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  • Homeowners Should Test Attics for Asbestos Containing Vermiculite Insulation

    EMSL Analytical offers easy asbestos testing solutions to protect people against insulation that may contain cancer causing asbestos fibers. Cinnaminson, NJ, November 30th, 2010 For years it has been known that up to 35 million homes across America may be contaminated with asbestos tainted vermiculite insulation.  Although not all materials that contain vermiculite ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Asbestos-Containing Brake Pads and Pipes Continue to Be Imported to Canada

    Recent reports have suggested that the asbestos industry in Canada will soon be nearing an end; however, products containing the carcinogenic mineral continue to be imported and used in Ontario, according to The Star. Throughout Canada, insulation containing asbestos is being removed from buildings, but asbestos-containing brake pads and cement pipes are being brought into the country. Reports ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Some Popcorn Ceilings in Puerto Rico May Contain Asbestos

    A standard method for texturing ceilings that was common for many years resulted in what are known as popcorn ceilings. For many homeowners, property managers and landlords with properties built between the 1960s and 1980s, a popular home/building improvement project is to remove these outdated ceilings.   Unfortunately, in many cases, asbestos was used in these textured ceilings. ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Properties in Illinois May Contain Asbestos Contaminated Vermiculite Insulation

    The environmental and building science consultants from EC2 provide asbestos sampling to ensure building occupants are not exposed to their deadly fibers. Perhaps as many as 35 million homes across America may be contaminated with asbestos tainted vermiculite insulation.  Many of these properties can be found across the Midwest, including Illinois. Not all materials that contain vermiculite ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Asbestos Containment Scheduled to begin at Court Street in Nashua, NH

    (Boston, Mass. – September 24, 2007) – Federal, state and local cleanup experts are jointly moving forward to address soil contaminated with asbestos adjacent to the Nashua Public Library. The work is being coordinated between the U.S.EPA, the city of Nashua and the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services Asbestos was found in elevated levels in the half acre lawn area between the ...

  • Old Shingles May Contain Asbestos and Pose Health and Safety Issues

    A do-it-yourself project that some property owners take on is replacing or fixing old and worn out shingles. What many people may not realize is that asbestos was used in some shingles that can still be found on older buildings and improperly removing them may pose health concerns. Just this month, the Bluffton Icon published a report about work coming to a halt on the town ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Dusts Containing Asbestos can be found in Some Older California Buildings

    Across California, asbestos was used heavily in many building materials up until the mid-1980s. If these asbestos containing materials are disturbed or become friable with age, the asbestos may become airborne and spread throughout a property. Eventually these asbestos fibers will settle and may contribute to dusts found in buildings. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Asbestos Containing Pipes have some Jamaican Residents Demanding Action

    Earlier this month,The Gleanerpublished a story about residents from St. Thomas Parish in Jamaica voicing concerns over old and leaking cement water pipes that contain asbestos and deliver water to their homes.   This type of pipe was once common, but its use was largely discontinued in North America in the 1980s.   While the presence of these types of pipes carrying water and ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Fifteen Tons of Asbestos Containing Materials Dumped on the Streets of San Francisco

    LA Testing provides asbestos testing services to keep the public safe from exposure to deadly airborne asbestos fibers. Garden Grove, CA, November 22nd, 2010 Earlier this month it was reported that someone illegally dumped fifteen tons of old roofing material in the Bayview district of San Francisco.  The asbestos containing materials were left on the street for ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Understanding Which Asbestos-Containing Products the Federal Government has Banned

    There have been thousands of consumer products and building materials produced over the years that contained asbestos. Asbestos offers many unique qualities that made it universally used, including its low cost, sound absorption characteristics and tensile strength, as well resistance to heat, fire, chemical corrosion and electricity. Unfortunately, it has also been known for some time that ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Residents of Puerto Rico Learn of Exposure Risks to Thousands of Asbestos-Containing Products

    In Puerto Rico and across the Caribbean, asbestos-containing materials can still be found in countless homes, schools and businesses. This is a result of the regrettable realty that asbestos was used for decades in thousands of products, in fact, the Minnesota Department of Health states there are over 3,000 known products that may contain the ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • What New Products in Puerto Rico Can Still Legally Contain Asbestos?

    Beginning in the 19th century, large-scale asbestos mining was a reality. This was due to the fact the asbestos offered so many unique physical qualities that could be utilized by industry. These included the mineral’s resistance to sound absorption, heat, fire, chemical corrosion, electricity and its tensile strength. The result was asbestos could be found in thousands of building ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Working safely with asbestos – update

    The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has updated its Approved Code of Practice and guidance on working safely with asbestos. The change involves combining two Approved Codes of Practice (ACOP) into one. As such, ACOP L127 (The management of asbestos in non-domestic premises) and ACOP L143 (Work with materials containing asbestos) are now both consolidated into the revised ACOP L143 (Managing and ...


    By Altius Vendor Assessment Ltd

  • Asbestos Siding on Homes May Expose People to Dangerous Asbestos Fibers

    Many homes built between the 1930s and the 1970s were constructed using asbestos siding and shingles on the exterior of the property. Due to the material’s strength, durability and fire resistant properties it was a popular ingredient in both manmade shingles and siding products. Over time, these materials can become damaged and begin to degrade. When this occurs, cancer causing asbestos ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Mesothelioma and the prolonged effects of asbestos exposure

    Considering the recent trial concerning W.R. Grace & Company, the federal government and the citizens of the asbestos-contaminated town of Libby, Montana, the topic of asbestos-related disease has been receiving national attention in the media. Malignant mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer caused almost exclusively by asbestos exposure. Approximately 2,000 to 3,000 cases of mesothelioma ...

  • Updated guidance on managing asbestos risks

    Updated guidance is now available to help those responsible for managing the risks from asbestos best protect those workers who may disturb it. 'Asbestos: The survey guide' is aimed at those who commission asbestos surveys, the surveyors who carry them out and those who use them such as architects and demolition or removal contractors. It replaces the MDHS 100 guidance and sets out the role of ...

  • Maryland Toughens Penalties for Asbestos Violations

    Beginning on October 1st, contractors who violate asbestos remediation regulation in Maryland could be fined up to $25,000, five times the current maximum penalty.  Maryland’s new asbestos worker protection law adds even stronger penalties than the existing federal asbestos removal regulations.  Union leaders in the state have hailed the new regulations that came about following a ...

  • Prosecution launched against a high street retailer and four contractors for exposing people to asbestos-containing materials during refurbishment

    At Bournemouth Magistrates’ court today the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) initiated criminal proceedings against Marks and Spencer plc and four other companies for asbestos-related breaches during refurbishment work at shops in Reading, Bournemouth and Plymouth, where it is alleged that the companies failed to ensure that staff and members of the public were not exposed to risks from ...

  • California Mall Faces Asbestos Abatement

    LA Testing provides asbestos testing services to ensure construction and remediation projects across California do not cause indoor air quality (IAQ) problems from asbestos. During the busy holiday shopping season in December, a broken sprinkler pipe burst causing flooding at the Garden Walk Mall in Chico, California.  Not only did the flooding from the broken pipe happen at an unfortunate ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Naturally occurring asbestos in the southwest US

    A report published by the US Geological Survey (USGS) contains a regional map and associated database that inventory 121 locations of reported natural asbestos and fibrous amphibole occurrences in the Southwestern United States, including Arizona, Nevada, and Utah. The map is based on a search of scientific literature and does not identify any new occurrences of asbestos. It is the fourth in a ...

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