Sunday, October 25, 2020

Asbestos pipe removed and disposed of in Palmdale CA

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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Nicotine Oil Disposal

Vape, cigarettes , smoke shops, oil generators, we want to help you satisfy AQMD California compliance guidelines, from profiling , transportation and disposal, we are your one source of legal disposal. 

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Expired product or damaged, insurance claim, any sort of remediation required we offer fast solutions to your problem. Profile, waste transport and disposal is our specialty

Friday, May 22, 2020

Asbestos in Heating Ducts Exposure and Risks

Heating ducts installed before the 1980s used insulation containing asbestos that is now known to cause cancer called mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is an exceptionally aggressive disease that’s caused by direct or indirect exposure to asbesto

Asbestos in Heating Ducts Explained

Heating ducts in residential and commercial buildings may result in dangerous asbestos exposure from many different sources.
For years, lagging cloth and asbestos paper was used by the HVAC industry to line and insulate pipes in heating and cooling systems within homes, offices, and other buildings.
Paper, cloth, and other insulation materials are often used to repair potential weaknesses in the heating ducts and reinforce the overall system.
For example, an adhesive is applied to any area along the duct system that is experiencing, or could encounter, an outflow of air, and may then be wrapped with insulating cloth or paper.
In some cases, duct dampeners are used to reduce vibration and secure flexible joints.

Asbestos in HVAC Insulation

In the prime of asbestos use, lagging cloth, duct dampeners, and other duct wrappings usually contained asbestos fibers.
Insulation manufacturers used asbestos because it was inexpensive and had many desirable properties. Asbestos is durable, heat- and fire-resilient, easy to use, and has superb soundproofing qualities.
Did You Know?
Asbestos was considered an excellent component for insulation. As a result, asbestos-containing cloth and pipe wrapping paper were used in many heating and cooling systems built or installed prior to the 1980s.
Today, North American lagging cloth brands no longer contain asbestos. However, many homes built or renovated before the 1980s will still have lagging cloth, dampeners, or asbestos
The following people are at the highest risk of exposure to asbestos in heating ducts:
  • Insulation factory workers
  • HVAC workers
  • Steel and duct workers
  • Construction workers
  • DIY homeowners
  • Family members
Although manufacturers stopped using asbestos in heating duct insulation, people who work with HVAC systems built before the 1980s are still at risk of exposure today.
These individuals should take care to use proper precautionary equipment when cutting, removing, or otherwise disturbing heating ducts that may contain asbestos.
Fortunately, undisturbed asbestos in harmless. It’s only when the asbestos is moved or damaged that the fibers become airborne and put people at risk of inhalation.
If you have heating ducts containing asbestos in your home, you’re advised not to remove the pipe wrap on your own. Instead, call experienced asbestos abatement technicians for assistance

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When asbestos fibers are damaged or disturbed, they can become airborne. Airborne fibers can be inhaled or ingested by anyone nearby, often without a person even knowing.
Once these asbestos fibers are in the body, they get stuck in the body’s natural lining, and the body has no mechanism for removing the lodged fibers.
Did You Know?
Asbestos fibers are known to trigger a mutation in nearby cells, changing previously healthy cells into dangerous, cancerous cells known as mesothelioma. Over time, these mesothelioma cells grow and spread throughout the body.
Mesothelioma is extremely aggressive and challenging to treat. Mesothelioma can take decades to develop, slowly taking hold within the body, before symptoms present themselves.
By the time symptoms are noticeable, mesothelioma is often in its later stages, when it is exceptionally difficult to treat.
Although scientists are actively working on methods of detecting mesothelioma earlier, it remains a challenging disease to diagnose and treat. Unfortunately, most diagnosed mesothelioma patients have a life expectancy of less than one year.

Monday, May 4, 2020

Hazardous Chemical transportation in Los Angeles and Orange County

Totes, Bags, Cubic Yards box, Roll offs , we will profile the waste, transport and properly dispose with manifest assuring full compliance with your different hazardous waste stream

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Nicotine Oil, eLiquid cigarettes, proper disposal in California

Nicotine oil is a class P category hazardous waste and needs proper disposal. Usually by incineration 

If you work in the healthcare environment, you know that you must carefully dispose of hazardous waste. First, you must decide if the waste that you are managing is a hazardous waste (HW), and then you must make certain that you dispose of the HW properly.  With so many types of hazardous waste, it can get confusing. This blog post will discuss the types of listed hazardous wastes found in healthcare, with an emphasis on hazardous waste pharmaceuticals (HWP), the most common type managed in healthcare.
EPA Hazardous Waste:
  • Hazardous Waste is waste that is dangerous or potentially harmful to our health or the environment and is defined by the EPA.1
  • Hazardous wastes can be liquids, solids, gases, or sludges.
  • Listed Wastes are wastes that EPA has determined are hazardous.
  • F-list: Wastes from common manufacturing and industrial processes
  • K-list: Wastes from specific industries
  • P- and U-lists: Wastes from commercial chemical products
P- and U-Listed Wastes
P- and U-listed wastes are “unused commercial chemicals”2 that are being disposed, such as chemicals that are expired or spilled and were then cleaned up.  The main difference between P- and U-Listed wastes is their level of risk. U-listed wastes are considered “toxic” but not as toxic as P-listed wastes.3 There are several pharmaceuticals that are classified as either P-listed or U-listed HWPs.
P-Listed Waste: Acute Hazardous Waste
  • Acute hazardous waste exerts its toxicity with exposure to smaller quantities and in a shorter time period
  • Empty containers regulated as hazardous waste
  • Examples: Warfarin, Physostigmine, Nicotine, Arsenic Trioxide, and their packagings
U-Listed Waste: “Toxic”
  • “Discarded products” or mixtures containing at least 10% of these U-listed materials
  • Empty containers are not regulated as HW
  • Examples: Cepastat Lozenges, Chloraseptic Spray, Reserpine, and Selenium Sulfide
F- and K-Listed Wastes 
F- and K-lists contain process wastes, which are “wastes generated from processes carried out in a facility.”4  There are very few times that you will see an F-listed waste (wastes from non-specific sources) in healthcare. You will never have a K-listed waste (source-specific wastes) because they are from specific industrial processes.
F-listed Waste
In the healthcare industry, only solvent waste from a process or procedure could be an F-listed waste.  These types of wastes are typically generated in diagnostic labs and would be of these types:
  • F003: Spent non-halogenated solvents, such as xylene, acetone, ethyl acetate, n-butyl alcohol, cyclohexanone, and methanol
  • F005: Spent non-halogenated solvents, such as toluene, isobutanol, and benzene
The F-listed designation can be a bit tricky, so please contact Sharps Compliance to assist you with this determination.
Joe Jordan

Joe Jordan

Director of Hazardous Waste Solutions at Sharps Compliance
Joe Jordan has a Bachelors of Arts degree in Chemistry from Washington and Jefferson College. He is certified in RCRA and DOT as well as 40 Hour HAZWOPER certified. Joe has been in the hazardous waste industry since 1990 and has managed industrial, healthcare, retail, and governmental clients, both large and small.

Sunday, April 5, 2020

How serious is being put on a ventilator?

A lot of it, depends on the why. Being put on a ventilator normally means that for some reason, you are unable to support your own breathing. Pretty serious stuff.
Being placed on a ventilator is no walk in a park. First you must be intubated.
A tube is inserted down your throat, into your lungs. This is invasive in its own right. Everything is supposed to be sterile, but once it hits your mouth and throat, all bets are off. This is a serious matter.
Then you are placed on the vent. There are various settings, rate, volume, peep, pressure, FI02. etc. All these work to breathe for you, or assist your breathing at other times. (Assist/Control)
You are generally kept sedated and tied down, so you don’t wake up and pull your trach tube out. You typically cannot communicate, other than perhaps writing. IF you are allowed to wake enough for that.
Then once the critical stage is passed, you are weaned. The rate is turned down, you begin to take on more and more of the work of breathing. If you meet the parameters, you’ve shown you should be able to breath on your own. You are then extubated, (tube pulled out) and you are generally placed on oxygen.
There are some patients who cannot meet the parameters of being extubated. Maybe they have a lung disease, or some other factor. It might then be decided (generally by the doctor, patient and or family) that they will be extubated and let to sink or swim. This is rare, in my experience, but it does happen. Generally it’s those people who decide they don’t want to be on a ventilator permanently
A lot of people if not most who get CABG (coronary arterial bypass grafting) come out of surgery on a ventilator. These are aggressively weaned off, sometimes in just a few hours. Generally within a day.
Others, with some sort of lung issue, COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) may be on for a few days, to a week, depending on what the underlying problem is.
In general most every one who goes on a vent is put on as a life supporting event. Most people who go on, get better and come off within a week, usually less.
That being said, the patients who get Covid 19 and have to go a vent, are generally on it for 2 to 3 weeks. It’s my understanding about half of these patients who go on a vent die. That is an amazing statistic. If you have Covid 19 and need to go on a vent, you are on 3 or 4 times longer then average, with a much higher rate of death. This is what is making the ventilator shortage critical.
I believe it’s in Italy that the shortage is so bad, that anyone over 60 will not be placed on a vent. As I am currently 61, this one strikes home HARD!
(I have been informed that this is not correct. My relief and my thanks to Giovanni Piccioli for correcting me. I am glad this is not the case!)
(Done on my phone, so probably will have errors, spelling, punctuation, etc. sorry in advance)
(Gregorio Morales suggested an edit, which I accepted. Thank you!)

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Availability of Disinfectant Products for Use Against the Novel Coronavirus

EPA Continues Efforts to Help Increase the Availability of Disinfectant Products for Use Against the Novel Coronavirus
WASHINGTON (March 26, 2020) — Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took steps to provide additional flexibilities to manufacturers of disinfectants and other pesticides. EPA intends for these flexibilities to increase the availability of products for Americans to use against the novel coronavirus. After meeting with stakeholders last week and discussing supply chain challenges posed by the pandemic, EPA is allowing manufacturers to obtain certain inert ingredients—or inactive ingredients like sodium chloride or glucose—from different suppliers without checking with the agency for approval.
“EPA is committed to doing our part to help ensure American families, communities, business and hospitals have access to as many effective surface disinfectant products as possible,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “There is no higher priority for the Trump Administration than protecting the health and safety of Americans, and the steps we are taking today are helping put more products on the shelves without sacrificing important public health and environmental protections.”
Commodity inert ingredients are individual inert ingredients—there are approximately 280 total—that can be obtained from different producers with no significant differences in the ingredient. Applicants for pesticide registration or registration amendments can obtain commodity inert ingredients from various commercial sources without having to provide EPA with the supplier name and address. Only those inert ingredients designated as commodity inert ingredients would be eligible for this reduced Confidential Statement of Formula (CSF) reporting.
The agency is also continuing to expedite the review of submissions from companies requesting to add emerging viral pathogen claims to their already registered surface disinfectant labels. In many cases, the agency continues to be able to approve claims within 14 days, as resources allow, compared to the 90-day window these claims typically take. Today, EPA added 70 new surface disinfectants to EPA’s List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2 (List N), bringing the total number of products on the list to more than 350.
It is important to note that List N only includes surface disinfectants registered by EPA. Other disinfection products like hand sanitizers and body wipes are regulated the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Using an EPA-registered product in ways other than what is specified in the label is against the law and unsafe.
For more information about EPA’s List of commodity inert ingredients, visit:
For EPA’s coronavirus website, visit:

Thursday, March 19, 2020

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How is toxic and hazardous waste disposed?

Toxic waste is any unwanted material in all forms that can cause harm (e.g. by being inhaled, swallowed, or absorbed through the skin). Many of today's household products such as televisions, computers and phones contain toxic chemicals that can pollute the air and contaminate soil and water. Disposing of such waste is a major public health issue.

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has identified 11 key substances that pose a risk to human health:
  • Arsenic: used in making electrical circuits, as an ingredient in pesticides, and as a wood preservative. It is classified as a carcinogen.
  • Asbestos: is a material that was once used for the insulation of buildings, and some businesses are still using this material to manufacture roofing materials and brakes. Inhalation of asbestos fibers can lead to lung cancer and asbestosis.
  • Cadmium: is found in batteries and plastics. It can be inhaled through cigarette smoke, or digested when included as a pigment in food. Exposure leads to lung damage, irritation of the digestive tract, and kidney disease.
  • Chromium: is used as brick lining for high-temperature industrial furnaces, as a solid metal used for making steel, and in chrome plating, manufacturing dyes and pigments, wood preserving, and leather tanning. It is known to cause cancer, and prolonged exposure can cause chronic bronchitis and damage lung tissue.
  • Clinical wastes: such as syringes and medication bottles can spread pathogens and harmful microorganisms, leading to a variety of illnesses.
  • Cyanide: a poison found in some pesticides and rodenticides. In large doses it can lead to paralysisconvulsions, and respiratory distress.
  • Lead: is found in batteries, paints, and ammunition. When ingested or inhaled can cause harm to the nervous and reproductive systems, and kidneys.
  • Mercury: used for dental fillings and batteries. It is also used in the production of chlorine gas. Exposure can lead to birth defects and kidney and brain damage
  • PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls, are used in many manufacturing processes, by the utility industry, and in paints and sealants. Damage can occur through exposure, affecting the nervous, reproductive, and immune systems, as well as the liver.
  • POPspersistent organic pollutants. They are found in chemicals and pesticides, and may lead to nervous and reproductive system defects. They can bio-accumulatein the food chain or persist in the environment and be moved great distances through the atmosphere.
  • Strong acids and alkalis used in manufacturing and industrial production. They can destroy tissue and cause internal damage to the body.

Organic wastes can be destroyed by incineration at high temperatures.[11] However, if the waste contains heavy metals or radioactive isotopes, these must be separated and stored, as they cannot be destroyed.[12] The method of storage will seek to immobilize the toxic components of the waste, possibly through storage in sealed containers, inclusion in a stable medium such as glass or a cement mixture, or burial under an impermeable clay cap. Waste transporters and waste facilities may charge fees; consequently, improper methods of disposal may be used to avoid paying these fees. Where the handling of toxic waste is regulated, the improper disposal of toxic waste may be punishable by fines[6] or prison terms. Burial sites for toxic waste and other contaminated brownfield land may eventually be used as greenspace or redeveloped for commercial or industrial use.

Disposal facilities are usually designed to permanently contain the waste and prevent the release of harmful pollutants to the environment. The most common hazardous waste disposal practice is placement in a land disposal unit such as a landfill, surface impoundment, waste pile, land treatment unit, or injection well.

Asbestos Disposal near me , by State

Every state is home to numerous job sites where asbestos was prevalent because the toxic mineral was widely used in industrial, commercial and domestic settings.
Mesothelioma incidence rates are higher in states in the northeast and northwest United States, where asbestos mining and processing was common throughout much of the 20th century. Mining towns such as Libby, Montana, and Ambler, Pennsylvania, continue to deal with the deadly legacy of the asbestos industry.
States in the West are also a hotbed for environmental asbestos exposure, with naturally occurring deposits of asbestos in many of the mountainous regions of Montana, Washington, Idaho, Wyoming and California.
Other states synonymous with manufacturing and trade have high incidence rates of asbestos-related diseases, including New Jersey, Michigan and Texas. States with some of America’s largest shipyards saw high rates of asbestos exposure, including California, New York and Louisiana.
eWaste Disposal, Inc can help with the profiling, transportation and disposal of asbestos . This includes testing.
Asbestos /Mold Licensed Hygienist in and around southern California.

1. Dave Wallach 714-328-2410
2. Michael Jackson 949-230-9779
3. Andrea Pulsipher, Magnolia Enviro 562-355-7143
4. Patriot Labs, Jason Gutierrez 714-595-2745
5. AES, James McClung 714-379-3333 
6. Barr and Clark, Matt Crochet at 714-894-5700 
7. Envirocheck, Scott, 714-831-7591
8.Dan Napier M.S. Industrial Hygiene 800-644-1924 x 103

Testing is mandatory prior to any removal of asbestos by a licensed asbestos contractor, AQMD rule 1403, 

If you have a report please email me ,

These name and companies  will test the materials in question, lead,  Mold, asbestos , other contamination etc.

Not all Hygentist test every waste stream ,
make sure you ask if they test lead, mold as well as asbestos specifically.

When a hazardous waste is locatedy we and our team will arrange the abatement ,  

Hope this helps, Tom Abercrombie 

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

deContamination Services for Los Angeles and Orange County California

Our thoughts are with all who have been impacted by the recent outbreak of Covid-19. As business owners and leaders it is imporant to remain informed and prepared as this outbreak continues to impact our local and global communities.

Coronavirus Hotline 949-466-8857 
HCI can provide the following
Level one protection is for businesses with no known contamination seeking to maintain safe and sanitary environments for customers and employees.LEVEL TWO: POSSIBLE EXPOSUREBusiness or public spaces with suspected exposure (an infected person inside the building) require detailed 10-foot down disinfection
and deep-clean.
Businesses or public spaces with confirmed exposure to COVID-19 require customized protocols specific to the site to ensure thorough and proper decontamination.
How you can help
The CDC recommends:
Wash your hands often with soaand water for at least 20
seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your
nose, coughing, or sneezing.
If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer
that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Put distance of at least 3 feet between yourself and other people.

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