Asbestos is commonly found in fire-proofing applications, acoustical spray on ceilings, pipe insulation, resilient floor coverings, exterior sidings, caulking, 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.
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.
As outlined by The Environmental Information Association
Current federal regulations:
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.
Attic and wall insulation
Recessed lighting fixtures
Valve packing and insulation
Vibration damping cloth
Swimming pool plaster
Asbestos cement pipe, shingles, panels, siding (transite™)