Our neighbors to the north are looking at chemical exposure limits.
Large demolition contractors that perform industrial/commercial work in Ontario might be on a search to hire staff with chemical and industrial hygiene hazard experience this summer, if a proposed provincial regulation on allowable exposure limits to chemicals on construction sites is passed.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has recently proposed a new rule that may affect you and your customers. It is the “Prohibition of Children’s Toys and Child Care Articles Containing Specified Phthalates.” While the rule is targeted at a specific area, it potentially affects a number of consumer products you may import or distribute. Knowing what may be banned or restricted will allow you to stay ahead of the regulatory curve and help ensure the effective and efficient flow of your products to the market.
I want to thank you on behalf of the Iowa-Nebraska IASIU for participating in our 2015 Training Seminar and Exhibitor Hall. We hope you enjoyed the seminar and were able to make new contacts. We also sincerely appreciate your Gold Sponsorship.
Armstrong’s support of the fraud fighting community through the professional services you offer and your participation in organization events such as ours is very much appreciated!
Thank you again and please let me know if there is anything the Iowa-Nebraska IASIU can do for you in the future.
Auto accident fraud can start to become very expensive not always because of the damage sustained by the vehicle, but because of the medical bills that begin to stack up. There are ways to determine if an uninsured motorist hit the insured’s car or if they just hit a pole in the parking lot through using sensitive microscopical analysis and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) testing. … [Read More]
Materials involved in a fire such as plastics, resins, glues and wood produce a pattern of byproducts as they burn from the combination of fuel, material and heat. Just as gasoline can be identified, the smoke and soot source of a damaged area can be matched through the pattern analysis of aldehydes from fire debris…. [Read More]
Lead, a metal that was heavily used in the past and can still be found in many products today. Because of its widespread presence and toxicity, lead poisoning can have many types of health detriments if inhaled or swallowed. It is increasingly important to establish standards for the amount of lead allowed in products or toys marketed to children. Babies and children are more susceptible to its toxicity, and it can be very harmful to the neurological development of children under 6 (1,2)…. [Read More]
We need to better define forensic science because not all forensic science is like the CSI shows on TV. Forensic science is defined as “The application of scientific knowledge and methodology to legal problems and criminal investigations” (1). We are not usually the legal authority, but we do have expert witnesses available. However, legal professionals often use us for analyses that they then use, interpret, and present in order to make whatever case they are trying to make…. [Read More]
We here in the United States have certain standards that are deemed safe by our governmental protection agencies. These agencies such as OSHA, the CDC, and the EPA, publish certain guidelines that protect individuals from the health effects that come with poor indoor air quality. Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) can be effected by a number of factors: common allergens, mold, radioactive materials, and other things that may be commonly found in indoor settings…. [Read More]
The Chain of Custody is the Rosetta Stone, the Holy Grail. It is that thing from which all answers come.
The Chain of Custody is the reference point for our work here at Armstrong Forensic Laboratory. It tells when you released the sample to us, how you have identified your samples, the types of testing you want on each sample, and many, many other things…. [Read More]
It has come to attention of the State Fire Marshal’s Office that there is a misunderstanding related to the use of “Control,” “Comparison,” and “Exemplar” on evidence submitted to the SFMO Forensic Arson Lab. The following is a clarification of these terms and the limits in which they can be used in lab evidence submittal…. [Read More]
The simple answer to the question: Who owns your sample? Is you. You, as the client are the owner of any sample you send to us for analysis. You have entrusted us with your sample to provide to you accurate results in a timely fashion. In a word, we are the custodians of your sample.
When you fill out a chain of custody you are legally turning over your sample to us so that we can adequately fulfill all of your requests to the best of our ability…. [Read More]
Something to keep in mind when considering subrogation in a bathroom water leak:
A very popular plastic utilized in the manufacture of plumbing is a polyacetal, (polyformaldehyde). The polymer is easily molded and has good deformation characteristics as produced. The polymer (CH2O)n, is attacked and decomposed by the residual chlorine in potable (drinking) water…. [Read More]
There is a dramatic increase in concern recently about the health effects of formaldehyde on the human body comes, in part, from a concern about the amount of formaldehyde in some of the United States’ lumber supply. A recent 60 Minutes episode exposed a lumber company as having “over the legal limit” levels of formaldehyde in their products. While their American made products meet these standards, their Chinese imports do not. … [Read More]
Formaldehyde is a chemical commonly found in manufactured goods such as flooring materials. Some manufacturing materials may contain formaldehyde, ie wood. Typically, it is the glue used in the manufacturing process that contains the formaldehyde and although the off-gassing will diminish over time, there may be elevated levels until the process is complete…. [Read More]
On February 12 the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a report showing that the auto industry recalled nearly 64 million vehicles because of safety problems last year, setting a new record. More vehicles were recalled last year than during the three previous years combined.
As a service to our membership ATAC’s website has been updated with recent recalls related to causing vehicle fires. Hopefully this will be a useful tool when investigating a fire and determining whether the fire was arson or a vehicle with a recall issue.
Check out the updates at http://ataconarson.org/recall.html