What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is an umbrella term used to describe six different naturally occurring minerals that are carcinogenic to humans. When the minerals are broken down, they yield fibers that are extremely strong. In the past, asbestos was added to a variety of products to create a more durable building material and to provide insulation and fire resistance. Many of these building materials, such as floor tile, piping insulation, ceiling tiles and window glazing are still present where they were initially installed. Before deciding to remove building materials that may contain asbestos, responsible home and business owners should first have these materials inspected for asbestos.
Asbestos can be present in many areas of a structure.
If you own a building constructed or significantly modified prior to 1990, it may contain asbestos. The OSHA regulation 29 CFR 1910.1101 requires owners to know the condition of asbestos in their buildings and if tenants and/or employees are being exposed.
If you are planning a renovation or demolition, EPA regulations require you to know the extent of asbestos in your building prior to the start of work.
Aside from regulations, many property owners, prospective buyers, and renters have reason to be concerned about the potential presence of asbestos in their facility, workplace or home. Keystone can assist you in discovering and documenting the presence or absence of asbestos containing building materials, whether you are a commercial entity or concerned homeowner.
Asbestos Air Sampling
Air sampling typically arises as a result of two actions: during and after abatement (removal) activities or after a homeowner or contractor unwittingly removes an asbestos containing material without following the legal (and safe) process. Improper removal means that your building or residence may be contaminated with particulate asbestos, putting occupants at risk. Keystone can assist in determining the extent of contamination and provide recommendations on the best course of action.