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  • TargetSolutions’ Advanced HAZWOPER Awareness Training Series Explains Perils of Hazardous Materials

    Even with the best prevention methods in place, incidents involving hazardous materials are bound to happen. Understanding the nature of hazardous materials – and how to respond to various types of incidents – will help you quickly manage a dangerous situation and minimize damage. TargetSolutions’ Advanced HAZWOPER Awareness is a ...


    By TargetSolutions

  • Building Experts Warn Residents of Puerto Rico to be Aware of Asbestos Hazards

    Up until the late 1970s, many different types of building products and materials commonly used in residential and commercial buildings contained asbestos.  Today, many of these properties still contain these materials that could be causing a health threat to any building occupants.   As these materials age or become disturbed, asbestos fibers can be released into the air. Exposure to ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • National Asbestos Awareness Week Reminds the Public of Potential Hazards

    Federal lawmakers designated the first week of April as National Asbestos Awareness Week.  The purpose of the designation is to increase awareness with the general public of the dangers associated with exposure to asbestos fibers.   Asbestos is a mineral fiber that has been used commonly in a variety of building construction materials for insulation and as a fire-retardant. According to ...

  • Flood Victims Told to be Aware of Potential Hazards Associated with Water Damage

    In late June, close to 65,000 residents of Calgary were allowed to begin returning to their homes and businesses. This followed torrential flooding that inundated many parts of the city and other regions of Alberta, Canada. Just as residents of Calgary were given the all clear to return, another 10,000 people down river were being evacuated from their homes. This is ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Increasing asbestos awareness as a preventative measure

    Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral known for its durability and fire-resistant properties. In the past, 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 ...


  • EPA resolves violations with four Guam companies for hazardous materials reporting failures

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency resolved violations with four Guam companies for their failure to report to emergency planners the amount of diesel fuel and other hazardous chemicals stored at their facilities, a violation of the federal Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA). Each of the four companies paid $2,000 each and corrected their violations by submitting ...

  • Building Occupants Need to be Aware of Methamphetamine Production Dangers

    EMSL Analytical provides chemical testing solutions to ensure safe outdoor and indoor air quality (IAQ) for building occupants in structures formerly used as clandestine meth labs. Cinnaminson, NJ, October 14th, 2010 Methamphetamine is a drug that also goes by the names of meth, speed, crank, crystal or ice. It is a potent synthetic drug that stimulants the central ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Hurricane Sandy Victims Told to be Aware of Fungal Pathogens

    Two weeks ago, Hurricane Sandy devastated parts of the East Coast.  Now, many of the water damaged properties are being repaired and cleaned, but people are being warned of the hazards due to exposure to mold growth in many of these buildings.   Mold begins to grow in as short as 24 to 48 hours on many types of building materials and household furnishing once they become wet or in an ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Ground Water Awareness Week gets underway in the US

    Ground Water: Out of Sight, But Not Out of Mind, by Kevin McCray, CAE, Executive Director, National Ground Water Association. Some 47 percent of the US population depends on ground water, the water that fills cracks and other openings in beds of rock and sand, for its drinking water supply—be it from either a public source or private well. In rural areas, the number is about 96 percent. That fact ...

  • Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization Outraged that Seven Countries Prevented the Inclusion of Chrysotile Asbestos in the UN Rotterdam Convention List of Hazardous Substances

    The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), which combines education, advocacy, and community as the leading U.S. organization serving as the voice of asbestos ...

  • 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 ...


  • Lung Cancer Awareness Month Sheds Light on Airborne Carcinogens

    November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. According to the American Lung Association, it is the second-most commonly diagnosed cancer and the most common cause of death due to cancer. Unfortunately, many people do not know they have lung cancer until the condition is in its later stages. When people breathe certain contaminants they can cause damage to people’s lungs. Cells in ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Global Asbestos Awareness Week Reminds Homeowners of Health Risks

    In February of this year, Senator Max Baucus introduced legislation which passed the Senate declaring the first week of April to be National Asbestos Awareness Week.  This coincides with the Global Asbestos Awareness Week (GAAW) that occurs on those same dates. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral fiber mined from the Earth.  In the past it was regularly added to building products ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • U.S. Senate Approves Resolution Establishing National Asbestos Awareness Week

    On March 27th, the U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan resolution to create the 11th consecutive National Asbestos Awareness Week.  The week of recognition for asbestos, known to cause mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer, takes place during the first week of April. Senate Resolution 125 also urges the Surgeon General of the United States to warn and educate people about the ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • China: solid and hazardous waste management

    Solid waste management, including hazardous waste and electronics waste treatment, has become a key environmental priority in China. The lack of adequate waste treatment facilities and decades of poor management practices, particularly with respect to hazardous wastes, have combined to create a serious threat not only to the environment but also to public health. China’s solid waste can be ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Residents of Puerto Rico Reminded of Airborne Carcinogens during Lung Cancer Awareness Month

    Today is the last day of Lung Cancer Awareness Month.  It is an important reminder of this deadly disease, although many people in Puerto Rico are exposed to respirable carcinogens and irritants all year long.  Sadly, many people do not know they have developed lung cancer until the late stages of the condition when treatment choices are limited. In the United States alone, the American ...


    By Zimmetry Environmental

  • Illinois Residents Warned of Asbestos Hazards in Popcorn Ceilings

    Removing popcorn ceilings is a common home improvement project for many Illinois residents.  This surfacing technique, used in many residential properties, is no longer in style and can even lower property values.    Many homes and apartments that were built between the 1960s and 1980s used popcorn ceilings as a standard method of texturing ceilings.  Today, many property ...


    By EC2 Inc.

  • EU exporting more waste, including hazardous waste

    Waste is increasingly moving across EU borders, for recovery or disposal. This is true for waste shipments between EU countries, and also transfers of waste outside the EU, according to a new assessment from the European Environment Agency (EEA). Increasingly stringent and harmonised waste policies in the EU have led countries to transport more waste material elsewhere, for example if ...

  • New Hazardous Waste Web Site launched

    In an effort to improve regulatory compliance and general awareness of the legal and technical conditions for the safe management of hazardous wastes, the BC Environment Industry Association, with support from Ministry of Environment, has launched a two-stage Compliance Improvement Project for key industry stakeholders. The first stage ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Avoiding Indoor Environmental Hazards Following a Tornado

    To date, there have been almost 500 reported tornadoes in the United States, making 2012 an unusually destructive year and it’s only the month of April.  On average, tornadoes cause 70 fatalities and 1,500 injuries in the U.S. each year.  Some years, such as 2012, see much higher numbers.    An average year results in over $1 billion dollars in property damage due to ...

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