Thursday, May 17, 2007



American Forces In Iraq Controlled Demolition

A controlled demoltion by American Forces in Iraq on unused, damaged and overstocked ammunitions that have been classified as hazard materials in need of disposing. To view this video and more hazmat training videos click here

Labels: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Sunday, May 06, 2007



What Is Required For Hazmat Certification

Working in the hazardous materials field at times can be exciting and it does pay very well but if you are considering employment in the hazmat field perhaps you should view the following video for more information....View Video Here!

Labels: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Thursday, February 01, 2007



The Use Of Robotics In Hazmat-Pakbot Video

The use of robotics in hazmat handling is becoming more common when facing extremely dangerous situations such as explosives handling or bomb diffusion. The iRobot Packbot EOD - is probably one of the most versitle and advanced robots used in these situations. iRobot PackBot EOD is a rugged, lightweight robot designed to assist with Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), HAZMAT, search-and-surveillance, hostage rescue and other vital law enforcement tasks for Hazmat, Bomb Squads, SWAT teams, military units and other authorities seeking to meet the security challenges of the 21st century. To see the Packbot in action click here to view the video!

Technorati Tags:, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Add to: Technorati Digg Yahoo BlinkList Spurl reddit Furl

Monday, January 22, 2007



Hazmat Pharmaceuticals

Hazmat Pharmaceuticals are medicines that contain toxic substances or are radioactive such as those used in cancer treatment. Most of these substances have an extremely short shelf life of only a few hours. So how are these materials properly produced, handled and shipped to there destination safely?

Vist our site at to watch the 8 minute video!

Technorati Tags:, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Add to: Technorati Digg Yahoo BlinkList Spurl reddit Furl

Thursday, November 30, 2006



Captured On Video Little Green Men In Decon

Here is a video of hazmat decontamination onsite utilizing a small decon tent. For more Hazmat Training videos visit our website at

Technorati Tags:, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Add to: Technorati Digg Yahoo BlinkList Spurl reddit Furl



Preparedness Pays Off

A drum containing a benzene compound explodes. Construction workers expose asbestos when they dig around an old water main. Incidents like these are commonly reported every day. In fact, the National Response Center received 32,435 reports of hazardous incidents in 2000. Of those reports, 11,813 were from fixed facilities. Because it isn't possible to prevent every accident, it pays to be prepared. OSHA, EPA, and DOT all have regulations requiring preparedness for emergencies.

Addressing these requirements will require you to have a firm knowledge of any hazardous materials being used, as well as knowledge of any processes that could cause danger. With this information, you will be able to make a rational assessment of events that could occur, and to provide details of the danger that could be caused. This knowledge will also help you create effective response plans, train personnel to take appropriate action, and obtain the proper equipment needed to combat hazards.

In order to establish plans that work, you will need to secure the commitment of upper level management to devote both time and monetary resources to these efforts. Without this commitment, plans are often overlooked or remain incomplete--or necessary training gets neglected.

While you're writing your plans, consider each of the following areas and how they will help properly prepare your workers for the hazards they may be required to face.

Recognizing the Potential Hazards
Make sure all containers, tanks, and pipelines are properly labeled. The materials in facilities often are labeled with generic classifications, such as "flammable" or "corrosive." In order to be properly prepared, you need to determine what these classifications mean in context to your facility.

Have the MSDSs for hazardous chemicals handy when writing plans, and review them regularly to ensure workers are not put at undue risk because processes or procedures have changed or proper storage and handling procedures were not kept in check. The manufacturer or supplier of the material must provide an MSDS for hazardous materials being sold.

It's important to understand all of the implications of working with or transporting hazardous materials. This knowledge will help you avoid or prevent circumstances that endanger employees and others. Determine the "worst case scenario" that could happen with regards to each chemical. If a material is corrosive, you should know how aggressive it is and with which other materials it is incompatible. If a material is flammable or combustible, you need to know at what temperature it begins to burn. Developing a plan that prepares for the worst case for each hazard helps responders to have the knowledge and proper resources available to respond efficiently and safely.

Planning for Emergencies
Having the appropriate equipment on hand is also essential. The type of equipment necessary is dictated by the nature and quantity of hazardous materials at your facility. For example, if you have only one 55-gallon drum of a corrosive material on hand and it begins to leak, you would need to be prepared to respond to a spill of 55 gallons. If you are going to absorb the leakage from this spill, you must make sure the absorbent is suitable for the liquid and that you have the proper protective gear for your responders to wear while responding. Overpacks and other materials also may be needed to aid responders in getting the spill totally cleaned up.

If you have the potential for larger spills, your needs may be different. Do you need specialized equipment? Do you need diking systems? Do confined spaces complicate response? If the power is out, will you need generators to run pumps or other response tools?

The faster you can get a spill contained, the easier it is to clean up. Now is the time to gather any equipment you may need and to train responders on its use. If you wait for a spill to happen, it is often too late to get the proper materials to respond quickly, safely, and effectively.

Some companies decide to use an outside agency to assist in spill management. If this is an option you are considering, you'll need to understand the implications of doing this. An outside response team will take time to arrive at your facility. Gridlock is becoming a significant issue in and around most metropolitan areas, and it can limit emergency team responsiveness. You may still need to have workers trained to take initial response so the effects of the incident can be minimized.

Training for an Emergency
Anyone who has the possibility of coming into contact with hazardous materials should have specific knowledge of the materials, what they can do, and how they should be handled. They must know which protective equipment should be used, where this equipment is, and how to use it. They also must know what to do in the event of an emergency.

This is not to say that everyone at your facility must be trained to the level of the responder team; it just means they should know what steps they are supposed to take should an emergency occur. This may mean that they immediately clear the area and contact their supervisor or sound a siren. It may mean that they need to be trained to use a fire extinguisher. Whatever the action may be, make sure the information is clearly communicated through training so workers know what they are supposed to do--or not do--in the event of an emergency.

Training for emergency response must be ongoing and become an integral part of the business culture. It must include anyone who could be affected by a release of hazardous material. While it seems obvious to train those who normally handle a hazardous material and those on an emergency response team, others who work in the area and those who may be in the area occasionally must understand the potential for harm from a spill and what they are supposed to do or not do.

Know Your Suppliers
We are fortunate to live in a society that gives us many options for just about any product we wish to obtain. Response equipment is no exception. But the lowest price is seldom the best choice.

Acquiring the right equipment for effective emergency response requires a thorough understanding of the materials needed and the context in which the items will be handled and used. It should come as no surprise that equipment that is suitable in one site might be entirely unsuitable for another.

Look for suppliers who are manufacturers or who specialize in the equipment you require. Manufacturers are going to know their products better than bulk warehouse-style distributors and should be able to provide greater insight on how their product will work for your situations. Granted, this will probably not allow you to purchase "everything you need" from one supplier, but it will help ensure you are getting the best equipment and products for your specific needs. A good supplier also will know the limitations of its products and should not be afraid to tell you that its product may not be the best one for your application. It also may be a good source for referrals on other products you need that the supplier doesn't carry.

Reviewing Your Plans
From time to time, processes change, chemicals being used change, and employees are hired or leave the company. These sorts of changes necessitate a review of your plans to ensure the procedures outlined are still valid and relevant to the situations that may be encountered. If changes are made to the plans, make sure they are communicated to all affected employees through training. Even if there are no apparent changes, it is a good idea to review plans annually and after any incident to ensure they are still appropriate for the needs of your facility.

Finally, the best programs will be based on eliminating possibilities and potentials for releases of hazardous materials. Writing plans with this in mind should help prevent a majority of incidents from occurring. If employees are properly trained and follow outlined procedures, accidents should be fewer and their consequences less severe. And, when an event does occur, workers should be able to handle it safely with minimal consequence.

Karen D. Hamel is a technical specialist at New Pig Corporation, a Tipton, Pa.-based manufacturer of industrial and hazardous material leak and spill response products.

For more hazmat related articles and information please visit our website at

Technorati Tags:, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Add to: Technorati Digg Yahoo BlinkList Spurl reddit Furl

Friday, November 10, 2006



Major Security Alert! Jelly Mistaken For Toxic Waste

Jelly Mistaken For Toxic Waste

The suspicious substance had been left behind after a wedding party
A pile of jelly left by a road in Germany caused a major security alert after it was mistaken for toxic waste.
A large area near the town of Halle was cordoned off after a "flabby red, orange and green substance" was found by the road, Reuters reported.

Fire officers in protective suits spent two hours inspecting the substance before concluding it was jelly.

"The fire brigade always has to assume a worst-case scenario," a fire brigade spokesman told the news agency.

"We conducted a variety of tests and figured out it was jelly."

The spillage was traced to a wedding party. The newly-wed groom, who was woken up and informed of the alert, promised to clean up the mess.

For more hazmat related articles and information please visit our website at

Technorati Tags:, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Add to: Technorati Digg Yahoo BlinkList Spurl reddit Furl

Wednesday, November 08, 2006



Jury Finds For Defendants In Toxic Mold Case

In one of the first toxic mold jury verdicts in the Northwest, a jury found in favor of Paul and Renee Haynes. The Haynes were awarded $498,418 for breach of contract as well as personal injury to Renee Haynes and sons Michael, 6, and Liam, 4.

The jury, which heard the case in Clackamas County, held on Friday, March 4, 2005 that Adair Homes Inc. of Beaverton, Oregon, was responsible for the injuries suffered by the Haynes family.

Apparently, Adair was responsible for improper construction that allowed toxic mold to thrive inside the Sandy, Oregon family's new home. The toxic mold apparently led to that family to have severe respiratory, digestive and other health problems.

From court papers, the children and their mother suffered from diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and respiratory problems after moving into the home. The jury found that these symptoms were caused by the toxic molds in the new home, whose drywall and insulation were installed while the frame was still wet. Those wet conditions allowed the mold to grow, experts said.

Kelly Vance, the family's attorney, stated that the verdict is significant because it holds construction companies responsible when they negligently build sick buildings.

Adair Homes, Inc. builds hundreds of residences each year in Oregon, Washington and Idaho for low and moderate-income customers. The company built the house on the Haynes family' s five-acre lot in early 2002. The family discovered the mold in the walls four months after moving in. Their symptoms had already set in by that time. After discovering the toxic mold, they called Adair Homes, which denied responsibility.

"The company said that the mold was not a problem, and that we should not worry about it so we stayed six weeks longer until my symptoms got even worse. We moved out after my face fell numb," said Renee Haynes. The family is living in its old home, on the same lot as the contaminated building.

At trial the evidence showed that there was standing water inside the wall cavities and in the crawl space for many months after construction was completed. Experts testified that this trapped moisture led to the growth of toxic mold.

The medical expert for the Haynes family confirmed through blood tests performed by two different doctors that Renee Haynes and Michael had mold antibodies in their blood. The presence of such antibodies indicates a significant exposure.

Several experts, including a medical doctor, occupational therapists and a clinical and neuropsychologist testified concerning the Haynes children's developmental and sensory integration disorders after moving into the Adair house.

The Haynes doctors and therapists all agreed that Liam and Michael's treatment would continue for several years. Michael's teacher testified that he was placed in a special disabled room at school and may need to remain there until at least junior high school. She expects Liam to suffer the same fate.

For more hazmat related articles and information please visit our website at

Technorati Tags:, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Add to: Technorati Digg Yahoo BlinkList Spurl reddit Furl