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The photo above shows steel chemical drums that we discovered on a residential property during a home inspection. Not only did these steel drums raise a question of possible environmental contamination of this site, even worse, they were uphill and close to a stream, raising a still more broad question of area contamination.

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MSDS Material Safety Data Sheets for various drywall products

MSDS Material Safety Data Sheets for Gases Found in buildings

MSDS Material Safety Data Sheets for Heating Fuels, Heating System Controls, Fuel Oil, Crude Oil, LP Gas, Natural Gas, Methane

See MSDS Sheet for HOME HEATING OIL for our full article on this topic, including exposure limits for exposure to home heating oil in liquid or gas form.

A typical No. 2 home heating oil MSDS document provided by Hess Corporation includes the hazard identification information for home heating oil that we list below. The same document provides information about toxicity levels - the exposure necessary for serious medical effects to be at risk or to actually occur.

See our full discussion of crude oil dispersants at MSDS Sheets for OIL DISPERSANTS or go directly to the individual crude oil dispersant MSDS material safety data sheets listed just below.:

In addition to the MSDS links for Corexit products shown here, we have edited the Complete US EPA Table of Crude Oil Dispersants to add links to individual crude oil dispersant product MSDS in the original US EPA Dispersant list.

"May 19, 2010 Addendum 2 to Dispersant Monitoring and Assessment Directive ("Addendum 2")", to Rear Admiral Mary Landry, Commander, Eighth Cost Guard District, New Orleans LA, and Samuel Coleman, P.E., Director, Superfund Division, Dallas TX, from Douglas J. Suggles, B.P. - letter, PDF (U.S. EPA) discusses a comparison of available oil dispersants and the company's basis for choosing Corexit as the dispersant of choice in the circumstances of the Gulf Oil Spill. The letter makes plain that the need for a quick response combined with the availability of Corexit for that choice.

MSDS Material Safety Data Sheets for Insulation Products

If you are having trouble determining what type of foam insulation product has been installed in a building, see How to Make a Sure Distinction Among UFFI, Icynene, and Latex Foam Insulations for more detail on the identification of these products in the field. And we discuss the reduced risk of mold where icynene is in crawl spaces at Mold risk in Icynene Foam Insulation.

Exposure Limits for Fiberglass Insulation

This and other fiberglass insulation MSDS include fiberglass exposure limits, typically as follows:

Fiberglass Exposure Limits (6599-17-3) [typically found in insulation MSDS]
OSHA PEL: 15 mg/m3 (as total nuisance dust); 5 mg/m3 (as respirable nuisance dust)
ACGIH TLV: 1 f/cc TWA (respirable fibers, length >5 μm, aspect ratio >=3:1, as determined by the membrane filter method at 400-450x magnification [4 mm objective], using phase-contrast illumination) (related to glass wool fibers)
NIOSH REL: 5 mg/m3 as total fibrous glass, or 3 f/cc TWA(fibers <=3.5 μm in diameter and >=10 μm in length)
NAIMA: 1 f/cc (HSPP Voluntary Recommended Exposure Limit)

Information about types of Insulation Products

See UREA FORMALDEHYDE FOAM INSULATION, UFFI for an example of an earlier set of problems with UFFI.

See URETHANE FOAM Deterioration, Outgassing for details about the R-value stability of urethane or polyurethane foam insulation.

Also see MOLD in FOAM INSULATION, RESISTANCE.

Readers concerned about termite damage associated with foam, fiberglass, or other building insulation materials should also
see TERMITE SHIELDS vs TERMITICIDE, and Insects & Foam Insulation.

Also see SLAB INSULATION, PASSIVE SOLAR.

Readers may want to review UFFI, the older foam insulating product that looks a lot like Icynene but has a more problematic history and which we discuss
at HOW to IDENTIFY UFFI FOAM INSULATION

MSDS Material Safety Data Sheets for Wood Construction Products

MSDS Material Safety Data Sheets for Mold Related Products, Mold Sprays, Mold Encapsulants, Mold Paints

At MOLD CLEANERS - WHAT TO USE we describe the basics of how to clean off moldy building surfaces and what simple products to use.

At MOLD SPRAYS, SEALANTS, PAINTS we provide a guide to buying and using fungicidal sprays and sealants, we describe mistakes in use of mold sprays, and we define biocide, disinfectant, sanitizer and related terms.

At DISINFECTANTS & SANITIZERS, SOURCES we list suppliers of biocides, fungicidal sealants, and related mold sprays and cleanup products.

For details about cleaning up mold in buildings, readers should see MOLD CLEANUP GUIDE- HOW TO GET RID OF MOLD.

Readers should also see MOLD CLEANUP with BLEACHand MOLD CLEANUP - WOOD FRAMING & PLYWOOD

and also MOLD CLEANUP MISTAKES to AVOID.

Also see see TRAPPED MOLD BETWEEN WOOD SURFACES for a discussion of the question of need to remove mold from mated and inaccessible building surfaces.

Readers should also see FUNGICIDAL SPRAY & SEALANT USE GUIDE,

see BLEACHING MOLD, Advice about and step by step mold cleanup advice

at MOLD CLEANUP GUIDE- HOW TO GET RID OF MOLD and

also MOLD CLEANUP - MISTAKES to AVOID.

See CRAWL SPACE DRYOUT - home if your building is built over a crawl area.

At DISINFECTANTS & SANITIZERS, SOURCES we give contact information for suppliers of biocides, cleaners, fungicidal sealants, sanitizers, paints that are listed just below.

Other Mold Cleaning Products, Paint Additives, Fungicidal Sealants, Paints, Coatings

MSDS for Test Equipment, Chemicals, Smoke Generators

Smoke Generating Test Product Producers, Suppliers, Main

Pertinent Standards:

MSDS for Specialty Paints, Coatings, Sealers used on buildings

MSDS Material Safety Data Sheets for Septic Dye - Fluroscein Dye

Also see SEPTIC DYE TEST WARNINGS.

MSDS for Septic Tank & RV Holding Tank Chemicals, Additives, Products

MSDS Material Safety Data Sheets for Water Purification Products & Disinfectants & Other Chemicals

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