Asbestos Abatement Companies: Performing A Herculean Task
Asbestos Abatement Company is a company, duly approved by a competent authority, for asbestos abatement. Such companies are specialized to perform the actual removal of asbestos containing materials from the buildings. Asbestos is a group of naturally occurring silicate minerals. It is made up of thin, long, flexible, strong and durable fibers that are resistant to heat and fire. Because of these properties, asbestos was widely used in building and insulation materials, fireproofing, cement, pipe covering, refractory materials, gaskets, floor tiles and joint compounds during 1890 to 1970. Government banned the use of asbestos after it was established that exposure to asbestos particles suspended in the air is the only cause of many asbestos related diseases including a very rare but deadly type of cancer called mesothelioma. Asbestos Abatement Company is responsible to perform its duty in accordance with the federal, state and local regulations.
Asbestos Abatement Company first looks for an accredited asbestos building inspector. Building inspection is necessary to locate and identify all asbestos containing materials in the building. Different states have different laws to regulate building inspection. For example, in few states building inspection report is not accepted if it is more then three years old. This type of regulation makes sense because an old report may not represent the present condition of the building. Building inspection report is useful not only in locating asbestos containing materials but also during pricing, bidding and subsequent removal of asbestos containing materials.
After completion of the inspection report, the Asbestos Abatement Company utilizes the report to design the removal of asbestos containing materials with the help of an accredited asbestos project designer. Asbestos project designer designs the safe and expedient removal of asbestos containing material in accordance with all applicable federal, state and local regulations. Because of the state regulations and complexity of the project, it is advisable to hire a separate project-monitoring agency, duly approved by a competent authority, to make it sure that Asbestos Abatement Company is performing its job according to the agreed terms.
Asbestos abatement companies must be aware of the National Emissions Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants' (NESHAPs) requirements such as removal of friable asbestos containing materials before demolition of the buildings. Removal of non-friable asbestos containing materials is also necessary if they are likely to become friable during the demolition process.
About the Author: Kirsten Hawkins is a asbestos and mesothelioma specialist from Nashville, TN. Visit http://www.asbestosblog.org/ for information on asbestos reform, mesothelioma lawsuit news, and more.