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  • Asbestos management goes digital - Mobile solutions for asbestos tracking

    Compliance with new regulations is nearly impossible using only paper-based systems, especially for owners of large numbers of buildings. A critical component of any asbestos management strategy is the effective application of technology – but selection and implementation of systems can mean a large investment of both time and money. The objective of this article is to provide an explanation of ...


    By Basebridge.com Limited

  • Asbestos pushed in Asia as product for the poor

    The executives mingled over tea and sugar cookies, and the chatter was upbeat. Their industry, they said at the conference in the Indian capital, saves lives and brings roofs, walls and pipes to some of the world's poorest people. The industry's wonder product, though, is one whose very name evokes the opposite: asbestos. A largely outlawed scourge to the developed world, it is still going strong ...


    By Associated Press

  • Asbestos in Buildings: Practical Guidelines for Building Owners

    Practical guidelines for building owners Overview Friable asbestos-containing materials are present in many public and commercial buildings, schools and factories built before the mid-70's. Regulations in Ontario and some other provinces require building owners and property managers to put in place asbestos control programs, once they are aware of the presence of friable asbestos-containing ...


  • Asbestos Exposure and Your Job: At-Risk Occupations, Industries and Locations

    Exposure to asbestos fibers can cause asbestos-related diseases including mesothelioma cancer and others. A potentially dangerous exposure can result from very small fibers at low exposure levels. Most such exposure would likely have occurred prior to the 1980s, but the latency period can be up to 40 years for most asbestos-related cancers to develop. (See more information on ...

  • Asbestos exposure and your job: at-risk occupations, industries and locations

    Exposure to asbestos fibers can cause asbestos-related diseases including mesothelioma cancer and others. A potentially dangerous exposure can result from very small fibers at low exposure levels. Most such exposure would likely have occurred prior to the 1980s, but the latency period can be up to 40 years for most asbestos-related cancers to develop. Many people have come into contact with ...

  • Guest Editorial: Pushing Tort Reform to the Forefront

    The daunting costs of uncontrolled tort claims beg the need for tort reform. The need for tort reform legislation has reached a new level of urgency. A few facts explain why. The “elephantine mass” to which U.S. Supreme Court Justice Souter likened asbestos litigation shows no sign of receding. Indeed, the mass continues to feast on an orgy of claims – over 60 companies have sought bankruptcy ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Case Study: Loyola Marymount University Campus

    Property Description: 5-Building Student Housing Complex on the Loyola Marymount Campus. Circa-1960 construction. Environmental Issues Identified: Asbestos in sprayed-on ceilings, wallboard, and flooring throughout. Services Provided: Ellis performed pre-demolition asbestos and lead surveys, as well as a Phase I (historical records search) ...

  • Emergency remediation response case study

    Services Performed Emergency remediation response, oil and hazardous waste consulting and a mold/indoor air quality (IAQ) testing Summary Following the flooding of the Spicket River during the Spring 2006, EFI Global was engaged to evaluate a nursing home in Lawrence, MA. After the initial environmental evaluation, our team observed that the basement and ...


    By EFI Global, Inc.

  • Update: For period 1 April 2013–30 June 2013

    Keywords: legislation, cases, consultations, reports, decisions LEGISLATION GOVERNMENT BILLS Mesothelioma Bill On 10 May 2013, the Mesothelioma Bill was published and received its first reading in the House of Lords. The Bill looks to remedy a lacuna in current provisions regarding individuals diagnosed ...


  • Risk Management of Nanomaterials: Environmental and Consumer Protection under Existing EC Legislation on Chemicals, Pesticides and Biocides

    Abstract: There are many promises, but also potential risks, concerning the evolving nano-industry. For maintaining a high level of protection for the environment and consumer in this area of industry a thorough evaluation of the traditional approaches to risk assessment and management is needed. To this end, this article analyses the substance-oriented approach of the REACH Regulation as the ...


  • New Chemical hazards in the workplace

    In the days when Industrial Hygiene became a recognized scientific discipline, smoke stacks belched black smoke in River Rouge, MI and Pittsburgh, PA. Men worked in clouds of coal and asbestos dust and labor was hard, physical and usually dangerous. Personal protective equipment was rare; its use, even rarer and its protective effect marginal. Today, the face of manufacturing has changed ...


    By Atlantic Environmental, Inc.

  • Pt. 2 - IN the MIX - Construction Safety and Gas Detection

    This is part 2 of our 4 part series on Gas detection in the Construction Industry. With so many OSHA regulations, where do we begin to search for help with gas detection or respiratory protection within confined spaces? To start, OSHA has a web tool called the OSHA Construction “eTool”. ...


  • Honest Truths

    I have to be honest about my life, a life of sever Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). My father had it. I know, because I asked him why he only went to one month of high school, he said, I couldn’t study or sit still to read. ADHD is hereditary; some of my children have it. At age 30, not knowing what ADHD was or that I had it, I made up my mind that I was ...


    By ABCOV Companies

  • Green remediation best management practices: site investigation

    Overview The need for site investigation is common to cleanups under any regulatory program. An investigation can occur at all points in the cleanup process, from initial site assessment through waste site closeout. A site investigation generally is undertaken to: Confirm the presence or absence of specific contaminants Delineate the nature and extent of environmental contamination ...

  • How to avoid hearing the phrase “you should have known” in 2022

    On 4 June 2012 a silent revolution happened, and it went unnoticed by many of us. In Europe, the number of chemicals in use classified as carcinogens quadrupled. If you are a Corporate Director or Manager you should have concern regarding the implications of this in the long run, as it is one of the few issues that may find you on trial for willfully neglecting EHS regulations in the workplace. ...

  • Things that can get you fired an environmental career has some unique challenges

    With the economy what it is, job security is a topic on most people’s minds. In a recent article distributed by FINS and The Wall Street Journal, Kelly Eggers  examined the top 10 things that one can do to get oneself fired.1 Indeed, a quick internet search can find dozens of similar “top reasons” for terminations. There is a common thread among all of these articles, such ...

  • Asset condition estimation and depreciation

    Vitens is one of three water companies in The Netherlands, with 2.3 million connections, 5.4 million customers, 47,5000km of pipes and 96 treatment works that provide 330M.m3 a year of potable water at a cost of €1.32/m3 ($1.72/m3). Each day the company receives calls from customers reporting leaks. The maintenance division provides information on the pipe material and diameter, and the business ...


    By Innovyze

  • Mitsubishi corporation - Spent Potliner (SPL) hazardous waste treatment case study

    The Challenge Spent Potliner (SPL) is generated in the primary production of aluminium and worldwide is estimated to rise at a rate of over 500,000 tonnes per year. The SPL waste contains concentrations of cyanide and fluoride and gives off noxious and flammable gases when in contact with moisture. Unless carefully handled, these contaminants readily "leach" into the surrounding soils and ...

  • Vapor intrusion and indoor air quality due diligence during property transactions

    Vapor intrusion (i.e. the migration of volatile chemicals from contaminated soil and/or ground water through the subsurface into overlying building structures) as a contributing indoor air has become a growing concern for property owners and prospective purchasers in recent years as it can cause significant indoor air quality problems. This is largely due to the increased focus on this issue by ...

  • 5 Pieces of equipment needed for the pipe bursting process

    Sewer pipe bursting looks a little bit like magic if you compare it to the traditional methods of sewer replacement. With the use of underground construction equipment, including directional boring equipment, sewer technicians are able to pull a new pipe through the old pipe without digging a hole into the top surface of the ground. The sewer pipe bursting method is the perfect pipe replacement ...


    By TRIC Tools Inc.

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