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Why partner with a woman owned business?

For almost 30 years Environmental Testing and Consulting has been a woman-owned business. After a lengthy national certification process, we’re thrilled to announce our WBENC Status! ETC is a proud WBENC partner, and believes in this program. This program allows ETC to increase the worth of our partnerships with old and new clients alike!

So here’s 3 overlooked benefits of pairing with a WBENC certified business!

1.) Revitalize your bottom line. These days most companies have some sort of Supplier Diversity program. As a part of these programs, they are looking to bring in business partners that are diverse.
By partnering with WBENC businesses, you increase your appeal to larger corporations with Supplier Diversity requirements.
2.) Tax Incentives
The US government offers tax breaks for companies who do business with minority and women-owned companies. There is also a second tax incentive that is lesser known. When work is paid for by a federal loan or grant, there are incentives to using women-owned businesses. There may also be state and local incentives that focus on supplier diversity!
3.) Get the word out!
When you partner with a WBENC company it may give you a competitive advantage in the future. Corporations and suppliers look for companies that work with WBE’s.  Not to mention Second Tier Sourcing! Second Tier Sourcing is subcontracting suppliers to support a prime contractors fulfillment.  
By utilizing women-owned businesses, companies show their commitment to fostering diversity. This is important when doing business with large corporations, government agencies, etc. Not to mention, women-owned businesses love to do business with one another and support the cause one of the widest growing demographics in the nation!
By partnering and subcontracting a WBENC company, you may appeal to fortune 500 companies with strict diversity plans!


Quora Questions Vol.2 : Does cement contain asbestos?

It can, but not all cement and concrete mixes do.  While asbestos was once used in a whole slew of applications, usually it is – not- found in most poured concrete. (Most. There are always exceptions and one should always get a material tested before demolishing.).  Asbestos was found in cement building materials such as Pipe cement, mortars, Transite and wallboard systems, and  If asbestos is to be found in cement, it’s typically in a building material. It is commonly seen in pipe cement, as well as in concrete/cement mixture that’s found within transite or wall board systems, or even as ‘asbestos brick’ in the United States. In other countries, it can be commonly found in ‘pressed concrete’ wall boards, and other materials. Basically , if you’re doing renovations and need to destroy any of the following :

Some of the standard cement ACMs were:

  • Powder for masonry mortar and binding cement.
  • Foundation and building support cement.
  • Cement roofing, flooring and siding materials.
  • Pressure pipe and drainage products.
  • Gutters and downspouts.
  • Fire control bricks, chimney flues, and heat shields.
  • Asbestos-cement sheets.
  • Insulation and acoustic inhibitors.
  • Roofs- typically on industrial or farmyard buildings.
  • Flat sheets for house walls and ceilings
  • Battens used to cover the joints in fibro sheets.
  • “Super Six” corrugated roof sheeting and fencing.
  • Internal wet area sheeting, “Tilux”
  • Pipes of various sizes for water reticulation and drainage. Drainage pipes tend to be made of pitch fibre, with asbestos cement added to strengthen.[7]
  • Moulded products ranging from plant pots, roofing, to outdoor telephone cabinet roofs and cable pits.

Or if you find work or currently work, or have worked  in one of these fields :

Remember :

Asbestos is microscopic, and it’s impossible to tell if a material contains it without having PLM bulk sampling. Even if you aren’t dealing with Asbestos when handling concrete, you should remember that there are other safety risks involved, and use precaution. Respirable Silica is potentially just as hazardous as asbestos, and silica -is- in all concrete type materials.


Quora Questions Vol.1 : Do All Popcorn Ceilings Have Asbestos?

Here at ETC we believe information is utterly invaluable.   That’s why we do what we can to educate the public with simple answers to fairly simple safety questions to increase public safety overall. is a wellspring of random questions, and many are about Asbestos , Lead , and Mold.  We’ve taken the initiative to try to answer some of these questions while sharing some of the better ones here on our website!

NOPE!  Contrary to popular thought, not all ‘Popcorn’ style ceilings contain asbestos.  Problem is, some do. So how do you know if you’re working with a substance that contains asbestos or not? You Don’t. It is literally impossible to tell which popcorn ceilings do and do not have asbestos with the naked eye.

“Literally”, Literally.  This is because asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral, that is prized for its tensile strength and lack of flammability.  Asbestos crystals form in long thin fibers that are generally fluffy and can range in color from white to blue.    These microscopic fibers are what causes lung damage, as they are made airborne when disturbed.  Theses jagged fibers can get sucked into the lungs when we breathe and can cause a wide array of problems.

But isn’t there a cut off date for Asbestos safe homes?  Not Really.

Unlike lead that was outlawed from paint and petrol in 1978,  the United States has never outlawed Asbestos .

 Asbestos is still used in industrial applications, while some of the more frivolous applications have been tapered down. While we don’t see asbestos baby bottle warmers or gloves anymore, we still see asbestos in building materials and some automobile parts.

So how do you know if your popcorn ceiling has asbestos?  The good news is it’s cheap, and relatively easy to get a sample tested to be certain before you remove the material. Analysis, before you remove, is FAR more cost effective than testing and cleaning after improper removal. Taking a sample is pretty safe and simple. Here’s a great video showing how to take a popcorn ceiling sample quick, safely and easily.  After you’ve taken the sample give ETL a call and we’ll be glad to get your samples analyzed.  Our NVLAP accredited lab is highly competitive in pricing and specializes in helping homeowners!