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
When it comes to managing a commercial property, it’s important to understand the responsibility you have for the property and those on it, be it your employees for business owners or your tenants – either businesses or individuals – as a property owner and manager. One of these is to make sure your property is free of hazards to those who live, work, or move through it. When it comes to the presence of asbestos in commercial properties, you must be aware of it and take certain measures to deal with it in various circumstances. [Read more…] about Asbestos in Commercial Properties: Rights and Responsibilities
In the past, we’ve talked a lot about asbestos and how widespread its use was until (and even after) the health concerns due to exposure were documented. While asbestos had many properties that made it appealing for construction materials – the long hair-like silica fibers having insulating, sound dampening, and material strengthening properties – one of its prime uses was in fire resistant or fire-proofing construction. This blog is going to look at the situation that prompted the use of fireproofing materials and how asbestos came to be chosen. [Read more…] about Asbestos Fireproofing: Where and Why It’s in Our Homes
Acronyms are useful shorthand in the world of asbestos remediation and removal, but can be opaque to residents and businesses who experience issues with asbestos exposure for the first time. If you’re doing your own research or digging through the information about asbestos abatement contractors in your area, you might hit a wall of unusual acronyms, referring to materials, agencies, and acts you’re not familiar with. We’re here to help provide a little clarity in your quest to learn more about asbestos acronyms. [Read more…] about ASB, ACM & ACWM: Common Asbestos Acronyms