Asbestos has long been used as a building material to improve the insulative and fire-retardant qualities of a structure. It quit being used decades ago due to the discovery of the deadly health implication mere exposure brought. Below are a few of the dangers of asbestos exposure.
Inflammation of the Lungs
Constant exposure to asbestos fibers in the air can lead to a condition called asbestosis. The entire lining of the lungs becomes inflamed and swollen. It can make breathing difficult, labored, and painful at times. You end up feeling like you cannot take in enough air, become sluggish, and constantly fatigued. It can cause unexpected fits of coughing. It begins to build up scar tissue in the lungs. The only way to the progression of this ailment is to remove the asbestos from your Orange, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Riverside County environment.
Immune System Compromise
Flooding of your immune system with germs, bacteria, and other harmful things happen every day. It always stays ready to fight off things that can cause illness and depletion of the bodies energy reserves. Placing yourself in an environment filled with asbestos particles in the air is asking for immune problems. Your immune system will be bombarded and become fatigued. It will eventually become overwhelmed, and you may begin to experience all types of frequent illnesses.
Mesothelioma is a rarely experienced type of cancer that settles on the lining of the chest cavity. It can affect both the lungs and heart. Typically caused by exposure to asbestos, it does not show noticeable symptoms for as many as 20-years after the exposure. Anyone in the Los Angeles County and surrounding areas can develop this dreaded disease from limited exposure. Mesothelioma is one reason you should never try and remediate asbestos yourself.
Cancerous tumors in the lungs are inevitable for anyone experiencing long-term exposure to high levels of asbestos. You should hire a professional remediation service like Tri-Span if you suspect there is asbestos in your business or home. Although there are excellent treatment centers in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties, lung cancer still proves disturbingly fatal in many cases.
Workplace exposure and injury due to chemical hazards are not always preventable, but there are a few measures to take that can improve the outlook. Slight changes are effective when employed and used consistently. Below are a few ways to improve safety around dangerous chemicals.
Proper Use of Personal Protective Gear
Larger companies that deal with chemical hazards in the workplace have a system in place that requires employees to wear personal protective gear (PPG). Protective equipment is designed to keep the eyes, lungs, and skin from coming into contact with chemicals that cause burns, irritations, or have lethal side effects. Medium to smaller sized companies in Orange and surrounding Counties would do well to initiate rules that require the use of PPG when coming into contact with a hazardous chemical, no matter how fleeting the instance.
Workplace Safety Training and Administrative Controls
Lowering the incidences of workplace exposure and injury from hazardous chemicals requires taking a look at the current system in place and looking for needed improvements. Hiring an Orange County service that are experts in hazardous materials is one way to get this done efficiently. You will get a complete assessment that shows the strengths and weaknesses of the current handling and storage of hazardous chemicals. You can make needed upgrades and changes based on professional advisement.
Substitute Hazardous Chemicals
Getting together with Orange County specialists is one way to move towards the possibilities of substituting hazardous chemicals for others that are equally effective, but pose less risk. Combining substitution with better handling and storage methods can improve the safety of your business measurably. Always stay aware of the ingredients of every item that comes to your business. There are industrial cleaners that can be highly toxic. Switching to a more natural product is the most straightforward solution.
Construct Added Safety Features
There are construction methods available that go beyond the requirements of Orange, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Riverside County EPA or OSHA rules and regulations. Utilizing the knowledge and skills of a contractor that is familiar with hazardous chemicals and how to make the environment safe is your most potent ally in creating a safer workplace.
Asbestos is a once abundant building material, now known as a risk factor for certain types of cancer and other diseases. Asbestos abatement and disposal are now major concerns in cities and rural areas all around the country.
Where does all this old asbestos go, and what are the potentials for recycling this material into a non-harmful product?
Disposing of Asbestos Waste
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates how asbestos must be disposed of in waste facilities and how it is handled until it gets there. Buildings slated for demolition are required to have an asbestos inspection by a certified professional before demolition work begins.
All waste disposal facilities accepting asbestos waste need these special licenses and certification issued by the state where they are located. Asbestos waste at landfills must be stored and monitored in special, sealed containers, and it is not treated in the same way as average materials brought to a landfill. These factors contribute to the cost of removing and disposing of asbestos materials.
Prospects for recycling asbestos are being driven ahead by the high cost of storing this material in waste facilities. However, there are still no comprehensive asbestos recycling programs in place.
There has been some research into the question, however, and it is possible to chemically treat metal pipes and vents coated with asbestos to release the coating and reuse or recycle the pipe. But, reusing the asbestos fibers themselves is a technology which has only started.
While we wait for asbestos abatement technology to come along, contact Tri Span Inc. if you need assistance with asbestos abatement and disposal in Southern California now.
Before 1978, lead was a common additive in paint. However, lead is now known to be a dangerous neurotoxin which can lead to serious health conditions, such as mental retardation and behavioral problems, especially for children who are exposed.
Given the dangers of lead when present in a building, federal and state laws now mandate disclosure of the presence, or potential presence, of lead paint in buildings when they are sold, leased, or rented, if the building was constructed before 1978.
Lead Paint Disclosure Laws in Southern California
Southern California real estate transactions are under the jurisdiction of federal and California state laws concerning lead-based paints. When properties are sold, leased, or rented, the seller, landlord, or property management company is required by law to inform the buyer or tenant about the potential of lead-based paint, if the building was constructed before 1978.
Real estate contracts for the sale of houses require the seller to provide the buyer with the following written information concerning lead-based paint.
- A pamphlet published by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) entitled Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home.
- A written report detailing any known presence of lead-based paint in the building.
If the property is an apartment building or other multi-unit structure, the seller must also provide:
- Copies of all reports about lead-based paints used in community areas of the property.
- A contract attachment with a Lead Warning Statement, stating that the seller is in compliance with all lead-based paint notification regulations.
The buyer must also be given ten days for conducting a lead-based paint risk assessment. This requirement can be waived by buyers of residential homes.
Renters of properties built before 1978 must also be given information by the landlord concerning lead paint, including the EPA pamphlet mentioned above.
It is the legal and ethical responsibility of property sellers, real estate agents, landlords, and property management companies to comply with these laws concerning disclosure of lead-based paints in their buildings.