|QuanTEM Chronicles - May 2008
|A Message from John
have been involved in the asbestos business a long time. For
years we installed insulation materials containing asbestos, then I
opened a company to remove the material we had put on. Over the
years I have been involved in all kinds of asbestos abatement and
environmental cleanup projects in half the states in our
country. After all this, now I find myself in the lab
business. Who would have ever guessed?
My point is, I
have been around the asbestos business long enough to have seen some
strange things happen over the years but I am constantly amazed at
what I am seeing now. We are fortunate having several hundred
customers scattered around and getting feed back concerning how the
asbestos rules are being treated throughout the country. From
my view point it appears the states are backing away from the strict
enforcement of the rules and are allowing consultants and state
inspectors to make judgment calls based on how they feel that
day. We are seeing decisions going both ways, some where only
a trace of asbestos is present is being classified hazardous and in
other cased where asbestos is present it is being removed without
addressing personal protection or the containment of loose
fibers. We have one situation where the consultant isn't using
any of the commonly used sampling methods, he just looks at the
material and makes a determination as to the amount of asbestos it
I have never believed that walking by an asbestos
fiber would kill anyone but I do believe the hassle of a law suit
filed by a disgruntled employee or an unhappy customer can be
hazardous to your health. The rules are in place and they're
not hard to follow. Also, I found that by doing it right I
could sleep at night.
President / CEO
QuanTEM Laboratories, LLC
Oregon fines Michigan asbestos-abatement company
SALEM, Ore. (AP) - The state of Oregon has fined a Michigan
company more than $24,000 for violating safety laws in an asbestos
removal project last year at Candalaria Mall in south Salem.
A spokesman for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
says the penalties against Performance Abatement Services of
Melvindale, Mich., were the result of an inspection in September.
The company has appealed.
The Oregon DEQ alleges in a civil lawsuit that the company
committed willful violations, such as allowing the accumulation of
asbestos debris and failing to keep ceiling tiles and vinyl flooring
wet enough in the removal process.
Courtesy of AP Michigan News:
Michigan, National and World News and
|One in five rooms is "highly
contaminated" with mold, French scientists say
to French scientists in the Royal Society of Chemistry's Journal of
Environmental Monitoring one in every five rooms is "highly
contaminated" with mold even though the fungus may not be
visible. The mold can aggravate some medical conditions such
The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine
reports that "(t)he study also found that bedrooms and living rooms
were no less contaminated than bathrooms and kitchens - "hidden"
fungus was not only airborne but found in carpets and soft
furnishings, and behind wallpaper, and was often colourless and
You can read this intriguing report HERE.
worker's estate claims 73 defendants negligent for asbestos-related
of an Ohio man who died from mesothelioma filed an asbestos
complaint in Madison County Circuit Court May 5, alleging his
disease was wrongfully caused.
According to the complaint,
Paul Bowen was employed from 1951 to 2004 as a laborer, truck
driver, kiln operator, miner and mechanic at various
Bowen's wife was employed as a machine operator,
maintenance worker, finisher and striper at various
Bowen's estate claims that his wife would on many
occasions work with and around asbestos and asbestos-containing
The full article can be found at the Madison County
A Great Article on FREE Business
BusinessWeek has posted a phenomenal article concerning
business software that you can download for free. When you
visit their site to read the article, click on the link titled
"Table: Deals to Download."
As small business owners we all
are looking for ways to cut expenses, and, in my experience, a lot
of free software is just as good as, and compatible with, many of
the high-priced applications that you may find yourself
One example that is not listed in the article is an
image authoring program affectionately called The Gimp (for GNU
Image Manipulation Program.) This application is, in my
opinion, as powerful as Adobe PhotoShop with the same tools.
The main difference is that The Gimp does not have PhotoShop's $400+
price tag. In fact, The Gimp is free.
I strongly urge
small-business owners and those looking to cut expenses for their
companies to read Business Software for Free by BusinessWeek.
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