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by Susana · January 20, 2015

Asbestos Demolition Inspection

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by Susana · January 13, 2015

Mold, Lead, Asbestos: Hurricane Sandy Hidden Hazards

A little more than two years has passed since Hurricane Sandy made landfall and many are still recovering from the storm. Hurricane Sandy damaged thousands of homes and many have begun re building since than.

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by Susana · January 06, 2015

Identifying Lead Hazards

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by Susana · January 01, 2015

Reduce Mold Exposure on a Water Damaged Building

 Any building that is damaged by water requires special attention to avoid mold explosion. Mold produce spores that spread easily through the air.

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by Susana · December 30, 2014

Mold Problem in California Fire Station

Mold is not only found in common places like in residential homes or in schools. A fire station in San Jose will be closed because mold was found inside.

Mold was found about nine months ago and will be closed for about 6-8 months. Mold grew because of recent rain around the area. Due to the mold growing in the living area of the fire station, fire fighters will have to be stationed elsewhere.

How Can Mold Affect Public Places?

When mold affects public places likes a fire station, it can cause a huge impact. For instance, the fire station will be closed for half of the year and can impact the response time when there is an emergency.

In addition, when people are exposed to high volumes of mold spores, individuals can develop allergies, respiratory problems and congestion. If you begin to see any wet areas dry the area quickly to avoid any mold problems.

If you begin to spot signs of mold during any time, contact a mold remediation company and they will help clean and disinfect your home. Alliance Environmental has been helping many achieve cleaner and healthier environments for 25 years. If you have any questions regarding any mold services, contact us and we can be of assistance.

Download a free copy of our Asbestos, Lead Paint & Mold eBook to learn how to mitigate the liability risks associated with common environmental threats found in residential properties.

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by Susana · December 23, 2014

Terminology in the Asbestos Industry

Asbestos is a hazardous material and can be very dangerous if exposed. If employers and workers do not take proper precautions for work around asbestos, workers can develop serious health complications and diseases such as mesothelioma.

To prevent these health problems and exposure to asbestos it is important to understand specific phrases and terms in the asbestos industry.

Doing so can educate workers and employees while working with others.

Basic Phrases used in the Asbestos Industry:

  1. Asbestos Containing Material: Material that is manufactured that contains at least 0.5% asbestos.
  2. Asbestos Survey: A written report that informs and locates all asbestos containing material in a building or structure.
  3. Containment: A system that isolates and contains asbestos fibers within a designated area where asbestos containing material is handled.
  4. Encapsulation: A process to treat products that contain asbestos from being airborne and prevents the fibers from being released.
  5. NIOSH 100 series filter: A high efficiency particulate air filter (HEPA) for respiratory protection.

These are the terms that you hear often in the industry. It is important to always wear protective gear when handling asbestos.

It is also important to hire a qualified company and qualified person who has had proper education, training and experience managing and controlling of asbestos.

 

Alliance Environmental is a licensed asbestos removal company with extensive experience in properly containing the asbestos, complete decontamination of the site, and lawful disposal of the contaminated materials.

Download a free copy of our Asbestos, Lead Paint & Mold eBook to learn how to mitigate the liability risks associated with common environmental threats found in residential properties.

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by Susana · December 16, 2014

Avoid Bed Bug Problems This Holiday Season

One of the busiest travel periods of the year take place during the holiday season. As millions are traveling and staying in family homes, hotels and in resorts bed bugs can hitchhike at any moment. A bed bug problem can cause an infestation.

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by Susana · December 09, 2014

A Guide to a Good Demolition Safety Plan

 

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by Susana · December 04, 2014

Enforcing Lead Regulations

Renovating a home can be an exciting journey but it can also complicate things. One of the problems that may arise when renovating a home is testing if a house has lead paint. Many homes that were built before 1978 may have lead paint on the walls, doors, windows, and sills and can be dangerous. The Environmental Protection Agency has dedicated a section of their website that explains more about lead poisoning and also has information on the EPA Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Program . Enforcing lead regulations is important to avoid major problems and lawsuits.

The EPA also has information on the Lead-Safe Certification Program. Your firm must be certified and employees must also be trained.

Having this all in mind, there are still companies that are not certified and continue to operate without training or certifications without also knowing the potential harm. Renovation activities that include sanding, cutting and demolition can create lead dust and chips that can contaminate a home's surface. When families and workers are expose to the debris, they can begin to see damaging effects to their health.

The EPA states, " There is no level of lead in blood that has been identified as safe for children." Companies who do not obtain certification, proper training and do not put up hazardous signs will get fined.

The EPA recently released a newsletter that talks about a Bay Area that renovated a home but failed to follow the RRP Program, was not certified and their employees were not trained to work with lead based paint projects. As a result, the company was fined $51,000.

Remember there is no safe levels of lead and lead poisoning has the potential for long term effects and those who own and operate and fail to protect their employees can face fines and lawsuits. Lead poisoning can be preventable if we educate ourselves and others.

Download a free copy of our Asbestos, Lead Paint & Mold eBook to learn how to mitigate the liability risks associated with common environmental threats found in residential properties.

 

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by Susana · December 02, 2014

Asbestos Still Legal in the U.S.

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization December eNewsletter just came out and one of the topics that many are discussing this week is the fact that asbestos still remains legal. Exposure to asbestos can cause mesothelioma and severe complications. One of the article states, "Mesothelioma, a cancer that is 100 percent preventable and 100 percent attributable to exposure to asbestos." For many years asbestos has been legal and it is legal to import, manufacturer and sell asbestos. Products that contain asbestos also has been legal.

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