As a landlord, you’ve got many relationships with your tenants. Some are financial in terms of rent and insurance. Some are obligations, such as maintenance and repair. And some are legal. Part of your legal requirements (in almost every state, including those in New England) is to provide “livable rentals” for your tenants. If you discover or believe there may be asbestos present in your apartments, you need to take measures to protect your tenants, workers, and yourself. [Read more…] about Asbestos in Apartments: Presence and Liability
The process of selling (or buying) a home is a long and potentially nerve-wracking process. Not only is there the inevitable packing and cleaning, but the process of vetting and potentially remedying defects of a home can draw out the sale and put sellers in hot water if they fail to disclose. It’s important for sellers to understand what requirements they have to identify and disclose hazardous materials like asbestos, lead, and mold when selling a home, as well as what to expect from potential buyers. [Read more…] about Selling a Home with Hazardous Materials
For years the unregulated manufacturing and use of asbestos products exposed thousands of workers and contractors to asbestos. However, they weren’t the only ones affected. Due to the nature of asbestos and how asbestos exposure occurs, these employees could bring back asbestos from facilities or worksites. Let’s look at asbestos secondary exposure from situations such as these and others, including asbestos cross-contamination. [Read more…] about Understanding Asbestos Secondary Exposure
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
At the beginning of this blog, our very first article was about the health effects of asbestos, Hazardous Materials: How Asbestos Makes You Sick. It’s the biggest concern for everyone involved with asbestos exposure, and it’s why we work tirelessly to do our part in locating and removing the hazardous material. Since then, we’ve written many articles that go into more detail on asbestos, how people get exposed, and the complications to health that occur from it. Below you will find our comprehensive collection of articles to read to learn about the health effects of asbestos exposure. [Read more…] about The Health Effects of Asbestos Exposure