Fortunately for the United States, Central Florida is home to the largest known phosphate reserves in the world. Phosphate and its derivatives are essential to continuing life on Earth, based on phosphorus and related nutrients from nitrogen. It is safe to say, phosphate reserves located in the United States are critical to the economy and national security concerns as well.Both the U.S. economy and safety depend on phosphate reserves in the U.S. and around the world. The United States is known to have over seventy percent of the world’s phosphate reserves. Florida reserves are over ninety percent of phosphate reserves found in the U.S. Basically; Central Florida is ground zero for phosphate mega-mining. Phosphate is needed for one’s health, but phosphate mining and fertilizer production are linked to severe illnesses and even death.Historically, Florida’s phosphate industry has little if any oversight from state and federal level officials. Until recently, industry practices were overlooked or regarded as benign to Florida’s environmental health issues. Interestingly, the industry today is alleged to be responsible for the greatest threat to Florida’s environment, based on comments from the Department of Environmental Protection.Phosphate companies have stripped mined central Florida for over 60 years which benefits local economies located near one of the many phosphate mining plants. The industry in central Florida employs hundreds of workers and seems to offer stability for one’s livelihood. From the outside looking in, it appears industry workers have employment longevity to support a comfortable lifestyle. Industry employs many good people and their jobs can be dirty, dusty, smelly, hazardous, and back breaking as well.Florida’s phosphate industry workers seem to have stable incomes and can afford health, dental, and life insurance policies for themselves and their families. Now that health care is affordable, industry workers pay their premiums and begin seeing their doctors for illnesses, checkups, and prescription medicines. Phosphate mining workers now have medical histories and can track their health problems over time, in some cases, years of employment with the industry.One may expect healthy industry workers due to continuous health care over time. However, statistically, research shows industry employees have higher than average adverse health effects, reportedly from exposure to phosphate mining and the production of fertilizers. The primary illnesses with industry workers are respiratory and esophageal health related. (1)Health Threats To Phosphate Industry Workers DocumentedResearch results completed in the late 1980′s, statistically show increased adverse effects on industry workers including higher incidences of respiratory illnesses such as lung cancer and cancers related to the esophagus. Data indicates the longer one works for the phosphate industry; the greater one’s risk to become ill due to respiratory, esophageal, and radiation poisoning issues. This is called a “dose-response relationship” (2). Historically; the mortality rate for phosphate industry workers is much higher than Florida’s state average mortality rate for similar illnesses and ages. The research also considers similar habits such as smoking or chewing tobacco. The illnesses discussed here are related to respiratory, throat, and radiation exposure as well. (1) The research reflects phosphate industry workers employed for longer than eleven months.Research indicates employees directly exposed to the process of producing fertilizer from phosphate are the industry workers most likely to display adverse effects concerning respiratory illnesses and diseases related to alpha and gamma radiation emissions. The emissions are based on uranium and radium existing in fertilizer production waste by-products. Research displays the further away one’s job is from the production of fertilizer; the less likely one will contract related illnesses. The statistics show a greater number of illnesses directly linked by one’s proximity to the manufacture of fertilizer from phosphate.Florida’s phosphate industry offers employment stability for local economies adjacent to mining facilities. However, phosphate industry employees may be at risk for serious respiratory and esophageal illnesses due to their proximity to the production of fertilizer.Reference1. Cancer Morbidity and Mortality in Phosphate Workers1, Departments of Epidemiology [G. B., G. M. A/., R. S.] and Environmental Health Sciences [T. M.J, The Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health,Baltimore, Maryland 212052. [CANCER RESEARCH 48. 7298-7303. December 15. 1988]
For anyone thinking about starting a new business or for anyone with an already established business, the issues of short and long-term costs and the benefits of various types of equipment are a constant consideration. It can be hard for new companies to spend a little more on top quality equipment, but in the long run, the investment in quality equipment will save the company money and aggravation.We can take the industrial and commercial cleaning industry as a perfect example of this idea. Many cleaning companies are still doing things the old-fashioned way in order to save money. What these companies have not yet realized is that the long-term benefits of top quality industrial vacuum cleaners far outweigh the short-term savings they are receiving from sub-standard methods and equipment.What Are Some Long-Term Benefits of Industrial Vacuum Cleaners?It can be difficult to believe that there are still cleaning companies that use brooms, mops or compressed air to do their cleaning. For these companies, the initial cost of investing in quality vacuum cleaners for their industrial cleaning jobs may seem to be prohibitive, but in reality, the benefits to the company are practically endless. Let’s take a brief look at some of the long-term benefits of using top-quality vacuum cleaners in the industrial cleaning business.• Old-fashioned cleaning methods such as mops and brooms may be fine for small areas, but for large industrial cleaning areas, they are not practical, cost effective or sanitary. Mops do not clean thoroughly and they can leave dirt and residue behind. Brooms stir up dust, small particles, and allergens that often end up remaining in the air and on the floor. Air compressors are ineffective as well. With health and safety standards becoming stricter every year, a company using sub-standard equipment can expect fines and added expenses deriving from employee health issues. Industrial vacuum cleaners can eliminate these health issues because they are extremely effective cleaning tools. These types of vacuums clean without spreading debris and dust, and most come with a HEPA filter that gets rid of many small particles and allergens.• Purchasing top quality vacuum cleaners for your business can have a myriad of other benefits in addition to health benefits. For one thing, less manpower is required when a company uses industrial vacuum cleaners, and this can add up to a substantial savings in the company’s labor costs. Another benefit is that the time it takes to clean an area is dramatically reduced and that means the potential for a company to take on more cleaning jobs per day. More cleaning job opportunities can mean more income for the company.The long-term benefits of purchasing good quality vacuum cleaners for your industrial cleaning company far outweigh the often, substantial initial purchase price. Industrial vacuum cleaners meet with strict health and safety standards so you save on fines and health-care costs, and they save on labor costs and cleaning times.