Friday, June 5, 2015

Asbestos disposal & resources

Asbestos is a mineral fiber that comes from rock and soil that is used in manufacturing different products, mostly for construction purposes and also as a source of fire resistant materials.   Items ranging from PVC pipes, floor tiles, wood, cement, corrugated asbestos roofing, wallboards, and many construction materials.

Since asbestos can be airborne and be inhaled, necessary steps should be taken when disposing of these construction or demolition materials.   Government agencies have taken the lead in handling and disposing of these RACMs (Regulated Asbestos-Containing Materials) in any activities such as demolitions, renovations, maintenance of pipelines, paintings, flooring, roofings and all other activities that would require these materials-containing asbestos.

As a matter of fact, the components of Asbestos itself are considered as hazardous and have claimed thousands of lives every year for those who were exposed to the deadly chemicals.  Asbestosis,  Mesothelioma and lung cancer are leading major health problems caused by the exposure to asbestos.  But still some workers in the field have ignored it by keeping themselves to old practices.

Asbestos found in different products and materials, here are a few examples:  
  • Adhesives
  • Fire Blankets   
  • Vinyl Wall Coverings
  • Spackling Compounds   
  • Cement Wallboard
  • Vinyl Floor Tile
  • Cement Pipes                                                                              
  • HVAC Duct Insulation
  • Asphalt Floor Tile                                                                        
  • Ductwork Flexible Fabric
  • Decorative Plaster   
  • Textured Paints/Coatings
  • Cement Siding   
  • Electrical Wiring Insulation 
  • Blow-in Insulation
  • Fireproofing materials   
  • Ceiling Tiles and Lay-in Panels
  • Base Flashing     
  • Fire Curtains   

….. And a whole lot more.

The following are activities which you may consider to be the causes of asbestos exposure:
  • Demolition during a remodel or renovation
  • Flooring repair
  • Roofing repair
  • Maintenance on piping and other systems in and around
  • Cable installations as well as its maintenance
  • Ceiling tile maintenance or repair
  • Painting, either spray-applied or the old school brushes

Asbestos Management: 

Proper asbestos management procedures should be followed before beginning any activity, which might disturb materials containing asbestos:

1.  Written asbestos survey be prepared before any building renovations or demolitions,
2.  Get a licensed asbestos consultant to perform asbestos surveys in the State of Florida.
3.  Only licensed asbestos contractors can remove asbestos-containing materials
4.  All Regulated Asbestos-Containing Materials (RACM) must be removed from buildings, prior to demolition activities
5.  A written notification is required to be mailed ten (10) working days prior to any demolition, and ten (10) working days prior to removal of any Regulated Asbestos Containing Material (RACM).

Asbestos Resources:


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