Since July 30, 2009, companies have been facing lawsuits for distributing Toxic Chinese Drywall. These companies include Chinese based manufacturers, as well as importers, developers and builders, contractors, suppliers and others. There have been hundreds of cases reported involving property damage and health problems.
As a Product Safety Specialist, it is important to be aware of the side effects and problems provoked by this product, especially when dealing with related cases in Florida, Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia and Virginia since these states have been impacted at the highest rate. Reports show that the Chinese drywall leaks corrosive chemicals that turn copper tubing black, causes the failure of air conditioning coils exposed to the drywall, causes corrotin on mirrors and fixtures, smells of sulfur, and causes respiratory problems, premature aging, nose bleeds, and headaches from airborne compounds.
Florida Inspectors argue that homes built between 2000-2007 should be tested for the contaminated drywall before they are sold. Inspection firms will test the indoor air quality to prevent the purchase of a contaminated home. A recent report shows that complaints about this product are on the rise in Arizona and California.
An example of how the drywall was produced and how it might have become toxic was reported on lawyersandsettlements.com, the gypsum materials used was filtering media in smoke stacks of coal-fired power plants to reduce air pollution. This combination will create gas releasing sulfuric acid.
According to Sean Wajert on August 25, 2010, The Georgia Superior Court has preliminarily approved a $6.5 million settlement between the Lowe's home improvement stores and a nationwide proposed class of drywall purchasers. Wajert states in April of 2009, Rep. Robert Wexler, D-Fla., introduced a bill to temporarily ban drywall with high levels of organic compounds. The bill H.R. 1977 would also commission a study on imported Chinese drywall. Sens. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., and Mary Landrieu, D-La., introduced the Senate version of the legislation, the Drywall Safety Act of 2009, recently in the U.S. Senate. The House bill would require the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to create a standard to regulate the composition of drywall.
Although the temporary ban will protect some future consumers, the damage has already been done. There are thousands of pending cases and more that will come to the surface. As a Product Safety Specialist you are responsible for minimizing the risks in the product safety industry by identifying, screening, reviewing and reducing potential problems.Knowing the safety standards and regulations and working with the entities involved will help you to make a difference and hopefully protect consumers in the future. Learn more about becoming a Certified Product Safety Specialist at LNCStat.com
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