Lewes, DE, April 11th, 2011 -- Last month it was reported that an elementary school in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania was found to contain more than 16,000 square feet of ceiling tiles that contain deadly asbestos. The school is currently undergoing a $16 million renovation project and the contaminated ceiling tiles were discovered in a wing of the school built in the 1960s.
The new discovery is expected to add tens of thousands of dollars in additional costs to the renovation project. Asbestos had previously been discovered in the flooring beneath carpeting in some areas of the building. This new discovery has some school board members upset that it was not found during earlier inspections.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “Asbestos is a mineral fiber that has been used commonly in a variety of building construction materials for insulation and as a fire-retardant. Because of its fiber strength and heat resistant properties, asbestos has been used for a wide range of manufactured goods, mostly in building materials (roofing shingles, ceiling and floor tiles, paper products, and asbestos cement products), friction products (automobile clutch, brake, and transmission parts), heat-resistant fabrics, packaging, gaskets, and coatings. When asbestos-containing materials are damaged or disturbed by repair, remodeling or demolition activities, microscopic fibers become airborne and can be inhaled into the lungs, where they can cause significant health problems.”
Sussex Environmental Health Consultants, LLC (SEHC) is an environmental consulting firm located in Delaware that has been helping schools identify sources of asbestos and other indoor air quality (IAQ) issues across the Mid-Atlantic region. “A thorough building investigation should have involved testing some of the ceiling tiles,” stated Susan White, Ph.D., CMC, President of SEHC. “Had it been discovered earlier, it could have been worked into the initial renovation budget. At SEHC our consultants have decades of experience identifying sources of asbestos and other IAQ threats. With today being National Healthy Schools Day it’s important that educational institutions across the nation look to ways of providing the healthiest IAQ possible for their students, faculty and others,” she continued.
About Sussex Environmental Health Consultants, LLC
SEHC is a certified woman owned business that provides environmental and health and safety consulting services. The company is located in the Mid-Atlantic and services clients nationwide. SEHC provides solutions to clients ranging from homeowners to international Fortune 500 corporations.