Helpful Resources About Asbestos and Lead
The EPA warns that exposure to any of the known types of asbestos is harmful and prolonged exposure results in long-term disabilities and even death. When most people hear asbestos they automatically think of the health risks associated with exposure. However, few people are aware asbestos is a plant that grows in the wild and that the fibers are still being used to manufacture products in the United States and around the world.
What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is found in several forms throughout the world. Historians are not aware of where the name originally came from, but they believe it may have come from the Greek word, “sasbestos,” meaning unquenchable or inextinguishable. One of the key properties of asbestos is its ability to provide exceptional insulation.
Archeologists have found asbestos dating back to the Stone Age. That means asbestos has been growing on the planet for more than 750,000. Various forms of the silicate fiber are found in plants throughout the world.
Asbestos is a highly-regulated fiber that is known for having unmatched insulation properties and for causing irreversible damage and disease from exposure. So, the Environmental Protection Agency and other state and federal regulatory agencies have passed laws to manage the use and maintenance of asbestos and asbestos-containing materials (ACM).
There are many great resources that offer valuable information about the industry. Below is a list of important documents you may find interesting.
Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act
The Asbestos Hazard Emergency Act, also known as AHERA, is the EPA’s response to growing health concerns associated with asbestos exposure. The act gives vital information regarding the use and maintenance of ACM in public buildings and schools.
AHERA Designated Person’s Guide
The EPA’s AHERA Designated Person’s Guide gives all of the information needed to properly maintain ACM in public and for-profit schools in the United States. The requirements for managing ACM and schools is very different than the management of ACM in other buildings. So, this document is extremely important.
Asbestos Fact Book
The EPA’s Asbestos Fact Book contains important information including safety guidelines, maintenance best practices, action plans, worker protection standards, and more. Read the Asbestos Fact Book for information on regional EPA contacts, information materials, and a glossary of related terms.
ABCs of Asbestos in School
Maintaining asbestos-containing materials in schools is very different than it is in other public buildings. This publication by the EPA gives important information for maintaining asbestos-containing materials in public and for-profit schools across the United States.
Managing Asbestos in Place
Building owners are responsible for properly maintaining all asbestos-containing materials in their buildings. Read this building owner’s guide to operations and maintenance programs for asbestos-containing materials in buildings for important information about keeping your building occupants and visitors safe,
These are just a few of the many documents published by private and government agencies. If you have questions, contact Green Ready, Inc. to speak to a knowledgeable professional.
Children suffering from lead poisoning often exhibit signs of behavioral, mental, and physical disabilities. Unfortunately, there is no way to know if lead exposure is affecting you or someone you love without having tests done to confirm the presence of lead. If you need a test consultant, check out the Green Ready, Inc. business directory to find an EPA-licensed consultant near you.
09/21/2018 Posted by Kristina
Inhaling or swallowing lead paint causes lead poisoning. No amount of lead exposure is safe. Even touching surfaces painted with lead paint causes unhealthy levels of heavy metals. This means toddlers and small children are at the highest risk for exposure.
The effects of lead poisoning include behavior and learning disabilities.
However, washing your hands regularly and wiping down surfaces painted with lead paint reduces the risk of exposure.
08/10/2018 Posted by Kristina
Locate lead in your home and eliminate them. The above infographic tells you where you are likely to find lead in your home. Furthermore, it provides great information about cleaning your home to prevent the spread of lead. It also gives information about lowering lead levels by eating a well-balanced diet.