Increasing asbestos awareness as a preventative measure
Asbestos is a naturally occuring mineral known for its durability and fire-resistant properties. In the past, the substance has been used in a wide variety of building materials, including insulation products, siding, cements, flooring and roofing, to name a few. When asbestos containing materials become damaged or disturbed, toxic asbestos fibers can be released into the air. If these microscopic fibers are inhaled or ingested, malignant mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases can develop over time.
Today, much of the public is in disbelief when informed that asbestos is not banned in the United States, indicating the need for public meetings on asbestos awareness. Discuscussions on the proper handling of asbestos materials and educating the public on how to prevent exposure can better prepare those that encounter asbestos. Even those who hire a professional asbestos abatement company to remove asbestos should be educated, as crooked abatement contractors do exist.
Some certified asbestos companies have been known to illegally remove and dispose asbestos-containing materials in way that causes risk for citizens. Outside of using improper abatement techniques, contractors will sometimes claim that all asbestos has been removed when a significant amount is actually left behind.
Hiring an asbestos inspector from another company other than the contractor’s company is one way to maintain proper removal. However, there have been times when inspectors have secretly worked with contractors to help falsify air quality samples so care must be taken when choosing an inspector.
During an asbestos abatement project, a written work plan specifying the federal, state and local asbestos regulations should be supplied by the contractor. The work plan should entail permits, notifications and all precautions that will be taken in order to prevent asbestos exposure.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, there is no safe level of asbestos exposure. With an increased awareness about the hazards of asbestos, homeowners can become educated and ensure their safety against asbestos-related diseases.
EnviroVantage has 25 years of experience in the industry and Owner Scott Knightly sits on the asbestos board for the state of NH. Contact the company you know you can trust to safely take care of your asbestos removal project today.