Most people are well aware of the negative impacts of asbestos on their health. For centuries this hazardous material has affected the human population, but this risk reaches far beyond contaminating indoor air quality. Far fewer people are aware of asbestos’s effect on the environment, and with construction and demolition projects being performed on older properties, it’s important to become aware of the risk. In this blog, we will discuss the ways asbestos contamination can impact the outdoors. [Read more…] about Does Asbestos Have an Effect on the Environment?
The United States military is the occupation with the highest number of mesothelioma patients. One-third to one-half of all mesothelioma patients are veterans. Of course, members of the military are exposed to far more environments than your typical American, but it’s primarily due to the asbestos in military family housing that this disease continues to affect our service members. Given what we now know about asbestos, why is asbestos still prevalent in U.S. military housing? [Read more…] about Why is Asbestos Rampant in U.S. Military Housing?
After asbestos was discovered in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games water polo swimming center, the Tokyo metropolitan government and Olympic organizers agreed to begin taking action to contain the asbestos. With spectators from around the world reporting to the venue for the Olympic Games, this situation is a testament to the importance of scheduling an inspection and having a plan to enact asbestos countermeasures early in the process of any project.
How Was the Asbestos Discovered?
Back in 2017, while making plans to install handrails and increase the venue’s handicap accessibility, an asbestos inspection was conducted before renovations began. The inspection led to the discovery of asbestos in the water polo venue, which had been sprayed onto fireproof covering material on two column bases supporting the roof. Against their better judgment, the government deemed the material’s location and condition were not a cause of concern and refused to enact immediate measures, despite the known risks.
Why the Emergency?
Due to convenience, the venue was originally sprayed with asbestos-containing fireproofing and insulation. However, spray-on asbestos has been linked to several health hazards including mesothelioma and other types of cancer. This is especially concerning as spray-on asbestos is a friable substance, so any disturbance – such as renovations – can result in the asbestos becoming airborne and inhaled. Since the venue is due for an increase in traffic, the government has officially called for emergency measures to contain the asbestos.
What Countermeasures are Planned?
The 2020 Tokyo Games Organizing Committee has proposed to use sheets to cover the treated sections, along with unspecified additional measures. The proposed solution – a process known as asbestos abatement – called for the encapsulation of the asbestos using sheets to seal, bind, and contain the potential contamination. This is a convenient and inexpensive method of asbestos abatement, costing an average of $2 to $6 per square foot. While this protects the asbestos from damage in the short term, it is hoped that after the Olympics, the venue will invest in the removal of the asbestos.
Despite being a relatively new building, having been opened in 1993, the venue still contains asbestos, which is why the age of a building shouldn’t determine the importance of an asbestos inspection. Even in the United States, we struggle with banning asbestos, making it a continuous threat to public health. Here at Fiber Control, Inc., we are experienced asbestos abatement contractors dedicated to asbestos removal and remediation, Lead RRP, mold remediation, and selective demolition. Contact us today to for help deploying asbestos countermeasures on your contaminated home or commercial property.
This week, the McClure Elementary School in Philadelphia finally re-opens its doors after being closed since before winter break. Between these times, it has been at the center of controversy, protests, and costly contractor work. McClure, and several other schools in the Philadelphia School District, has been targeted by administrators because of the presence of asbestos and the need to finally detect and remove the asbestos in schools. McClure and other schools stand as an example of how asbestos still affects our children today, years after asbestos-containing materials were discontinued in construction. [Read more…] about McClure Elementary School: An Example of the Impact of Asbestos in Schools
The citizens of Natick, Massachusetts are $1 million in taxes poorer as cleanup of asbestos-containing materials (ACM) buried on the site of a future fire station was unearthed during construction. But why were they found on what was otherwise an empty lot and how did they get there? It’s important to understand how the legacy of asbestos and a lack of following federal and state guidelines not only create a costly problem but also potentially endangers the lives of everyone involved, knowing or not. [Read more…] about Natick: What Happens When Asbestos Isn’t Properly Disposed Of
Part of buying or selling a home usually entails a home inspection – an in-depth survey of a home foundation, structure, systems (such as HVAC, plumbing, and electrical), and more. While not all home inspections are equal or even thorough, each can turn up something wrong with the home. Some will be small problems or simply good point to negotiate a price for the home, but others can pose a bigger risk. Today let’s look at what happens if a home inspection turns up asbestos. [Read more…] about What to Do If A Home Inspection Turns Up Asbestos