Before you are permitted to conduct any building modifications an asbestos inspection is required. Contact EMS to have our certified team head to your facility to conduct inspections & testing to ensure your safety and compliance.
Here is a link to OSHA’s full documentation on pre-construction inspections.
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral composed of soft and flexible fibers that are resistant to heat, electricity & corrosion. It is also an effective insulator, and it can be used in cloth, paper, cement, plastic & other materials to make them stronger. These qualities make the mineral useful!
Dating back to the stone ages and ancient Egyptians mined asbestos to protect and strengthen the material. Due to its fireproof nature, it has been continued to be mined and used through the middle ages into the modern era. Before the late 1800s, the medium could be found in a variety of objects ranging from torches, jackets helmets, paper & more. It was not until the late 1980s that the EPA finally banned asbestos-containing products in K-12 schools. The building material is still found in modern construction.
This reinforces why any construction project needs an asbestos inspection conducted by a licensed professional before starting.
When asbestos dust is inhaled or ingested, mineral fibers can become permanently trapped in the body. This exposure is highly toxic and dangerous. A rare form of lung cancer known as Mesothelioma is a result of long term exposure.
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Nate Papaik is a Project Manager and Estimator for the environmental division of EMS, Inc. He started as a laborer in 2002, attained his supervisor license in 2010, and became a member of management in 2012.
Nate specializes in asbestos, lead, and mold. He attended college at IPFW and spent 6 years in the Marine Corps.
In his free time, Nate particularly enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 daughters.
Asbestos, a toxic mineral, poses dangers when its dust is inhaled or swallowed. It is not absorbed through the skin or present in our food.
Don’t Panic Asbestos Is Not Radioactive!
If asbestos-containing materials are in good condition, leaving them undisturbed may be an option. However, if they are deteriorating, it is advisable to replace them with a safer alternative.
Although any exposure to asbestos dust is considered unhealthy, serious health complications typically occur after prolonged exposure.
If you experience persistent respiratory or gastrointestinal symptoms after exposure, consult your doctor and inform them about your history of asbestos exposure for appropriate screening.
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Determining whether a material contains asbestos by visual inspection alone is impossible. Any material that contains asbestos should be clearly labeled as such. When in doubt, it is best to treat the material as if it contains asbestos or have it professionally sampled and analyzed.
Environmental Management Specialists, Inc. can provide qualified professionals who know what to look for and can conduct safe sampling.
It is crucial to avoid taking samples yourself, as improper handling can be more hazardous. If the material is in good condition and will not be disturbed, it is generally recommended to leave it undisturbed.
Only damaged or to-be-disturbed material should be sampled.
If the building material is in good condition and will not be disturbed, no action is needed. However, if it poses a problem, there are two options: repair and removal.
Repairing asbestos involves sealing or covering the material. Sealing (encapsulation) binds the fibers together or coats the material to prevent fiber release. This should be done by trained professionals or with the assistance of EMS. Covering (enclosure) involves placing a protective wrap or jacket around the material to contain the asbestos fibers.
In both cases, the asbestos remains in place. Repair is often more cost-effective than removal, but removal may be necessary in the future and could be more costly. For expert advice and assistance, Contact EMS for a safe and reliable solution.
If the asbestos-containing materials (ACM) in your building are in good condition and not expected to be disturbed, removal may not be necessary. However, if the ACM is damaged or likely to be disturbed during construction activities, it is crucial to contact a licensed and accredited asbestos building inspector, project designer, and/or abatement contractor.
For all asbestos-related situations, rely on the expertise of your local professionals at EMS. Contact us at (260) 637-9414 for assistance and guidance.
Polyurethane foam: An affordable and efficient insulation solution. It creates a tight seal that reduces the spread of dust and mold, making it ideal for families with allergies. Most commonly used in roofing applications.
Amorphous silica fabric: A high-quality cloth woven from nearly pure amorphous silica fibers. These fibers are non-combustible and durable. While primarily used in aerospace, shipyards, and power-generating scenarios, they are not typically used in residential applications.
Cellulose fiber: Made from materials like cotton, wood pulp, or shredded paper. Chemically treated to enhance its properties, it offers a recycled content of 5-15%, making it an environmentally friendly choice.
Thermoset plastic flour: Composed of wood fibers and binders, such as egg or gelatin. It provides insulation against heat, cold, and sound.
At EMS, we understand that every situation is unique, which is why we provide FREE quotes for asbestos abatement and remediation. We are here to guide you on what tasks you can handle yourself and what should be left to professionals.