Hazardous Materials Management News

  • PCB-Containing Caulk Hazards in Some New York Homes and Buildings

    Caulking compounds are found in virtually all homes, businesses, and schools throughout New York and the nation. However, according to research conducted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “Caulk put in place between 1950 and 1979 may contain as much as 40 percent PCBs and can emit PCBs into the surrounding air. PCBs from caulk may also contaminate adjacent materials such ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Keeping Up With The BCSP

    Bowen EHS is constantly striving to keep our review courses and material updated and relevant to the current certification exam blueprints.  We presently have three offerings for those pursuing the Associate Safety Professional (ASP) and the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) certifications: an ASP only review course, a CSP only review course, and a combined ASP/CSP review course. The Board ...


  • Sewage Contamination in New York City Buildings Creates Exposure Hazards for Occupants

    Two words that no property owner, manager or tenant in New York ever wants to hear are sewage contamination. There are a number of scenarios that can result in sewage contamination of a building, including a backed up or broken sewer line, or as a result of a flooding event that brings sewage from the outdoors into the indoors.  Sewage contamination can cause ...


    By VOETS, LLC

  • Confined Space Recovery in London

    Looking for Confined Space Recovery in London? When somebody is trapped in a confined space, it’s not only frightening but extremely dangerous, especially if it contains hazardous materials or liquids. It’s even more hazardous if there is a limited supply of oxygen and little time to rescue somebody. According to statistics, two-thirds of deaths in confined spaces ...

  • EPA Settlements Help Protect Public Against Health Hazards from Lead Exposure

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced 75 enforcement actions from the past year that require renovation contractors and training providers to protect people from harmful exposure to lead dust and debris, as required by EPA’s Lead-based Paint Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) regulations. Seventy-five settlements were filed from October 2014 through September ...

  • Property Damage Claims in Commercial and Residential Properties May Expose Unexpected Hazards

    When property damage occurs, one of the first things a policy holder will typically do is call their insurance company.  The insurance company will send out one of their adjusters to inspect the damage and if it is covered under the policy, an offer to settle the claim will usually be made within a short time frame.    It is to the benefit of the ...

  • Vermiculite Insulation Hazards in Homes & Buildings across Puerto Rico

    In Puerto Rico and across the Caribbean, vermiculite has been a commercial commodity for many years. Vermiculite is a type of mineral that when heated to a high temperature, its flakes expand as much as 8 to 30 times their original size.  This light-weight, fire-resistant and odorless material has made it a useful component of products in the past, including insulation for attics and walls. ...


    By Zimmetry Environmental

  • National Preparedness Month Reminds Industry to Plan for all Types of Emergencies

    For over a decade, September has been recognized as National Preparedness Month.  The special designation began in 2004 when the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) began its efforts to build awareness and preparedness in advance of any potential natural or man-made disasters. National Preparedness Month encourages both citizens and businesses to take steps to prepare for ...

  • PCB Hazards Likely Exist in Some Older Homes and Buildings across Puerto Rico

    In 2014, many people who didn’t realize there were still PCB hazards in some older properties learned this disturbing news when supermodel Cindy Crawford pulled her children from a California high school after tests found elevated levels of PCBs in some of the classrooms.  The PCBs were believed to be coming from old window caulking. Caulking material that contained polychlorinated ...


    By Zimmetry Environmental

  • PM Environmental to Present on Improved Soil Sampling Method at the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG) Event

    PM Environmental will be presenting at the fifth annual AIPG American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG) Technical Workshop on June 16-17 in Roscommon County, Michigan. The presentation topic will be Incremental Sampling Methodology (ISM), a method of soil sampling that improves accuracy and significantly reduces costs for site assessments.  The two-day event will focus ...


    By PM Environmental

  • Even Minor Tornado Damage can Result in Indoor Environmental Hazards

    According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), in an average year Texas has 137 tornadoes, more than any other state in the country.  Less than two months into spring and Texas has already been hit with a number of powerful tornadoes that have caused damage to homes and buildings in many regions of the state.  In a typical year in the United States, ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • OSHA, Laser Institute of America renew alliance to protect workers from laser hazards

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has renewed an alliance with the Laser Institute of America to help protect workers from exposure to beam and non-beam laser hazards in industrial, construction, medical and research workplaces. "Workers unprotected from laser exposure can suffer ...

  • Hazmat award CPD hours by the IFE

    The National Chemical Emergency Centre (NCEC) and Tactical Hazmat have announced that Hazmat 2015 has been awarded 11.5 hours of continuing professional development (CPD), by the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE). The event has been awarded an additional 1.5 hours of CPD on the previous year as a result of the extensive programme of keynote presentations and ‘hands-on’ workshops. ...

  • Lead Hazards Still Exist in Many Homes & Buildings

    Lead poisoning is an entirely preventable condition, but according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are still approximately 24 million housing units in the United States that have deteriorated leaded paint and elevated levels of lead-contaminated house dust. Children under the age of 6 years old are at high risk of lead poisoning because they are growing so rapidly ...


    By Zimmetry Environmental

  • Property Damage Results from Heavy Rains across California

    The first week of December soaked most of California with much needed rain.  Along with the rain came flooding in some areas, backed up sewers, toppled trees and even mudslides. In pockets of the state, many homes and businesses were heavily damaged and are now left with the long process of cleaning up and making repairs.   While many impacted residents ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Lead Hazards Still Exist in Many Homes in Puerto Rico

    Lead poisoning is an entirely preventable condition, but according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are still approximately 24 million housing units in the United States that have deteriorated leaded paint and elevated levels of lead-contaminated house dust.    Children under the age of 6 years old are at high risk of lead ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • EPA Offers New IAQ Guidance for Schools in Puerto Rico

    Just a few months into the new school year and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released new guidance to help school districts protect indoor air quality while increasing energy efficiency during school renovations.   Janet McCabe, acting assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation, stated, “This guidance provides ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Nicole Greeson Elected Chair of American Board of Industrial Hygiene®

    Nicole Greeson, CIH, has been elected Chair of the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH®).  Ms. Greeson has served on the Board since 2011.  She is a Safety & Health Specialist at Duke University and has an MS in Environmental Sciences/Industrial Hygiene from the University of Texas-Houston, and holds a BSPH in Environmental Science from the University of North Carolina. ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Residents of Puerto Rico Reminded that E. coli Hazards are not Just a Food Safety Concern

    Most people are familiar with the large group of bacteria known asEscherichia coli(E. coli).  The organism’s name brings to mind safety concerns with food pathogens and outbreaks of foodborne illnesses to many.   E. coli are a type of bacteria found in the environment and the intestines of people and animals.  Although most strains ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Emergency Services Show 2014

    NCEC attended the Emergency Services Show on 23 and 24 September 2014. The 2 day exhibition provided the opportunity to demonstrate the latest version of NCEC’s interactive chemical hazard database, Chemdata, 2014.1, which now provides access to even more information including over 55,000 substances and 157,000 different chemical names. The ...

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