Asbestos abatement is an essential step when demolishing a building, as the release of asbestos fibers can contaminate the surrounding area. But not only can dismissing or improperly performing such a vital step compromise the health of workers and nearby residents, but it can also have severe financial repercussions. In April, a Milwaukee real estate company and contractor learned this lesson the hard way when they were hit with a heavy fine for violating asbestos regulations. [Read more…] about Violating Asbestos Regulations: How It Can Cost You
If an inspection detects hazardous material in your home or business, such as asbestos, lead paint, or toxic mold, the next step is to remove it. This blog is going to guide you through the various steps and tools a hazardous remediation and removal company like Fiber Control, Inc. would use when it comes to making a building safe from hazardous materials. [Read more…] about Hazardous Material Removal: What to Expect
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
While this blog often focuses on the impact asbestos exposure has on the owners and residents of a property, it’s also important to understand how it affects those who come in direct contact with it from job to job, worksite to worksite. Today we’re looking at the professions that are most at risk, looking specifically at the construction industry where the risk of asbestos exposure is at its highest. [Read more…] about Asbestos Exposure for Construction Contractors
Asbestos can be present in older buildings, from the vinyl floors to the popcorn ceilings. Due to its ubiquitous use, many buildings built before the 1990s may contain asbestos. Many asbestos containing materials (ACMs) in homes are in places that pose no immediate danger – they may have even been discovered before and left in place or encapsulated. However, while having asbestos in your home is always a risk, below are the times you are at the biggest danger of exposure, and when testing makes the most sense. [Read more…] about When Should You Test for Asbestos?
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