Safety, Health, and Environmental rules and regulations can be complex and difficult to understand. However, failure to comply with federal, state and even local rules and regulations can have costly consequences. Let Southern Global's experienced professionals help you ensure that your company or organization is in compliance with the law and help provide a safe and healthy workplace for your employees. The links below connect to a variety of government and agency information sites that pertain to environmental, health and safety.
Asbestos can be very hazardous to your health.
Asbestos is a tough, heat-resistant mineral that was added to the building materials of many older homes. It can pose health hazards to workers and homeowners who renovate or demolish those homes. This animation shows how asbestos fibers could damage lung tissue and lead to lung disease.
Does the house you're working on contain asbestos?
See some of the common places where asbestos can be found in a home.
Our knowledge of asbestos hazards have come a long way.
100 years ago asbestos became known as a magic mineral and the use of millions of tons of asbestos created a very profitable industry. And for almost as long, the industry has known that asbestos is extremely dangerous to people. The documentary is part of the international awarded series "Late Lessons from Early Warnings" which explores how we have been able to respond to warnings about the hazards posed by some of the greatest technological innovations of the last century. We have not always been that successful.
Take control of your safety by knowing the hazards.
Asbestos exposure is the number one killer of workers in BC. This video series shows various reactions to the dangers of asbestos exposure.
Work can be tough but your safety is more important.
This video shows the changing reactions of contractors as they come to realize the dangers of asbestos.
Are you living in a health hazard?
A homeowner reacts to the potential exposure of her family to asbestos during home renovations.
Mold can make you sick.
This video shows how mold can grow quickly on damp materials such as cardboard, paper, wood, and drywall. As mould grows, it releases spores into the air. Exposure to mould spores can affect your health, especially if you have allergies, asthma, or a weak immune system.
Asbestos became increasingly popular among manufacturers and builders in the late 19th century because of its sound absorption, average tensile strength, its resistance to fire, heat, electrical and chemical damage, and affordability. It was used in such applications as electrical insulation for hotplate wiring and in building insulation. When asbestos is used for its resistance to fire or heat, the fibers are often mixed with cement (resulting in asbestos cement) or woven into fabric or mats.
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Asbestos is a mineral that is mined from the earth. There are several kinds of asbestos. All types of asbestos tend to break into very tiny fibers, many of which are not visible without a microscope. Asbestos is resistant to fire and has high tensile strength.Visit the Site
Asbestos resource describes asbestos and provides information on asbestos occupations and products, including asbestos tile. Includes information on chrysotile, amosite and crocidolite asbestos and information on asbestos removal.Visit the Site
The EPA asbestos web site contains general information on asbestos sources, exposure and health effects, what to do if you suspect asbestos, training, and laws and regulations.Visit the Site
Even if asbestos is in your home, this is usually NOT a serious problem. The mere presence of asbestos in a home or a building is not hazardous. The danger is that asbestos materials may become damaged over time. Damaged asbestos may release asbestos fibers and become a health hazard.Visit the Site
Asbestos is the name given to a group of naturally occurring minerals that are resistant to heat and corrosion. Asbestos has been used in products, such as insulation for pipes (steam lines for example), floor tiles, building materials, and in vehicle brakes and clutches.Visit the Site
Asbestos is a commercial name, not a mineralogical definition, given to a variety of six naturally occurring fibrous minerals. These minerals possess high tensile strength, flexibility, resistance to chemical and thermal degradation, and electrical resistance.Visit the Site
Mesothelioma Group is a national organization dedicated to increasing mesothelioma awareness. Mesothelioma is a rare but very deadly cancer with one known cause, asbestos exposure. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral used throughout the first half of the 20th century in a variety of commercial and industrial materials. Experts estimate that the carcinogenic mineral is the cause of about 80 percent of all mesothelioma diagnoses. We at the Mesothelioma Group believe that any individual that is diagnosed with this cancer deserves to have the best information and support available.Visit the Site
WebMD explains what asbestos is, where it is most often found, what you need to know about exposure (including who is at risk) and the symptoms, causes, tests, and diagnosis of asbestos-related diseases.Visit the Site
Asbestos exposure can lead to mesothelioma cancer. Find asbestos industry news, asbestos legislation and asbestos abatement answers.Visit the Site
A fact sheet about asbestos, asbestos-related diseases, and who to contact for more information.Visit the Site
Asbestos is the name of a group of minerals with long, thin fibers. It was once used widely as insulation. It also occurs in the environment. Asbestos fibers are so small you can't see them. If you disturb asbestos, the fibers can float in the air. This makes them easy to inhale, and some may become lodged in the lungs.Visit the Site
Asbestos is a group of minerals that occur naturally as bundles of fibers. These fibers, found in soil and rocks in many parts of the world, are made of silicon, oxygen, and other elements.Visit the Site
Learn about asbestos related lung disorders including asbestosis, lung cancer, malignant mesothelioma, scarring of the lungs, fluid around the lungs, and lung calcification.Visit the Site
The Mesothelioma Center offers the most comprehensive and current information on asbestos exposure and mesothelioma.Visit the Site
Exposure to asbestos can be a serious health risk if asbestos-containing material is disturbed in such a way that the particles and fibers become airborne. Symptoms of asbestos-related diseases, such as shortness of breath, coughing, and chest pain, often do not appear until 20 to 50 years after the exposure.Visit the Site