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  • Asbestos in Dusts Can Pose Health and Safety Issues for Building Occupants

    Asbestos was used heavily in many building materials in the United States up until the mid-1980s.  According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “Asbestos fibers may be released into the air by the disturbance of asbestos-containing material during product use, demolition work, building or home maintenance, repair, and remodeling.” The EPA goes on to report, ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Mishandling of Hazardous Materials & Contaminants, Asbestos, Lead, Mould & Fungus, PCB`S

    Untitled Document Everyday in Canada and the United States Hazardous Materials are being removed improperly contaminating the buildings we occupy. The hazardous materials including ...

  • The Asbestos Management and Maintenance Program

    STEP ONE: ASSESSMENT AND SURVEYThe first step of the Asbestos Management Program is to do an asbestos survey to assess the location, identify the type of asbestos, the condition of the asbestos and identify a maintenance record. This asbestos inventory or assessment is usually carried out by an independent consulting firm. This assessment or survey will include: Identification and location of the ...


  • Asbestos: Eliminating the Threat

    While asbestos dangers are well documented, history has long avoided eliminating the threat it poses to human health. We are starting to progress in our waste habits by recycling different streams of waste and using closed landfills constructively. Composting food waste and recycling plastics, glass, metals, cardboard and newspapers is our way of life. We are ...


    By ABCOV Companies

  • Asbestos in the Home and School

    This section discusses the presence of asbestos in houses, rental apartments, schools and other public buildings, and has a list of useful EPA contacts.   Does Your House Contain Asbestos? ...

  • EnviroVantage-experts in asbestos abatement

    Asbestos is a group of naturally occurring minerals with long, thin fibrous crystals. It was sometimes referred to as the 'miracle mineral' because of its beneficial properties such as insulation and fire protection. In the U.S., chrysotile has been the type of asbestos used most commonly. Its long fibers are often found in a wide variety of materials such as vinyl floor tiles, mastic, sheetrock, ...


    By EnviroVantage

  • The Trouble with Asbestos Disposal

    Hailed as a miracle mineral because of its superior fire resistance and tensile strength, asbestos was installed abundantly into our built environment for over 200 years. However, once it was established that this undeniably useful resource was a dangerous carcinogen, Australia and many other countries enacted strict regulations for handling asbestos and asbestos containing material (ACM). There ...


    By ABCOV Companies

  • Asbestos: A final chapter?

    In mid-June, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Judith Fitzgerald of the Western District of Pennsylvania in Pittsburgh is scheduled to convene her court and hold confirmation hearings on a complex, $1 billion reorganization plan for Federal-Mogul Corp., the ...

  • 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

  • Firefighters may be exposed to asbestos battling fires

    EMSL Analytical can quickly test to determine the presence of asbestos in old buildings that catch fire and release the dangerous fibers into the air. Firefighters are regularly exposed to the dangers of extreme heat, fire and smoke, but new concerns over asbestos exposure have recently come to light. Although firefighters typically wear air masks connected to air canisters when battling a ...


  • Forgotten asbestos mine sickens Indian villagers

    Asbestos waste spills in a gray gash down the flank of a lush green hill above tribal villages that are home to thousands in eastern India. Three decades after the mines were abandoned, nothing has been done to remove the enormous, hazardous piles of broken rocks and powdery dust left behind. In Roro Village and nearby settlements, people who never worked in the mines are dying of lung disease. ...


    By Associated Press

  • Ground Zero Air Quality Has A Long Way To Go! A Summary of Air Quality Testing in Surrounding Buildings

    There are still a wide range of concerns about air quality in the vicinity of Ground Zero. Many commercial and residential spaces have yet to be re-occupied. In only a few cases has any sort of inspection or testing been done to determine if they are safe to occupy. The greatest concerns are asbestos and the very irritating concrete dust that spread throughout lower Manhattan during the collapse ...

  • Tiny materials in countless products raise big questions for environment and health

    Nanotechnology opens a universe of possibilities — but also creates a world of unknowns. In recent years, efforts to develop the Next Big Thing — whether in medicine, computer technology, pollution prevention or high-performance materials — have turned to some really, really small things: nanomaterials. Working at the ...


    By Ensia

  • University of Southampton, Heavy Metal Contamination in Soils– Case Study

    Project Highlights Over the last 15 years, Envirochem have for-filled the role of environmental consultant analysts to the University of Southampton. During a period of significant redevelopment, Envirochem has assisted with a whole range of projects supplying an exhaustive range of asbestos related services, chemical sampling and ...

  • Environmental Consulting case study

    Service(s) performed: This project included Preliminary Design/Budgeting, Asbestos Survey, Project Manuals (work procedures and drawings), Bidding Assistance, Project Management, Work Observations/Air Monitoring, Final Air Clearance, Fireproofing Testing, Final Report, Abatement Log Drawings and Operation and Maintenance Program. Summary: Our ...


    By EFI Global, Inc.

  • 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.

  • Heavy metal & hydrocarbon contaminated sludge

    Solidification of Heavy Metal & Hydrocarbon Contaminated Sewage Sludge Client: North Lanarkshire Council Project Managers: Jacobs Challenge: The former sewage treatment works were decommissioned in the 1970’s. It is thought that during the closure process, demolition material originating from the ...


    By Soilutions Ltd

  • Bird droppings – a strange, but real hazard!

    Anyone who has lived or worked in a city or even a small town with a city hall or churches with bell towers knows the problem – Pigeons!  Also called “winged rats,” they love to roost in abandoned buildings, on the ledges of office buildings, skyscrapers, in bell towers and especially on statues in parks.  But roosting isn’t all they do.  We’re all ...


    By Atlantic Environmental, Inc.

  • The Challenge

    The Challenge: Safely Dismantle an Old GM Foundry   Lapeer-based demolition company remediates toxins,  clears down to concrete slab High reach equipment taking down ...

  • An interview with the Managing Director of EnviroWrap Group

    Interviewee : Julie Nenquin of AIB-Vincotte Ecosaver Tony Allsop, Managing Director of EnviroWrap Limited and every inch the English businessman, is in an unequalled position to know how to conduct his business: with the right papers in his pocket. In his case, that means the right quality, safety and environmental certificates, so that his customers can work in compliance with the strictest ...


    By EnviroWrap Limited

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