Whether you’re looking at buying commercial property, just set up shop, or are concerned about the presence of asbestos on your current building, it’s important to know where asbestos is and how it can impact the health and productivity of your employees. From OSHA violations to sick building syndrome, tracking down where asbestos can be in your building is the first step to identifying and removing asbestos from your workplace.
Asbestos in Heating and Cooling Systems
Asbestos has a high heat resistance and acts and a good insulator, making it prized for use in systems that can reach high temperatures. These are often out-of-the-way places that should be managed.
- HVAC: Commercial grade heating and cooling systems, especially older models, can contain asbestos as insulation or in the electronics and wiring. HVAC systems are also vulnerable to mold growth.
- Boilers: To increase efficiency, boiler systems were often fitted with asbestos insulation. Just like with HVAC systems, it can also be used in electronics.
- Piping: Hot water pipes are often covered in insulation piping. Some pipes were also made out of asbestos cement known as transite.
Asbestos in Commercial Construction Materials
Beyond asbestos in pipes and systems, the building materials of asbestos may be ACM – Asbestos Containing Materials. Here are some of the most common.
- Insulation: Depending on the building and industry, asbestos insulation can be found in block, spray, or loose insulation.
- Ceilings and Drop Tiles: Two popular commercial ceilings for finished areas, both popcorn ceilings and dropped ceiling tiles can contain asbestos.
- Drywall and Flooring: Often a concern during renovations, building drywall and vinyl floorings both can contain asbestos.
Your business’s building is not only an investment in your company’s bottom line but also the safety and health of your employees. There are several stages where inspecting and testing for asbestos is key, such as before significant renovations. If you have concerns about asbestos in your workplace or have issues with sick employees, contact Fiber Control, Inc. We’re asbestos remediation specialists serving Massachusetts and New Hampshire, and we’re here to help your business.