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The Delicacy of Invisible Dust and Infants

By | Lead, Lead Paint, Safety | No Comments

The Johnson family just moved into their new home. Their younger children run in and out of the back door to play in the yard. Their older children go in and out of the front door to visit with friends. Their infant spends time playing on the floor with toys while the parents go about their day. Since it’s a beautiful sunny day, they open the windows to experience the fresh Spring air! A perfect day in the life of a young family.

But, every time the doors open and close, the friction points of the door and the door jamb rub against one another and release invisible dust. Every time the windows are opened and shut, more friction, more dust.

Every time they go from one room to another, opening and closing each room’s door, more invisible dust. If their home or apartment was constructed before 1978, there is the chance that each release of dust contains lead.

Their infant innocently crawls on the floor, their moist, soft hands gathering the dust. He put his hands in his mouth, sucking and chewing. He picks up his toys (covered in the invisible dust) and puts them in his mouth. Mom fixes lunch on the kitchen counter, which is covered with invisible dust, then sets the infant in his highchair on which the fold-down tabletop is covered with invisible lead dust. Dad feeds the infant the food which was delightfully placed on the contaminated plates.

No surprise now that this infant is suffering from lead poisoning.

How do we prevent this? We recommend two things.

  1. clean any surface then is near or has lead-based paint on it. This drastically reduces the risk of the infant getting lead poisoning
  2. Paint over the surface. This is the most effective way in reducing the risk of lead-based paint exposure because you are essentially installing a barrier between you and the lead-based paint.

To learn more or to join our BREATHE HEALTHY Initiative, visit baxtergroupinc.com.  Request a copy of our BREATHE HEALTHY ebook.

Do You Know The Most Dangerous Material In Your Pre-1980 Home?

By | Home Improvement, Indoor Air Quality, Renovation, Safety | No Comments

Do you know what it is?

And more importantly, do you know if you’re at risk?

Let’s say you’re deciding whether or not to go with a new look with your kitchen or bathroom this summer before the holidays. You’ve created a checklist of things like

  • New cabinets
  • Paint
  • Appliances
  • Flooring.

After doing some research and finding out what direction you want to go in, you now schedule to have a licensed contractor come and give a few estimates. During this inspection, he mentions your home has asbestos 9×9 tile in the kitchen.

Now you’re stuck wondering what to do next, how much it will cost, whether your health is in danger, and many other questions you will have along the way.

We have the information you need.

Our first recommendation is: Get it tested

Not all 9×9 tile is asbestos positive, but most 9×9 tile in a home built before 1980 is greater than 1% asbestos.

Our second recommendation: See if it is in good condition

If the tile is in good condition then don’t disturb it. Asbestos is only dangerous to your health once it is disturbed. In most cases, you can cover the existing floor with another layer of flooring material which lowers the risk of being exposed to asbestos fibers.

Our third recommendation: Take action if it’s in bad condition

In this case, you should think about contacting a licensed asbestos abatement contractor. The risk of exposure once the tile is disturbed, whether it be broken already or breaking the tile during removal, is extremely high and without proper P.P.E your health would be at risk. According to the Mayo Clinic, some of the dangers of asbestos can be Asbestostis (chronic lung disease), Asbestos.com lists various types of cancer and also some nonmalignant diseases. Either way, it’s best to keep yourself educated to make sure you are doing everything possible to keep you and your family safe.

To learn more or to join our BREATHE HEALTHY Initiative, visit baxtergroupinc.com.  Request a copy of our BREATHE HEALTHY ebook.

Building Safety Month

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Baxter Group, Inc. is celebrating Building Safety Month!

Asbestos, mold, lead, renovations, you name it. We are always working hard to make buildings safer for our community.

 We have been posting a Building Safety tip at the beginning of each week. Have you seen them? Keep a look out!👀

Building Safety Month is a public awareness campaign that has celebrated during the month of May for the past 38 years. Worldwide, corporations, government agencies, professional associations, nonprofits and more come together to help the public and businesses understand what it takes to create safe and sustainable structures.

The surrounding environment is just as important to check as the building structure. It is imperative look for nearby sources of pollutants that can enter an indoor environment. Different conditions around a building cause different health effects inside the building.

Here are a few conditions to examine for around your building:

Condition
Pollutants

Cultivated Fields

Fertilizers, pesticides, and can produce fungal spores and dust.

Bare Soil

Can produce wind-blown particulate matter and dust.

Soil Type

Sand, clay and gravel: Soil types behave differently when wet or dry.

Soil Drainage

Poorly drained soil can produce odors and biopollutants.

Trees and Vegetation

Can produce pollen, and contribute to organic particles found indoors.

Birds, Insects, and Rodents

Feces can cause human diseases.

Standing Water, and Fountains

Can carry water-borne diseases.

Garbage, Dead Animal/Vegetable Matter

Can produce waste run-off and odors.

Local Industries

Can produce waste, particles, gases and odors.

Roadways, Parking Areas, and Loading Docks

Source of Lead and can cause air pollution by automobiles and trucks.

All communities need safe homes, offices, schools, manufacturing facilities, stores and entertainment venues and more.

Help spread the word! #ICCBSM18

OSHA’s Toolbox Talks

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Toolbox Talks for Workplace Safety

 

Toolbox Talks are short pre-written safety meetings provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA). They are an easy way for foremen and supervisors to keep their workers updated and knowledgeable about workplace safety. They are designed to heighten employee awareness of workplace hazards and OSHA regulations. Read More

Disinfect Drinking Water

By | Safety, Water Quality | No Comments

Hurricanes, floods, or water pipe breakage can all result in an emergency situation where regular water service is disrupted or discontinued. In these situations, it is recommended to only use bottled water or water that has been properly disinfected for drinking, cooking, washing dishes and even for brushing your teeth. Boiling water will kill most microorganisms such as pathogenic bacteria, viruses and protozoa that may be in the water.

Bottled water is your best choice. But may not always be available to you.

Sources of water: Read More