Asbestos Removal

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Asbestos comes from the earth as a mineral. As a matter of fact, Asbestos is not a manmade fiber. Pound for pound stronger than steel. It is removed and mined from the earth similar to how copper and iron are. When Asbestos is crushed it does not make dust like ordinary rocks. Asbestos will break into tiny, and sharp fibers that a microscopic (invisible to the eye). Newer buildings which were built in the 1980’s don’t have as much asbestos in them. All of us are unable to taste, see or feel asbestos fibers making airborne concentration detection during demolition impossible without laboratory air testing. Over the years it has been widely used in over 3000 different consumer materials worldwide. The primary reasons for its popularity are due to its cost, strength, malleability and resilience to extreme heat. There are three common types of asbestos found in buildings. Chrysotile is a white colored asbestos that is mainly from Canada. Amosite is a brown or grey asbestos from Southern Africa and Crocidolite is a blue colored asbestos typically from South Africa and Australia.

There are three main respiratory diseases that originate from asbestos fiber exposure. They are called asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma. Proper removal of asbestos is crucial for the safety of the occupants inside a building. As a Building Moving and Demolition Contractor with the California state contractor license board, SoCal Removal is also licensed by the Department of Safety and Health as a California asbestos removal asbestos certified contractor to remove this liability safely and efficiently out of your home or work place.

Asbestos Rules & Laws

There are countless laws and regulations in regards to Asbestos. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) set nationwide federal standards by creating and enforcing the following regulations:
Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) – 40 CFR Parts 763. This mandated that all schools must be inspected for asbestos and develop and follow a special Operations and Maintenance plan for handling asbestos building materials.
Asbestos School Hazard Abatement Reauthorization Act (ASHARA) Public Law 101-637 which helped provide money to schools for proper asbestos removal
National Emissions Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) 40 CFR 61, Subpart M

What You Need To Know

The National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants is part of the Clean Air Act. This act specifically states that asbestos be kept out of the air. There should never be so much asbestos that you see it in the air. The EPA treats asbestos as a hazardous air pollutant.
NESHAP set federal guidelines for handling asbestos as well. For instance, asbestos certified contractors are unable to drop asbestos debris bags more than 50 feet during high rise demolition or renovation projects.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has regulations that cover worker safety. We as the employer have the obligation to keep a work place safe for our employees. This is crucial due to asbestos being classified as a hazardous material that will cause life threatening diseases down the road if the exposure is great enough to the individual at risk. OSHA has two key regulations that cover the asbestos industry federally. Construction Industry Asbestos Standard (29 CFR 1926.1101) and the Respirator Standard (29 CFR 1910.134). As an asbestos certified contractor we must follow guidelines set forth by the Construction Industry Asbestos Standard which talks about the following: Air Sampling Protocols, Work Standards, Protective Suits, Medical Exams, Recordkeeping, Negative Air Pressure, Respirators, Decons.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health is a federal agency that covers worker safety and health and reports its findings to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). California has their own set of asbestos regulations which are more stringent than the nations federal laws.

What Is Involved and What You Can Expect: Asbestos Testing

Asbestos surveys should always be conducted by a non-interested 3rd party which is California state licensed or certified asbestos consultant individual. To locate a California Asbestos Consultant (CAC) you can click this link. and click view entire listing. You can also hire a CSST which is a Certified Site Surveillance Technician as long as they are working in conjunction with a licensed CAC. Asbestos testing fees will vary from 500 dollars to several thousand depending on the asbestos project removal complexity and number of samples taken.

How SoCal Removal Handles Asbestos Removal in Orange County, CA

Asbestos is dangerous when it is in the air. When asbestos is in the air you will not be able to see it but you can breathe or inhale it unnoticeably. In the county of Orange we must follow local standards and regulations set forth by South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) and Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) which is also known as Cal/OSHA. This includes setting up proper engineering controls to precnt the spread during demolition and timely full disclosure of project details with initiation commencement date and manifesting disposal of asbestos fibers to hazardous waste sites. Records of waste and job details should be kept as long as 30 years.

Why Hire SoCal Removal For Removing Asbestos?

Andre Abajian and crew understand the science behind asbestos certified and removal. Science is important but providing value while maintaining proper implementation of safety procedures, cleanliness, organization and communication with occupants, clients and jobsite neighbors are key elements behind our success. We realize that the difference between doing a good job or a sloppy one could cost our health! Our certified technicians understand the factors that affect worker performance on a project. SoCal Removal have become familiar with developing worker motivation management skills which will only allow us to continue to expand into the Orange County, Southern California asbestos removal industry.

Found In Business And Homes Common Asbestos Materials

• Acoustical (sound) plaster
• Adhestive backing for floor coverings
• Acoustical (sound) tiles
• Boiler insulation
• Caulking, putties
• Ceiling insulation
• Checmical tanks
• Decorative plaster
• Dropped ceiling tiles
• Duct insulation
• Electrical insulation
• Fire blankets
• Fire curtains
• Fire doors
• Fireproofing on beams
• Mastic
• Paper products
• Paints and coatings
• Pipe gaskets
• Pipe insulation
• Plaster/stucco
• Roofing felts
• Siding
• Spackling
• Transite countertops and lab hoods
• Transite (cemente) sheets
• Transite (cement) pipes
• Valves/packing
• Vinyl-asbestos floor tiles

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