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Improper Handling of Asbestos in Commercial Properties

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Many commercial properties still contain asbestos and are leaving their workers at risk for asbestos exposure. We are finding newer buildings that contain asbestos; we once thought only older buildings were a threat. With this new information, we are lucky to have asbestos demolition regulations that protect us from potential exposures. Unfortunately, we are seeing cases of companies mishandling asbestos-containing materials. This is extremely dangerous. It is illegal to destroy a building without first having it tested for asbestos. If there is asbestos, it must be removed by a professional. These are punishable offenses, as unsuspecting people could be exposed to asbestos. Asbestos causes cancer and other debilitating diseases.

Commercial Properties and Asbestos Removal Before Demolition

Older buildings are being torn down at an alarming rate to build more modern properties. While this is great for the economy, it can be harmful to the workers. Many older buildings contain asbestos. If the building does contain asbestos, an asbestos abatement professional is needed for the safe demolition of the property. Asbestos Abatement professionals seal off the areas that contain asbestos and remove it. This is done with specialized equipment, masks, and suits for the protection of everyone in the area.

Asbestos can float through the air during demolition and enter the homes of people in the area, causing asbestos exposure. Dust from demolitions can travel great distances. This can cause entire neighborhoods to become exposed to asbestos, possibly. Even with the laws and regulations, we are seeing companies bypass the asbestos abatement professionals. This is putting many people at risk. If you own a business, we urge you to have an asbestos test completed and to follow all laws and regulations when it comes to asbestos removal and demolition. It is best to understand all laws and regulations that may be part of your commercial property.

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What is the AHERA, and Does it Offer Protection from Asbestos?

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Asbestos is a hazard to our society, but luckily, some laws and regulations are put in place to protect us. The AHERA, which is the Asbestos Hazardous Emergency Response Act, was put into action to safeguard better those that could become exposed to asbestos in schools. The AHERA was enacted in 1986 and is under the TSCA. Asbestos has long been an issue in schools across the United States. This asbestos can pose an extreme hazard to teachers, students, and other school employees.

What is the AHERA?

Under the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act, all schools are required to take certain precautions. Below, we will discuss the main parts of the AHERA.

Private and Public schools must complete an inspection to see if any asbestos-containing materials are present. If so, they will need to do inspections every 3 years on all asbestos-containing materials.

They must develop a management plan that will need to be updated and maintained. A copy of the asbestos management plan must be kept at the school and used regularly.

If the school has asbestos on the property, they are required to notify teachers, parents, and employees of the asbestos and the asbestos management plan. They will also need to explain any asbestos-related actions that are planned to take place. This could be removing asbestos from a specific area of the school.

Regular checks of the asbestos-containing materials will need to be completed. If anything has changed, it will need to be documented and discussed.

All individuals inspecting the asbestos should be trained and licensed in asbestos removal.

All members of the staff should have asbestos-awareness training to ensure proper protocols.

In the event asbestos-containing materials are worn or damaged, it will need to be determined if they pose a risk to anyone on the property. If so, an asbestos abatement professional will need to be hired for the safe removal of the asbestos from the school.

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Commercial Properties and Asbestos Removal

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Commercial properties are the most commonplace to find asbestos-containing materials. Many commercial properties throughout the U.S. are older. These older buildings were built in the 80s and 90s. During this time, asbestos was still being used in materials, and there were now laws or regulations governing asbestos. While many older commercial properties have had remodels completed, it is showing many still have asbestos. Asbestos in commercial properties is often large-scale. The larger the area, the more asbestos materials are present. When dealing with commercial properties, specific steps must be taken.

Asbestos Inspections

The first order of business is to complete an asbestos inspection and test of the property. The asbestos inspection can take days, depending on the size of the property. During the inspection, samples will be taken from all areas of the commercial property. Once the samples are gathered, they will be sent to a special lab for testing. Asbestos testing is the only way to determine if your building has asbestos fibers present.

Asbestos Removal

If there are asbestos fibers on the property, they will need to be removed. Commercial properties are usually open and must keep operating when asbestos removal takes place. If this is the case, the asbestos removal process can take weeks to complete. During asbestos removal, areas are sealed off completely. These areas are then worked on, and all asbestos is removed. Once removed, the area is reopened after an inspection. Asbestos removal must be done in a manner where no asbestos fibers can escape and that they are disposed of properly. Doing this in an operating building takes time, as it is crucial that the areas are fully sealed and that no asbestos fibers escape the area. Asbestos fibers cant be seen, so extra precautions must be taken. Once the entire building is completed, an asbestos inspection is once again done to ensure all asbestos-containing materials have been removed.

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Asbestos Removal During the Spring – Is it a Good Idea?

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Asbestos removal is completed daily across the country. Even during the dead of winter asbestos removal is occurring. The question remains, is it best to have asbestos removed at a specific time of year? Of course, we all want perfect weather when doing our jobs, but that is not always the case. Asbestos is a serious and life-threatening fiber, meaning we complete asbestos removal year-round. Winter is difficult when trying to remove asbestos from roofing or siding, but indoor asbestos removal is not affected by the weather.

Spring Asbestos Removal

Spring is a beautiful time of year and perfect weather for asbestos removal. If you have asbestos on your property, you should never wait for a specific time of year to have it removed. By waiting, you are increasing the chances that you become exposed to asbestos. Asbestos exposure is extremely hazardous to your health. Asbestos exposure can cause:

  • Mesothelioma
  • Asbestosis
  • Pleural Thickening
  • Lung Cancer
  • Severe Respiratory Illnesses

As you can see, asbestos exposure can cause life-threatening illnesses, including death. As asbestos abatement removal specialists, we never want you to wait to have asbestos removed from your home or business. The risks of becoming exposed are too high.

If you know your property has asbestos-containing materials, they should be removed as soon as possible. We know that things happen, and money can be an issue, but the asbestos must be removed quickly. Asbestos fibers can quickly spread through your house as materials break down or become damaged. This can cause an entire family to become exposed to asbestos.

Asbestos removal professionals will work closely with the client to ensure their safety in removing the asbestos. During asbestos removal, the home will need to be vacated, as areas will need to be sealed off for the safe removal of the asbestos. Once completed, you will be able to return to your home and know it is asbestos-free!

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What Types of Asbestos Could Be Inside My Home?

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Asbestos could be lurking in and around your home, and you would never know! Asbestos cannot be seen without a microscope, and it is impossible to know if it is part of your construction materials, unless an asbestos test is completed. This makes asbestos inside your home very dangerous. Asbestos fibers become disturbed through remodels, general wear and tear, and home disasters. Once the asbestos-containing materials become disturbed, they can move from room to room and expose your family.

Asbestos fibers can cause lung cancer, mesothelioma, asbestosis, and other dangerous respiratory diseases. Below we will discuss the types of asbestos that could be inside your home.

Amosite

The second most common type of asbestos fiber is called amosite. It has been used for centuries in different types of materials. Amosite is a sharp type of asbestos fiber that can easily become stuck inside your lung’s stomach, where it will sit for years until symptoms show. Amosite was used in construction materials and different consumer products.

Chrysotile

The most common type of asbestos fiber is called chrysotile. It was used in many different types of materials over the years, including insulation. This type of asbestos can be found on over 90% of homes and buildings throughout the United States. The fibers are bendy and somewhat white in color. Many workers still come into contact with chrysotile daily. It is a hazardous type of asbestos.

Tremolite

Tremolite is not as common as amosite and chrysotile, but it has still been used in many products over the years. Tremolite fibers resemble amosite. They are also sharp but can come in different hues.

All six types of asbestos are dangerous, but the above three were used in construction, consumer products, and textiles throughout the years. If your home is older, it is vital that you have it tested for asbestos. Asbestos is known to cause many types of cancer and can lead to death.

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Asbestos and Our Futures

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It is 2020, and asbestos is still a growing concern in the United States. Asbestos has still not been banned, and there are growing numbers of asbestos-related illnesses. Asbestos is still entering the United States in consumer products and construction materials. Asbestos is being found in schools, homes, and military bases throughout the United States. With these problems, it isn’t unfair to wonder what the future is for the United States and asbestos? Will asbestos eventually be banned completely? Will the asbestos-related illnesses begin to diminish?

Asbestos use in the United States has slowed dramatically since the 70s and 80s, but we are still being affected by asbestos exposure. Construction workers, miners, and other blue-collar industries were at the highest risk and still are. Even with the newer regulations and laws, asbestos exposure is still occurring throughout the United States. Most exposure is still happening through workplaces, but a growing amount of exposure is through homes. With older homes going through remodels, it is easy to become exposed, especially if you have not had an asbestos test completed.

A simple remodel on asbestos-containing materials can expose an entire household. The terrifying part is not knowing if you have been exposed and waiting to see if an asbestos-related illness will show up decades later. Asbestos exposure and the diseases that stem from it, never occur immediately. Many times it is ten to seventy years later.

While rules are in place at most facilities that work around asbestos, there are still people who fail to follow the regulations and standards. These people are the reasons people are still being exposed to asbestos. Until the United States entirely bans asbestos and workers take rules and regulations seriously, asbestos will continue to be a growing concern.

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Common Types of Asbestos Fibers

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All types of asbestos are dangerous and hazardous to your health, but three common types of asbestos are used in construction. In total, there are six forms of asbestos fibers. However, we will be discussing the three most used in homes and businesses in the United States. All asbestos fibers are very tiny and cannot be easily seen. That is what makes asbestos so dangerous. You cannot see it and only know if your property has it through testing. Once exposed, it can take decades for a warning sign to arise. Asbestos is often called a silent killer because of this.

Chrysotile

Chrysotile is the most frequently used type of asbestos and was used in most types of construction, textiles, and friction materials. It is known to be in 95% of asbestos-containing materials in the United States. If you look under a microscope, you can see the chrysotile fibers, and they are white in color, curly, and very flexible.

Amosite

Amosite is the second most common asbestos fiber used in construction materials. The fibers resemble needles and are very sharp. These fibers can quickly become trapped in the lungs or stomach once they enter your body. They can enter your body through the mouth of your nose.

Tremolite

Tremolite is the 3rd most commonly used asbestos fiber. These fibers range in color and can be green and even white. Tremolite fibers are sharp like amosite and can quickly become trapped in your lungs or stomach, where they can cause significant illnesses.

The above three types of asbestos have been known to cause devastating illnesses such as lung cancer and mesothelioma. These types of asbestos fibers were used in all types of building materials for decades, and many homes and businesses still contain asbestos fibers. If you believe your home or business contains asbestos, contact an asbestos abatement professional as soon as you can!

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Asbestos Removal and Dumping Is Illegal- Call a Professional!

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Asbestos has been in the news frequently over the last decade. Studies have shown that asbestos exposure is linked to cancers and other diseases. With those studies have come laws and regulations to help protect individuals from the damages of asbestos exposure. But, did you know that the removal of asbestos is illegal without the right certifications? Regulations now state that it is illegal to remove and dump asbestos without specific licenses and certifications. It is critical to understand these regulations, as you could end up with significant fines from home remodels or handyman jobs.

Asbestos Removal

Asbestos fibers are incredibly hazardous to your health and can cause respiratory problems, cancer, and death. Home remodels are one of the ways many people become exposed to asbestos. Without proper testing, there is no way to know if your home contains asbestos. Remodeling is commonly completed by a do-it-yourself, or DIY, person in your home. Without knowing, they could be spreading asbestos fibers all across your home and neighborhood. This often leads to the accidental disposal of asbestos-containing materials without the proper licenses.

This becomes a problem because it puts a lot of people in jeopardy. Landfills have particular areas for asbestos-containing materials. These areas are monitored very carefully and are secured to ensure no fibers escape. If you dump these materials in another area, a lot of people will likely become exposed to asbestos.

While a home remodel can be a fun activity, it is vital to have an asbestos test completed on your home before your remodel. This will protect you and your family from the risk of asbestos exposure. If you already suspect or know for sure that your home contains asbestos, call a professional. Never try to remove asbestos yourself. Special respirators, suits, and equipment are used to ensure the asbestos fibers are contained, removed, and disposed of in a controlled manner.

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What is Asbestos Abatement and Do I Need It?

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Asbestos abatement covers a wide range of services that helps to prevent asbestos exposure. Asbestos fibers are known to cause hazardous illnesses, cancers, and even death. Our job is to ensure your safety and education when it comes to asbestos. Below, we will discuss what asbestos abatement services are and why you need them.

Asbestos Inspections and Testing

Asbestos inspections and tests are always completed before asbestos removal. Without the proper testing and inspection procedures, you would not know where the asbestos materials were centralized on your property. Asbestos inspections and testing are very thorough tests that are lab certified. If you have asbestos, your asbestos abatement professional will discuss options with you.

Asbestos Removal

Asbestos removal falls under two categories: commercial and residential. Residential asbestos removal is vastly different from commercial asbestos removal. Removing asbestos on a larger scale can be more difficult. It can also be difficult when the removal must take place in a business that needs to be open. In these cases, large areas are secured to ensure no asbestos fibers can escape. Commercial asbestos removal takes a lot of planning and time. Residential asbestos abatement can usually be completed in a day or two, depending on the amount of asbestos-containing materials that are present.

Once the asbestos removal takes place, the area will be inspected once more by a certified asbestos abatement professional to ensure all asbestos is removed and that the area is safe to inhabit.

Asbestos may only be removed by professional asbestos abatement companies that are certified. Special licenses are needed for the removal and disposal of asbestos-containing materials. Removal and disposal of asbestos without the proper permits is illegal and could result in substantial fines or jail time. If your property contains asbestos, play it safe and call the professionals!

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Insulation and Roofing – Two Common Places that Contain Asbestos

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Asbestos is common in older homes, but two areas that are most concerning is the insulation and roofing. Insulation may contain asbestos. The second is roofing materials. These two areas are often overlooked when it comes to remodeling. Roofing and insulation are usually not replaced, meaning the home or business could still contain harmful asbestos fibers. Before completing any type of remodel, you should have your home or property checked to ensure it is free from asbestos-containing materials.

Insulation

Insulation is known to contain one of the most dangerous types of asbestos fibers. Over time, this insulation can either breakdown from wear and tear or become disturbed during renovations. If it is disturbed or broken down, it can cause the asbestos fibers to disperse through the air and into other parts of your property, where it can be ingested through your mouth or nose.

Roofing

Roofing materials are also commonplace to have asbestos-containing materials. While roofing is on the exterior of your property, asbestos fibers can enter your home and affect everyone inside. It is important to have your home roofing tested if it is older or if you are having any roof remodeling completed. Broken shingles or roof damage can occur at any time from storms. This can cause asbestos-containing materials to become disturbed.

Insulation and roofing are the most common places that contain asbestos; however, other areas of your property may contain asbestos. Asbestos is known to be in many different construction materials that could be inside your home. If your home is older or you are planning a remodel, it is crucial to have the property tested for asbestos. This not only protects you, but it also protects your family and neighbors from the risk of asbestos exposure. Asbestos exposure can cause life-threatening illnesses such as cancer and respiratory distress.