"Subodh Das has wealth of experience, particularly in the field of Aluminum, has worked on various assignments in the field of aluminum, sustainability, and environment."

Sachin Satpute
Novelis- Korea

"Subodh is extremely knowledgeable about his space and added tremendous value to an aluminum-related transaction we executed at Houlihan Lokey in 2009. Our metals practice would definitely consider hiring Subodh again for diligence support, operations analysis, industry overviews or other expert assistance within the aluminum and light metals industries."

Michael Jenny
Executive Vice President
Houlihan Lokey

"I have known Subodh for several years as he has made several presentations at Metal Bulletin and American Metal Market conferences including events in Chicago, Detroit, and Vienna. He will also be speaking at our International Aluminium Conference in Bahrain. With many years of experience in diverse roles within the global aluminum industry, Subodh is knowledgeable in the several areas of the aluminum process."

Raju Daswani
Managing Director
Metal Bulletin

"SUBODH developed a creative approach to solve the nation's dependence on foreign oil and brought together a group of Fortune 500 CEOs to implement a successful technology advancement effort in the Aluminum production industry. SUBODH brings a rare combination of charisma and deep technical acumen to the field of energy efficiency and technology development. I would partner with SUBODH any time. He is a dynamo!! When I partnered with SUBODH, I was the Department of Energy official leading the nation's efforts to reduce industrial energy consumption by 25%. SUBODH was the major reason that we achieved our goals in the Aluminum industry."

Buddy Garland
Program Manager
US Department of Energy

"Subodh was a driving force behind the Sloan Center for a Sustainable Aluminum Industry at the University of Kentucky. It was a great pleasure to partner with him on the development of the grant and get the Center off the ground. He has enormous energy and a true passion for his work, is knowledgeable, and exhibited great devotion to his employees. He is a doer and I would gladly work with him again on any project."

Paul Jarley
Dean College of Business
University of Nevada at Las Vegas

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Checking For Asbestos In Popcorn Ceiling

If you want to remove your popcorn ceiling, you should be checking for asbestos in your popcorn ceiling first. The good news is that you are safe in your home - even if asbestos is present in your popcorn ceiling - so long as the popcorn ceiling isn't disturbed. The danger of asbestos occurs when it becomes airborne and is breathed into the lungs. Then, asbestos is known to lead to chronic illnesses that become life-threatening - illnesses such as mesothelioma and lung cancer.

Checking for Asbestos in a Popcorn Ceiling

Asbestos Environmental of Canada is committed to protecting the health of homeowners and our environment. That is why people call us instead of checking for asbestos in their popcorn ceilings by themselves. While it is highly recommended that you employ the services of a professional, such as Asbestos Environmental of Canada to carry out asbestos testing, we are aware that there are some people who will still try to test their own popcorn ceilings themselves rather than paying someone else to do it.

Hiring a professional company to inspect and ultimately remove your popcorn ceiling is the only safe way. But if you are a diehard do-it-yourselfer, and you are resolved to do check your popcorn ceiling for asbestos, you should follow the directions from the US EPA's Asbestos Sampling Collection Guidelines, which reads (in part) as follows:

1. Mist the area lightly with water prior to taking the sample.

2. Using a clean scraping tool, scrape a small amount of the dampened material into a clean zip-lock bag.

3. Tightly seal the bag, and with a clean, damp cloth or paper towel, wipe the outside of the bag clean.

4. Label the bag with, when, and where the sample was taken.

5. Take the sample to a laboratory for analysis.

If you take the DIY approach (which Asbestos Environmental of Canada strongly advises against), you will need a P-100 respirator mask and plastic gloves. You should also lay down a large drop cloth that is long enough and wide enough to catch any potential falling dust - dust that may contain toxic asbestos fibers!

The Cost of Checking for Asbestos in Popcorn Ceilings by Yourself

Another good idea is to shop around for a laboratory to do the testing. This is not only practical so that you have a place to take it immediately after sampling, but also keep in mind that prices vary for asbestos testing. They can be as high as $250 per sample and as low as $40 per sample. This expense can add up very quickly if you are taking multiple samples from different areas of your home as you should.

You may purchase your asbestos testing kits from hardware stores and big-box stores. However, we have found that these kits don't contain the testing. Generally, you get some rubber gloves, a face mask, and some instructions. Then, you still have to pay for testing.

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