In the past, we’ve extensively covered asbestos from a residential side, looking at the common asbestos issues related to homeowners and leasing offices when looking as housing. This article is focused more on business owners and their facilities and the common places and situations they may find asbestos in. This can be from existing buildings, or new facilities you’ve just purchased that may have these existing conditions. We’ll look at the two most common kind of commercial and industrial buildings: the office and the factory.
Asbestos in the Office
In this case, an office is a facility designed to provide comfortable work conditions for personnel. These include finished rooms, multiple floors, and heating and cooling systems. These could be office buildings, schools, and any other person-centric facilities.
- Ceiling Tiles: Much for the same reason home installed asbestos-laden popcorn ceilings, older ceiling tiles were made out of asbestos for its sound-damping and fire resistant qualities.
- HVAC Systems: The HVAC system and ducts can be insulated with asbestos, including wrapped insulation for ducts and even asbestos-cement pipes.
- Insulation: Asbestos was a common insulator in its heyday, including in walls and crawl spaces. See our blog, Types of Asbestos Insulation in Buildings, for more details.
Asbestos in the Factory
In this context, factories cover facilities that are manufacturing and storage-centric. This includes manufacturing facilities, warehouses, and other places dominated by machinery and storage space.
- Pipe Insulation: Pipes for hot water, steam, or other substances were often wrapped in asbestos textiles or made out of Transite, a type of asbestos-containing cement.
- Spray-on Insulation: A combination of asbestos materials and adhesives made for an easy-to-apply insulation for more industrial or hidden spaces.
- ACM Machinery: If you’re purchasing a previously owned facility, make sure that the machinery you’re going to remove doesn’t contain asbestos.
It’s important to keep your commercial and industrial buildings free of asbestos for worker health conditions, with all the rules and regulations that entails. If you have concerns about asbestos in your workplace or have issues with sick building syndrome, contact Fiber Control, Inc. We’re asbestos remediation specialists serving Massachusetts and New Hampshire, and we’re here to help.