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ASBESTOS MYTHS & FACTS

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ASBESTOS MYTHS & FACTS

MYTH: Asbestos is no longer a problem in the U.S.

FACT: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine reported in its September 2004 issue that asbestos is still a hazard for 1.3 million US workers in the construction industry and for workers involved in the maintenance of buildings and equipment.

MYTH: Asbestos has been banned from use in the U.S.

FACT: On July 12, 1989, the EPA issued a final rule under Section 6 of The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) banning most asbestos-containing products in the U.S. In 1991, the rule was vacated and remanded by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Most of the original ban on the manufacture, importation, processing, or distribution in commerce for most of the asbestos-containing product categories originally covered in the 1989 final rule was overturned.

MYTH: If an asbestos-containing material gets disturbed, vacuuming it up will resolve any issues.

FACT: Asbestos fibers can be small enough that they cannot be seen, can linger in the air for up to 72 hours, and can penetrate even the best vacuum bags.

MYTH: An asbestos survey is not required if the building was constructed after 1980.

FACT: An asbestos survey is always required before the renovation or demolition of a building.

MYTH: Construction materials produced after 1980 do not contain asbestos.

FACT: Most asbestos containing products can still be manufactured, imported, processed and distributed in the U.S.; however, the production and use of asbestos has declined significantly.

WHAT MATERIALS COULD CONTAIN ASBESTOS?

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WHAT MATERIALS COULD CONTAIN ASBESTOS?

Roofing materials, drywall mud . . . . check the label! Does it say contains CHRYSOTILE, AMOSITE, CROCIDOLITE, TREMOLITE, ACTINOLITE AND ANTHOPHYLLITE?! That’s asbestos. Does it say contains natural-occuring fibers? That could be asbestos!

  • Asbestos-cement
  • Corrugated sheet
  • Asbestos flat sheet
  • Asbestos clothing
  • Pipeline wrap
  • Roofing felt
  • Vinyl-asbestos floor tile
  • Asbestos-cement shingle
  • Millboard
  • Asbestos-cement pipe
  • Automatic transmission components
  • Clutch facings
  • Friction materials
  • Disc brake pads
  • Drum brake linings
  • Brake blocks
  • Gaskets
  • Non-roofing and roof coatings

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MY CHILD’S SCHOOL HAS ASBESTOS???

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My Child’s School has Asbestos in It?  Should I be worried?

 Local education agencies are required under the asbestos-containing material in school rule, Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) to inspect for and manage asbestos-containing materials through an asbestos management plan.

The local education agency can safely and effectively manage asbestos-containing materials that are in good condition.

The risk from asbestos is when it is damaged or disturbed and asbestos fibers are released into the air where it can be inhaled.  Schools are required to undertake a timely and appropriate maintenance or response actions whenever asbestos-containing materials deteriorate to the state of potential fiber release.

Asbestos that is undamaged and properly managed poses little health risk to building occupants. Undamaged asbestos is best left undisturbed and managed.

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I THOUGHT ASBESTOS WAS BANNED?

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I thought asbestos was banned!

On July 12, 1989, the EPA issued a final rule under Section 6 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) banning most asbestos-containing products in the United States.

In 1991, the rule was vacated and remanded by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.  Most of the original ban on the manufacture, importation, processing, or distribution of most asbestos-containing materials were overturned.

Only bans still in existence are on corrugated paper, rollboard, commercial paper, specialty paper, flooring felt and any new uses of asbestos.

Although most asbestos containing products can still legally be manufactured, imported, processed and distributed in the U.S., according to the U.S. Geological Survey, the production and use of asbestos has declined significantly.

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QUESTIONS ABOUT ASBESTOS???

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FAQs about Asbestos:

What is asbestos?

  • Asbestos is a mineral fiber that naturally occurs in rock and soil.
  • Asbestos was used in a variety of building materials because of its fiber strength, heat resistance, water resistance and ability to make materials stronger.
  • It was known as a “miracle” component for building materials.

How do I know if I have asbestos in my home or building?

  • The only way to be sure whether a building component contains asbestos is to have it tested by a qualified laboratory.

When should I be concerned about the asbestos in my home or building?

  • When building components are deteriorating or damaged.
  • When planning a renovation or demolition project in which potential asbestos-containing material may be disturbed.

What is an asbestos inspection?

  • When an individual inspects a building or facility for the presence and location of asbestos-containing material or suspected asbestos-containing material.

Who can perform an asbestos inspection?

  • Only a person trained, certified, and licensed as an Asbestos Inspector.

When and why is asbestos dangerous?

  • Asbestos is dangerous when fibers are released into the air.
  • Fibers are typically released from the asbestos-containing material begins to deteriorate, when it is disturbed during renovation or demolition work, and when it is disturbed in any manner that causes a fiber release.
  • Asbestos fibers are easily inhaled or ingested. The fibers are so small they can pass through the body’s defense mechanism and lodge into an individual’s lungs and other organs, leading to asbestos-related diseases.

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Asbestos Management Plans for Schools

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Under the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) of 1986, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published on October 30, 1987, the Asbestos-Containing Materials in Schools rule. All non-profit elementary and secondary schools nationwide, both public and private must comply with the AHERA rule and are required to develop and maintain an up-to-date Asbestos Management Plan (AMP). They must also conduct training, inspections, and sampling related to asbestos, and provide yearly notification to parents, teachers and employee organizations about the AMP and any asbestos-related activities.

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Not Devils of the Past

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Asbestos and lead-based paint aren’t devils of the past.
They can still be found, and they can cause fatal health problems.

 

Despite cleanup efforts, there is still enough asbestos and lead-based paint to last for generations. While not dangerous if remained undisturbed, if not maintained properly, they can deteriorate and become a serious health hazard to both adults and children. Many homeowners or businesses can’t afford lead-based paint or asbestos abatement. It can cost thousands of dollars depending on the size of the project. Fortunately, if lead-based paint is covered with non-lead paint, you can safely live in the home. The same goes for asbestos if it is encapsulated. But these are temporary fixes if not maintained. Some states have housing programs that can help residents remove health hazards from their homes.

Not only is there an immense amount of asbestos and lead that exist from previous use, but the use of these products today has not been entirely banned.

The manufacture, importation, processing and distribution in commerce of these asbestos-containing products are not banned:

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Why Hire a Contractor for Asbestos Removal?

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Why hire a contractor for asbestos removal?

Asbestos removal is complicated.

 

Hiring an asbestos abatement company is not only the easiest way to remove asbestos, but is also the SAFEST.

Contractors, facilities managers and others cannot safely remove asbestos without proper training and licensing.

Complications of Doing-It-Yourself:

  • Only Residential properties: Asbestos removal by homeowner is limited to residential property. A certified abatement professional must do the work on a commercial property.
  • Single-family only: Self-removal can only be performed in single-family residences. This does not include multiple-family units or mixed-use buildings that contain a residential unit.
  • Permits are required and vary by location. In one area, several agencies could be regulating asbestos removal.
  • Proper disposal: Asbestos cannot be put with the regular garage. It must be disposed of at an approved facility.

While it’s legal for homeowners to remove asbestos themselves, asbestos can cause life-threatening diseases if not properly removed. Disease symptoms may take many years to develop following exposure and can be difficult to identify.

The three primary health concerns associated with asbestos exposure are:

  • Lung cancer.
  • Mesothelioma, a cancer that is found in the thin lining of the lung, chest, abdomen and heart.
  • Asbestosis, a serious progressive, long-term disease of the lungs.

Smokers are at greater risk.

Are you the “AHERA Designated Person”?

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Are you the “AHERA Designated Person”?

Then you’re in charge of implementing an Asbestos Management Plan.

 

Public school districts and non-profit schools for grades K-12 are required to develop, maintain and update Asbestos Management Plans. These plans document asbestos response actions, locations of the asbestos within schools, and any action taken to repair and remove the material.

Records must be maintained in the Asbestos Management Plan.

The records listed below are required by the EPA to be in the Asbestos Management Plan.

  • Name and address of each school building and whether the building has asbestos-containing building material (ACBM), and the type of asbestos-containing material (ACM).
  • Date of the original school inspection
  • Plan for re-inspections
  • Blueprints that clearly identifies the locations of ACBM that remains in the school
  • Description of any response action or preventive measures taken to reduce asbestos exposure
  • Copy of the analysis of any building, and the name and address of any laboratory that sampled the material
  • Name, address, and telephone number of the “AHERA Designated Person” to ensure the duties of the school district or non-profit private school are carried out
  • Description of steps taken to inform workers, teachers, and students or their legal guardians about inspections, re-inspections, response actions, and periodic surveillance