Helpful Resources About Asbestos and Lead

Asbestos

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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.

Types of Asbestos

There are six types of asbestos recognized by the EPA. All of the six types fall into two categories, serpentine and amphibole asbestos. Below there are descriptions of the six types of asbestos.

1. Chrystotile Asbestos

Chrystotile is the most common form of asbestos. Manufacturers used this form to make brake lining, gaskets, roof tiles, floor tiles, boiler seals, and pipe, duct, and appliance insulation for businesses and homes. Chystolite is often referred to as “white asbestos,” and it is categorized as serpentine asbestos.

Chrystolite is the only asbestos used in manufactured products today.

2. Amosite Asbestos

Amosite asbestos is also known as “brown asbestos.” According to the EPA, amosite is the second most common form of the fiber found in the United States. The American Cancer Society warns that amosite exposure creates a higher risk for cancer in comparison to chrystotile asbestos. Below are a few of the places you may find amosite:

  • Cement sheets
  • Ceiling Tiles
  • Fireproofing insulation
  • Kent Micronite cigarette filters
  • Acid storage battery casings
  • Vinyl floor tiles

3. Crocidolite Asbestos

Distinctive crocidolite is the most dangerous asbestos. The blue straight fibers are recognizable. The hazardous building additive is found throughout Australia, Bolivia, and South Africa in steam engine insulation, cement pipes, insulation, and spray-on coatings where it was used freely. 

Distinctive Blue Fiber Crocidolite 

4. Tremolite Asbestos

Tremolite Sample

Researchers believe tremolite causes autoimmune diseases like lupus, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, and others. Less is known about whether autoimmune diseases are an early sign of mesothelioma or other asbestos-related diseases. Tremolite is found in an array of hues from transparent to opaque. 

5. Anthophyllite Asbestos

An amphibole, usually gray, off-white, or brown. Anthophyllite fibers are like chains. Or, sometimes found in a pear cluster with streaks of gray. A more rare form found primarily in Finland.

6. Actinolite Asbestos

Actinolite asbestos is green. The depth of color depends on the iron content in the specimen. This form was never commercially used, but it is found in other products that are contaminate by it.

Actinolite asbestos is green. The depth of color depends on the iron content in the specimen. This form was never commercially used, but it is found in other products that are contaminate by it.

Do you need more information on asbestos? Contact a knowledgeable Green Ready professional to discuss your asbestos maintenance needs. 

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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.

Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA)

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.

AHERA Designated Person’s Guide

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.

Asbestos Fact Book

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.

ABCs of Asbestos in Schools

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,

Managing Asbestos in Place

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.

Lead Information

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8/09/2018

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. 

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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.