May 3, 2012

Asbestos hazards

The lethal dust of asbestos despite being banned from residential and commercial buildings, however still inflicts deadly diseases which can only be restricted through strict implementation of the law. To save the public from asbestos exposure, legislation banning the import of this deadly asbestos and banning the use of the rest of the asbestos products is the imminent need of the hour.

The construction companies and their suppliers should through additional legislation be prevented to use this dangerous material which gives death to living beings. To prevent this health menace it’s extremely important to remove existing asbestos and demolish its entire construction works. Its not that the dangers posed by asbestos and its products to human health have gone unnoticed.

As far back as in the year 1970 the asbestos industry voluntarily banned the import of raw blue asbestos and from 1980 a similar voluntary ban was imposed on brown asbestos. Finally, in the year 1986, the United Kingdom Government legally prohibited the use, supply and import of the blue and brown asbestos, including asbestos spraying and fitting of asbestos filling.

Different laws such as the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, The Control of Pollution Act 1974, The Asbestos Products (Safety) Regulations, 1985, The Consumer Safety Act 1978, The Control of Pollution (Special Waste) Regulations, 1980, The Asbestos (Licensing) Regulations, 1983, The Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 1987, as amended in 1992, The Collection and Disposal of Waste Regulations, 1988, The Water Act 1989, The Trade Effluents (Prescribed Processes and Substances) Regulations, 1989, The Control of Asbestos in Air Regulations, 1990, and The Asbestos (Prohibitions) Regulations, 1992, have already been enacted by Parliament.

The laws which directly regulate work with asbestos are contained in the Asbestos (Licensing) Regulations, 1983, the Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 1987 as amended in 1992, and the Asbestos (Prohibitions) Regulations, 1992. The Institute of Occupational Medicine runs the national quality control scheme to monitor the ability of laboratories to count the fibres accurately.

Initially, the laboratories only counted the number of fibres present on membrane filters and identified the type of asbestos present in large samples. However after 1992 they also got approved to conduct air sampling in accordance with HSE method MDHS 39/3. At this time there are over 100 laboratories certified by National Accreditation of Measurement and Sampling for asbestos appraisal and 12 of which are approved for asbestos sampling. Samples which are drawn four times a year are sent to the laboratories which are categorized into 1, 2 and 3 groups. The group 3 is considered unacceptable.

The laboratories send their analysis back to RICE.The aim is to limit the exposure to asbestos to a minimum which is below the control limits of 0.01 respirable fibres/ml of air, and apply to people working with asbestos and not to other employees or the public. Even at this level there exist 10,000 fibres per cubic metre in the air. Since one human being requires one cubic metre of air to inhale per hour there is enormous risk involved. As per research in US, any person breathing this level of asbestos for ten years would have a 3 out of 1000 risk to develop asbestos cancer.

April 7, 2012

Some Asbestos Fact

FACT ?? some forms of asbestos were not completely banned in the UK until 1999 and many asbestos containing materials were still manufactured up to the mid 1990??s, as such an asbestos survey is a legal requirement for all non domestic properties built before the year 2000.From the early 1900??s it is estimated that over 6 million tonnes of asbestos were imported into the U.K.

This asbestos was used in over 3000 documented building materials. Only an asbestos survey, carried out by a trained asbestos surveyor can identify the location of asbestos containing materials through an asbestos inspection and asbestos sample analysis in a UKAS accredited laboratory.

The main reason for this is that asbestos was used in sometimes quite small quantities, from just a few percent (but up to 100%) as part of the ingredients of other non asbestos containing materials such as; asbestos containing floor tiles and adhesives, asbestos containing linos, asbestos containing paper, asbestos containing textured coatings (commonly known as Artex), asbestos containing putty, asbestos containing sealants, asbestos containing floor bath panels, asbestos containing partition walls, asbestos containing doors, asbestos containing soffits and fascia panels, asbestos containing water tanks, asbestos containing insulation to pipes and heaters, asbestos containing roof tiles, asbestos containing cement roofs, asbestos containing packers around beams in floors, ceilings and walls, and as such the visual appearance of any building material may seem quite innocent but potentially hides a killer mineral?? asbestos.

An Asbestos Surveys is a legal requirement prior to any employed person working in a domestic or commercial property in the UK. The asbestos survey does not need to be conducted to the whole property if only a small section is due for alteration. For example, you can carry out and asbestos inspection of just the kitchen or bathroom, if those are the only rooms which are going to be worked in. The basic requirement is that if the fabric of the building is to be disturbed then this disturbance should be preceded by an inspection for asbestos containing materials.Quoting published HSE statistics in 2010 there is approximately between 0.5 million and 2 million commercial buildings still with asbestos containing materials. Llewellyn of BRE suggested that 75% of commercial building contain some asbestos.

This includes, corner shops, pubs, offices, factories, industrial buildings, basic work units, high street shops, hotels, in fact it can be present in any place of work, anywhere.There are approximately 2.4 million domestic properties (this includes houses, flats and bungalows) with asbestos containing materials.Increasingly insurance companies and solicitors are requesting that an asbestos survey is carried out prior to the completion of sale on properties built prior to the year 2000.

This year it is expected that 5000 people (nearly 14 people per day) will die of an asbestos related disease. By approximately 2020 this will have risen to 12000 people per year (nearly 33 people per day). The highest risk groups of people are those working in the building and allied trades.Using Transmission Electron Microscopy it has been shown that in the region of 60% of plumbers tested had been exposed to asbestos though company documents only showed that 20% had been working with asbestos containing materials.

An asbestos survey, (be this a refurbishment asbestos survey, Predemolition asbestos survey which have superseded the type 2 asbestos survey or management asbestos survey?? which has superseded the type 2 asbestos survey) carried out correctly can prevent these exposures, however the asbestos inspection has to be in place prior to works commencing. This is why the HSE have made it a legal mandatory requirement that persons in control of building premises and those in the building and allied trades, including, builders, plumbers, electricians, surveyors, architects, carpenters, shop fitters and demolition operatives have annual asbestos awareness training.

April 4, 2012

Asbestos-it's Dangerous ?

Found in many older buildings, it's safe removal and disposal is a must. But how do you spot it, and what do you do with it once it's found? What Is Asbestos? Asbestos is made up of long, thin fibrous crystals.

Asbestos is a naturally occurring silicate mineral that was used extensively in homes, offices, garages and other buildings during the 1950s to the mid-1980s primarily because of its resistance to heat, its sound insulation properties and its strength.Where Would I Find It?Asbestos was used in a great many products and materials, such as cement, insulation boards, floor tiles, ceiling tiles, roofs, panels, laggings and pipes.

Don't just assume that because your house pre-dates the 1950s that it won't be in there, too. Renovations done during the 1950s onwards on older houses may well have included asbestos as a material.Why Is Asbestos Dangerous? Asbestos is dangerous if you breathe in high levels of asbestos fibres, if you are working on or near damaged asbestos, or if you are exposed to low levels of it long term. If you suspect you are working in area where there may be asbestos, or you come across a material that you believe may be asbestos, stop working and seek advice.

Asbestos is generally not dangerous if it lies undisturbed or has not perished, cracked or chipped. Where Is Asbestos Found?The HSE recommends a cautious approach should be taken when working on any building pre-2000.* Asbestos cement - found in roofs, wall cladding, downpipes and gutters, flues and ventilation systems.
  • Textured coatings.
  • Floor tiles, textiles and composites - found under carpets, fuse boxes, under tiles and inside metal cladding.
  • Asbestos Insulating Board (AIB) - partition walls, fire-proofing panels in fire doors, lift shaft linings, ceiling tiles, panels below windows.
  • Loose fill asbestos - found in between cavity walls, under floorboards and in loft spaces.

Should I Go Looking For It? It's not advisable to go looking for asbestos unless you believe it has been used and may have perished or be unsafe, because undisturbed asbestos usually poses no problems. Often, and a major reason why people often don't know they have been exposed to it, it is difficult to tell the difference between asbestos insulating board items and non-asbestos materials, such as wall panels boards, ceiling tiles and plasterboard. What if you do find asbestos? How do you dispose of it?Firstly, if you are suspicious that something may be asbestos, simply don't begin to work on it.

Even if you are not suspicious, use protective equipment, including a suitable face mask, worn properly, when you are tackling demolition jobs. Wear a disposable overall, wash thoroughly and often, particularly your hands and face. Never sand, drill or saw asbestos materials. How Do I Dispose Of Asbestos? Never just chuck it in a skip. 

March 29, 2012

Asbestos information

With all of the information about asbestos that has been circulating within the past few decades, many people have been led to believe that this substance has been banned outright by the United States government. Unfortunately, even though it has been proven to lead directly to deadly diseases, such as the rare and aggressive cancer called mesothelioma, asbestos is still found in a wide range of products in the United States and around the world, and the Environmental Protection Agency has never issued a general ban on the use of asbestos.Sixty countries worldwide have banned the use of asbestos, either in whole or in part.

Beginning in the early 1970s, and continuing until the early 1990s, both the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have issued standards regulating the permissible levels of asbestos exposure in the workplace. Yet the material was one of the first hazardous air pollutants to be regulated under Section 112 of the Clean Air Act of 1970, which is also known as the NESHAP, or National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants.

Asbestos is a toxic material

A number of applications of asbestos have also been forbidden by the Toxic Substances Control Act, as well. Most developed nations also regulate or ban both the mining and importation of raw asbestos material. Nevertheless, most of these regulations and standards do not address the fact that asbestos remains in a number of existing structures and products. Although there is a general consensus that asbestos most likely remains safe when it is intact, it does have a tendency to become "friable," or easily broken or damaged, as it ages. When this occurs, even a slight impact-such as being struck by a tennis ball or a human hand-can release the microscopic asbestos fibers into the surrounding air, where they can be breathed in.

Asbestos meaning

What exactly is asbestos? A naturally occurring durable mineral with long, thin fibrous crystals, asbestos is found in some rock formations and is also mined in open pits. Most of the asbestos used in the United States has been brought in from Canada.

Asbestos has a number of extremely useful properties, which have been recognized-and prized-for centuries. It is not only extremely lightweight, durable and flexible, but it can also withstand heat, flame, electrical conductivity, corrosion, and other biological and chemical processes. Moreover, it can be mixed with building materials such as cement, concrete, metals and plastics, and can even be woven into cloth or spun into yarn. It versatility and abundance made it a valuable product in the construction, milling, shipbuilding and commercial products industries, especially throughout the twentieth century. Asbestos is made up of long, thin fibers, some of which are soft and curly, others of which are thin, needle-like and sharp. The first category of fibers are more easily expelled from the body, but the needle-like fibers, which help provide the durability and strength for which asbestos is valued, can become embedded in the body's soft tissues and remain there for years. Once inhaled, these fibers tend to target the mesothelium, which is a protective lining, composed of both inner and outer layers, that surround the body's internal organs and line the thoracic and abdominal cavities.

The mesothelial cells in these layers produce a type of lubricating liquid that is released in between the two layers. This liquid allows organs that move and expand, such as the lungs when a breath is taken, to do so easily and without causing friction when they contact other organs, such as the heart. Mesothelioma is a cancer of these mesothelial cells, usually located around the lungs, in which cells become abnormal and divide uncontrollably.

They may then begin to spread and cause damage to the nearby organs, and eventually the lymph system.It's estimated that 90 percent of all mesothelioma cases can be directly traced back to asbestos exposure, and that the remaining 10 percent, although there is no direct link, are most likely also due to asbestos inhalation. Although there is no level of exposure which is considered safe, most experts agree that prolonged or repeated exposure, which increases the amount of asbestos particulate accumulating in the body, is more likely to lead to asbestos diseases such as mesothelioma cancer and asbestosis.

It's even possible to transmit the fibers from one person to another, since they can become trapped in fabrics such as clothing. This means that even those who had no direct contact to the material, but merely shared a home with an asbestos worker, may nevertheless be at risk for contracting this devastating disease.After the diagnosis of this cancer, the patient will work with an oncologist to determine the proper treatment steps to take. Some of the more standard types of treatment include surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy.

There are also other treatments available such as clinical trials, which may include natural supplements, and alternative therapies such as acupuncture, hypnosis and massage. Because of delays in diagnosing this cancer, some patients can only be given options to help control the pain and keep them as comfortable as possible.Unfortunately, asbestos remains a danger in the United States and around the world. This once-ubiquitous building material is in countless homes, office buildings, schools, hospitals, factories and other locations. It may also exist in numerous consumer products in those homes, as well as in cars and ships. Every day, new reports come out about asbestos posing a hazard. If you or someone you love has worked in a trade where asbestos may have been widely used, or if you have had any known contact with an asbestos-containing consumer product, it's important to make your health care provider aware of this fact, and closely monitor your own health.

Some of the symptoms of mesothelioma include such non-specific issues such as coughing, persistent or bloody cough, back or chest pain, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, fatigue, and unexplained weight loss. If you have a history of asbestos exposure and any of these symptoms, see your doctor immediately. Like many cancers, mesothelioma can be treated if it is caught early enough.

March 28, 2012

Asbestos meaning

What Is Asbestos ? Asbestos disease, mesothelioma cancers, lung cancers and asbestosis are the diseases caused because of asbestos exposure. Asbestos constitutes different naturally occurring fibrous minerals in some rocks and soil. It has found widespread use in industries and building materials such as fireproofing, roofing shingles, electric insulation, furnace, hot pipe covering, and friction products.

Recent studies have, however, revealed that exposure to asbestos can have damaging health implication resulting in asbestos disease and mesothelioma for both workers in industries making use of asbestos as well as those who live in the environment surrounding such places. Workers may inhale fine asbestos particles in the air; they also become exposed through skin contact with asbestos or by swallowing asbestos fibers while at work. These workers are vulnerable to asbestos diseases as mesothelioma and asbestosis.

Asbestos effect

Serious Effects Of Asbestos Disease- MesotheliomaMesothelioma is the most serious of several asbestos-related diseases detected so far. This is because of the carcinogenic effect of asbestos particles.

Asbestos can cause cancer of the lungs, esophagus, colon, rectum, stomach, vocal chords, and kidneys. About 70 percent to 80 percent of all cases of asbestos disease mesothelioma - a rare type of cancer of the mesothelium, the membrane that covers and protects most of the body internal organs - are the result of asbestos exposure at work.Asbestos disease mesothelioma may not immediately manifest. The asbestos particles can lie dormant in the body for several years and manifest later, when the prognosis is very grim. It is possible that by the time the disease is diagnosed, the cancer may have already spread significantly.

Asbestos health

In view of health concerns all new uses of asbestos in the manufacturing industries have been banned in the United States from July 1989 onward. In particular, the use of asbestos in hand-held hair dryers was voluntarily stopped in 1979. Schools are required to test for use of asbestos roofing and it is removed or covered up.

Compensation To Victims Of Asbestos Disease MesotheliomaThe first case of asbestos disease mesothelioma was filed nearly 70 years ago. Employees in industries with considerable risk of asbestos poisoning are, in principle, eligible for mesothelioma compensation. The compensation is available only for those employees who run the risk of asbestos exposure since the 1940s. Recently, many mesothelioma patients have filed lawsuits for compensation. They have been awarded compensation on the ground that the owners of industries continued to use asbestos despite the information of the health hazards it entails. Currently, help is available to victims of asbestos disease mesothelioma through many specialized legal firms in the United States.

March 27, 2012

Exposed to asbestos

Doctors have long known the health risks associated with the use and exposure to asbestos. It is surprising that we have continued to produce and use asbestos in dozens of products even with all the well documented and known health problems that can occur when you are exposed to asbestos.

In recent times regulations have been implemented and passed to not only discover how much asbestos exists within a property but also how to deal with it and how to dispose of it. Asbestos surveys are conducted that always include an asbestos management plan and an asbestos register to ensure that the asbestos on a premise is recognized and inspected for exposure on a regular basis.

Asbestos management

An asbestos management plan can help a property owner decide if the asbestos found on their property is exposed and presenting a risk for exposure. The fibers of asbestos must be disturbed in a way that there fibers can be released into the air. Asbestos that is found in this condition is an extreme health risk. On the contrary asbestos that is in a sealed condition and the fibers are contained, does not carry a risk of exposure.

The asbestos management plan can help you determine not only what materials contain asbestos but also the ones whose fibers have been compromised and exposed to the air. Once these materials are recognized an asbestos management plan will instruct you as to the proper way to remove and dispose of them or how to keep them intact to prevent exposure.

The asbestos management plan will also contain an asbestos register that helps you keep a record of materials remaining on the property that contain asbestos even if they do not carry a risk for exposure. Drafting an asbestos management plans can be time consuming and costly but it can save lives. Products and materials that use asbestos are varied and common.

Asbestos used in 90’s

Asbestos has been widely produced and used well into the 90's and continue in some countries. You might not even be aware that an asbestos risk exists on your property. The experts that conduct these surveys and asbestos management plans and asbestos registers are highly trained. This ounce of prevention can alert you to a hidden killer that you may not even know exists.

When you consider the costs of the health care needed for individuals exposed to asbestos or the cost of a life the time and money spent for asbestos management plans and asbestos registers is insignificant. An asbestos register can help you monitor and keep track of any asbestos that may remain on the property after your survey. Not all asbestos kills.

Asbestos that is not in a deteriorated state should not be disturbed and left on the premises. However it is important to constantly monitor these materials to ensure that that stay in good condition. It is important to know where and what these materials are so that you can avoid disturbing them. The asbestos registers will help keep track of when and if they are tested.                                        

March 26, 2012

asbestos information

Are you in search of some inside information on asbestos? This is an up-to-date report from asbestos consultants who should know. The asbestos has arrived to schools. The ex college students-athletes, coachers and outside maintenance workers of the Oak Ridge Excessive School in El Dorado Hills, are being recommended to be checked for early signs of asbestos-related diseases.

This health check was advised by the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention for those who used or labored on the athletic fields, operating track, dirt paths and baseball diamonds of that school, before 2004 -2005 school year. On 2005, the college grounds have been cemented and landscaped. As well as, the asbestos-laden soil was changed from baseball diamonds. The federal Environmental Protection Agency accomplished this asbestos-containment work on the campus. Most of this info comes straight from the asbestos pros. Cautious studying to the top nearly guarantees that you will know what they know.

The school, which has about 1.800 students, was opened in 1984. Since that year on, all those who could have had some moderately lengthy-standing contact with amphibole asbestos fibers before the development, are beneficial to have that medical screening. The tremolite dust is the kind of asbestos widespread in El Dorado Hills and contains amphibole asbestos fibers. These fibers can cowl the lungs, elevating the danger of pleura disease and mesothelioma cancer.

Asbestos-associated changing 

Asbestos-associated diseases sometimes do not change into manifest until at the least ten years or extra after contact. Some of the signs can be coughing, shortness of breath and chest pain and doctors should pay attention to this if they are persistent.Signs of Asbestos Associated Lung CancerSymptoms of mesothelioma related lung most cancers include cough, issue in breathing, chest ache and detection of latest mass in chest x-ray report. Treatment choices differ in line with the stage of tumor. Surgical elimination helps in increasing survival time when disease is identified at an early stage.

Radiation and chemotherapy are some other therapy options to cure asbestos associated lung cancer in case of late diagnosis.Lengthy Latency Period, Short Survival TimeLike other asbestos related illnesses, most unfortunate facet of asbestos related lung most cancers is its lengthy latency period. Illness could lie dormant within the human body for decades after the exposure to asbestos particles.

Asbestos analysis

After analysis patient is left with little or no survival period to struggle the disease. Legal Treatment for Asbestos Related Lung Most cancersThe treatment of asbestos associated lung cancer is very expensive. Nevertheless, the good news is that the affected person suffering from asbestos associated lung most cancers may file lawsuits to hunt compensation for the businesses or people chargeable for causing asbestos exposure.

After all of the lessening efforts that have been put within the school, the district believes there is much much less asbestos-exposure menace now on the foothills site. When phrase will get round about your command of asbestos info, others who have to find out about asbestos will start to actively search you out. 

March 25, 2012

Asbestos is toxic

Should you don't want asbestos within your home, you'll be able to have it removed. Remember, asbestos is toxic so you have to employ a professional. In no way try to get rid of or repair these products by your self.

The very first thing to understand is asbestos removal is not low-cost, but it also depends on your circumstances. Just a little shopping around for the correct contractor can save you a great deal of funds.Are you currently searching for info relevant to about asbestos or other information somehow related to about , test, test or asbestos testing maine? If yes, this article will give you valuable insights related to about asbestos and even somehow related to about asbestos, test and asbestos testing maine which you may well not have been aware of.

Asbestos Powder

Asbestos can be a really fine powder that covers fiber and then is pressurized to form siding or ceiling tiles. Whenever you begin to pry them from the ceiling, the resulting powder will get inside the air, causing a possible threat. To quit this from happening, you have to soak the asbestos ceiling tiles with water. This will avoid them from powdering.Resilient floor tiles (vinyl asbestos, asphalt, and rubber), the backing on vinyl sheet flooring, and adhesives employed for installing floor tile.

Sanding tiles can release fibers. So may scraping or sanding the backing of sheet flooring throughout removal.SIDEBAR-- If you have the patience to go through the remainder of this post related to about asbestos you will certainly learn 1 or two issues which will prove really useful to you. Maintain correct on reading and be properly informed about about asbestos as well as other related about asbestos, test, or asbestos testing maine information.

asbestos victims to court

There are numerous attorneys specializing in taking the instances of asbestos victims to court. Actually, there are entire firms specializing in asbestos lawsuits. Which is why it should not be tough for you to find a qualified skilled who will argue your circumstances and get you the compensation that you simply rightfully deserve. Prior to you start your search, nonetheless, it really is worth seeking at the points an asbestos lawyer can do for you.Bear in mind, anyone you pay should be an asbestos removal skilled.

Asbestosare toxic so don't make an effort to move or repair them on your own. Hire an inspector to assist you decide what is very best to be done. Make certain the inspector is from a different organization than your contractor.We had been thrilled to understand that many people identified this article about asbestos and other about, test, test, and even asbestos testing maine helpful.The history of asbestos and how it's has endangered human mortality has plagued distinct societies since ancient times.
All through history should of these warnings have been ignored. Today, the use of asbestos is banned within the US and many other countries. This ban applies to manufacture, supply, storage, sale, use, reuse, installation and replacement of asbestos, except in unique circumstances (e.g. removal and disposal of asbestos, and research function).                              

March 23, 2012

asbestos fibers protection

For the protection of citizens against risks posed by asbestos fibres, laws of the Federal Government were make various asbestos. You are entitled to an asbestos lawsuit against the file, which are responsible for your asbestos related disease. Similar complaints are mostly against landlords, asbestos asbestos manufacturers, leasing, asbestos, installers, employers submitted.Asbestos information right can you win the process. Eat your asbestos suit you have settlement claim for medical bills, lost wages and other costs as your asbestos.

If you was exposed to asbestos fibres have, and it an opportunity that gives you through be influenced the fact, you can an asbestos lawsuit against the people responsible file that probably financially help prepare diseases. Should a lawsuit mesothelioma asbestos file, once you with asbestos related disease increase your chances on an asbestos claim and success in asbestos dispute be diagnosed.It follows the process of filing an asbestos lawsuit:, answers, discovery, set a trial date, agreed settlement before the hearing, the TrialTo claim are an asbestos and asbestos mesothelioma of complaint you have the chances of food have the following documents: 
  1. Health records and specialist testimonies are required to correlate the present health situation to asbestos exposure in order to have success in your asbestos litigation.
  2. You need to prove the source of asbestos exposure after you have filed asbestos mesothelioma lawsuit.
  3. Your lawyer will need to determine what products you were exposed to and the companies that manufactured or used those products knowingly for your success in your asbestos lawsuit.
  4. Employees of companies that used asbestos can use their work histories and job descriptions to document asbestos exposure and need to prove that their employers knew about the exposure, to make their asbestos claim more strong.
  5. Receipts or bills of sale can be extremely valuable in documenting exposure to asbestos and the company responsible. Your lawyer needs to prove that the company was aware of the use of asbestos material in their product.
  6. If you have been exposed to asbestos through building materials used to construct residential homes and public buildings. Then presence of asbestos and records of the companies involved needs to be documented to make your asbestos claim stronger.

March 21, 2012

Asbestos risk

We have long known the risks associated with the use of asbestos. Recently we these risks almost have ignored and continue to use and handling of asbestos with little knowledge of the real risk that people have there health and life. Asbestos is a real threat today, although their use is more regulated now many houses and buildings were constructed before rules were implemented. If you are considering a major renovation or demolition of a building, you should also an asbestos before demolition survey of trained and experienced asbestos surveyor need. The use of asbestos is widely used. It is used in several different types of building materials including soils and materials.

The use of asbestos is wide spread

Asbestos is used, isolate specific heat of extreme temperatures. For this reason, it has many uses and applications. An asbestos surveyor you can see what materials on your property may contain asbestos. In the event you or maybe just a new feature, the asbestos is so easy surveyor conduct a survey based on these requirements buy. It can remove unnecessary or even certain asbestos. It some cases an asbestos surveyor advise asbestos cannot be removed. This could be the situation if with asbestos-containing materials in good condition and the fibres are sealed and there is no danger from the air.

Asbestos guidance

The asbestos is surveyor record the presence of asbestos and give up notes you if it is corrupted and not how to get and check the condition of the asbestos. If rips on a building or do major renovations the goal of asbestos surveyor changes. An asbestos-pre demolition survey is the focus safe remove. Asbestos surveyor is to all materials that contain asbestos, to identify and help develop a plan, the safest way to remove the asbestos. Interfere with these deposits also ass, while an asbestos pre-demolition survey is your asbestos surveyor, if asbestos debris is currently available and what changes in the normal destruction must be process to minimize.

Special attention must be specified, if you to remove asbestos-containing materials. Normal could have devastating demolition and renovation practices, by the distribution of asbestos debris into the air and further against the fibers make microscopic. These very small fibers wearing the real dangers and must also all measures Getroffen are these materials with minimum destruction or disruption to remove. Their asbestos surveyor suggest possibilities to carry out your outline and or renovations in the safest way possible if asbestos is available. Becoming uses special equipment and procedures must, available to all people on the building and all tenants, to protect. Surveyor during an asbestos before demolition survey consulting services for your asbestos is priceless. It protects the lives of tenants and workers and prevent available, bring more life is in danger.

February 18, 2012

risk from asbestos insulation

Perhaps you have been hearing on the news about vermiculite insulation but are not sure what it is or how to protect your family from it. Vermiculite is a mineral that is naturally-occurring and has an abundance of shiny flakes. When this material heats, it expands to as much as 30 times the original size and is fire-resistant and extremely lightweight.
It was discovered in a mine close to Libby, Montana and was sold in the United States. It was initially thought to be a very good way to insulate homes and businesses. Unfortunately, the mine that produced much of this insulation contained asbestos, so the insulation that came from the mine was contained.
My Home Has the Vermiculite Insulation - is My Family at Risk?
Of course, it has been thoroughly documented that asbestos exposure can lead to a number of very serious health concerns, including mesothelioma. Just because insulation is present in your home, however, does not mean that you are at risk, even if it tests positive for asbestos. Asbestos, if not disturbed, by such actions as tearing down a wall containing asbestos can potentially be non-threatening.
Asbestos becomes toxic when it is disturbed. For example, if you find out that your home has vermiculite insulation and is contaminated with asbestos and pull out the insulation without a professionals help. This poses more of a risk than if you had just left the insulation undisturbed.
If you find that your home does have asbestos containing insulation, leave it alone. Consult a professional.
If I Go into My Attic am I at Risk?
If you must move some things about in your attic or place items in a space having asbestos-containing vermiculite insulation, the best thing to do is call an asbestos specialist to run tests. If asbestos is present he or she can help you.

January 20, 2012

asbestos is a real problem

There is something to be said for asbestos products. They are inexpensive, very resistant to heat and fire, extremely durable and sturdy, yet, flexible enough to be installed even in the toughest spots. Hence it is not really surprising that the asbestos floor tile was very popular up until the 1980s. And as a matter of fact, some recently conducted studies suggests that most of the floor tiles back then consisted of two main components; vinyl and asbestos.
But as we all know there is unfortunately also another side to the story. As long as the asbestos floor tiles stay intact and remain undamaged, there is supposedly, and according to many experts, no need to be concerned. However, even little scratches or ruptures create enough of a risk for anybody on site or in close proximity, to develop serious health issues, including mesothelioma, asbestosis and certain forms of lung cancers.
Primarily for financial reasons, a lot of homeowners who exactly face this kind of problem decide to put a new layer of different flooring on top of the asbestos floor tiling. This approach is questionable though, as it may not fully resolve the issue of still having microscopically small and toxic dust particles finding their way out, getting airborne and potentially being inhaled by the homeowners.
The certainly better, yet, more costly option is to remove the damaged asbestos tiles entirely. However, that is not an easy task. Usually, all vinyl asbestos tiles were glued to the floor and it requires the adequate gear to get them removed. In this is the reason why it is highly recommendable to hire a professional asbestos removal company for the job. I strongly suggest not to add that to your 'do-it-yourself' list; the risk of doing severe damage to your health is simply too high.
I have kidney cancer and it might very well be that I got it from being exposed to asbestos, while I helped my father cutting and preparing asbestos sheets, which we later mounted on to the outside walls of our house. That was back in the mid 80s and according to my pathology report and the characteristics of my cancer, it is quite possible that I started to develop my disease over 20 years ago. This would pretty much fall into the time window where I got in unprotected contact with the material, on a daily basis over the course of several months.
Long story short; if you want to get rid of your asbestos floor tile, it is certainly advisable to hire an expert to get the job done safely and without exposing yourself to an unnecessary risk.
The author Tony Ulrich was diagnosed with kidney cancer in October of 2009. In his research on what his cancer could have been caused by, he came across with data that suggests a strong link to environmental toxics, such as asbestos.

Testing for Asbestos Contaminated Floor Tiles

If you have an older home that includes certain types of flooring such as asphalt tiles, vinyl and even sheet vinyl, it may have been installed using asbestos. It may surprise many to learn that asbestos has been used for 100's of years in many cultures. It was used due to its strength, durability, and anti-inflammatory properties.
Unfortunately, during the industrial revolution, asbestos became very popular and, at the time, was thought to be a good material for use building new homes and businesses. Of course, by the 1980's, the link between asbestos and mesothelioma was no longer able to be challenged by the makers. It was clear that asbestos was not the safe, durable product that had been advertised.
Of course, the use of asbestos fell sharply, but many homes and businesses were left with asbestos walls, ceilings and flooring.
What if My Tile Floor Tests Positive for Asbestos?
Tile flooring that was installed between the 1950's and through the early 1980's may contain asbestos. If the tiles are in good shape, tightly intact and there is no reason to remove them. You cannot become contaminated by asbestos simply by walking on a tiled flooring in which asbestos was used. Generally, you cannot tell if the tile was installed using asbestos just by visually looking at it.
Asbestos becomes dangerous when you disturb it, by pulling up the tile and placing new tile or flooring. The dust and fumes can get into your lungs, and you may become sick several years later. Many people may have replaced their floor tiles without even realizing that they contained asbestos, which means that they took no precautions when replacing the flooring.
Many people who are exposed to asbestos when it is disturbed, by actions such as changing tiles, may be at risk for developing mesothelioma, a serious asbestos related cancer. Now that the health concerns regarding asbestos have been exposed, it is vital to avoid removing tile in your home if it was installed before 1980. Instead, you will want to have it tested by a professional to see if asbestos is present. If asbestos is present, then you have to decide with the help of the professional the best course of action. If the tile is loose and chipped, replacing it may be the best option.
You do not want to take on the removal process on your own. You will need to hire a professional to come in and change out the tile so that they do so without causing risk to you and your family.
Final Thoughts
Many people who have been unknowingly exposed to asbestos have become ill years later with several different kinds of cancers, breathing issues and heart problems.