It may be hard to believe, but asbestos is still out there. Because of its strength and heat resistance, asbestos has been used in a variety of building construction materials, such as insulation and fire retardants. It is also found in items such as roofing shingles, ceiling and floor tiles, and drywall joint compound. As long as asbestos fibers are encapsulated, it is safe to be around. However, when these materials are disturbed or deteriorated, the potential for fiber release increases, and that’s when asbestos can become dangerous.
Without a proper assessment and safe removal, exposure to asbestos could lead to lung-related and other health illnesses. Tioga recommends following these important steps to appropriately remediate asbestos:
- Complete an asbestos survey.
When demolishing or renovating, especially an older home or building, it’s important to perform an asbestos survey to ensure there are no asbestos-containing building materials present before construction starts. It’s not only important for the health of workers and occupants, it’s also required by the law.
- Properly remove asbestos-bearing materials.
If asbestos is identified, it is extremely important to have it removed by a qualified and certified asbestos abatement contractor. These companies are trained in the proper methods of isolating the abatement work area to protect other occupants. They also perform removal techniques that minimize the release of asbestos fibers, practice cleaning methods to ensure no fibers are left behind, and lastly, dispose the harmful materials in an appropriate and safe manner.
- Perform an air monitoring assessment.
We always recommend that you hire a third party to perform an ambient air monitoring service during abatement activities, as well as clearance air testing before containment areas are removed. This third-party assessment provides peace of mind for clients and ensures the environment where people will be working or living is free of asbestos fibers.
Tioga’s team is available to perform third-party monitoring for any abatement job, no matter the size of the project. In fact, our project coordinator, Aaron Bennett, is now a certified air monitor. Contact us today to see how we can help you on your next project!