Friday, 29 April 2016

More autonomy in workplace corresponds to lower blood pressure


Employees with the highest level of job control – such as the ability to make work-related decisions on their own – are less likely to have high blood pressure than those with lower levels of control, according to a study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and its university partners.

Thursday, 28 April 2016

ECOBOND® LBP Reveals Their NEW & IMPROVED Paint-it-on Leave-it-on® Lead Paint Sealant and Treatment Formula at the 2016 Lead and Healthy Housing Conference.

ECOBOND® LBP's NEW & IMPROVED Paint-it-on Leave-it-on® Lead Paint Sealant and Treatment Formula is Now Lower Cost, Easier-to-Use and Even Safer. After extensive research and development, an amazing breakthrough allowed ECOBOND® LBP to enhance their proven and patented lead paint sealant and treatment formula.

Upgraded features include superior lead treatment capability as well as:

  • Cheaper: Breakthrough technology allows for lower price

  • Safer: Very low VOC! (less than 15 g/L) & protects against acid rain.

  • Smooth finish: Allowing maximum versatility and quality on projects

  • Maximum adhesion: Reducing prep time and can be used on more types of surfaces

  • Tintable: Opening up a wide-range of color combinations

  • Low odor: No smell

  • Easier to Use: Application with standard paint sprayer, brush or roller


 “We are passionate about restoring our environment and protecting people from the hazards of lead with our patented ECOBOND® lead paint technology. We are pleased to announce our latest breakthrough in lead-paint treatment” stated James Barthel, President and creator of ECOBOND®.

This Patented Technology, is more effective than it has ever been, and to better represent their commitment to “Defend People and the Environment from the Dangers of Lead”, they trademarked a new product name: “Lead Defender®”. 

Third party independently documented test results utilizing US EPA method confirming the effectiveness of ECOBOND® LBP in protecting human health. The formula includes lead treatment reagents, paint penetrators and high quality water based paint providing up to a 95% reduction in lead hazards* and controls the spread of airborne lead dust by up to 99% and now resists acid rain.**

 

ECOBOND® LBP Lead Defender® can be used as an All-in-One interior primer, lead sealant and top coat, or as an exterior primer and lead sealer prior to application of standard exterior topcoat. It is ideal for home, office, commercial facilities, schools, Industrial factories, and DOT structures.

To serve the Industrial and Professional contractor, Ecobond® LBP - Lead Defender® PRO gives these additional features: Best professional-grade quality paint, improved durability, improved hiding and improved coverage.

 

About ECOBOND:

ECOBOND® LBP, LLC is the nation's leader in developing and distributing products that improve the protection of human health and safety from the hazards of lead in the home, workplace, and the environment. With over 15 years in patented and proven success, the ECOBOND® family of products have been extensively used in successfully treating lead hazards in over 11,000,000 tons of material while serving over 100,000 customers in the United States and Internationally.



To learn more visit www.ecobondlbp.com, view their lead paint treatment video

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

International Workers Memorial Day commemorated around the world

In Italy, tomorrow's International Workers Memorial Day events will include a MAI PIU' AMIANTO (No More Asbestos) rally in Rome, promoted by the country's trade unions.

Monday, 25 April 2016

Partnering to promote workplace safety and health in tribal communities

Over 5.2 million American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) live across the United States. In 2013, approximately 1,319,000 AI/AN workers were employed in the U.S. workforce1,2. AI/AN workers are 42 percent more likely to be employed in a high-risk occupation (defined as an occupation where the injury and illness rate is more than twice the national average) as compared to non-Hispanic Whites.3

Friday, 22 April 2016

The Importance of Controlling Airborne Lead Dust in Industrial and Commercial Projects

construction safetyLead has been used in a variety of ways for centuries, from building materials to gasoline. Widespread use of this toxic substance, however, creates widespread health risks. According to the University of Maryland, lead poisoning is the oldest recorded occupational disease.


The health effects of lead include coma or death at the highest levels, but even low levels can affect the body in many ways, causing damage to the brain, blood cells, or kidneys. Lead poisoning can cause miscarriages in pregnant women, and has been linked to learning disorders in children. Symptoms of lead poisoning in adults include fatigue, headaches, joint pain, and irritability. Because of these symptoms, lead poisoning is often misdiagnosed.


Many lead-containing materials, such as paint, can shed dust particles that become airborne. In this form, lead is easily breathed into the lungs or absorbed into the skin. In fact, the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) reports that breathing in lead dust is one of the most common causes of lead exposure among adults. Because of this, it is highly important to control lead dust during industrial and commercial projects, such as lead abatement.


Columbia University in New York has published a list of guidelines for minimizing lead dust exposure in many projects. These guidelines include:



  • Use of personal protective equipment, including a disposable coverall and a respirator with HEPA filters

  • Use of plastic sheeting (6 mil thick) on areas such as the floor of the work area, furnishings, and vents (plastic sheeting also should be used to cover foliage and the ground during exterior work)

  • Control of pedestrian traffic through work area


Lead exposure is dangerous, but also preventable. Newer solutions have reduced the need for lead, and greater awareness has helped reduce unnecessary exposure.


ECOBOND® LBP Lead Defender® PRO's patented lead sealant and treatment formula contains an advanced technology that includes lead treatment reagents, paint penetrators and high quality water based paint providing up to a 95% reduction in lead hazards* and controls the spread of airborne lead dust by up to 99% (ASTM E1613-12: Reduces airborne lead dust by up to 99%)


ECOBOND® LBP's NEW & IMPROVED Paint-it-on Leave-it-on® Lead Paint Sealant and Treatment Formula is Now Lower Cost, Easier-to-Use and Even Safer for Your Family!


After extensive research and development, we had an amazing breakthrough and have enhanced our proven and patented formula to bring you a lead paint sealant and treatment solution with these upgraded features:


o    Cheaper: Breakthrough technology allowed us to lower the price!


o    Safer: VERY Low VOC! (less than 15 g/L) & protects against acid rain.


o    Smooth finish: Allowing you maximum versatility and quality on your projects!


o    Maximum adhesion: Reducing prep time and can be used on more types of surfaces!


o    Tintable: Opening up a wide-range of color combinations!


o    Low odor: No smell to inconvenience your family!


o    Easier to Use: Application with standard paint sprayer, brush or roller!


o    Superior lead treatment capability


 Contact us for more information on how you can reduce lead exposure in your industrial and commercial projects.


 

Ammonia release shuts down Russell Stover Candies plant

The failure of an air-conditioning unit pipe released about 22 pounds of anhydrous ammonia into the air at the Russel Stover Candies Inc.'s Iola, Kansas facility on Sept. 23, 2015, setting off alarms and sending hundreds of workers scrambling for safety.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

New environmentally friendly jet fuel approved by FAA

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved a new alternative jet fuel that will reduce air quality emissions and increase national energy resources because it's renewable.

New environmentally friendly jet fuel approved by FAA

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved a new alternative jet fuel that will reduce air quality emissions and increase national energy resources because it's renewable.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Confined space hazards claim life of Louisiana worker

One worker died and two others were hospitalized in an incident last year because their employer failed to follow confined space safety procedures, according to OSHA.

Monday, 18 April 2016

NJ healthcare workers face needle-stick, toxic dangers

An OSHA compliance officer investigating a complaint at a New Jersey hospital reviewed the hospital's OSHA 300 logs and found something that lead to an additional inspection – and multiple citations.

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Get Educated On Some Valuable Video & email Marketing Strategies

Email marketing has opened up a whole new means of communication for businesses to reach their customers. Now businesses can potentially reach millions of people all over the world at a fraction of the cost of reaching them through the postal service. This article can help you learn more about email marketing and how you can use it for your business.





Be sure to put the logo of your product or business in the email. This way, customers will become familiar with the logo and associate it with your company. It is best if the logo is something that will catch the reader's eye and be easy for them to remember it.



Do your best to keep your email message personal. As is the case with any type of marketing effort, a customer is more likely to engage in a business transaction with you once you establish a personal relationship. For instance, if you have an idea of why they wanted your emails, put that in your message to them.



The easier it is to subscribe to your email newsletter, the more subscribers you will have. If you have a physical store, ask your customers for their email address when they make a purchase. If you sell on a website, ask them for their address when they are ready to check out.



Send your opt-ins a link that they must click on to confirm their subscription to your email list. This way, you ensure that it is something that they want to do, and it will protect you from getting complaints about spam. Let your opt-ins know in your pitch that they will need to click on a link.



Do not use dollar signs in either the subject or the body of your emails, unless you are using just one to denote a specific amount of currency. This will strike many recipients as being spam my behavior, and many spam filters will automatically trash emails that include character strings like "$$$."



Keep things consistent. Be consistent in your emails, using the same colors, and always including the company logo. The font you choose should be something that everyone can clearly see. After sending a few messages, individuals will recognize your email in their box and they will pay attention. In email marketing, familiarity is a key aspect.



Let your readers choose the layout of your content. Any messages with images, graphics and JavaScript is likely to get eaten by software filters and never seen by human eyes. Send out basic text or rich text format including a link to your website, and the option of an HTML version for those that want it.



Make sure that your email subscribers know exactly what to expect from you. An excellent way to do this is to make your first email to every new subscriber a default informational message. You should lay out what sort of content you intend to send them, and also indicate the frequency of messages they can expect from you.



A previously stated, email marketing has brought about an entire new world for businesses to communicate with their customers. Email marketing has so much potential if it is done correctly. This article provides information and tips to help you develop a email marketing plan and to harness that power for your own business.

Friday, 15 April 2016

OSHA finds a dozen violations after two workers suffer finger amputations

After two workers suffered partial amputations of their index fingers in separate incidents in October 2015, federal investigators found numerous machines lacked safety guards at the Holdrege facility of Becton, Dickinson and Company, a global medical technology company.

How Your Thyroid Can Affect Weight Gain | Doctor's Nutrition of Texas Offers Thyroid Advice

Most people firmly believe that weight is controlled and only affected by calories in versus calories out. However, since the body is a complex machine, there's often much more to the equation. Other pertinent factors include the way your body heals itself after an injury an illness, as well as the many hormones your body produces, with the thyroid gland and thyroid hormones being a common cause of weight gain.

Here are some interesting facts related to how your thyroid controls weight gain:

What is the thyroid gland?

According to the NIH (National Institutes of Health): "the thyroid (Latin: glandula thyreoidea) is a vitally important hormonal gland that plays a major role in the metabolism, growth and maturation of the human body". It's shaped like a butterfly and is located in the front part of the neck, right below the larynx (voice box). It continuously releases a steady amount of hormones into the bloodstream, thereby regulating many body functions. These hormones are commonly known as T3 and T4. When functioning optimally, the thyroid produces only the amount of hormones your body needs. For example, more hormones are needed when someone is growing, if they're cold, or during pregnancy. Unfortunately, as we know, many body processes go wrong, and thyroid function is included. One of the conditions that affects the thyroid and can cause weight gain is hypothyroidism, which often happens in the form of Hashimoto's disease.

What is hypothyroidism?

The Mayo Clinic states: "hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) is a condition in which your thyroid gland doesn't produce enough of certain important hormones". T3 and T4 affect all aspects of your metabolism, including weight. "When your thyroid doesn't produce enough hormones, the balance of chemical reactions in your body can be upset." In its early stages, someone suffering from this illness probably won't notice any symptoms. But later on it can cause major problems, such as obesity, joint pain, infertility, and heart disease. Symptoms are, unfortunately, ignored or undiagnosed for a few of years, since they develop so slowly and can often be confused with normal aspects of aging. 

Hashimoto's disease is the leading cause of hypothyroidism in the U.S. It can affect both genders at any age, but primarily affects middle-aged women. An autoimmune disorder, Hashimoto's disease is a condition that occurs when your immune system attacks your thyroid. The NIH states: "an autoimmune disorder occurs when the body's immune system attacks and destroys healthy body tissue by mistake. There are more than 80 types of autoimmune disorders". When your immune system attacks your thyroid, it can cause inflammation which, in turn, leads to your thyroid gland becoming underactive (hypothyroidism).  

When to be concerned and get more information from your doctor


  • you notice a lump or enlargement in the lower front area of your neck

  • you have high cholesterol that doesn't respond to diet, exercise, and medication

  • you feel sluggish, have unexplained weight gain, and mood changes

  • you notice hoarseness or a feeling of constriction in your throat

  • your hair starts thinning or your skin becomes dry

  • you have other symptoms that concern you, including: forgetfulness or cognitive impairment; sore muscles; joint pain, swelling, or stiffness


Risk factors


  • women older than 60 years of age

  • those who already have an autoimmune disease

  • people who have a family history of thyroid disease

  • people who have had a partial thyroidectomy in the past

  • women who have been pregnant or had a baby within the past 6 months

  • those who have received radiation to the neck or upper chest areas


 

 

Contact us for more information about how your thyroid can affect your weight and how it can affect many other body functions.





Thursday, 14 April 2016

Healthcare workers' radiation exposure tied to range of health problems

Healthcare professionals performing x-ray guided cardiovascular procedures may be at higher risk for health problems including orthopedic problems, cataracts, skin lesions and cancers, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Interventions.

The Impact that RCRA Non-Hazardous Disposal Criteria Has On Commercial and Industrial Contractors

RCRA complianceThe Resource Conservation and Recovery Act or RCRA was passed in 1976 to control hazardous waste. It gives the right to control hazardous waste to the Environmental Protection Agency from "cradle to grave", according to the EPA's website.  Its goal is to eliminate hazardous waste and to reduce waste altogether. The RCRA's regulations are enforced by inspections of properties. 


The EPA's goal is to have 95 percent of the RCRA's final remedies in place by 2020. However, that is an ambitious goal that, according to the General Accounting Office or GAO, is unlikely to be met, according to several interviews with GAO and EPA officials which is reported by Lexology.


According to the same report, the RCRA will have a huge impact on commercial and industrial contractors when this goal is finally met. 


 "The RCRA cleanup baseline includes 3,779 facilities expected to need corrective action and the universe contains a wide variety of sites. Some properties are heavily contaminated while others were contaminated but have since been cleaned up. Still others have not been fully investigated yet, and may require little or no remediation. Inclusion in the 2020 Universe does not necessarily imply failure on the part of a facility to meet its RCRA obligations.” 


These hazardous materials are very harmful to ourselves and the environment, and despite RCRA being passed forty years ago, they are clearly still a relevant danger today. There are almost four thousand facilities that do not follow the guidelines, and not all of the properties have been fully investigated. But the hazardous materials are still affecting us today. The best way we can fight this is to use safe, nontoxic protectants, like ECOBOND®, to keep ourselves safe.


 

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Welder falls 50 feet into bottom of water tank in Prince William County

A man was injured Thursday when he fell into a large out-of-service water tank in Prince William County, authorities said.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Self-employed welder breaks every facial bone after explosion in home workshop

It was a typical Thursday afternoon for Moffat County, Colorado, resident Daina Wagner, but a sudden explosion and what followed had her wondering if her life and the lives of her loved ones were about to change forever.

Monday, 11 April 2016

Report: Phys ed programs not keeping U.S. kids in shape

Students across the nation would benefit from strong state requirements for physical education. However, 2016 Shape of the Nation™, released today by SHAPE America - Society of Health and Physical Educators and Voices for Healthy Kids, an initiative of the American Heart Association and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, shows most states are dropping the ball on keeping kids active and fit and preparing them for a healthy future.

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Contractor dies after falling through skylight

HVAC installer Timothy O'Neal Gearing and a co-worker were trying to unjam a saw stuck in a metal roof when the saw jerked loose, causing Gearing to lose his balance and fall through an unguarded skylight. The 39-year-old plunged to the concrete ground 15 feet below died from his injuries after being transported to a hospital.

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Maintenance worker burned in flash fire

A maintenance technician at a Georgia auto parts manufacturing company was engulfed in flames when the dust collector he was operating caused an explosion. The 33-year-old worker is still recovering from the third-degree burns on his upper body he received during the September 23, 2015 incident at Nakanishi Manufacturing Corp. in Winterville, Ga.

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

CDC offers emergency response training to EHS professionals

Environmental health practitioners may perform critical functions during emergency response and recovery, such as conducting shelter assessments, testing drinking water supplies, performing food safety inspections, and controlling disease-causing vectors.

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Lead Paint Testing is The First Step to Securing Your Safety Before Lead-Based Paint Treatment.

Children high fiveLead is something we don't think about very much in modern-day America. Why would we? Lead is mostly used industrially these days. Short of events like the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, lead exposure seems like a thing of the past. However, in the not-too-distant past, this dangerous heavy metal was everywhere. We used it in pencils, we put it in cosmetics, we used it in paint... it was one of those miracle metals we didn't realize caused serious health problems until it was way too late. Once absorbed into the body, lead stays put, and it can cause problems in every major internal organ. In large enough quantities, lead can even kill. Selecting the best lead paint treatment is critical


Which is why if you're moving into a house built before 1978, it's a good chance to check the paint to make sure it's safe with Lead Paint Testing. We recommend going to Home Depot online to select a kit.


According to the EPA, 1978 was the year the federal government officially banned the use of lead-based paint. That didn't do anything to fix the lead that was already coating walls all across America, though, and several of those walls still have lead-based paint on them. It might be under a few newer coats of paint, but the lead is still there. Worse, over time, that lead-based paint can wear down, and turn to dust. That dust gets on your skin, in your mouth, in your eyes, and now it's in your body, whether you wanted it there or not.


That's why, before you move into a home (especially an older home), it's important to check it for lead contamination. Once you've had the tests done, and you know for sure that there is or isn't lead in your home, you can take the next step. Either sighing in relief and getting on with your life, or deciding how you're going to remove that lead before it can cause you and your loved ones any grief.


Earlier this year, the news of children in Flint, Michigan suffering from lead poisoning due to the tainted water supply in the city, made parents all over the country nervous.


If the news of Flint, Michigan's water problems made you shudder in fear at the thought of your children ever being exposed to dangerous levels of lead through the water supply, you should know that water isn't the worst culprit of lead exposure. 


According to the New York Times article, "Flint is In the News, but Lead Poisoning is Even Worse in Cleveland" by Michael Mines, lead poisoning is a concern in cities all over the country.


"Too much lead in children's blood has long been an everyday fact in  too much lead in children's blood has long been an everyday fact in Cleveland and scores of other cities - not because of bungled decisions about drinking water, but largely because a decades-long attack on lead in household paint has faltered."


The only way to make sure your children are safe is to invest in lead paint testing for your home. This is especially important if you have recently moved, or if you live in an older home.


Hopefully, no lead will be found in your home's paint.  However if lead is found in the paint in your home, we can walk you through how to solve the problem quickly and effectively. You will need to use the right lead paint removal treatment products.


We want to help you provide a safe environment for your children. Please contact us to learn more about lead paint testing for your home.


 

Disneyland Paris tech dies in park's haunted house

A 45-year-old employee of Disneyland Paris died in the theme park's Phantom Manor attraction on Saturday morning, before the park opened for the day.