Asbestos has been in the news lately with new scientific research findings on asbestos’s effects on the human body, as well as risks associated with the presence of asbestos in a number of commercial and industrial applications.
What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was widely used in a number of applications: insulation in residential homes and commercial construction, as a fire-proofing material in vests and other high-heat applications, and as a strengthener in the construction and textile industries. It’s made up of six naturally occurring fibrous minerals: including chrysotile, crocidolite, amosite, anthophyllite, tremolite, and actinolite, and most commonly found in chrysotile and amosite.
Health Risks Associated with Asbestos?
Because of asbestos’s remarkable durability and heat resistance, over the years it has been used in many capacities across a wide range of industries. Since the 1970s, scientific research has identified exposure to asbestos being linked with respiratory conditions and today it is widely recognized as a health hazard and is highly regulated by OSHA and the EPA, being classified as a human carcinogen.
According to OSHA Safety and Health Regulations, asbestos fibers are microscopic (roughly .02 the diameter of a human hair) and are too small to be seen with the naked eye and can be easily inhaled when airborne. When inhaled, asbestos fibers can cause a buildup of scar-like tissue in the lungs called asbestosis and can result in loss of lung function that often progresses to disability and death. In addition, inhaling asbestos fibers can lead to lung cancer and other diseases such as mesothelioma, which is a fatal malignant tumor of the membrane lining the cavity of the lung or stomach.
Proper Abatement and Removal of Asbestos
When handling and removing asbestos materials from a work zone, construction site or remodeling project, state law requires hiring a certified professional asbestos contractor.
Proper asbestos removal and abetment services include notifying appropriate state agencies of asbestos work, establishing proper procedures to prevent any asbestos particles from becoming airborne, and properly disposing of hazardous asbestos materials. According to state law, all asbestos projects, including sampling, inspection, asbestos removal, encapsulation, or abatement work must be performed by licensed personnel in strict compliance with all federal, state, and local regulations.
At Evergreen AES, we have countless years of experience and expert knowledge with asbestos removal and abatement services, and are trained, certified, and licensed contractors. With every asbestos removal project we ensure our services comply with all state and federal laws. All of our asbestos abatement staff are trained according to the standards listed in 29 CFR 1910.1001 and follow proper safety precautions ensuring asbestos particle do not become airborne during the abatement process. During demolition we ensure that the asbestos particles are not sanded, ground, cut or disturbed in any way that would cause the release of asbestos fibers without proper protective measures, and at the end we use proper techniques to dispose of the particles.
When in need of a certified and experienced Asbestos Removal Service, Evergreen AES is your trusted partner. Contact us to ensure your asbestos removal and abatement project is done right.