Home Improvement Projects for the New Year

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Motivated by the sense of a fresh start for tackling those home improvement projects that never got done the year before, many DIYers have a wish list of to-dos primarily inspired by the latest trends in design and remodeling. Your to-do list can be done with a little know how and a lot of planning. Follow this link for some pointers on some of the most common DIY projects being tackled this year. Everything from garage organization systems, to updating lighting, and renovations in the kitchen and bath. http://www.doityourself.com/stry/5-home-improvement-projects-for-the-new-year?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_source=ExactTarget&utm_campaign=#.UTZljlcUN2R For great DIY tips on everything to do with paint, stains, and refinishing projects subscribe to the EcoSolve Blog. We have information coming out of our ears on ways to save money, work safe, and work smart on all kinds of DIY home projects. Get the info you need to get the job done right! http://cfisher-courtneysblog.blogspot.ca/

 

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Dealing with Industrial Toxic Chemicals Before the Damage is Done

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Many people in building and industrial industry still unknowingly work with products that can potentially damage their health. Very often this is simply due to employers ignorance on hazardous chemicals and consequently their failure to look for safer alternatives. Dichloromethane also known as methylene chloride is a particularly dangerous solvent. Apart from being proven to cause damage to the blood, the nervous system, the liver, the eyes and the skin, if used long-term, methylene chloride can cause cancer. In 2002, a 34-year-old man died through methylene chloride inhalation and several others had to be treated in hospital. Similar deaths have occurred since then in fact over 50 deaths have been documented since the 1980s involving methylene chloride. This is no doubt a deadly chemical, which is most effective in its use as a paint stripper. Other uses of this hazardous solvent include its contribution to cleaning agents and degreasers in a variety of industries, a fumigant for strawberries and grains, extracting substances from foodstuffs, weld spatter control products, and more. The potential for claims against employers that allow their employees to use products containing methylene chloride and similarly dangerous chemicals is extremely high. There is no known insurance company that will provide liability insurance against the use or sale of any product that has ‘methylene chloride’ or ‘carcinogenic’ on the label. Conscientious employers should not need to worry about the threat of litigation. As long as they take necessary precautions or eliminate the use of methylene chloride, they will achieve a healthier and more productive workforce. For full article follow link http://www.theworks-works.com/press/dealing%20with%20Di-chloromethane.pdf See how this company benefited from eliminating the use of methylene chloride from their automotive sector including huge yearly savings by switching to an Eco-friendly alternative http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnPxMDCIkBA There are simply too many safer alternatives available that effectively replace methylene chloride for industrial and building purposes to warrant the continued use of this carcinogenic solvent. Companies like EcoSolve Americas and Eco Solutions have worked tirelessly to develop some of the best paint removal alternatives available today. Industrial grade performance without the negative effects of  hazardous chemicals like methylene chloride. Visit these sites per your location for any where in North America visit EcoSolve Americas Inc http://www.ecosolveamericas.com for international locations visit Eco Solutions UK http://www.ecosolutions.co.uk/ replace methylene chloride with tough not toxic alternatives!

Health and Safety Tips when Painting

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Painting your home should be a fun and rewarding as well as a risk-free experience. There are some easy steps you can follow to make your next painting project a safe one. One of the first things you should do before anything else is read the paint can label. Always take note of any cautions or potential dangers indicated on the paint can this will allow you to prep the room accordingly. Know the risks of lead exposure this can occur if you are working on a home built before 1970 there is a chance that there may be lead-based paint on the walls and trim. All paint you can purchase today is lead free but still can contain chemicals that can effect your health. It is important to use protective equipment when painting to protect your eyes, lungs and skin from damage that could be caused by these chemicals. Most paint jobs will require the use of a ladder. Ladder safety is also important to minimize the likelihood of common ladder-related accidents. Once your done proper paint disposal and recycling can help protect the environment from paint chemical pollution. Exposure to paints can cause many health problems. Sometimes these are noticeable right away and sometimes the reaction to the overexposure isn’t observed until later. Knowing the negative health effects of certain types of paint can prevent you from overexposure at the first sign of symptoms. For a list of common health effects, symptoms, and details on all of the points mentioned please follow this link for full article http://www.quotify.com.au/painting/buyer-guides/health-and-safety-tips-paint-disposal-fumes-etc If you need to remove old, damaged, or lead contaminated paint before you can roll on a fresh coat make sure you do it safely. Many paint removal products are extremely hazardous and lead paint removal when not done properly can pose serious health threats to yourself and anyone in the vicinity of your project. Its recommend that you have an RRP Certified contractor remove lead paint from your home when ever possible. There are safe alternatives to paint removal that do not require hazardous chemicals and can effectively remove all types of paint including lead based paint (when proper safety procedures are used) safely. EcoSolve Americas has water based technology that replaces harsh solvents and caustics commonly found in chemical paint strippers. The Tough Not Toxic brand of paint removal products from EcoSolve are fume free, easily neutralized with water, and will not damage the surface your stripping. Visit the EcoSolve website for more details on safe solutions to paint removal and where to buy http://www.ecosolveamericas.com/ All paint projects can be done safely with a little patience and a lot of know how, subscribe to the EcoSolve Blog for more great tips on everything paint related.  http://cfisher-courtneysblog.blogspot.ca/

Home Strip Paint and Varnish Remover

Home Strip Paint and Varnish Remover is the water based gel paint stripper everyone is trying. Now you can do your paint removal projects all year round with safe products from EcoSolve Americas. Home Strip Paint and Varnish Remover can be safely used indoors with minimal ventilation because not only is it solvent and caustic free its EcoLogo Certified as a safe alternative to chemical paint stripping. No toxic fumes or burn hazards and you can get the results your looking for. Find out more about Home Strip, other safe solutions from EcoSolve, and where to buy please visit http://www.ecosolveamericas.com/

Home Strip Paint and Varnish Remover can safely remove multiple coatings and finishes including

  • Lead-based paints (with lead safe work practices)
  • Oil-based paints
  • Solvent-based paints
  • Water-based paints & emulsions Polyurethane’s
  • Stains
  • Varnishes and waxes
  • Fire-resistant paints
  • Certain plastic coatings
  • Rust-preventative surface coatings and more

Home Strip Paint and Varnish Remover can safely remove these types of coatings and more from all types of surfaces with no damage to the substrate including

  • All hard woods
  • All soft woods
  • All metals, including soft metals such as Aluminum, brass and copper.
  • Stone (including very soft porous stone)
  • Brick
  • Marble
  • Concrete
  • Plastered surfaces
  • Most plastics and fiberglass

Visit our website for more info and where to buy http://www.ecosolveamericas.com and like us on Facebook! http://www.facebook.com/EcosolveAmericas

Sign This Petition and BAN Toxic Chemicals from Our Products

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Despite decades of knowledge about toxic health effects from chemicals like methylene chloride they remain poorly regulated. Protecting people from carcinogenic chemicals like methylene chloride can prevent cancer and save lives. Sign this petition today if you think methylene chloride should be banned from consumer products now! Follow this link and sign now together we can make a difference! https://www.change.org/en-CA/petitions/federal-minister-of-health-ban-the-use-of-methylene-chloride-in-products-for-consumer-use?utm_campaign=mailto_link&utm_medium=email&utm_source=share_petition Methylene chloride is considered by many regulatory agencies to cause cancer and has been linked to to over 50 worker deaths in North America since the mid-1980s. This chemical regularly used as a solvent is banned from many uses in Europe yet still available in multiple products for consumer use in North America. Cancer in people caused by methylene chloride can take years to develop and is more difficult to document. This small win can open the doors to much bigger change to regulations regarding the chemicals in our everyday products together we can do it!

Methylene Chloride MSDS: Read Between the Lines

The following sections are pulled from the Material Safety Data Sheets for Methylene Chloride prepared by Science Lab
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Potential Chronic Health Effects: CARCINOGENIC EFFECTS: Classified + Proven by Occupational Safety & Health Administration (US). Classified 2B (Possible for human.) by International Agency for Research on Cancer (UN). The substance is toxic to lungs, the nervous system, liver, mucous membranes, central nervous system. Repeated or prolonged exposure to the substance can produce target organs damage.

Other Toxic Effects on Humans: Very hazardous in case of eye contact (irritant), ingestion, or inhalation. Hazardous in case of skin contact (irritant, permeator). Inflammation of the eye is characterized by redness, watering, and itching.

Special Remarks on Chronic Effects on Humans: Human: passes through the placenta, excreted in maternal milk.

Products of Bio degradation: Possibly hazardous short term degradation products are not likely. However, long term degradation products may arise.

Toxicity of the Products of Bio degradation: The products of degradation are more toxic.

For full MSDS document http://www.phy.duke.edu/research/photon/qelectron/dichloromethane_msds.pdf

Methylene Chloride can be found in numerous consumer products available for purchase in North America including: spray shoe polish, water repellents, spot removers, wood floor and panel cleaners, adhesive removers, lubricants, wood stains, varnishes and finishes, paint strippers and graffiti removal products, rust removers, glass frosting/artificial snow, and some automotive parts cleaning products.

If you want your voice to heard sign this petition to the Federal Minister of Health to ban the use of methylene chloride in consumer products now! http://www.change.org/en-CA/petitions/federal-minister-of-health-ban-the-use-of-methylene-chloride-in-products-for-consumer-use

 

 

Graffiti Go!

Graffiti Go can clean up and remove all types of graffiti damage safely from multiple surfaces! Watch this product demo and see Graffiti Go inaction fast and effective replacing harsh cleaners and solvents. Graffiti Go is water based product from EcoSolve Americas and EcoLogo Certified as a safe alternative to chemical paint removal. This easy to use all-round product simultaneously does the work for which several different products would have been necessary in the past. With no fume or burn hazards Graffiti Go can be safely used anywhere by anyone with the quality performance you would expect from EcoSolve.

Graffiti Go will remove…

  • All paints including car spray paints
  • A wide variety of decals
  • Graffiti shadow
  • Leather dye
  • Marker pens
  • Crayons
  • Fly-posters
  • Chewing gum and more!!!

Make your work space a safe place with Graffiti Go! For info on Graffiti Go and other safe solutions from EcoSolve please visit http://www.ecosolveamericas.com