Asbestos is a carcinogen that can cause lung cancer, mesothelioma, asbestosis, and other serious respiratory ailments. Thousands of building materials were manufactured with asbestos before it was banned in 1970 and there are over 2000 commercial applications for asbestos, including: spray-on materials, debris and dust, pipe insulation, pipe joints, boiler and tank insulation, duct insulation, ceiling tiles or panels, floor tiles, and transite panels (heat protection). Over time, these materials degrade or are disturbed and their asbestos fibers are released.
Asbestos is typically sealed, wrapped, or bonded to prevent ambient suspension or transport. However, friable asbestos that is disturbed or of poor physical integrity is prone to prolonged ambient suspension and migration. Ambient migration includes such pathways as air conveyance systems and air currents within the occupied space, doorways, and structural breaches. Asbestos may also be transported when particles attach to contents, garments, or individuals to those secondary sources move to other locations. Most asbestos-related diseases don’t arise until years after exposure.
Our team can perform dust, bulk, air, and soil sampling to provide the following:
Prior to testing for asbestos, IAQ Management Services ensures that proper containment measures are taken to protect the safety of its clients.
It is important to test for asbestos in these situations:
A word of caution: Removing or disturbing areas containing asbestos improperly can increase a hazard. Asbestos fibers can be spread throughout buildings if proper containment measures are not taken.