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MWI Consultants Asbestos Sampling and Abatement


Darcy Homer

Asbestos is a naturally occurring silicate mineral with long, thin fibrous crystals. The mineral was widely used in a large number of applications, particularly as a flame retardant or insulating material. Asbestos has also been found in many products around the home or office, including clapboard, roofing shingles, attic insulation (vermiculite), exterior siding, pipe and boiler covering, cement, caulking, roof patching material, furnace cement, driveway coatings, wallboard, textured and latex paints, acoustical ceiling tiles, wall plaster, vinyl floor tiles, appliance wiring, hair dryers, irons and ironing board pads.

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In general, the use of asbestos has been discontinued due to the adverse health effects from inhalation of asbestos fibers. Asbestos is considered a designated material under the Controlled Products Regulations and is a known carcinogen. Chronic exposure to asbestos can lead to asbestosis and mesothelioma (a type of lung cancer), amongst others.

According to Part 36, section 36.5(1) (b) of the Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health Regulation 217/2006, the occupational exposure limit of a designated material must be as close to zero as is reasonably practicable, but shall not exceed the Threshold Limit Value (TLV) established by the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH). The Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health Division recognizes the level as close to zero as is reasonably practicable for all forms of asbestos as 0.1 fibres per cubic centimeter of air (f/cc or f/cm3), which matches the TLV established by ACGIH.

Creation of an inventory of asbestos-containing materials

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If you are unsure which materials in a property contain asbestos, then one of the first tasks would be to prepare an asbestos inventory. According to law, employers are responsible for ensuring that asbestos-containing materials (ACM) are identified. Part 37.1 of the Workplace Safety and Health Regulation states that any material suspected of containing asbestos is considered to contain asbestos until it is proven to be asbestos-free. This involves a thorough inspection of the entire building (commercial/industrial) for any items which could potentially contain asbestos. Bulk samples of suspected materials are taken and analyzed for asbestos type and content. Asbestos-Containing Materials are identified and their current condition is evaluated. If the materials are in good condition, a control program can be implemented. If materials are heavily damaged or in poor condition, or if asbestos fibers are detected in the air, then an abatement project may be necessary.

Bulk samples to identify asbestos-containing materials

Workplaces are required to know all asbestos-containing materials in the workplace. If it is suspected that asbestos-containing materials (ACM) may be present, then bulk sampling to determine asbestos content would be warranted, especially prior to any type of significant construction work or renovations that may disturb the material.

Asbestos Abatement Projects

The specific approach will vary with each project, and our services are always tailored to suit your specific needs, however where removal of asbestos-containing materials is necessary, our services can include any or all of the following:

Determination of the scope of work, including the appropriate requirements outlined by regulations.

Selecting contractors for the abatement. Removal of asbestos should only be done by trained professionals. Depending on the level of contamination, the amount of asbestos-containing material, the location, and the type of material, special precautions need to be taken.

Set-up and consultation for the project.

Oversight, inspections and monitoring based on Manitoba Department of Labour guidelines.

Set-up of a negative pressure enclosure monitor/logger (OmniGuard IV) to continuously monitor the negative pressure differential and to log alarm conditions, based on requirements in Workplace Safety and Health Guidelines for working with asbestos.

Perimeter monitoring and inspections to ensure the integrity of the enclosure has not been compromised and to ensure asbestos fibres are contained within the abatement enclosure and that background levels of asbestos are not affected.

Post-Abatement clearance sampling within the enclosure according to requirements in Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health guidelines. Analysis is performed using phase-contrast microscopy following NIOSH 7400 (A Rules) methodologies. All laboratory analyses are performed by accredited laboratories.

Full, comprehensive report providing interpretation of laboratory results and project overview

If you require an abatement to remove hazards associated with asbestos-containing materials, or are unsure whether or not materials contain asbestos, please fill out the “request a quote” form and we will contact you to determine an appropriate course of action or call 1 (204) 981-7690 to discuss your requirements.

MWI Consultants provides practical solutions for indoor air quality issues for residential, commercial and industrial clients.

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Oil leaking container ship might cause environmental catastrophe

Sunday, January 21, 2007

In the United Kingdom, an anti-pollution operation is under way after the stricken ship MSC Napoli started to leak dangerous heavy fuel oil.

The heavy fuel oil that is leaking from the beached Italian ship is extremely dangerous for the environment. Fear of pollution increased after the ship was further damaged during storms last Thursday. MSC Napoli was beached by Devon coastguards after it suffered heavy structual damage in the gale force storms of Thursday, 18 January 2007, that wreaked havoc across Northern Europe. The ship, which contains 160 containers of hazardous chemical substances, is listing at 35 degrees.

The entire 26-man crew was rescued by navy helicopters Thursday after severe gales. Cracks were found on both sides of the ship, but the current oil leak was not expected.

Around 2,400 containers were carried by the 62,000 tonne ship, some of which contain potentially dangerous hazardous chemicals.

The Coastguards have reported that up to 200 of the containers carrying materials such as perfume and battery acid are loose from the ship and they are looking for missing containers. South African stainless steel producer Columbus Stainless confirmed on Friday that there was at least 1,000 tonnes of nickel on board MSC Napoli.

A hole in the ship flooded the engine room and there’s now fears that the ship will break up. Saturday MSC Napoli was towed to Portland when a ”structural failure” forced the salvage team to beach it. As the storms have continued MSC Napoli has been further damaged.

The authorities have warned people about the pollution, which already has reached the beaches at Devon, but many want to see it on their own. Police have closed Branscombe Beach as more than 20 containers have broken up scattering their contents along the beach.

Sky News reported Sunday that the costs of the accident might be very high as thousands of pounds worth of BMW motorbikes, car parts, empty oak barrels and perfume might get lost in flooding containers.

Earthquake, tsunami combo caused devastation in Pichilemu, Chile

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Pichilemu, Chile – Last Saturday, Chile was hit by a 8.8 earthquake. Many coastal towns were also hit by a tsunami, and Pichilemu was one of them. Its inhabitants were surprised by the giant waves that destroyed the most of the costanera and that reached the city square.

Pichilemu, that means in Mapudungun language small forest, is one of the most famous Chilean resort towns in the central zone of Chile. It is recurrently visited by surfers from all the world, because the Punta de Lobos beach is considered one of the best for surf practice worldwide.

Central Pichilemu was not severely damaged by the earthquake, but the tsunami caused significant destruction. The Fishermen Creek, located in front of the beach, was completely destroyed, and its machines are now unusable. Most of the Agustín Ross architecture that characterized the city, three of them being National Monuments of Chile, were damaged. The Agustín Ross Mirador, a famous location in front of the beach, located less than 200 meters from the Fisherman Creek, was completely destroyed. Its famous balustrades were washed away or thrown asunder. Many restaurants, kiosks and a circus were affected by the tsunami.

The rural parts of Pichilemu, like Ciruelos, Rodeillo and Espinillo feature houses constructed from adobe. Many were more than 100-years old, and were destroyed or are now uninhabitable.

The most powerful aftershock was produced almost 40 kilometers in front of the coast of Pichilemu, at the 03:10 local time (07:10 UTC) in March 2, with an intensity of 5.5 in the Richter scale, according to the USGS.

The Intendant of the O’Higgins Region, Juan Núñez, had a meeting with the Governor of the Cardenal Caro Province, Loreto Puebla, the Mayor of Pichilemu, Roberto Córdova, and naval and military authorities, juntas de vecinos representatives. They decided to leave the Carabineros police force to maintain the security of the city.

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The Arturo Prat square was severely damaged by the earthquake and later by the tsunami. In the left picture, can be seen some kiosks, all of them were destroyed, as can be seen on the right picture.Image: Diego Grez.

A boat that was originally in front of the Fisherman Creek of Pichilemu, was thrown almost a block away by the powerful tsunami that hit Chile last Saturday.Image: Diego Grez.

A fair was located in front of the beach, called Feria Internacional Artesanal, where Peruvian and Chilean craftsman were selling their crafts. All of their premises were destroyed, and later looted by the people that were passing by the costanera.Image: Diego Grez.

This is how looked the Agustín Ross ‘Mirador’ (balcony) in the past. Image: Diego Grez.
The Famous Agustín Ross balcony (mirador), before and after the earthquake and tsunami.Image: Diego Grez.

A strong aftershock was originated around Pichilemu, in March 5, 2010, at 12:34:32 AM at epicenter (03:34:32 AM UTC).Image: USGS.

Harvesting Rainwater And Its Benefits}

Harvesting Rainwater And Its Benefits


Tal Potishman

The UK offers many privileges to its inhabitants, one of them being having easy access to water. Therefore it will be a shock to many to hear that certain parts of England are suffering from water shortages. We are not so invincible after all. It is very easy to take our water for granted.

Rainwater harvesting is collecting rain water that would otherwise go down the gutter. If everyone started harvesting rainwater they will be surprised to learn how much water we will be saving. Rainwater harvesting is a practice that has been around for centuries and is still used around the world. Household-owners are mostly unaware of the advantages associated with rainwater harvesting. For instance if we find ways to preserve rainwater, our water bills will be cut dramatically.

Using the water butt as a means of collecting rainwater

A largely popular method of collecting rainwater is to place a water butt on your down-pipe. Using a water butt is a popular method of harvesting rainwater as it is cost-effective and easy to use. The rainwater can be used for gardening purposes and even car washing. In addition, if you wish, you can fit two water butts next to each other from the same downpipe if you have a big garden.

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If a water butt alone proves to be unsatisfactory, you can always upgrade to a rainwater harvesting pump and filter. This pump is beneficial as it creates a pressurised system that can then be used in conjunction with a hosepipe. It can be useful for watering your garden or washing the car using a hosepipe.

How can I use the rainwater?

The rainwater can be used for a wide variety of outdoor purposes such as watering the garden, or cleaning windows. If the end result is the same then why not use rainwater instead of mains water? Rainwater harvesting has other benefits too. For instance, the rainwater encourages less build-up of calcium deposits in appliances.

The use of rainwater around the house

Once the rainwater is filtered, it can even be used around the house to supply toilets or washing machines. However, it is important for the rainwater to be filtered and siphoned in order to make it suitable as a source of non-drinking water.

In deciding which tank to install next to your house, you should think about a few things. The type of area you live in, the number of people that are living with you, and the amount of water that will be used all play a big part. The procedure is then as follows; once the correct tank has been installed the rainwater is then filtered and pumped into a header tank in the loft of your home where it is distributed into a household and non-drinking supply. Do not be surprised to learn that some modifications will need to be done to your existing plumbing. This is essential so that the rainwater supply will be separate from your fresh water supply.

Some final thoughts

With water rates continuing to be on the rise, it seems that more people are considering the rainwater harvesting option. If more of us realised that we do not need to use water from the mains supply for many of the domestic chores, we would save a lot of water. There are many long-term benefits of rainwater harvesting, therefore it is an option that should not be lightly dismissed.

Tal Potishman, editor of Heating Central, writes articles about

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, boilers,

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, underfloor heating and solar thermal. He specializes in helping save money by advising on efficient heating.

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CanadaVOTES: NDP candidate Max Lombardi running in Cambridge

Friday, September 26, 2008

On October 14, 2008, Canadians will be heading to the polls for the federal election. New Democratic Party candidate Max Lombardi is standing for election in the riding of Cambridge. Lombardi is an information technology specialist who has lived in Cambridge for 25 years.

Held since 2004 by Conservative Gary Goodyear, the riding of Cambridge includes the city of Cambridge, Ontario and the Township of North Dumfries, Ontario. Also running in the riding are Gord Zeilstra (Liberal) and Scott Cosman (Green).

Wikinews contacted Max Lombardi, to talk about the issues facing Canadians, and what they and their party would do to address them. Wikinews is in the process of contacting every candidate, in every riding across the country, no matter their political stripe. All interviews are conducted over e-mail, and interviews are published unedited, allowing candidates to impart their full message to our readers, uninterrupted.

For more information, visit the campaign’s official website, listed below.

Semapedia introduced to Africa: Powered by “Made in Ghana” technology

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Friday, April 7, 2006

Accra — The Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre for Excellence in ICT introduced the Semacode technology and the Semapedia application to a segment of the Ghanaian public in a presentation delivered by Guido Sohne, Developer-In-Residence at the Centre and Chief Software Architect of CoreNett Ltd, a Ghanaian electronic transaction processing company.

Introduced for the first time in Africa, Semapedia is a way of associating Internet sites with physical barcodes that can be read by cameraphones, enabling one to look up information about physical objects quickly and easily.


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How to Watch Satellite TV on My PC?


Niel Smith

How can I obtain to watch free satellite TV on PC

Here are a lot of ways that one can get TV on their PC for free of charge. Watching TV on your PC is the most suitable method to watch your favorite TV shows in private and at your ease. Most Americans spend over 16% of their time in a day watching TV. TV is so an unquestionably significant fraction of your life. You can obtain satellite TV on your PC from side to side three major ways including;

Accessing free satellite TV websites

Here are websites out there in the internet dedicated to give free satellite TV online. All one has to perform is to register here email and log on to one of a lot of TV channels offered by all website. These are totally free TV websites that do not need you to pay a start up fee.

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The free of charge sat TV websites are thus available from side to side out the world during the internet. This Free Broadband high speed internet TV is one of the preferred way to way. The only limit is that most of the times it doesn’t work due to the high demand world wide for free of charge internet TV.

Free satellite TV through PCTV cards for computers

PC TV cards are cheap PC gadgets that are slotted in your PC and allow you to watch free to air TV in your country. These computer TV cards are sometimes completed to be gifted to right to use free internet TV. You will however require to be linked to the internet.

You can walk into any PC hardware store and buy the typically less than $20 PCTV cards for you PC or laptop. The computer TV cards will require you to attach an external aerial and plug it to the antennae harbor of the card.

The computer TV cards as well come with a TV tuner and radio ports. You will so be capable to work as you watch free TV or listening to the radio station’s tune as I am doing as I write this article. The diversity of the PC TV is however restricted to the locally obtainable TV and radio stations in your state.

Watching free satellite TV through PCTV software

The mainly recent technology in satellite TV for computers is from side to side the cheap PC software. The TV software for computers comes with a huge number of TV networks. These are software’s that are developed to allow you to link to the internet TV services.

These high value free PC TV programs come with over 3000 TV channels and some 1500 radio channels. They give you with radio and TV stations from over 70 countries about the world which means satellite TV can as well be accessed in dissimilar languages.

Satellite TV from the PC TV software’s come in such languages as English, Spanish, Swedish, Finnish, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Dutch and a lot of other North American TV channels. Some of the favorite sport channels obtainable include ESPN USA sports, Euro sports amid a lot of others.

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Researchers: Wild gorillas seen using tools

Saturday, October 1, 2005

Wild gorillas were seen using tools, researchers for the U.S. based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) said.

Images show one female gorilla apparently using sticks to test the depth of water, another female made a bridge with a stump detached from a bush to help her cross muddy ground, and a female using a stump from a bush as support as she dug for herbs.

Thomas Breuer, of the WCS operating in the Republic of the Congo, called the discovery “truly astounding” and added that it was “quite surprising to me and my team to make this observation”. Only wild chimps, orangutans, and captive gorillas were previously known to use tools, meaning that now all of the four great apes were oberserved using tools, suggesting that the usage of tools might predate the evolution of modern humans.

But, tool usage seems to be infrequent among wild gorillas. They were observed for some ten years in the Mbeli Bai area before this discovery was made.

Nevertheless, Breuer is fascinated by what he calls a “similarity” between humans and gorillas: “If you or me want to cross a swamp, we use the same solutions as gorillas.”

Gorillas are an endangered species; they appear on the Red List of IUCN.

Dell recalls potentially incendiary laptop batteries

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Dell, the world’s largest manufactuer of home computers, is recalling 4.1 million lithium batteries used in laptop computers because of the risk of their bursting into flame. There have been at least six incidents since December of laptops catching fire because of overheated batteries.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission in the United States says it is the largest recall of electronic products in its history. Scott Wolfson, spokesperson for the CPSC, says the affected laptops should only be run off of a power cord and not the battery. Dell says that the computers are safe to use if the batteries are removed entirely.

At risk are those Dell Latitude, Inspiron, XPS and Precision laptops shipped between April 2004 and July 2006.

“In rare cases, a short-circuit could cause the battery to overheat, causing a risk of smoke and or fire,” said Dell spokesman Ira Williams.

“It happens in rare cases but we opted to take this broad action immediately.”

Customers with concerns can call a special toll free number, 1-866-342-0011 or go to to determine if their batteries are subject to the recall.