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HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!

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All of us here at Safety Resources would like to wish everyone a happy and safe Halloween!!!  

 


 

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Congrats to Our President/CEO Kristin VanSoest!

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Our President & CEO Kristi VanSoest was recognized as one of Building Indiana's Incredible Women. We think she's incredible too! http://bit.ly/2yxZUZq

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5 Things You Need to Know About Asbestos

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5 Things You Need to Know About Asbestos

Even though you may not always see it, asbestos still exists in many old houses and buildings. It is important to be knowledgeable and take proper precautions against this deadly toxin. Read on for five important facts you need to know about asbestos.

 

1.     Many products still legally contain asbestos. These products are mostly used in the construction industry, and may exist in new structures. Asbestos is used to make products resistant to heat. Asbestos is commonly used as an acoustic insulator and a thermal insulator, as well as in fireproofing and building materials. It is also sprayed on structural steel beams, in crawlspaces, and between walls.  Today, products such as ceiling tiles, vinyl sheet flooring, roofing shingles, acoustical plaster, electrical wiring insulation, caulking, spackling, adhesives, chalkboards, fire blankets, elevator equipment panels, and thermal paper products all include asbestos.

 

2.     Asbestos becomes hazardous only when it is disturbed and the fibers become airborne. If an asbestos-containing substance is easily crumbled or pulverized with hand pressure, the material is called “friable.” Friable asbestos can become airborne and then enter your lungs when you breathe, leading to disease. Friable substances include the fibrous, fluffy, sprayed-on materials used in insulation, fireproofing, and soundproofing. Non-friable materials, such as floor tile and roofing felt, usually do not emit airborne fibers. The danger to you comes from drilling, cutting, sanding, or disturbing materials that contain asbestos. If you are renovating your home, make sure you have licensed professionals carry out the work according to certain specifications and safety protocols. Do not try to discard asbestos on your own.

 

 

SRI safety consultant Scott Powell takes proper procautions by wearing necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) during a recent asbestos awareness class. 

 

3.     It could take decades before you notice symptoms related to asbestos exposure. Asbestos is a carcinogen, and may lead to one or more diseases in those who have inhaled its microscopic fibers. Some common asbestos-related diseases are asbestosis and mesothelioma. The longer you are exposed, the greater the risk becomes for you to develop an asbestos-related disease. Asbestosis is a noncancerous, but chronic, and often fatal respiratory disease that occurs after asbestos fibers cause scarring in the lungs. The scarring can cause pain, difficulty breathing, and heart problems. Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that is diagnosed in roughly 3,000 Americans each year. It causes a tumor that spreads across the tissue in and around the lungs. Asbestos exposure is accountable for virtually all cases of mesothelioma. These diseases may take up to 40 or 50 years to develop within the body, making many victims of these diseases unaware of their condition.

 

4.     Asbestos fibers remain in the human body once they are inhaled or ingested. Unlike many toxins, asbestos cannot be “flushed out.” Because asbestos fibers are microscopic, the fibers can slip through the lungs’ natural filtration system and penetrate outwardly through the membrane which covers the lungs and lines the chest cavity. The fibers can also be swallowed and penetrate the stomach. Unfortunately, nothing can remove the fibers from the body due to their sharp, needle-like nature. To protect yourself, wear the appropriate respiratory protection and necessary personal protective equipment when in contact with asbestos.

 

5.     Asbestos is still mined and exported in other countries. Despite its health hazards, asbestos is a commodity in countries such as Greece, Canada, Russia, Italy, China, and India. Many of these countries also continue to use and market asbestos widely. Due to asbestos being a low-cost substance, it has become common on construction sites in developing countries.

 

Source: Asbestos.net

 

 

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Did You Know All of These House Fire Statistics?

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House fires, and the harm they cause are more common than you think. Make sure you are taking proper precautions at home and in the workplace. 

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10 Ways You Can Prevent a Fire Today

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As part of National Fire Prevention Week, we wanted to share 10 easy ways you can prevent a fire. According to the American Red Cross, 80% of Americans don’t realize that home fires are the single most common disaster across the nation. By following these 10 simple fire safety tips, you can prevent a disaster from occuring. 

 

 

 

10 Ways You Can Prevent a Fire Today 

 

1.  Blow out candles before leaving a room or going to bed.

2.  When cooking, keep towels, pot holders and curtains away from flames.  

3.  Keep matches, lighters and other ignitable substances in a secured location out of the reach of                   children, and only use lighters with child-resistant features.

4.  Hire a certified professional to inspect your chimney and heating equipment annually

5.  Keep fire in your fireplace by using a glass or metal fire screen large enough to catch sparks and                 rolling logs.

6.  Have wood and coal stoves, fireplaces, chimneys, and furnaces professionally inspected and cleaned         once a year.

7.  Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn such as bedding, curtains or                   clothing.

8.  Clean cooking surfaces on a regular basis to prevent grease buildup.

9.  Always check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving the home to make sure all stoves, ovens, and        small appliances are turned off.

10. Keep all potential sources of fuel like paper, clothing, bedding or rugs at least three feet away from             space heaters, stoves, or fireplaces.

 

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Orlando International Airport Project

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A member of our team is assisting with an ongoing project at the Orlando International Airport. Here are some great aerial shots of the project so far. Big thanks to Turner-Kiewit for sharing, and keep up the good work!

 


 

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