Category: Safety

Mold Certificates and the Baton Rouge Flood of 2016

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Mold Certificates and the Baton Rouge Flood of 2016 The Baton Rouge Flood of 2016, now called by some as “The Great Flood of 2016” certainly left a mess. Mold problems as a result are a hot topic – and rightly so. There are a lot of good contractors and consultants out there helping with projects. But there are some who are taking advantage of the situation. I’ve seen advertisements…

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Environmental Response Work and Baton Rouge Flood of 2016

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Environmental Response Work and Baton Rouge Flood of 2016 The Baton Rouge Flood of 2016, now called by some as “The Great Flood of 2016” certainly left a mess. Mold problems as a result are a hot topic – and rightly so. But there are plenty of other environmental problems awaiting homeowners, business owners, schools, and everyone else. Baton Rouge Flood recovery is going to take some time – response work,…

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Are Your Welders At Risk From Manganese Exposure ?

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This article is in the October 2015 BIC Magazine. To read the magazine article, click here. Also check out the BIC Magazine Online website. Are Your Welders At Risk From Manganese Exposure ? To answer in true engineering fashion, “It depends.”  Do you ever see your welders in a little bit of a plume or working directly over or downwind of the weld? Get the picture? How can the welders be…

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Speaking at the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality Asbestos and Lead Workshop

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Wynn L. White Consulting Engineers, Inc. is excited to announce an upcoming asbestos speaking engagement. Chris White, P.E., LEED AP, CBCP will speak at the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality Asbestos and Lead Workshop on Tuesday, April 28, 2015. The workshop is free and runs from 9:00 am – 12:15 pm. This workshop will cover the Louisiana Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (LELAP), provide a summary of the proposed rule revisions related to Chapter…

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Misadventures in Environmental Hazard Abatement and Demolition Projects – Part 2

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At the end of our last episode in this epic saga, we’d just received bids on our environmental hazard abatement and demolition project. And if you’ll remember, the low bidder won the job with the low, low price of $345,678. I was apprehensive, and so were my clients, but the contractor, in his best infomercial pitch, promised he’d do the job just exactly as we designed. And if we acted…

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Misadventures in Environmental Hazard Abatement and Demolition Projects

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Almost two years ago we began pre-design work on an environmental hazard abatement and demolition project, some of my favorite work. I enjoy these projects because, well, we have a fair amount of environmental hazard abatement and demolition project experience, and demolition is fun. This is a pretty big project, involving 9 buildings, with an approximately 300’ x 300’ footprint. And located right off a heavily traveled street.  By the…

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How Handwashing Can Save Lives – Rotary Initiative

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I am proud to say I helped organize a mission for Rotary Club of Baton Rouge to Belize as part of Rotary International’s efforts to save lives, improve environmental conditions and overall quality of life. It’s part of my personal and corporate commitment to put service above self. An inexpensive, easy way to combat disease is to increase awareness to the importance of handwashing and provide access to potable water…

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Asbestos Awareness Week 2013–Free Download

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United States Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin is urging Americans to learn about the dangers of asbestos exposure during Asbestos Awareness Week 2013 (April 1-7). For us, every week is asbestos awareness week. Linda Reinstein, president of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), says  the United States continues to endanger public health by importing asbestos, a known carcinogen. Reinstein says, “I am especially concerned about workers exposed to asbestos during…

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The Ethics of Exporting Poison

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There is a new documentary exploring the ethics of American companies manufacturing and selling harmful materials, such as lead paint, on the African continent. According to Occupational Knowledge International, as published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, more than 40 percent of house paints in Cameroon contain lead. Some of the paints contain up to 50 percent of their weight as lead. Lead paint was banned in the…

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U.S. Senator Seeks to Amend Lead (Pb) Exposure Rule

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Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, has re-introduced S.484, the Lead Exposure Reduction Amendments Act of 2013, to amend the EPA’s Lead Renovation, Repair & Painting Rule (LRRP), which was developed to prevent lead exposure for workers and the general public. Contractors and trade groups have complained that the LRRP increases costs and unnecessarily applies to groups that are not as susceptible…

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