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The Reality of Asbestos

Asbestos - Licensing
 
Asbestos is a carcinogen that causes lung cancer and mesothelioma. Because of this hazard, laws have been enacted to prevent asbestos exposures and only licensed asbestos contractors can work with and removal asbestos.
 
Earlier this year, Shawnee Construction and Engineering, Inc. was approved by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) as a licensed Asbestos Contractor. A licensed contractor receives specialized training for asbestos containing materials pertaining to asbestos in buildings or to asbestos projects. Employees are trained in the proper handling of hazardous materials to ensure materials are handled in a manner that is not hazardous to public health. Continued training is required and licenses are reviewed and renewed annually.
 
Asbestos - Removal Requirements & Inspections
 
The removal process must follow strict guidelines. Before the removal process can begin, an accredited building inspector must conduct an assessment and provide a written asbestos report of any materials that are suspected as containing asbestos. In some cases, Manufacturer and/or construction records, previous surveys and abatement records may be used if they cover the current work area.
 
Once completed, a copy of the written report must be provided to any contractors, employees or other employers with building access warning of Asbestos hazards. (Failures to provide reports can result in state imposed fines.
 
Asbestos - Hazards & Removal
 
Certain building materials are presumed to contain asbestos. This is especially true in older buildings constructed before 1981. Materials can include flooring materials, ceiling tiles, thermal system insulation and various surfacing materials, such as roofing. Considered a hazardous material, the EPA and CPSC have banned several asbestos products.
 
Asbestos is extremely hazardous to workers, as elevated concentrations of airborne asbestos can occur after asbestos-containing materials are disturbed by cutting, sanding or other remodeling activities. Improper attempts to remove these materials can release asbestos fibers into the air, increasing asbestos levels and endangering people
 
Asbestos – Final Thoughts
 
Asbestos removal is reality in many tear down or remodeling projects. If you have concerns about asbestos in your project or want discuss in more detail, please call us.