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Testing...testing please

Building materials used in any structure of any age may contain asbestos. The material that may contain asbestos is harmless when used as intended, but it becomes hazardous when disturbed.

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that has been used in construction and building materials and other products for many years. In 1989, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) placed a ban on asbestos use. But that ban was later overturned by a federal court. Since the 1989 ban was lifted, asbestos has been allowed in products that historically incorporated asbestos; however, it is banned in new products.

Again, because the mineral is heat resistant and durable, it is often used in insulation and construction materials. People working with these materials are often more likely to suffer asbestos-related diseases than the general population. This is especially true for people who work with older buildings, possibly in demolition, renovation, or cleaning.

The material may be found in insulation; ceiling or floor tiles; textiles; shingles; siding; wall paneling; wire insulation; electrical panels; ceiling texture, including popcorn ceilings; ductwork; decorative plaster; fireproofing materials; linoleum flooring; chimney flue lining; pipes; caulking; putty; and spackling. Check it out here

Why do we test for asbestos prior to demolition?

  1. To be in compliance with National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP)

    1. There are specific federal regulatory requirements that require the identification of asbestos-containing materials (ACM) in many of the residential buildings that are being demolished or renovated...

I internalize why do we test which one simple though. Would I want my son to breath in this material in? In a home there could be direct exposure and in a commercial space it could be brought home on the clothes of someone. The answer to the question in NO. I don't want to make someone sick in 20-30 years based on my neglect.

Yes we are getting push back form long term customers and client. This is where we must explain that we do not want to make matters worse. We want to stabilize the areas and properly mitigate before any demo. It is not only the law it is also the right thing to do.

New York the below information is for you.

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