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Formaldehyde and Laminate Flooring

Flooring, and Formaldehyde Recently CBS news reporters for 60 Minutes uncovered an issue with Lumber Liquidators bamboo flooring from China.  Their investigative reporters revealed that Lumber Liquidators flooring has high levels of formaldehyde.  Formaldehyde is listed as a carcinogen by several health standard organizations. Formaldehyde in laminate flooring can be the source of respiratory problems – breathing issues, and symptoms similar to a cold or flu.  Children, who are closer …Read More

Choosing Lead Safety

During our Lead Renovator Certification classes (RRP), I often find the need to explain the difference between a lead inspection and a lead risk assessment.  Many contractors and homeowners feel these two issues are one in the same, but each provides a different level of information and safety. In accordance with the HUD Guidelines on lead paint, a Lead Inspection is an investigation of surfaces to determine the presence of …Read More

GHS-New Changes for Hazard Communication

Maintaining an effective safety program in general industry is a never ending battle for a safety manager, especially when it comes to hazard communication.  Under the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS), containers of hazardous chemicals are required only to have a label written in English.  It is not required to label the container in the language of the employees, though it is recommended.  It is only required that employees be trained …Read More