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  • Asbestos in Soil - new ASTM International standard

    A new ASTM International standard is focused exclusively on testing soil for asbestos. D7521, Test Method for Determination of Asbestos in Soil was developed by Subcommittee D22.07 on Sampling and Analysis of Asbestos, part of ASTM International Committee D22 on Air Quality. According to Alan Segrave, ...


    By ASTM International

  • Asbestos Found in Soil of South Korean Baseball Parks and High Schools

    The Korea Baseball Organization states that its pro baseball season will continue despite the high levels of asbestos found in several parks’ soil. After testing, five of the seven pro baseball stadiums showed elevated asbestos levels due to the presence of olivine, a type of mineral used to make sports fields drain more easily after a rainfall.   The KBO said that the contaminated ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • ESG offers enhanced asbestos services

    Environmental Scientifics Group (ESG), the UK’s leading provider of testing, inspection and compliance services is pleased to announce that it has extended its range of UKAS accredited services for analysing asbestos in soils, to include aggregates. ESG now offers a comprehensive three-stage quantification service, using UKAS accredited methods developed in-house, which covers: 1. Screening ...

  • Employees Exposed to Asbestos at Illinois Workplace

    A company in Kankakee, IL has been cited for five health violations concerning asbestos by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The violations were detected after receiving a complaint claiming hazards at the workplace. The total projected fine for the company is $59,400. One of the company’s major repeat violations was their failure to ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Floods Cause Asbestos Scare in Washington

    LA Testing provides asbestos testing services to keep area residents and cleanup workers safe from its deadly fibers. Garden Grove, CA, September 27th, 2010 Earlier this month The Seattle Times reported about asbestos concerns along the Sumas River in Washington.  It all began with flooding that occurred back in January of 2009 that spread debris carried ...


    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 ...

  • New Asbestos Requirements from WorkSafeBC

    WorkSafeBC has updated their  guidelines for qualified person’s safe work procedures for abatement of asbestos materials during house and building demolition and renovation. Inhalation of asbestos can be very harmful for workers. Asbestos fibers can travel into the body and attack soft tissue.  Exposure to asbestos can result in mesothelioma , lung cancer, and ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Fire Debris May Spread Asbestos

    If a fire occurs in a building constructed between 1935 and 1970 near your home, you may want to avoid spending time outside in your yard and call an asbestos remediation professional immediately. The deadly asbestos fibers, which may have been released by the fire, can spread in the air and settle on nearby properties, putting you and your neighbors at risk. A recent incident in Scotland ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Children Mistake Asbestos for Sidewalk Chalk

    Young children found pieces of what appeared to be sidewalk chalk outside a former high school in Niagara Falls, NY and began drawing with the substance outside the building. Only later did their parents discover that the children were actually playing with asbestos, the dangerous, carcinogenic mineral.   Vandals broke into the old high school to steal pipes and left the asbestos insulation ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Asbestos Discovered in Cars Manufactured in China

    The Brisbrane Times reports that nearly 25,000 cars, manufactured in China and exported to Australia, are expected to be recalled after some of their parts were found to be contaminated with asbestos. The asbestos was detected in the car’s engines and exhaust gaskets. Ateco Automotive, the company that imported the affected vehicles, has reportedly known about the issue for months. They are ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Asbestos Investigation at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum

    According to NBC New York, state and federal inspectors have begun an asbestos investigation at Nassau Coliseum in Long Island, New York, home to the NHL’s New York Islanders. The inspection began after nearly 140 workers at the venue filed claims reporting that coliseum managers failed to protect workers from long term asbestos exposure. The claims combined will ask ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Firefighters Exposed to Asbestos in their own Fire House

    Firefighters knowingly risk everything to protect their neighbors and communities, and working inside the fire house would seem to be the least dangerous part of their jobs. Unfortunately, ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Minneapolis Laboratory Earns New Asbestos Accreditation

    EMSL Analytical is proud to announce that our laboratory in Minneapolis, MN has been accredited by the Minnesota Department of Health Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (ELAP) to test for the presence of asbestos in drinking water. According to the ELAP, accredited laboratories have demonstrated the capability to analyze environmental samples using approved ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Maryland Passes Asbestos Worker Protection Law

    Beginning October 1, 2012, asbestos remediation workers in Maryland will be facing a fine five times larger then the maximum amount currently allowed by law for violating any environmental laws relating to asbestos in the state. Leaders of the Laborers’ Health and Safety Fund of North America (LHSFNA) say this new fine, a maximum of $25,000, is setting a standard all states should follow. ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Asbestos Removed from Denver Federal Center

    EMSL Analytical provides asbestos testing services and products to protect people from the deadly carcinogen. Cinnaminson, NJ, August 16th, 2010 Last week Denver’s ABC affiliate, Channel 7, reported that dirt piles containing asbestos materials were being moved from the Denver Federal Center property.  Several large mounds of earth were found to contain ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Asbestos hazards prompt EPA to halt demolition work

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued two orders to Rock Springs Enterprises Inc. to cease demolition work at the site of a former pottery-manufacturing facility in Chester, Hancock County, W. Va. because of potential health hazards from asbestos and damage to a previously-constructed soil cap at the site. The former owners of the site, Newell Holdings Delaware, Inc., installed an ...

  • EPA study looks for better asbestos removal technology

    Dallas, Texas – The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced the release of a draft report that evaluates an alternative demolition process for buildings containing asbestos. Scientists and engineers from EPA’s National Risk Management Research Laboratory and the Dallas regional office compared the current process of demolishing a dilapidated, asbestos-containing structure with a new ...

  • Boston College and Construction Company Fined for Asbestos Violations

    Though they deny any wrongdoing, Boston’s Emerson College and Suffolk Construction, Inc. have each agreed to pay $250,000 to settle civil allegations stemming from an asbestos violation. According to the office of Attorney General Martha Coakley, the college and construction company failed to properly test a building for asbestos before converting it into a dormitory for student living. ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • 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 ...

  • Lead Poisoning Risks in Contaminated Soil

    A recent USA Today investigation revealed contaminated soil around hundreds of old lead factory sites. At a hearing on Thursday, a US senator questioned federal environmental health officials about what is being done to reduce lead poisoning risks. Children are particularly vulnerable to lead poisoning, and they can be exposed to lead from a variety of sources–although ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

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