For commercial and public properties, building owners and managers should follow DEP Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Guidance plans to establish a program for the management of asbestos-containing materials in the buildings. In public buildings such as a school, the DEP has separate and distinct regulatory requirements for asbestos remediation, meaning that the removal process is taken very seriously.
Asbestos in Older Buildings: Are You At Risk?
Once widely used in residential, commercial, and industrial building and construction materials, many older homes, offices, schools, and commercial and public buildings still contain original materials that were made with asbestos. There is a good chance that some of the flooring, siding, insulation, shingles and many other common building materials in these older properties consist of asbestos. On the positive side, asbestos is not dangerous until it begins to wear. However, once it begins to show aging, fibers are released, become airborne, and can be inhaled.
Hire a Certified Asbestos Remediation Specialist
Commercial or residential property owners should not wait. To safely remove the hazardous material, contact a certified asbestos specialist like those at Octagon Cleaning & Restoration– trying to remove asbestos yourself is illegal. Asbestos professionals are those workers, contractors, supervisors, and inspectors who have gone through an accredited EPA Model Accreditation Plan (MAP).
They know what to look for, can take samples for analysis, and prevent an increased health risk if fibers are released. Untrained personnel taking samples is not recommended. If done incorrectly it could release fibers and be more hazardous than if the material was left alone.
Octagon Cleaning & Restoration provides asbestos removal for residential and commercial properties by trained and accredited asbestos professionals. Octagon’s asbestos professionals will know what to look for and make the environment you work or live in a safe place to be.