November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month: Asbestos Edu
November 16, 2018
November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month including asbestos education, so this is a good time to raise awareness about preventing unnecessary exposure to asbestos that can cause lung cancer as well as contribute to other possible health concerns.
Hurricanes, Typhoons, Nor'easter’s - Oh My!
October 30, 2018
Every week there are unusual, destructive weather events throughout the world. These are becoming stronger and more frequent bringing with them record breaking winds and downpours that cause catastrophic flooding and devastating building damage. Buildings and homes are now more susceptible to damage from these powerful storms. The response is to require stronger weatherproofing and tougher building defense, which will protect against these...
National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (NLPPW)
October 23, 2018
I’ve spent most of my adult life traveling and working to protect people from the exposure of solid hazardous materials such as Lead-Based Paint, Asbestos, PCBs, etc. by teaching them how to take simple steps to prevent that toxic exposure. I’m horrified as to how much lead-based paint is still manufactured and used throughout the world and happy to know and point to the fact that we here in the United States have an awareness and...
FEMA Pushes to Waterproof Flood Prone Buildings
October 11, 2018
Short of moving your building or raising it up above flooding, the best approach to take to reduce storm, flooding and natural disaster losses is to simply use a proven coating to wind and waterproof the surfaces in the path of destruction.
Mega Storms Of The Future Are Mauling Cities Right Now
October 3, 2018
Two buildings standing side by side on the seashore, then a recent mega storm hits. One building has the roof shredded and takes on significant damage as driving winds cause severe water penetration through both the roof and walls, while the second building, with roof and walls completely sealed, holds up and sustains no damage.
NY Court Gives 9/11 Cleanup Workers OK to Sue for Debris Exposure, Including Asbestos
September 18, 2018
We recently passed the anniversary of 9-11-2001 tragedy of the attack on the Twin Towers in New York. I wanted to remind everyone that the effects of that fateful day are still being felt and especially by some of the heroes that were affected by the initial exposure and then the secondary exposure that took place during the cleanup.
Jakarta, Indonesia & Environmental Concerns
September 6, 2018
I’m heartened as I globe trot meeting with more and more people that are becoming aware of the harmful effects human activity on the environment and how people can change their behavior to protect the planet instead of continuing to damage it.
Historic Properties and Hazardous Materials
August 22, 2018
I discussed in a recent blog the importance of keeping the aesthetics of a historic building intact. Making sure that the look and overall presentation on a structure is preserved is very significant. This is especially true with landmark properties that have prominent...
EPA & Lead Paint Poisoning
July 16, 2018
As I globe trot, I’m always hopeful that people and countries all over the world become more aware of the negative health effects from deteriorating lead-based paint. It’s a well-known and documented fact that substances made with lead, including paint, are extremely harmful when breathed in and ingested. Children are especially vulnerable. Lead-contaminated dust from chipped and peeling lead-based paint is one of the most common causes of elevated blood lead levels in children. Even short-term exposure can cause damage and produce long-term consequences.
Manila - 3 Types of Weather & Dark Multi-Colored Roofs
July 2, 2018
I just flew into the Philippines, Manila and from my window seat I was looking down on all the dark multi-colored roofs unnecessarily pulling down large amounts of heat.