Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Asbestos Cement Pipe (Transite) Do’s And Don’ts

• There are regulations and there is logic – try not to get the two confused!
• Regulations are often like speed limits – even though they are violated on a regular basis, hardly anyone gets in trouble for it (that does not make speeding legal!)
To Remove Transite Pipe Legally You Must Be Trained
• You can be an asbestos abatement contractor– This requires certification (CA) or licensed (NV) and
registration (in both CA & NV)• You can have Class III trained crews for AC Pipe
– This limits you to 100 square feet per project and 6 linear feet per task in CA!
• You can be AC Pipe Accredited In CA– Requires 4 hour Initial Class
– Requires 2 hour Annual Refresher Class
No matter what 
– you need transite pipe handling policy/plan (IIPP)
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  • Your answers will be anonymous (sort of) – but we will be keeping score!
  • Fabulous Prizes Await Those With High Scores!
Who remembers where we get most asbestos from?
1. State Rock of California
2. It is now used only in Car Brake Pads
3. Now only in products made in China for the building industry
Hmmm, what could that whitish rock be?
If A Sub-Contractor Is Hired To Remove Asbestos, You Are Not Responsible For TheContractor’s Actions(concerning regulatory liability)
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2. False

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Asbestos Dangers Are Still Lurking

A worker wears protective asbestos clothing, a face mask and safety goggles.
Asbestos exposure can lead to the development of lung cancer or cause another aggressive cancer that attacks the lungs and abdomen.(GETTY IMAGES)
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 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency began banning asbestos in some products and uses in the 1970s, such as in felt laid under flooring and pipe insulation, it's still found in older buildings and allowed in newly produced materials ranging from brake lining to window caulk. When the microscopic asbestos fibers are inhaled, they can cause problems like the chronic lung disease asbestosis, in which lung tissue can become scarred over time, hampering breathing and raising cancer risk. For some people, asbestos exposure may lead to the development of lung cancer or cause another aggressive cancer that attacks the lungs and abdomen called mesothelioma. 
"The vast majority of mesotheliomas are related to asbestos exposure," says Dr. Jae Y. Kim, chief of thoracic surgery at the City of Hope cancer center in Duarte, California, of the rare cancer that afflicts about 3,000 people annually. The consequences of asbestos exposure don't usually appear until long after the fibers are inhaled into the lungs. That could be at least 10 years or more before asbestosis occurs, or several decades before symptoms of cancer emerge. Kim says he usually sees people with mesothelioma around 40 years after they were exposed to asbestos. Patients are typically in their 60s or older, and often had worked in naval shipyards, where asbestos was used frequently in manufacturing, or they worked in other construction or plumbing jobs.​ 
But the composite of who's at risk from asbestos exposure is hardly limited to workers from a bygone era. Workers and homeowners today also face their own challenges. And while long-term exposure raises one's risk, it appears even brief exposure to asbestos can potentially have serious or even fatal consequences. "There is no known safe threshold of asbestos exposure," Kim says. "As far as we know, even significant amounts in a short period can cause long-term health problems." 
Those at risk can include the homeowner who's renovating an older house or a worker who is exposed to asbestos-containing materials on the job, such as while working on old pipes. Asbestos is still allowed in things like hard floor tile​, brakes for vehicles – from cars and planes to trucks and trains – and insulating jackets found on heating systems and boilers; some structures are still built with the hard, asbestos-containing material transite, says Larry McGowan, supervisory industrial hygienist at the Occupational and Safety Health Administration, whose job involves protecting workers from health hazards. " of the story

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Asbestos Testing for your home

2 parts of a successful and legal acoustic asbestos/ walls / mud  remediation and mastic flooring , or any demo of known asbestos,  first testing to determine % of hazardous material if any, and second remediation to clean the stuff up legally and responsibly. 

Each of those steps are 2 different professionals , we are the latter. You need a testing company prior to us working on identified material.

I recommend Michael Jackson, Jackson Enviro OC area, 949-230-9779, Patriot Labs in Fullerton/ Culver City  ask for Jeff 714-423-8988 or a individual tech named Dave Wallach 714-328-2410, OC area and Los Angeles, Tim Maskew , VM3 Enviro, 760-273-9728 x710 , San Diego/LA/OC area 

They charge between $250-$400 I believe.

Pricing depends on size of work area, wood floors or slab, other situations. Floors usually $4.29 per sq ft, acoustic ceiling around $3.71 per sq ft and ducts $1050-$1450.00 , all from permits to disposal.

 Let me know, once we all know I will be glad to prepare an estimate to remove,  it all starts and end with the asbestos survey report. If you have can you email me the report?

Hope this helps!


Sunday, August 5, 2018

Can Electric Car Batteries Be Recycled?

Happily, the answer is yes -- the batteries that power electric cars (and hybrids, for that matter) can be recycled. For decades, the few electric vehicles that were on the road were powered by lead-acid batteries. The latest models, with their lighter weight and longer range, use lithium-ion batteries, just like laptops and cell phones. In either case, the batteries that power electric cars can be recycled.

In the case of the older-technology lead-acid batteries, 96 percent of the materials in the battery -- including the nasty lead -- is recovered. To compare, only 38 percent of the material in glass bottles is recovered in the recycling process. They can also be recharged and reused before being recycled. Hybrid cars currently on the road, like the Toyota Prius, use nickel metal hydride batteries, which can be dismantled and recycled in much the same way.
When the battery packs in a lithium-ion-powered vehicle are deemed too worn out for driving, they still have up to 80 percent of their charge left. So before they ever get to a recycling center, these batteries are used to prop up the grid, especially alongside energy sources that may not be quite as steady, like wind or solar power. The batteries can store power to help the flow of electricity stay on an even keel rather than ebb and flow with the weather.
Since lithium-ion battery-powered cars are just now coming to the mass market, the recycling centers that can reclaim their components are still in their infancy, too. Toxco, a big lead-acid battery recycler, is set to open the first lithium-ion battery recycling plant in the U.S. Companies like Tesla Motors, which has had lithium-powered electric sports cars on the road for a couple of years now, already sends its spent batteries to Toxco's current facilities for recycling.
When lithium-ion batteries reach a recycling plant, there are two ways to pulverize them. If they are completely without a charge, they're simply shredded so that the metal components, like copper and steel, can be easily sorted out. If the batteries could still possibly have a charge, though, they're frozen in liquid nitrogen and smashed to frozen bits (cool!). The liquid nitrogen is so cold, the batteries can't react, so the smashing is safe. And probably fun. Then the metals are separated out for reuse. KRISTEN HALL-GEISLER

Friday, June 22, 2018

EXIT Sign improper disposal , Tritium

Teen takes apart sign at home

Jill Lipoti, New Jersey Department of Environment

An incident in New Jersey demonstrates the consequences of improper management of a tritium sign. In New Jersey we had an incident where a 16 year old boy picked up a discarded tritium exit sign, took it back to his room and took it apart with a screwdriver while he was eating sunflower seeds. He ingested the tritium because when you break the vials, it releases tritium into the air. The tritium will glom on to anything that moisture will be attracted to, so he ingested tritium. The child managed to call the poison control center and get us involved right away. But his room had to be decontaminated, he had to be decontaminated, his family had to be put up at a hotel while all of this was going on. The cost to the state, which was paid for by the New Jersey spill fund, was over $100,000 and interestingly the child, the 16 year old, through drinking lots of fluids, was able to keep his dose to about 80 mrem. But still imagine this, this one exit sign, and one kid and he managed to contaminate himself and his house.

Friday, June 8, 2018

How to legally dispose of Car Air Bags.........

6)Safety devices removed from a vehicle. When removed from, or were intended to be used in, a motor vehicle that was manufactured as required for use in the United States and offered for domestic transportation by highway or cargo vessel to Recycling or Waste Disposal facilities, a serviceable safety device classed as Class 9 UN3268 may be offered for transportation and transported in the following additional packaging:
(i) Specification and non-specification steel drums with a wall and lid thickness not less than 20 gauge. The lid must be securely affixed with a lever-locking or bolted-ring assembly. The lid of the drum must provide ventilation of the drum contents in a fire. Thedrum may be filled with any combination of safety devices to a capacity not greater than fifty (50) percent of the drum's total volume. In addition, inner packagings or cushioning may not be used to fill the void space; or
(ii) Outer packaging consisting of 4H2 solid plastic boxes or non-specification rugged reusable plastic outer packaging and inner static-resistant plastic bags or trays. If not completely enclosed by design, the container or handling device must be covered with plastic, fiberboard, metal or other suitable material. The covering must be secured to the container by banding or other comparable methods. The articles must be packed to prevent movement within the container during transportation.
(f)Labeling. Notwithstanding the provisions of § 172.402, each package or handling device must display a CLASS 9 label. Additional labeling is not required when the package contains no hazardous materials other than the devices.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Proper disposal of Tritium lights , EXIT signs

Tritium lumination is the use of gaseous tritium, a radioactive isotope of hydrogen, to create visible light. Tritium emits electrons through beta decay and, when they interact with a phosphor material, light is emitted through the process of phosphorescence. The overall process of using a radioactive material to excite a phosphor and ultimately generate light is called radioluminescence. As tritium illumination requires no electrical energy, it has found wide use in applications such as emergency exit signs, illumination of wristwatches, and portable yet very reliable sources of low intensity light which won't degrade human night vision or easily alert others to your presence. Gun sights for night use and small lights (which need to be more reliable than battery powered lights yet not interfere with night vision or be bright enough to easily give away your location) used mostly by military personnel fall under the latter application.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Tritium Exit Sign Disposal

Need proper and legal disposal this low level radioactive material? Contact . EXIT signs cannot be disposed of recklessly. Know the facts , stay compliant on your demo jobs and retro fits. We can help process this waste stream and fluorescent tubes and keep you safe.

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