Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Certified Product Destruction and Disposal , Los Angeles California

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

<script data-ad-client="ca-pub-5560951430024354" async src=""></script>
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.

HVAC boot cleared of Asbestos in Los Angeles