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How are Asbestos Samples Gathered and Stored?

You never know for sure whether a material contains asbestos until you get it tested. Gathering and storing an asbestos sample is not an easy task, therefore we have listed the complete asbestos sampling procedure so that you know how it is done:

danger asbestosPreparation before sampling

  • Make sure that no one is around while you take the samples.
  • Turn off all fans, air conditioners, or heaters to prevent asbestos fibers from spreading in the air.
  • If the sampling is done outdoors, then perform the procedure on a non-windy day.
  • Be very cautious, and don’t disturb the material more than necessary to remove a small specimen because you might disturb the asbestos in it (if any).
  • Arrange these things before collecting the material for sampling:

What Is Asbestos Abatement?

As we discussed in a previous post, asbestos is a common name for a group of six fibrous silicate minerals that can be easily woven into fabrics. Asbestos fibers are extremely thin, even thinner than human hair. You cannot see them with naked eyes, so they can be easily inhaled into the lungs.

Danger Asbestos RemovalAsbestos abatement means the removal of asbestos, and this procedure is considered mandatory wherever people are exposed to disturbed asbestos. When people are exposed to asbestos for a very long period of time, it adversely affects their health, often leading to death as we’ve seenin the recent years.. This element has many dangerous hazards to it, and lung diseases are the most encountered health problems among all. But everyone does not have the same exposure and risk from asbestos.

Necrotizing Fasciitis: A Rising Threat

Although most people aren’t awareof this threat, it is slowly invading our waters as summer arrives. Thisrising threat is of Necrotizing Fasciitis, flesh-eating bacteria which becomes a major concern of  medical experts worldwide, especially in America.

What Is Necrotizing Fasciitis?

bigstock 125225252 beachMedically speaking, it’s an infection that is progressing at an alarming rate and which mainly affects the subcutaneous connective tissue planes, otherwise known as fascia. From there, the infection can quickly spread to nearby soft tissues.That slowly leads to widespread and serious tissue damage, or necrosis.

This life-threatening condition can be caused by different flesh-eating bacteria already present in the water. Chances of a person contracting the condition, by ingesting even a small amount of the bacteria-ridden water, or by getting infected by a cut or wound on the body, are very high.

Asbestos found in crayons and crime scene kit toys

Color Crayons Almost a month ago, the EWG Action Fund group in a study found traces of silicate mineral asbestos in children’s crayons and crime scene kit toys. The group has since published a report that details how out of 28 boxes of crayons, four contained asbestos. Asbestos was found in two out of 21 crime scene kit toys as well, and EWG has urged the immediate ban of using the mineral in consumer products.

The silicate mineral, asbestos, is widely regarded as hazardous to human health. According to Dr. Jerry Paulson, “parents do need to be concerned about particular brands of products where asbestos was identified.”

In this blog post, information about what asbestos is will be explored along with some of the asbestos-related illnesses.

New York New Mold Laws

Seal of New YorkThe governor of New York signed legislation requiring Mold licensing and standards of work. This was introduced in the latter part of January and serves to make the services of mold remediation, inspection and assessment, all licensed activities.  This means that only licensed individuals will be able to perform these tasks.

While the language of the new measure in several places refers to individuals or contractors assessing mold, it is important to emphasize that people who take the samples cannot also perform the remediation work.

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