The majority of people know asbestos is a very dangerous substance, but many do not understand what it is or why the mineral is bad for the body. Knowledge is power and it is crucial to know what asbestos is and how to take precautions to avoid it.
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What’s the problem?
Many buildings contain asbestos, which was used in spray-applied flame retardant, thermal system insulation, and in a variety of other materials. Asbestos was sometimes “flocked” above false ceilings, inside technical ducts, and in many other small spaces where firefighters would have difficulty gaining access. Structural components like asbestos panels were also used.
In residences, asbestos was often a component of a type of flocked acoustic ceiling called “popcorn ceiling” or “cottage cheese ceiling”, until its production was banned in the U.S. in 1978. However, the ban allowed installers to use up remaining stocks, so houses built as late as 1986 could still have asbestos in their acoustic ceilings. The only way to be sure is to remove a sample and have it tested by a competent laboratory.
Asbestos abatement by removal means that asbestos-containing materials are totally removed from a building. A common example of this would be the removal of asbestos pipe wrapping and insulation from heating pipes. The most obvious advantage of this type of asbestos abatement is that once it is gone, the need for further monitoring or maintenance of the asbestos-containing materials is eliminated.
Before hiring an asbestos contractor, verify that the firm is licensed by your state or municipality to perform asbestos abatement projects. As with all building projects, you should also carefully examine the contractor’s references and previous record for safety or code violations.
The contractor should isolate the portion of your building where the asbestos removal is taking place with sheets of plastic, and provide self-contained showers and throwaway protective suits to prevent contamination of the workers. All asbestos-containing materials need to be bagged in plastic, and proper disposal must be arranged. It is against the law to dump asbestos-containing materials in general dumps or land-fills.
Do not, under any circumstances, remove asbestos yourself. Asbestos is highly dangerous when it is airborne. It is far more dangerous to remove asbestos improperly than to leave it alone, no matter what its condition.
Asbestos-related problems in older buildings should be addressed in a rational manner. Ignoring the potential problems of asbestos is irresponsible, but careless and hasty removal without proper safety precautions is also irresponsible, and can lead to even greater problems. The best course of action is to identify asbestos-containing materials in your building, ascertain their condition and then develop an abatement plan that addresses any hazardous or potentially hazardous conditions in a deliberate and responsible manner.
Do I have a Mesothelioma Lawsuit?
The Toxic Tort Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus exclusively on the representation of plaintiffs in asbestos-related mesothelioma lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.