When inhaled, asbestos fibers make their way into the lungs causing physical damage and become lodged in the surrounding tissue, both of which can form cancer. The risk rises with two major factors: time and amount of exposure. In this blog, we’re looking at where the risks are, who is most at risk, and measures to take if you think you’ve been exposed. [Read more…] about How Long Does It Take for Asbestos Exposure to Be Harmful?
When it comes to our children, their safety is paramount. Keeping the places they live, learn, and play safe has led to many of our first regulations and rulings on hazardous construction materials in America. From asbestos to lead, many of these materials that impact the health and air quality of schools and other childcare facilities are being diagnosed and removed. However, due to its very nature mold is a reoccurring problem in schools and you need to work to prevent it. Learn the basics in this article. [Read more…] about Mold in Schools: Finding and Solving Air Quality Problems
Asbestos thrives with the old saying, “out of sight, out of mind.” While asbestos-containing material (ACM) can exist in many places and substances in homes and businesses alike, the attic is a common one, especially unfinished ones in older homes. From concerns about air quality and asbestos exposure to risks of renovation, it’s important to understand what the most common attic ACMs are and why they were put there in the first place. [Read more…] about Asbestos in the Attic: Insulation, Roofing Materials, and More
Hindsight is always 20/20. That’s certainly the case with asbestos. Today it’s banned in most first world countries (or in the case of the US, kind of banned). Companies and contractors like ourselves work to safely remove it from homes, businesses, and facilities across the US, following stringent rules and regulations set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and by states and counties. But it wasn’t always this way: the legacy of asbestos removal only happened because of the reasons it was sold to construction companies and contractors in the first place. [Read more…] about Asbestos in Construction Materials: Why Was It Used?
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. [Read more…] about Asbestos in Commercial Properties: Where to Look
You’re probably already aware of how asbestos exposure can hurt humans. After the inhalation of asbestos, those fibers move down into the lungs, causing lung scarring (asbestosis), lung cancer, and mesothelioma (a cancer of the chest lining). This occurs over a long span of time from exposure due to a workplace or a home with asbestos present and becoming airborne (passively or actively through remodeling). However, often overlooked is asbestos’s danger not to people but to pets, dogs in particular. It’s important to realize that such hazardous materials puts them at risk too. [Read more…] about Can Asbestos Exposure Hurt Your Pets?