You may have heard of building damage or destruction releasing asbestos into the air. A commonly cited incident was the asbestos in the twin World Trade Centers that became a fine powder upon their fire and collapse. However, other events are more recent, such as a fire in a Toronto high school that released previously discovered asbestos into the air. In this article, we’re going to look at the situations that cause asbestos to be considered safe to leave in place and the risks they run. [Read more…] about Is the Asbestos in My Building Safe?
Building remodels are all about intentional damage focused room-by-room or the whole building. From saws to sledgehammers to backhoe demolition, everything from putting in a new kitchen to demolishing an old factory unearths the hidden secrets of the property. One of the biggest risks is exposing contracts as well as those who live in and around the property to hazardous materials during the project, as many of the above tools can easily disturb and cause hazardous materials like asbestos, lead, and mold to become airborne. [Read more…] about Hazardous Materials in Property Remodeling and Demolition
In a recent blog, Avoiding Asbestos Hazards When Demolishing a Building, we covered the risks of asbestos fiber exposure during a planned demolition. But what about the risks of unplanned destruction? In this article, we’ll look at the risks of having property that has asbestos-containing materials – even those that are considered “safely” contained – during an incident that results in damage or destruction of the property, using both the hypothetical and the tragically real. [Read more…] about The Danger of Asbestos During Building Damage or Destruction
Finding and removing asbestos makes your home or business safe for yourself, your family, and your staff. But what happens to the asbestos afterwards? As a hazardous material, asbestos isn’t something you can just toss in a bin (or even into a dumpster) like other building material waste. Instead, just like with asbestos removal, asbestos disposal has to be handled with the proper protection and training by licensed experts in the field, either by the same contractors who removed the asbestos or through a properly certified disposal company. [Read more…] about How Asbestos is Disposed of Safely
Hazardous materials like asbestos-containing materials (ACM) are most often uncovered (and cause exposure) during actions like renovations and demolitions. Here at Fiber Control, we’ve already discussed these types of issues for renovation (see our blogs How to Find Hazardous Materials Before Renovating and Finding Hazardous Building Materials While Renovating for details on those). Today we’re looking at the three major parts of demolishing a building, which brings similar but more drastic measures. [Read more…] about Avoiding Asbestos Hazards When Demolishing a Building
When it comes to building construction prior to the 1990s, asbestos – the “miracle mineral” with previously ignored health concerns – rears its ugly head. Asbestos use was prolific in the United States and throughout the world and is still used in some places and applications even after its health issues have been widely documented. We’ve talked in the past about asbestos’ use in construction as both an electrical insulator and thermal insulation. Today we’re focusing on drywall, also known in different countries, brands, and materials as plasterboard, wallboard, gypsum board, or sheetrock. [Read more…] about Is There Asbestos in Your Drywall?