asbestos regulation Articles

  • The Asbestos Debacle

    Society and industry are diligently working to find better solutions through waste reduction, recycling and reuse, but what is the plan for hazardous materials, such as asbestos, in buildings and property? Known as the miracle mineral, asbestos was used for its resiliency against chemical attack and its excellent tensile strength and superior fire-proofing characteristics. The material was used ...


    By ABCOV Companies

  • Protecting Workers From Asbestos

    However, repair, renovation, and demolition operations often generate airborne asbestos, a mineral fiber that can cause chronic lung disease or cancer. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has developed regulations designed to protect cleanup workers from asbestos hazards. OSHA’s Standards for Asbestos The work of flood cleanup personnel involves the repair, renovation, ...

  • The Asbestos Management and Maintenance Program

    STEP ONE: ASSESSMENT AND SURVEYThe first step of the Asbestos Management Program is to do an asbestos survey to assess the location, identify the type of asbestos, the condition of the asbestos and identify a maintenance record. This asbestos inventory or assessment is usually carried out by an independent consulting firm. This assessment or survey will include: Identification and location of the ...


  • Guide to asbestos in the workplace

    Asbestos is a well-known hazard in many workplaces - whether the asbestos is part of the work itself, or whether it is simply in components of the building or site where work is being performed. Employers are bound by regulations of both the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that serve to protect employees from asbestos exposure ...


  • Asbestos: Eliminating the Threat

    While asbestos dangers are well documented, history has long avoided eliminating the threat it poses to human health. We are starting to progress in our waste habits by recycling different streams of waste and using closed landfills constructively. Composting food waste and recycling plastics, glass, metals, cardboard and newspapers is our way of life. We are ...


    By ABCOV Companies

  • Asbestos in the Home and School

    This section discusses the presence of asbestos in houses, rental apartments, schools and other public buildings, and has a list of useful EPA contacts.   Does Your House Contain Asbestos? ...

  • Asbestos in soil methods

    I wanted to start off this brief technical summary with an item that appeared in the January 2009 Indoor Environment Connections publication… “Asbestos in Soil; The State of the Issue, Tom Laubenthal, Sean Fitzgerald, Alan Seagrave, P.G. In this session, Laubenthal and Seagrave will describe the nature of asbestos contamination in soil. This issue has perplexed the industry for years. What ...

  • The Trouble with Asbestos Disposal

    Hailed as a miracle mineral because of its superior fire resistance and tensile strength, asbestos was installed abundantly into our built environment for over 200 years. However, once it was established that this undeniably useful resource was a dangerous carcinogen, Australia and many other countries enacted strict regulations for handling asbestos and asbestos containing material (ACM). There ...


    By ABCOV Companies

  • 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 ...


    By EnviroVantage

  • Asbestos management goes digital - Mobile solutions for asbestos tracking

    Compliance with new regulations is nearly impossible using only paper-based systems, especially for owners of large numbers of buildings. A critical component of any asbestos management strategy is the effective application of technology – but selection and implementation of systems can mean a large investment of both time and money. The objective of this article is to provide an explanation of ...


    By Basebridge.com Limited

  • Asbestos pushed in Asia as product for the poor

    The executives mingled over tea and sugar cookies, and the chatter was upbeat. Their industry, they said at the conference in the Indian capital, saves lives and brings roofs, walls and pipes to some of the world's poorest people. The industry's wonder product, though, is one whose very name evokes the opposite: asbestos. A largely outlawed scourge to the developed world, it is still going strong ...


    By Associated Press

  • Asbestos Awareness: Preventing a Hazardous Workplace

    Many on-the-job hazards are obvious... leaking machinery... dangerous chemicals... slippery floors. However, other hazards aren't so obvious. There may be no visible signals that they are present at all. That's why Asbestos is often known as 'the silent killer.' While you often can't see, taste or smell it..., prolonged periods of exposure to Asbestos can cause lung disease, cancer... even death. ...


  • Is 1980 an appropriate end date for asbestos use?

    In the construction industry, we use certain years as the end date in determining if a building was constructed with asbestos containing materials.  In New York State, the Department of Labor, which regulates asbestos abatement, uses the year 1974.  While the federal government, under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulation 1926.1101 (k) (1), requires ...


    By Future Environment Designs

  • Asbestos monitoring – what monitor should I be using?

    Asbestos is the name given to a group of minerals that occur naturally as masses of strong, flexible fibres that can be separated into thin threads and woven. These fibres are not affected by heat and do not conduct electricity. Asbestos is chemically, relatively stable. For these reasons, asbestos has been widely used in many industries.  These four types are classified as follows:  ...


    By Shawcity Limited

  • Asbestos in Buildings: Practical Guidelines for Building Owners

    Practical guidelines for building owners Overview Friable asbestos-containing materials are present in many public and commercial buildings, schools and factories built before the mid-70's. Regulations in Ontario and some other provinces require building owners and property managers to put in place asbestos control programs, once they are aware of the presence of friable asbestos-containing ...


  • Got deteriorating asbestos cement water mains?

    Asbestos has come to be one of the most feared words and materials in the world. Yet, in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, more than 600,000 miles of asbestos cement– also called transite – used for its light weight, corrosion resistance, rigidity, ease of handling and installation was installed to handle water throughout the United States. Applications included potable water mains, storm ...

  • Asbestos Liability: How Does a Company CEO Provide Financial Assurance?

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been sued by the environmental groups, Sierra Club, Great Basin Resource Watch, Amigos Bravos and Idaho Conservation League, to enforce Section 108(b) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), i.e., companies must prove financial assurance requirements for hazardous releases. In short, prove to EPA that they ...


    By ABCOV Companies

  • How to deal with asbestos exposure in your workplace: advice for industrial workers

    At one point, more than 75 different industries exposed workers to asbestos. Even though these industries have been made safer by regulations from the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety, many workers still come in contact with asbestos products that remain at their jobsites. Although most industrial employees face some form of asbestos exposure risks during their career, ...


    By Intelex Technologies Inc.

  • How to Deal with Asbestos Exposure in Your Workplace: Advice for Managers

    Industrial mangers are faced with hundreds of responsibilities each day. Ensuring worker safety should be at the top of their priority list – especially when it comes to asbestos. Do you work in management at a construction site or industrial occupation? Here’s what you can do to promote asbestos safety: Conduct ...


    By Intelex Technologies Inc.

  • The cheaper, safer and faster way to remove Asbestos is coming to the Netherlands

    When you think about asbestos removal, you may initially envision the experts dressed in full white suits, ready to take on the challenge of removing it safely. But when a company is in need of asbestos removal, the first thing they may think of is the heavy cost associated or length of time. Handling this issue is never a walk in the park for any company. However, cost and time burdens are about ...

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