued a report strongly urging the EPA not to change how it determines health risks to workers from exposure to asbestos. Earlier in the summer the EPA held hearings on its proposal to change how it would evaluate the hazard of chrysotile, the commonest form of asbestos, at Superfund sites.

Asbestos fibers occur in two basic forms: amphiboles, which are straight needle-like fibers, and serpentine asbestos, whose fibers are curled and more flexible. Chrysotile or white asbestos is the most commonly encountered form of asbestos, accounting for approximately 95% of the asbestos in place in the United States, and the commonest means of exposure for workers in industries which use asbestos.

Early studies had suggested that only amphiboles caused cancer. Considerable epidemiological research has established that inhalation of Chrysotile fibers, which are serpentine, can cause mesothelioma.

The hearings, held by the EPA’s panel of 20 scientists, were to gather testimony about changes the agency was proposing in the way it measured chrysotile concentrations. The changes were made in response to pressure from industries which still manufacture or use asbestos, and also from the White House. The changes would have ignored decades of solid epidemiological studies documenting the high toxicity of chrysotile.

 The rest of the story HERE

 

Mold spot checks ensure only chaos


By Michael A. Smith
The Daily News Published November 18, 2008


If we were to spend a year carefully devising a policy to drive ordinary working people and small, independent businesses off the island, we doubt we could improve on the program the city has under way.

The latest example occurred Thursday when a majority of Galveston City Council declined to give property owners a small break on building permits.

At issue was whether to waive the permit requirement for people needing to hang drywall. Council members Tarris Woods and Danny Weber voted for the waiver. Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas, council members Karen Mahoney, Elizabeth Beeton, Linda Colbert and Susan Fennewald voted against.

The story from the Galveston County Daily News

 

 

N Dakota Department Of Health Department Cautions Residents About The Dangers Of Lead-Based Paint

     

In conjunction with Home Indoor Air Quality Month, the North Dakota Department of Health is cautioning residents about the dangers of lead-based paint. Governor John Hoeven has proclaimed October 2008 as Home Indoor Air Quality Month to encourage North Dakotans to learn more about indoor air quality issues.

You can get more details HERE

 

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