Asbestos Survey and Testing in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island
Asbestos is a broad term for a group of fibrous minerals that were used widely in the construction of buildings and in products. More specifically, according to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), asbestos was commonly used as materials, in such things as walls, floor tiles, pipes, automobile manufacturing, electrical components, cement, roofing, and more.
Unfortunately for many Americans, asbestos is also carcinogenic. Epidemiological studies have proven a definite correlation between asbestos inhalation and mesothelioma cancer, which is almost always fatal within a few short years.
For this reason, it is no longer used in the vast majority of building materials or in construction work, because of the harm it can cause to workers and individuals who will later occupy the building.
There are six different types of asbestos:
- Actinolite asbestos
- Amosite asbestos
- Anthophyllite asbestos
- Chrysotile asbestos
- Crocidolite asbestos
- Tremolite asbestos
Asbestos Can Be Dangerous
The reason asbestos was used so commonly was that asbestos is immune to corrosion, heat, and is extremely durable - essentially perfect for construction purposes.
However, the reason that asbestos is no longer used in a majority of construction jobs and products is because of the harm it causes to individuals and workers. The tiny particles that make up asbestos are absorbed through the respiratory system creating various health problems and cancers.
Despite the dangers associated with Asbestos, many are shocked to learn that there has never been a ban on all asbestos in the United States. Others are unaware that asbestos issues often appear whenever building restoration or renovation work needs to be done.
Even building contractors often don’t know that agencies at the state and federal levels require certified inspectors to assess asbestos-containing building materials prior to any restorations, renovations, or demolitions.
Whether the need is a limited test to verify if lead paint is present, a larger scale bridge remediation project, hazardous waste characterization, or a HUD/State lead-based paint (LBP) assessment, RPF Environmental has the experience and capability to help.
Our team consists of certified professionals who have successfully completed thousands of projects involving hazardous building material surveys, pre-renovation and demolition asbestos inspections, site assessments, PCBs, mold, universal waste and hazardous wastes, and management of site remediation/abatement.
Due to the toxic nature of asbestos, it is important that you get your environment surveyed by a professional, independent of any abatement or remediation contractors. Following a survey, asbestos can be removed; however, it is an extremely technical process that requires the appropriate protective gear and knowledge regarding the condition of the asbestos.
Typically, asbestos in good condition doesn’t represent a hazard; but when deteriorated or impacted by renovation or demolition work, asbestos can become airborne, resulting in human exposure and harm to the environment.
That is why it is best to contact a licensed professional at RPF Environmental for all your asbestos needs. Furthermore, there are federal, state, and local regulations that must be followed.
RPF Environmental offers the following asbestos services:
- Asbestos assessment
- Waste characterization
- Air, water, and surface dust testing and analysis
- Litigation support
- Accredited laboratory analysis
- Remediation design, bid, and contract administration
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Our industry-leading professionals have serviced customers ranging from building owners and small businesses to construction clients and Fortune 500 companies. With a network that encompasses all New England and beyond, we are equipped to help you quickly deal with any hazardous material.
You can count on RPF Environmental to deliver some of the fastest responses in the industry and to provide exceptional solutions that are tailored to your needs. Discover what decades of know-how and proven dedication can do for you.
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