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  • Could Asbestos be in Your Attic and Wall Insulation?

    Last month, two of the leading asbestos experts in the nation were asked to speak about the current New York State Asbestos & Vermiculite Guidance to the Metro New York Chapter of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA). Robert DeMalo and Ed Cahill, both from EMSL Analytical, updated the industrial hygiene professionals in attendance about this important topic. ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Pipe Insulation in Homes May Expose People to Dangerous Asbestos Fibers

    Cinnaminson, NJ, October 15, 2012 Many homes built up until the 1970s were constructed using insulating blankets and paper tape on their steam pipes, boilers and furnace ducts that contained asbestos. Due to the material’s strength, durability, and insulating fire resistant properties it was a popular choice and was installed in many homes and buildings.� Over time, these materials can ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Vermiculite Insulation & Asbestos Concerns Discussed in New Online Video

    Today, the IAQ Video Network and Cochrane & Associates announced the release of another online video to help educate people about issues that may impact their health.  The latest educational video discusses vermiculite insulation and potential exposure to asbestos fibers. Vermiculite is a type of mineral that has been a commercial commodity throughout the world for well over 50 years. ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • 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.

  • Insulation around pipes in homes may contain asbestos, testing confirms

    EMSL Analytical puts almost 30 years of asbestos testing experience to work protecting families from dangerous asbestos exposure. Asbestos was used in many building materials that found their way into hundreds of thousands of homes all across the country up until the late 1970s. Its insulting and fire resistant properties made it a common material used for insulating pipes. As many of these homes ...


  • 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

  • Mesothelioma and the hazards of asbestos exposure

    As a result of the recently declared Public Health Emergency in Libby, Montana on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency, asbestos awareness has been on the rise. Considering the presence of asbestos-containing materials in older homes and buildings, and the fact that asbestos is not banned in the United States, public health officials advise citizens to educate themselves on the risks of ...


  • ASTM C551 / C551M - 07(2011)e1 Standard Specification for Asbestos-Cement Fiberboard Insulating Panels

    This specification covers asbestos-cement insulating panels consisting of a core of insulating fiber board sandwiched between, and bonded to, two sheets of asbestos-cement facing board. Asbestos-cement insulating panels are designed for exterior and interior walls, partitions, curtain walls, roof decks, and for decorative purposes. Asbestos-cement insulating panels shall be composed of an ...


    By ASTM International

  • Mesothelioma and Asbestos: Risks and prevention

    Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that is almost exclusively caused by asbestos exposure. Exposure occurs when the microscopic fibers that make up asbestos are either inhaled or ingested into the body. This typically happens after asbestos-containing materials are damaged or disturbed and have released asbestos fibers into the air. In the past, some of the more common locations for asbestos ...


  • Senate backs banning asbestos

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Senate voted on Thursday to ban the import and use of asbestos, which is still used in some industries despite its link to cancer, a crush of lawsuits, and earlier attempts to ban it. The measure would prohibit the sale of asbestos products two years after it becomes law, and represents the first wide-scale effort to prohibit asbestos in nearly 20 years. 'Today ...

  • Asbestos…still an issue

    On June 17 of last year the federal government declared a public health emergency in Libby, Montana. The reason for the declaration was the asbestos exposure and contamination caused by the asbestos mine that began operations in 1919 near the small town. The declaration assures that there will be cleanup funds and money available for medical screening and treatment for area residents. In February ...


  • Automotive industry impacted by asbestos

    A recent asbestos-related case in the United Kingdom has highlighted the risks associated with workers employed in the automotive industry. The latest case follows a similar suit involving Kelvin Parker, a former installer of insulation and suspended ceilings at the Longbridge site. Parker, 54, was initially diagnosed with mesothelioma in August 2007. After passing away on November 19, 2008, his ...


  • $70,000 donated to school for asbestos removal

    A school in Philadelphia recently received a large donation from three different organizations so they could continue their asbestos removal project. The school was granted $70,000 to be used towards the removal that was generated by the organizations over the past year. Asbestos Found in School Assumption BMV’s school was reportedly built in 1959 and is currently undergoing the ...


  • 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 ...

  • Vermiculite Insulation could be a Health Threat to Families

    The indoor environmental quality (IEQ) professionals at Clark Seif Clark (CSC) provide asbestos sampling to ensure building occupants are not exposed to their deadly fibers.   Since 2002, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has been conducting evaluations of the public health implications from vermiculite contamination at various facilities across the State of California. ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses

    Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that is known for its durability and fire-resistant properties. The substance has been used in a wide variety of building materials, including insulation products, siding, cements, flooring and roofing to name a few. When asbestos-containing materials become damaged or disturbed, toxic asbestos fibers can be released into the air. If these microscopic ...


  • Contractor fined for alleged asbestos violations

    Recently a contractor from Washington was fined tens of thousands of dollars by environmental regulators in Oregon for violating asbestos regulations during an abatement project. The contractor has appealed the fine according to reports from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).The Clean Air Act and the National Emission Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants require contractors to ...


  • Solve SEC and CERCLA asbestos liability

    At the same time forward-looking industry leaders are challenged by the uncertainties posed by the rising tide of state and federal environmental regulatory requirements, many utilities are engaged in rear guard actions, fighting the regulatory ghosts of industry practices discontinued decades ago. Until the latter part of the 20th century, the marriage of asbestos and the power industry seemed a ...


    By ABCOV Companies , LLC

  • Leading Asbestos Laboratory Helps Building Owners & Tenants Battle Asbestos Dangers

    EMSL Analytical offers asbestos testing solutions to environmental professionals, the general public and property owners and managers to protect against airborne asbestos fibers. Cinnaminson, NJ, October 7th, 2010 It has been proven from countless scientific studies that breathing asbestos fibers can lead to an increased risk of lung cancer, mesothelioma and respiratory ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

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