Now Environmental Services https://www.nowenvironmental.com Now Environmental Services Mon, 10 Apr 2017 13:29:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Plants As Air Purifiers https://www.nowenvironmental.com/mold-testing-seattle/plants-as-air-purifiers/ Mon, 10 Apr 2017 13:29:49 +0000 https://www.nowenvironmental.com/?p=890 Plants are the quintessential equalizer for our environment. They are a bachelor’s ideal pet. They only need water and a little sunshine and they will thrive. They can’t run away and they don’t have separation anxiety. The plant is the perfect decoration and it makes you feel like you are taking care of something bigger than yourself. Plants also are natural pollution eliminators and that may be the best reason to brush up on your horticulture skills. At NOW Environmental Services, the core of our business is indoor air quality and we can help you identify the issues that may be lurking in your home. Toxic chemicals like benzene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde may be present and making you sick, not to mention mold that may be present as well. We offer testing and advice about dealing with compromised indoor air quality. We offer a wide range of testing services that can identify a multitude of indoor air pollutants, our mold testing can even be done with our exclusive home test kits. A great value, our kits allow you to receive results in 24 hours, and are super easy to use.

Mold Testing

Our mold and indoor air quality services are available to both residential and commercial buildings. It may seem like the air quality in your home or business is not entirely under your control because most of the sources are due to building materials or hidden dangers like mold. Formaldehyde in particular, is one of the substances that has gotten a lot of attention due to its widespread use in building materials. Basically, the adhesive that is used, contains formaldehyde. Things like insulation, particleboard, and even carpet, all contain adhesives that will off gas formaldehyde. The levels are generally not severe enough to cause concern but who really wants to be inhaling formaldehyde? So what can be done? At NOW Environmental Services we can advise the proper way to eliminate the dangers of indoor pollutants, like formaldehyde.

The Green Solution

You may be wondering what, exactly you can do on a daily basis to combat the dangers of poor indoor air quality. The answer is simple, plants. Keeping the right houseplants can actually improve the air quality in your home, how much easier can it get? Keep in mind, that if your indoor air quality is substandard already, plants will probably not remove all of the harmful toxins in the air. Plants, however are excellent at providing clean air to breathe in your home. These plants are not necessarily anything special, but common houseplants that will not only make your home look better but you will breathe easier.

The Peace Lily

The peace lily is what can be considered a super plant. It is a truly remarkable air cleaning plant,that filters out formaldehyde and many other nasty, toxic gasses. The best part of the peace lily is the fact that it is relatively low maintenance and can thrive in lower light and do not need to be watered as often. The downside is that, peace lilies are hazardous to humans and pets when eaten so if you have kids or pets it is a good idea to either not keep peace lilies or keep them out of reach.

Chrysanthemum

This common, beautiful flower is an amazing air cleaner. The care is much more extensive than the peace lily as you need to water it on a regular basis, still not too difficult. The peace lily and chrysanthemum are both extremely effective air cleaners and should be considered for any home if only for the air scrubbing qualities.

Aloe Vera

This miracle succulent is not only used as a traditional medicine and an ointment. It is also a fact that the aloe plant is effective at clearing toxins out of the air, including formaldehyde.

Indoor air quality can be greatly improved by keeping houseplants. The building industry is taking more and more steps to eliminate toxic compounds from building materials. That does not change the fact that these materials have been used for many years and can be present in your home. Give NOW Environmental Services a call and rest easy knowing the air is safe in your home or office.          

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Organic Air Purifiers-Part 2 https://www.nowenvironmental.com/asbestos-training-seattle/organic-air-purifiers-part-2/ Mon, 13 Mar 2017 20:47:01 +0000 https://www.nowenvironmental.com/?p=888 When we talk about environmental monitoring, one of the most important components of that is checking the quality of the air. Many of us make the mistake of assuming air quality indoors is far cleaner than what’s found outside. But a study by the EPA found that inside air tended to be 2 to 5 times dirtier than what we’re breathing when we go out. So what can we do about it?

As it turns out, we have a lot of options, both technological and natural, to reduce airborne contaminants. One of our favorites is to look to nature and use houseplants that have the innate ability to reduce pollutants. By doing this, they can work alongside air purifiers and clean HVAC systems to provide you with clean and healthy air. Yesterday, we shared some commonly found species of plant that do the job well, and we’d like to share a few more today.

  • The Warneck dracaena is a very hardy plant that has a talent for filtering chemicals commonly found within varnishes and oils. With its breathtaking striped leaves that create clusters atop a thin stem, it can potentially grow up to 12 feet high. This plant doesn’t do well with water that has high levels of fluoride. By giving it a little direct sunlight and using purified water, it will do its job for years.
  • We love plants, but we’re not so great when it comes to nurturing them. That’s why we got very interested when we heard about the Chinese evergreen. Not only is it a very tough plant, it doesn’t need much light and it often thrives in areas that are lethal to many other plants. Even better is its ability to dissipate numerous pollutants, and as it matures, it only gets better at filtration.
  • The chemical formaldehyde is found within some kinds of furniture. That’s why we like the idea of keeping a Bamboo palm close by to help dissipate harmful pollutants like trichloroethylene and benzene.. The Bamboo palm is striking with a normal height of 5-7 feet, an attractive berries and flowers that often bloom. It prefers bright but indirect light and a little humidity, since it originates from Central America.
  • The heart leaf philodendron does very well at removing traces of airborne toxins like formaldehyde. It’s a strong climbing plant with long vines that can stretch throughout the room. With minimal maintenance and only a little light, the heart leaf’s trailing vines can either fall directly out of the pot or wind up a trellis for a gorgeous effect. Be careful, because it is toxic to pets and children.
  • To look at the pale flowers of the peace lily, you might think that it’s a plant that’s delicate and requires constant care. NASA discovered differently, and they found that the peace lily not only is very durable, but also filters out chemicals like toluene and xylene. It’s a very easy plant to look after, and when you see the plant drooping, that’s a clear sign that it wants more water.
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Organic Air Purifiers https://www.nowenvironmental.com/asbestos-training-seattle/organic-air-purifiers/ Sun, 12 Mar 2017 19:14:54 +0000 https://www.nowenvironmental.com/?p=886 When it comes to environmental assessment, one of the most important aspects is air quality. Indoor air is important in the lives of you, your family, even your pets. To make it cleaner, you can certainly go greener with cleaning supplies, make sure your HVAC system is periodically serviced, and other smart decisions. But there’s another way to keep the indoor air clean and make your home look spectacular.

During the 1980’s, a study was performed by NASA that experimented with using houseplants to purify breathable air for possible space stations. The results were astonishing, and they found that certain plants were highly effective at filtering out airborne pollutants. These plants are commonly available at your local florist or home and garden store. Read on to learn what plants will help your home look its best and create air that’s healthy and clean.

  • The ancient Egyptians had a thing for both everlasting life and the healing powers of plants. That’s why they referred to aloe vera as the “plant of immortality.” They used it as a treatment method for burns, wounds, and as a natural laxative. Aloe is an ideal kitchen plant since it can filter residue caused by the chemicals benzedrine and formaldehyde, both of which are chemicals found in many cleaning products. Aloe thrives in sunny areas and it’s a snap to grow.
  • Some of us are reluctant to get a plant because we’re afraid we’ll kill it accidentally. For those people, the spider plant is a perfect choice. It’s a plant that has lush foliage and pretty white flowers, as well as being extremely hardy and tough to kill. This plant excels at removing airborne chemicals like xylene, benzene, and carbon monoxide. If you have pets, the flowers and leaves of the spider plant are totally safe for them to eat.
  • The snake plant, also known as the mother in law’s tongue, is tremendous when it comes to removing airborne particles of formaldehyde. It likes humidity and requires very little light, so it’s a great choice for a bathroom plant. The snake plant also absorbs carbon dioxide and emits high levels of oxygen, so consider putting one in your bedroom for an oxygen boost while you sleep.
  • Speaking of formaldehyde, one of the most common places this chemical is found in the home is inside the garage. Car exhaust has lots of this chemical, and that’s why the golden pothos plant is the perfect candidate for removing its presence from the air. This plant can be poisonous to pets and children, and it should be kept far out of reach. It loves bright light and doesn’t need too much water. If you place it in front of a sunny window, you’ll be rewarded by a gorgeous cascade of green vines.
  • For a plant that keeps the air clean with a high degree of style, you simply can’t go wrong with the gerberas, or Gerbera daisy. This plant blooms brightly colored and dramatic flowers, and it’s excellent at filtering out particles of benzene and the chemical trichloroethylene, frequently used by dry cleaning services. To help it flourish, simply mist it with water a couple of times a week, and give it at least 6 hours of direct sunlight every day.
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More Tips for Improving Home Air Quality https://www.nowenvironmental.com/asbestos-testing/more-tips-for-improving-home-air-quality/ Thu, 09 Mar 2017 17:58:05 +0000 https://www.nowenvironmental.com/?p=883 On December 17, 1963, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Clean Air Act into law. Its purpose was to control the spread of air pollution on a national level, and it was one of the first and most influential environmental laws passed in American history. Throughout decades and administrations, it has acted as a shield against polluters, and it is one of the reasons why, when we perform environmental monitoring, that the outdoor air quality isn’t worse.

As great as that is, keep in mind that, according to the EPA, indoor air quality can be between 2-5 times worse than the quality of the air outdoors. Some of the contaminants we’re forced to reckon with are pet dander, mold, and fumes from cleaning products, varnishes, and paint. But there are steps you can take. Yesterday, we shared a few easy tips to improve the quality of your home’s air, and today, we’d like to share a few more.

  • One of the most common places we use and need ventilation at home is in the bathroom. It’s necessary not just because of the…well…biological aspects, but also because of fumes that can develop from bathroom cleaning products. Take the time to make sure every bathroom is well-ventilated, and consider wiring the light to the exhaust so that it’s always on when the bathroom is in use.
  • Along similar lines, may of us pull out a can of air freshener when we encounter a bad smell. But the fact is, air fresheners are full of VOC’s, or volatile organic compounds. They are made from a wide variety of chemicals, many of which that are bad for our lungs. Instead of battling a smell, try to deal with the source of the stink and forego spraying air freshener.
  • Everything needs to be cleaned eventually. That’s particularly true when it comes to the vents of your HVAC system. Over time, dust, debris, and other gunk can accumulate and cause the air indoors to become thoroughly contaminated. By cleaning ducts and ventilation shafts regularly, you can prevent a buildup of dust, keep the air clean, and make sure your air conditioning system runs efficiently.
  • Let’s talk a little more about your HVAC system. If you think about it, essentially all of the air you breathe at home is circulated throughout your HVAC. That’s why it’s critically important to make sure that the air conditioning is tuned up and inspected on a regular basis. It’s a wise investment to have a professional adjust and clean fans, check for refrigerant leaks, and clean dust from indoor and outdoor coils. When you have this done, you can reduce the odds of dust, allergens, and other pollutants ruining your air quality.
  • Speaking of cleaning, many household cleaning products are made from numerous chemicals that can pollute the air inside and exacerbate breathing problems. Most of the time, all you really need to clean is some hot water and generic dish soap. A little research will also direct you to eco-friendly cleaning products that are good for the environment and efficiently get rid of a mess.
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Tips for Improving Home Air Quality https://www.nowenvironmental.com/asbestos-testing/tips-for-improving-home-air-quality/ Wed, 08 Mar 2017 16:22:22 +0000 https://www.nowenvironmental.com/?p=881 According to the 2010 census, 80.7% of Americans live in or around urban areas. That means a lot of cars, a lot of industry, and a lot of pollution. We’re not just talking about dealing with a little smog on your way to work, we mean that, for more of us than ever, the quality of the air within our homes is lacking. As one of Washington’s premier environmental consulting firms, air quality is a big deal for us.

We’re sure it’s just as important for you. The good news is, you don’t have to feel trapped. There are a number of steps you can take that are simple, straightforward, and guaranteed to make an immediate difference in boosting the quality of the air inside your home. Read on for a few helpful tips to let you breathe easier.

  • A common mistake people make is assuming that the standard filters used in furnaces and air conditioning systems will help to remove airborne contaminants. They won’t because they are only designed to protect the equipment from debris and dust. Instead, install HEPA filters. These are excellent for trapping over 99% of allergens, dust, pollen, and smoke. Make sure to swap them out every 3 months, if not more often.
  • Speaking of filters, remember that you’ve got filtration systems all over your home that also need to be changed regularly. These are in clothes dryers, vacuum cleaners, and air purifiers. You also want to get into the habit of regularly cleaning the vents and registers of your air conditioning systems, as well as the vent hood screens in your kitchen.
  • On the one hand, cooking meals at home instead of going out is a great way to eat healthier. However, your stove can emit filthy air if you’re not careful. Make sure to turn the exhaust fan on every time the stove goes on. Also, check the screen regularly to make sure it doesn’t get clogged up by grease, food particles, and other debris.
  • On a beautiful day, you might be tempted to throw open all the windows to air your home out and let some fresh air in. But depending on where you live, your fresh air might not be so fresh. The outside air in urban areas is frequently loaded up with car exhaust, smog, and pollutants from construction and manufacturing. Unless you know for sure your outer air is fairly clean at least, you’re better off leaving the windows closed and breathing filtered air.
  • There’s something wonderful about relaxing in front of a cheery fire in your fireplace. However, leaky fireplace flues can be a source of carbon monoxide, a gas that’s highly dangerous. Take the time to have your fireplace inspected by a professional, and have leaks in the flue repaired as quickly as possible.

All of these tips can be done by spending a minimal amount of money and a minimal amount of effort. What you get in return is an indoor environment that’s cleaner, healthier, and safer for you and your loved ones.

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Why Do Asbestos Inspections Matter? https://www.nowenvironmental.com/asbestos-testing/why-do-asbestos-inspections-matter/ Sun, 26 Feb 2017 19:32:43 +0000 https://www.nowenvironmental.com/?p=877 Perhaps you’ve wondered why asbestos testing matters. You might have had a home inspector suggest it, and you weren’t really sure if it was worth the time and expense. We’re here to tell you it is and go over a few reasons why.

Today’s homeowners and buyers are interested in numerous details about a home, and the quality of the air is one of the most important. It’s not surprising, considering we spend around a third of our lives inside our homes. Plus, with allergy and asthma cases climbing for adults and children, it’s important to live in a place with healthy air. But asbestos can, potentially, deteriorate air quality in a big way.

What is Asbestos, Anyway?

Simply put, asbestos is a mineral that has been mined and used to manufacture several kinds of building materials. A few of them are:

  • Popcorn ceiling texture
  • Insulation for boilers and boiler pipes
  • Acoustic tiles for ceilings
  • Cement siding
  • Tape for heating ducts
  • Vermiculite insulation

It was discovered that, decades ago, asbestos has a handy property. It turns out that it’s a highly effective natural fire retardant. As a result, from the 1940’s to the 1970’s, asbestos was used on a regular basis within numerous building materials. If you live in a home built during this time, the odds are excellent that asbestos is inside somewhere.

Why is Asbestos a Problem?

It was discovered that, when microscopic fibers from the asbestos flake off and are inhaled, it can create serious health problems, such as mesothelioma and lung cancer. Making matters worse, if the person in the building is inhaling asbestos particles and smokes, their health issues can get much worse.

An important detail to remember is that, if you simply move into an old house and live there, you likely will be fine. That’s because, as long as the asbestos particulate stays within the building materials, you’ll be okay. But if materials become damaged, particles can escape, become airborne, and potentially get into lungs.

The most common time for asbestos to become a health issue is when homeowners are having remodeling or renovations done. Building materials get torn out or otherwise sustain damage, and those who live in the house or are working there are at risk.

How Can I Solve The Problem?

First of all, the wise thing to do is to hire a reputable company to perform an analysis. You might be wondering why your home inspector didn’t handle this when you bought the place. But the fact is, most home inspectors aren’t certified as asbestos inspectors. They might mention seeing certain building materials that likely contain some degree of asbestos, but that’s about it.

A certified asbestos inspector can provide you with a far more detailed analysis of if the presence of asbestos is in your home and, if so, how much you have. It’s a smart move to budget for asbestos analysis if you’re going to have work done on your home. If not, an inspection can help by identifying and materials that have been damaged throughout the years.

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Picking The Right Mold Inspection Service https://www.nowenvironmental.com/asbestos-testing/picking-the-right-mold-inspection-service/ Sat, 25 Feb 2017 23:46:52 +0000 https://www.nowenvironmental.com/?p=875 It takes a lot of things in order to live healthily, and one of the most important aspects is to have a healthy living environment. We know it’s pretty obvious, but that’s why proper cleaning and an adherence to hygiene really matters, even more so than having a place that looks good. In order to achieve that, you need to clean regularly and have preventative maintenance done, such as regular mold inspections.

That’s easy enough, right? You either jump online or grab your Yellow Pages, book an appointment with the first mold inspector you find, and you’ll be assured of getting excellent service and wonderful results, all at a reasonable price. Well…it doesn’t quite work like that. Just like any other type of business, there are companies you’d be delighted to work with, and then there are the less desirable ones. Read on for a few tips to help you choose the right mold inspector.

  • First, remember that not everyone has the same kinds of problems with mold. Some people are strictly taking precautions by having an inspection done. Others have had recurring issues, and they’re praying the problem is gone. The wise choice is to pick a company that handles numerous issues, inspections to let you know what your situation looks like, and eradication to get rid of mold once and for all.
  • What a company does is important, but how it does it is just as important. Specifically, the company you consider ought to have access to the latest equipment. They should have testing equipment for moisture testing, air quality testing, HVAC reports, leak testing, and microbiological testing. Once the inspection is concluded, you should expect to receive a report laying out how serious the mold situation is and what can be done to resolve it.
  • Next, it’s important to find a company that’s been in business for a while and has a proven track record. If an inspector has been on the job for a long period of time, they likely have gained the experience to recognize a number of different issues and have a number of solutions. You’ll also want to ask if the company is licensed and if their employees hold certifications for providing mold inspection services.
  • Take the time to do a little bit of research about the company. Start by asking the opinions of people you trust, like friends and family. Word of mouth tends to be both powerful and honest. Also, do some checking online. Review sites are a great way of getting an idea of what kind of company they really are. While we all know that some people can complain about virtually everything, look at reviews and look to see if you notice patterns. If the same kinds of complaints keep coming up, there’s probably something legitimate going on.
  • Finally, there’s cost. We get it, most people want the best service for the least amount of money. But there’s a big risk that you’ll truly get what you pay for. A good rule of thumb is to call around to a half-dozen companies and ask them about pricing. That should give you an idea of what the average cost is for mold inspection services.
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The Asbestos Coverup of The 20th Century https://www.nowenvironmental.com/asbestos-training-seattle/the-asbestos-coverup-of-the-20th-century/ Wed, 22 Feb 2017 22:47:46 +0000 https://www.nowenvironmental.com/?p=857 asbestos 6We have been talking recently about the dangers of asbestos. It is really too bad that asbestos is such an issue for humans, because it is a truly remarkable mineral. The experts at NOW Environmental Services are your local experts when it comes to asbestos training and testing. We offer a large spectrum of asbestos training courses; encompassing everything from simple identification of hazardous areas to intensive 40-hour training. Our goal is to provide the most complete training curriculum available anywhere. We also offer classes in mold and lead awareness and abatement in order to offer a complete training experience.

The Amazing Mineral

Previously we discussed the dangers of asbestos and a little bit of the history of this mineral. Its history is truly one of the most interesting of all the minerals. Make no mistake, the history of minerals is filled with intrigue, swashbuckling and copious amounts of drama. In this canon, asbestos stands alone. It was once prized for its fire-resistant quality and utilized for many different uses throughout time. Asbestos still exists in several forms all around us and it is important to be educated about the products that contain the substance.

The Saturation of Asbestos

asbestos surveys picDuring the heyday of production many products contained asbestos to increase their fireproof qualities. Products were very common in households and eventually were recognized as dangerous. That being said, the frequency with which asbestos was used in building materials in the first half of the 20th century is staggering. It was seen as a cheap way to make everyday materials safer and less combustible. The first recorded death from asbestos exposure occurred as the result of exposure in a manufacturing plant that produced asbestos cloth. One would think that this would have sparked a new way of thinking about asbestos production but corporate america had another idea in mind.

The Radium Girls

This time in American history was full of stories about the dangers of factory work and a time of definite change. The corporate attitude towards its employees was one of indifference and workers were treated no better than tools to be used until they broke. Toxic chemicals were common in factories and the upper management sometimes made false claims that these substances were safe. The story of the “Radium Girls” is one such incident that led to regulations concerning worker safety. The radium girls worked in a plant that made watches, painting the faces of the watches with radium paint that glowed in the dark. The management assured the workers that the paint was safe and encouraged them to keep the tips of the paintbrushes moistened with their lips. The workers soon began having symptoms of radiation poisoning and it was determined that the management had lied to them, causing a harmful workplace.

The Changing Times

asbestos 4This time period would bring about great change in almost every area except for the asbestos industry who had its own sneaky upper management. About the same time as the radium girls legal battle, the medical community was realizing that the effects of asbestos exposure would create issues down the road. Due to the long gestation period of asbestos related illnesses, the true issues were not known at the time. Thus launching a large scale cover up within the industry and affecting millions of workers. All the way up until the 1980s the suppression of critical information continued until the major court cases began during that time period. The large scale asbestos producers were forced to admit that they had been covering up the dangers of asbestos from its workers and miners for many years. In order to stay in business, the asbestos companies manipulated medical information, stonewalled government agencies and even lied to its own workers. The U.S. Government was not immune from blame as many ships were outfitted with asbestos pipes, yet they did not take the proper action to keep its soldiers safe.

 

When the lid was blown off of the asbestos industry, most, if not all, of the major asbestos manufacturing companies were forced to shut their doors. Today, we are still dealing with the effects of the asbestos cover up, including health problems and disposing of the dangerous material. Contact NOW Environmental Services for training opportunities and educate yourself or your team about asbestos.    

 

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Asbestos and Health Concerns https://www.nowenvironmental.com/asbestos-training-seattle/asbestos-and-health-concerns/ Fri, 17 Feb 2017 22:31:32 +0000 https://www.nowenvironmental.com/?p=852 pic2Last time we looked at the “demon” mineral asbestos. We all know that asbestos is dangerous, not bad necessarily, but it can create issues that are deadly. At NOW Environmental Services, we take asbestos seriously, as well as mold, lead and general indoor air quality. We provide a myriad of different services, each serving a specialized purpose. In fact, for any occupational or environmental health concerns that need to be addressed, NOW Environmental Services is able to provide testing and training to accommodate the situation. Be it abatement training, waste minimization programs, confined space entry training, even sampling and testing. We are truly a full service environmental consulting firm, and we take great pride in serving the Pacific Northwest for the past 25 years.The asbestos training we provide is comprised of information in order to attain various forms of state and federal certifications. We are committed to providing the finest educational opportunities in the field, our instructors are industry insiders with years of experience.

Salamander Wool

Our previous topic included a bit about the history of asbestos and the legal status of the mineral. The main topic on everyone’s mind is generally the detriment that asbestos poses to your health and with that, it is easy to overlook the good that asbestos did for thousands of years. Asbestos was called salamander wool due to many beliefs that the salamander was resistant to fire. The ancient Greeks and Romans all used asbestos in some capacity, and even Marco Polo was introduced to the mineral on his travels. Needless to say, the dangers of asbestos were unknown in these early days and asbestos clothing, cleaning rags and even cooking pots were utilized. It would take until the early 20th century before the danger was fully realized. By that time, the production of asbestos containing products was in full swing and diseases attributed to exposure were finally being recognized.

Illnesses Come To Light

dreamstime_xxl_35319416During the 1920’s the true nature of asbestos related illnesses had reared its ugly head and the medical community had concrete evidence that asbestos was responsible for the deaths of many consumers and workers. The death’s of asbestos workers was where doctors were able to deduce that the small sharp fibers of asbestos became stuck in the lungs and caused all sorts of issues. These workers were asbestos miners and factory workers and had a very high exposure to the material. It is said that, in some factories, the clouds of asbestos dust was almost too thick to see through. You can imagine that this was a less than ideal working environment. The demand for asbestos products steadily increased, as did the production and need for workers. These workers had no idea what was in store for them.

Asbestosis

Asbestos causes a few distinct illnesses, Asbestosis, Mesothelioma and cancer. All of these diseases center around the lungs and breathing in asbestos fibers are the smoking gun.Asbestosis is the direct cause of excessive asbestos exposure, although any exposure is less than ideal. Asbestosis occurs when the fibers have worked their way into the lungs and create a situation in which the lungs are scarred. This disease is responsible for the first documented case of a factory worker dying of inhalation of asbestos fibers. Asbestosis is caused strictly by asbestos and can lead to mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma and Cancer

dreamstime_xxl_13325159Mesothelioma is generally the disease that we first think of when discussing asbestos. Contrary to popular opinion, Mesothelioma is not specific to asbestos exposure and can affect individuals regardless of exposure to asbestos. Mesothelioma is actually the cancer of the mesothelium which is a thin membrane that coats various organs and cavities in the body. The issue with Mesothelioma is the long period of time until the disease manifests itself. It could take up to 40 years before a diagnosis is made, this is the issue that makes asbestos exposure so dangerous. Mesothelioma is a form of cancer but asbestos can be the cause of all sorts of different cancers, the most obvious being lung cancer. Cancer of the kidneys, and stomach have also been linked to exposure, again the disease often takes more than fifteen years to become detectable.

NOW Environmental Services is committed to asbestos education and training. If you work in or around areas that may be cause for alarm, we offer simple identification classes to keep you safe in your everyday work environment. With our training you will be able to identify potential sources of asbestos and avoid them if necessary. Check our course offerings for more information or give us a call today!

                     

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Is Asbestos Really That Bad? https://www.nowenvironmental.com/asbestos-training-seattle/is-asbestos-really-that-bad-part-1/ Tue, 14 Feb 2017 17:58:18 +0000 https://www.nowenvironmental.com/?p=845 dreamstime_xxl_12476351The world is a dangerous place and you can never tell what you are going to encounter. The key to creating a positive place in the world is education. The dangers of things that we do not understand are many, but if you look back on the days of the industrial revolution, the dangers were much more pronounced. Through the years, it has been noticed that the more education that is available, the safer a workplace can become. At NOW Environmental Services we believe that education is the ideal way to keep yourself, and your employees, safe. We offer a training course menu that runs the entire spectrum, from simple mold and lead awareness to 40 hour supervisor training. We train at your site or at our facility in order to provide the best value to our clients. We offer rotating refresher courses monthly, so no matter when your certification expires, you can avoid a lapse. Our courses are designed for everyone from the professional asbestos removal supervisors, to awareness training for property maintenance technicians and janitorial staff. Our years of experience coupled with the industry expertise of our instructors provide an unrivaled training experience.        

The Old Days

It is a point of pride for some of the old timers in the construction industry to reminisce about “The way we used to do it”, and that generally involves the lack of safety. As the years go by however, the old days and the old ways are largely becoming nothing more than legend, as more is learned about the dangers of substances we used to take for granted. We now know about the dangers of asbestos, lead and mold, and are able to take precautions to prevent serious health hazards. That was not always the case however, and the dangers have only been known about for a little more than 100 years.dreamstime_xxl_23286454

Asbestos

Asbestos has been used for thousands of years and the mineral is actually quite incredible. There are not many substances that can be woven into a cloth and remain fireproof. The uses for asbestos over time have been documented and extend back to the ancient Greeks and even further in Scandinavia. A particularly ingenious way that asbestos was used in ancient times was by weaving a cloth and throwing it in the fire to clean the cloth. In today’s world, the prospect of a cloth made out of asbestos would throw most people into a panic.

Asbestos Uses

asbestos 5The industrial revolution brought about a particularly energetic period of asbestos usage, and with it a vague idea that asbestos might be bad for you. Asbestos production really began to gain steam around the turn of the 20th century and was used in hundreds of different products. The asbestos we might be the most familiar with was used in building materials; acoustic ceiling tiles, asbestos floor tiles and insulation. The uses for asbestos seemed to be endless as a fireproofing material, and for the most part asbestos proved to be effective.

The Big Cover Up

After being used in so many different products and mixed with materials that were used in many buildings, the asbestos industry began a massive cover up. The big asbestos corporate scandal in the US was a huge cover up, of X-Files like proportions. The large asbestos companies were well aware of the danger and chose to keep the information from the public in order to continue to rake in profits. In the legal realm, asbestos is legendary, thousands of lawsuits have been filed and the big cover up is still affecting people all over the country. Asbestos was eventually banned completely in the U.S. but, there are still buildings all over the country that contain asbestos. Next time we will talk about the health problems associated with asbestos.  

Training is the key to keeping yourself and your employees safe around asbestos. NOW Environmental Services is Seattle’s number one provider of asbestos training and we are committed to providing the most comprehensive training in the region. Please take a moment to browse our scheduled classes for 2017, if you don’t see what you are looking for, please do not hesitate to give us a call for training options. Our training courses fill up fast, so in order to reserve the time that is best for you, make the call today!  

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