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  • Nevada charter schools to comply with asbestos regulations

    As a result of the EPA’s inspections, the schools have hired accredited inspectors to prepare a management plan for each school, and conduct further inspections. Under AHERA, local education agencies must appoint a designated person who is trained to oversee asbestos activities and ensure compliance with federal regulations. Finally, schools with asbestos-containing materials must conduct ...

  • Texas Construction Companies Reminded of the Need to Follow Asbestos Regulations

    Construction companies across Texas were recently reminded of the importance of following asbestos regulations.  This occurred as a result of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announcing last month that a manager and two affiliated construction companies in Illinois are now facing $1,792,000 in penalties for willfully exposing at least ...

  • 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 ...


  • 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

  • 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 ...


  • 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 ...


  • 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.

  • 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 ...

  • 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.

  • ABCOV® process cleanly destroys asbestos

    ABCOV® Process Cleanly Destroys Asbestos By William Mirick, Robert Dvorin and Tony Nocito A major breakthrough has occurred in asbestos disposal: a patented, non-thermal, chemical-physical, Federal Environmental Protection Agency approved process, capable of destroying all forms of asbestos on site, as it is being abated, known as the ABCOV® Method, is now commercially available. Developed over a ...


    By ABCOV Companies

  • 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 ...

  • Asbestos Landfill a Concern for Area Residents

    LA Testing provides environmental and air testing services to ensure asbestos found in California does not cause health concerns for area residents. Garden Grove, CA, January 31st, 2011 A recent article highlighted the fact that once asbestos has been removed from a building the health concerns caused by the asbestos do not just go away.  A California family in ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • ABCOV® process cleanly destroys asbestos

    A major breakthrough has occurred in asbestos disposal: a patented, non-thermal, chemical-physical, Federal Environmental Protection Agency approved process, capable of destroying all forms of asbestos on site, as it is being abated, known as the ABCOV® Method, is now commercially available. Developed over a number of years, first in the laboratory at Battelle Memorial Institute, Columbus, ...


    By ABCOV Companies

  • 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 ...

  • Beware of asbestos hazards in popcorn ceilings

    Popcorn ceilings, also referred to as acoustic ceilings, are found in many homes across the country. From the late 1950s all the way until the early 1980s the ceiling style was popular. Today many property owners have been removing the outdated ceilings and replacing them with flat or textured ceilings to update the look and feel of the property.Not only is the process of removing popcorn ...


  • 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

  • Mesothelioma and Asbestos: Commercial use of the mineral

    The naturally occurring mineral asbestos was widely used in a variety of building components throughout much of the 20th century. Many say asbestos was fitted in nearly every home built before 1978. Even after this date, asbestos was still used in construction materials, but in smaller quantities. The general consensus is asbestos does not cause health problems unless its fibers are released into ...


  • 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.

  • 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

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