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Odd uses of asbestos in the houshold

Odd use of asbestos before it was banned

July 23, 2019

I came across an interesting article about the use of Asbestos in unusual household products, ranging from shoe soles, gas masks, fake snow used for Christmas decoration to even toothpaste for its abrasive effect. That’s far from the typical pipe insulation or floor tile and certainly surprising to see Asbestos… Read more

Knowing where Asbestos can be found is a safety necessity

June 28, 2019

Typical older gymnasium locker room hot water heater asbestos insulated tank and pipes. Items stored in the room should be “initially cleaned “ before removal. In this room only the pipe fittings (elbows) have asbestos containing material (ACM) while the rest of the pipe is insulated with fiberglass. Note the… Read more

Asbestos awareness training

Why is asbestos dangerous?

June 29, 2018

Asbestos still kills around 5000 workers each year, this is  more than the number of people killed on the road. Around 20 tradesman die each week as a result of past exposure However, asbestos is not just a problem of the past. It can be present today in any building… Read more

asbestos danger for Electricians

Asbestos exposure in the workplace (Electricians)

June 7, 2018

Linemen, wiremen and electricians typically encounter asbestos in two ways: Fibers may be released when existing asbestos-containing construction materials are cut or removed, or they may be released when working on older equipment, such as turbines, generators, heating units and hot water tanks. The date of the materials is a… Read more

Asbestos Dangers Are Still Lurking

May 8, 2018

Though banned in certain products and uses, this mineral continues to pose a health threat. AFTER ALL THESE YEARS – long since the dangers of asbestos became common knowledge and use of the fire-resistant mineral decreased drastically – health experts say asbestos continues to make us sick. Despite the fact that… Read more

Floor Mastic Contains Asbestos

Bead Blasting Technique.

May 12, 2016

Bead blasting of floor tile mastic on concrete floors leaves the cleanest surface but there are a number of considerations. Not all abatement contractors have bead blasting machines so they have to rent the equipment. Also the bead blasting machine cannot clean all the way to the edge of a… Read more

cancer causing asbestos center complex indiana legal battle

Cancer-causing asbestos at center of complex Indiana legal battle

April 5, 2016

Larry Myers worked 40 years as an electrician, unaware he had been handling materials that could cause his death. For the past two years, the 78-year-old man from Northern Indiana has been embroiled in a contentious legal battle against a number of manufacturers who he claims knowingly produced products that caused malignant pleural… Read more

Tile that contains asbestos

Which sized Floor Tiles contain Asbestos?

January 25, 2016

12-inch by 12-inch or 9-inch by 9-inch vinyl or asphalt Floor Tile… OSHA says all asphalt or vinyl floor tile installed prior to 1980 is Presumed (PACM) to contain asbestos unless sampling proves otherwise. Pretty much all 9-inch by 9-inch contains some amount of asbestos. Typically, it contains less than… Read more

Floor Tile Mastic ….

January 15, 2016

Floor tile mastic often contains asbestos whether or not the vinyl or asphalt floor tile contains asbestos. This mastic is usually black in appearance and has been applied with a serrated trowel. It is not uncommon for this material to contain Tremolite asbestos but most often will contain Chrysotile asbestos… Read more

Chemical Stripper or Bead Blasting?

December 24, 2015

So what is the best way to remove floor tile mastic. Depends on the substrate and the intended new floor covering. On concrete floors, bead blasting with perimeter clean up utilizing floor grinders will leave a surface suitable for epoxy application or new mastic and flooring material. Wood surface is… Read more

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New website look and sign up

November 3, 2015

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Smoking and Asbestos

Smoking and Asbestos Exposure

April 30, 2012

Researchers have found that Asbestos workers who also smoke increase their risk of contracting lung cancer 70 to 80 times greater than the general population. Fortunately the exposures to asbestos available today are generally much lower, and the amount of cigarettes smoked daily much less, than in the 1950’s when… Read more