Our PCBs Solutions:
- Site assessments of PCB locations
- Abatement Specifications
- Inspections and monitoring
What are PCBs?
PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) have been used as coolants and insulating fluids commonly known as transformer oils, as well as in cutting oils, flame retardants, lubricating oils, hydraulic fluids, fluorescent light fittings, electrical wiring and electronic components, pesticides, paints and cements, caulking sealants, adhesives, wood floor finishes, de-dusting agents, water-proofing compounds, casting agents, vacuum pump fluids, surgical implants, and auto-copying paper. Their commercial utility was based largely on their chemical stability, including low flammability, and favorable physical properties, such as electrical insulating properties.
PCBs use and disposal have polluted our environment. They are likely carcinogens with a potential adverse impact to the environment. Despite all international efforts PCBs are still present in the environment.
Symptoms of PCBs effects to human health are: dermal and ocular lesions, irregular menstrual cycles, lower immune response, fatigue, headaches, cough and cognitive problems in children. PCBs have been associated with cancer in humans (e.g. liver cancer and breast).
PCBs can be disposed of by three different methods: physical (incineration, ultrasound, irradiation and pyrolysis), microbial, and chemical destruction.