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Asbestos Abatement

Snyder Environmental has the manpower, equipment, training, and knowledge to manage and abate regulated materials in extensive commercial, industrial, federal, and military projects.

Asbestos is commonly found in fire-proofing applications, acoustical spray on ceilings, pipe insulation, resilient floor coverings, exterior sidings, calking, and roofing materials. Asbestos is known for its thermal properties, durability and was very commonly used up until the mid 1970s. An estimated 3,000 products have been manufactured that contain asbestos, and there is still no prohibition on the manufacturing or installation of these materials.

 

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Why is Asbestos Hazardous?

Asbestos fibers can be inhaled and lodged in a person’s lungs then, possibly, migrate to other locations of the body. These fibers, loosened from deteriorating or damaged asbestos-containing materials, are responsible for causing asbestosis, mesothelioma and lung cancer.

Who is most at Risk?

  • Occupationally exposed workers
  • Children (prone to retaining inhaled fibers for decades)
  • Occupationally exposed smokers (enhanced risk of lung cancer)

Are there any Current Federal Regulations?

As outlined by The Environmental Information Association

Current federal regulations:

  • ban most mechanical system insulation and spray applied products, but do not restrict the use of most of the above list in new buildings,
  • specify work practices for the disturbance of asbestos-containing material, and
  • require the identification of asbestos in schools (AHERA) and in commercial and public buildings that are to be remodeled or demolished by either assuming or presuming it’s presence or by sampling (OSHA, NESHAP).

Exposure standards exist for the workplace (OSHA) and to clear abatements in schools (AHERA).

Regardless of when a building was constructed, regulated asbestos-containing materials must be removed prior to general renovation and demolition in accordance with specific government standards including those of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In addition, Arkansas’ Department of Environmental Quality enforces the delegated NESHAP program, in addition to current state regulations. To ensure compliance and to mitigate liability, all buildings should be surveyed by a properly licensed inspector prior to any activity that could disturb asbestos fibers.

What are the most common building materials and components found to contain Asbestos?

Accoustical texture

Fire-proofing

Plaster

Joint compound

Wall texture

Spackle

Attic and wall insulation

Resilient flooring

Mastic

Recessed lighting fixtures

Wiring

Elevator brakes

Fire doors

Piping insulation

Piping joints

Gaskets

Valve packing and insulation

Exhaust pipe

Exhaust hoods

Lab benches

Blackboards

Duct insulation

Duct tape

Boiler blocking

Vibration damping cloth

Building panels

Siding

Shingles

Roofing felt

Roofing tar

Textured paint

Flashing

Water-proofing putty

Window caulking

Door insulation

Stucco

Mortar

Concrete

Swimming pool plaster

Asbestos cement pipe, shingles, panels, siding (transite™)